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Disney to Open Star Wars-Themed Lands

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This past Saturday, at the D23 Expo held for fans of all things Disney, there was an announcement that made another fandom sit up and take notice: Star Wars is not only coming to a theater near you, but to Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim.

“…and millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy.”

There’s no date set for the groundbreaking of the two 14-acre “lands,” as Disney calls its themed areas of the parks. But Disney is getting an early start on the excitement, with various themed rides and experiences that will coincide with the winter release of the latest film in the franchise. According to the D23 website:

New Star Wars experiences [will] actually be debuting within the next few months, including Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive experience that will take guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland park in California into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as the first six films in the Star Wars saga. This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, will feature at Disneyland (in a crowd-pleasing announcement) Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle thanks to projection technology and other state-of-the-art effects.

Disney is hoping to make the Star Wars full-immersion lands as much of a destination attraction as the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, and with an increase in park prices and consumer product tie-ins, the company’s sure to make a fortune — especially with Disney’s Avatar and Toy Story lands opening up soon as well.

If you’d like to plan a visit to see what Disney’s Imagineers will do with their shiny new franchise, check out these two information-packed TPG articles before you book your trip:

H/T: Huffington Post

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