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New Star Wars attractions coming to Disney theme parks based on The Force Awakens

Star Wars will have a much larger presence in Disney theme parks around the world now that Disney owns the property, Walt Disney Co. head Bob Iger told a gathering at Variety's Dealmakers Breakfast this week.

And those main attractions, Variety reports Iger said, will be based on new sequels such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and spinoffs, not the older George Lucas' movies.

It's been two years since Disney bought Lucas. Part of the reason there has been a delay in getting new Star Wars rides at the parks is because Disney's Imagineering team was waiting for director J.J. Abrams to discuss his plans for The Force Awakens, Iger said.

The first look at the new attractions are expected next year.

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