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Disney gives sneak peek of new Star Wars lands and an immersive themed resort

More details about the new Star Wars lands and an immersive hotel coming to US Disney parks have been revealed, depicting scenes and thrills that will be sure to entice fans of the franchise.

As anticipation builds for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will be released in December, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have revealed a detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands that are being developed at Disneyland park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Today at D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the epic detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park and Disney's Hollywood Studios, which will remain on display throughout the weekend as part of "A Galaxy of Stories" pavilion.
A detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Image by Disney

The lands will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and will take visitors to a “remote trading port on the edge of wild space”. There will be two main attractions, both of which will centre on a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. One will make visitors feel like they are on a Star Destroyer in a hangar bay, while the other will give guests the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon.

During D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced plans to create the most experiential concept ever in an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, it will be a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
Disney has announced plans for an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort.Image by Disney

If that’s not enough for some fans of the franchise, Disney also announced plans for a Star Wars-inspired themed resort. The new Disney 360 vacation concept means guests will be fully immersed within a story.

During D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced plans to create the most experiential concept ever in an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, it will be a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
Disney plans to launch an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Image by Disney

“It’s unlike anything that exists today,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story. You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.” Though many fans will be ready to grab a lightsaber and go, a date has not been set for the opening of the resort.