D23 2015: Star Wars Theme Park Announced

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A galaxy far, far away is coming to Anaheim and Orlando.

Today at D23 Expo, Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, revealed that Star Wars Land theme parks will be coming to Disneyland and Disney World.

At over 14 acres each, it's Disney’s largest single themed land expansion ever. Disney's aim is in, “transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.”

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Every store and restaurant will be run by characters and locals, and Disney has already began casting people to work there and play them.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

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The park will have two major attractions, one of which has you riding the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission.

Back to 1987, Star Tours opened in Disneyland. In 2011, the attraction was redesigned and renamed Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.

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While Disney indicated it will take some time, understandably, to complete Star Wars Land, there are some other Star Wars additions and changes coming to Disney theme parks revealed today at D23. Click here to read about a new Force Awakens update to Star Tours and much more.

Marty Sliva is a Senior Editor at IGN. He once ate a whole blueberry. Follow him on Twitter @McBiggitty.