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Disney announces “Star Wars-themed” areas for Disneyland & Orlando!

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Just YESTERDAY, Walt Disney Co. announced that it will create 14-acre “Star Wars”-themed areas for Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida! According to

“We knew it needed to be big,” Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger said as he announced the plans to 7,500 people gathered at Disney’s D23 fan expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. “We knew it needed to be great. And we knew it needed to be every bit as thrilling as the films are going to be. So we’re going to transport guests to a whole new planet.”

The Star Wars-themed areas represent the BIGGEST effort to integrate the science fiction franchise into the Disney parks since the companied acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas in a $4-billion deal in 2012. Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger described the Star Wars-themed area as as a “remote port, one of the last stops before wild space.” The areas will be complete with droids, aliens, and humanoid characters, and even a cantina. describes the location of the new area in Anaheim in this way:

The new land is targeted to replace Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch and take over backstage areas currently not accessible to guests, a company spokesperson said, adding that speculation “Star Wars” would replace or impinge on Mickey’s Toontown was unfounded.

The new themed area had been anticipated after reports that Disney had purchased three parcels of land near its Anaheim resort, sparking speculation about an expansion involving “Star Wars” characters or the superheroes of Marvel, which Disney acquired in 2009.

Property records show that an arm of Walt Disney Co. bought the Carousel Inn and Suites at 1530 S. Harbor Blvd. in March and large office buildings at 1515 and 1585 S. Manchester Ave. last year. The properties total 14.7 acres, all connected, and sit across Harbor Boulevard from Disney California Adventure, although the company said this month that any expansion would not increase the footprint of Disneyland.

The company said Saturday that groundbreaking for the “Star Wars” lands will be in 2017. No opening date has been set. The move is just the latest sign of how vitally important the film franchise has become to Disney’s bottom line. Walt Disney Studios has an ambitious slate of “Star Wars” sequels and spinoff films planned for years into the future, beginning with the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new “Star Wars” film to hit theaters in a decade.

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