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Frolicking in the "Star Wars" universe is the dream of millions, and it will soon become a reality, as announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Fan Expo on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
According to Iger, via the AP, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. will be getting one 14-acre "Star Wars"-themed land apiece, the largest land expansion for a single theme in Disney history.
TravelPulse's Gabe Zaldivar reported on the acquisition of land by Disneyland earlier in August, and speculation immediately turned to whether the new acreage would be turned into a "Star Wars"-themed area.
Iger declared in his announcement, as per the AP, the lands will be "every bit as thrilling as the films." The area will be populated with aliens and droids plucked straight from the "Star Wars" universe. There will be a Cantina, and cited as "one of the signature attractions" by the AP, visitors can take control of the Millennium Falcon.
Guests will also be placed "in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance," the AP said.
"We are creating a jaw-dropping new world," Iger declared.
Disney has had a "Star Wars"-themed ride known as Star Tours since 1987, last updated in 2011. According to the AP, that attraction will be revamped with characters and worlds from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the latest "Star Wars" film slated to be released in December.
This extensive Disney/"Star Wars" cross-pollination "has been expected," said the AP, since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012.
As per the AP, other Disney/"Star Wars" co-branding plans are an interactive Star Wars Launch Bay and a new seasonal event, "Season of the Force," which will transform Space Mountain into "Hyperspace Mountain," and allow guests to participate in an X-Wing battle.
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