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Disney Announces Star Wars Theme Park's Opening Dates

After years of development, Star Wars fans will finally be able to visit their favorite far, far away galaxy at Disney resorts.

Announced by Disney with a teaser video, the Star Wars-themed Disney resort expansion has been officially named Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The Star Wars theme park will first open to the public at the Disneyland Resort in California in summer 2019, then at the Disney World Resort park in Florida in fall 2019.

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Ever since Disney acquired LucasFilm in 2012, fans have been hoping for Star Wars to have an increased presence in Disney theme parks. The official Disney Parks blog has teased that Galaxy's Edge will drop visitors "in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars stories."

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Star Wars has been featured in Disney theme parks since 1987 with the opening of Star Tours, a motion simulator that had riders blast through the immersive worlds of the Star Wars universe. In 2011, the original Star Tours was replaced by a revamped 3D version Star Tours: The Adventures Continue integrating locations from the prequel trilogy. Following the renovation, the ride has been updated to include settings and characters from 2015's The Force Awakens and 2017's The Last Jedi.

With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, fans will soon have an entire theme park to explore the Star Wars universe and become part of the iconic sci-fi franchise.

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