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Disney confirms Star Wars theme park attractions coming, complete with cantinas

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Star Wars is coming to Disneyland and Disney World in a major way. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger confirmed at the D23 Expo today that the two theme parks in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida will get "our largest single-themed land expansion ever" with a pair of Star Wars-inspired attractions.

Iger likened the new theme park expansions to bringing a new Star Wars planet to Disney's parks. The scale seems massive; Iger said that the Star Wars land in Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will each span 14 acres' worth of park real estate.

"The attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling," Iger said, adding that every store and restaurant in the Star Wars parks will be staffed by "local inhabitants." He showed concept art of thoroughfares that oozed classic Star Wars aesthetic, including one bar that was reminiscent of the iconic Mos Eisley cantina.

He said that park visitors will even be able to take control of the Millennium Falcon.

"I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars," Iger said in a press release. "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."

You can see concept art of the new Star Wars theme park attractions in the gallery below.

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