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Disney to begin construction on Star Wars theme parks in 2016

on September 11, 2015, 6:11pm

Disney recently announced plans for two Star Wars-themed amusement parks to coincide with the franchise’s impending return to the silver screen. Speaking at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills this week (via Variety), Disney COO Tom Staggs revealed that construction of the two parks, which will be located in Florida and California, will begin in 2016.

As these are Disney’s biggest “single-theme” improvements at the parks in their history, Staggs wasn’t able to give a timetable for their completion. However, once open to the public, park attendees will be able to fly Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon and eat at a Star Wars-themed cantina, among other immersive experiences.

In the interim, Disney will add a Star Wars: The Force Awakens overlay on Space Mountain attractions already in its theme parks.

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