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Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ lands may be even cooler than we imagined

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With construction of the Star Wars theme lands beginning just last month at Disneyland and Disney World, we have years of rumors to look forward to — but this early one is awfully promising.

We already know a fair amount about the 14-acre areas at the two theme parks, which will feature as their centerpiece a Millennium Falcon attraction that will allow visitors to pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, and another that places guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

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Disney Parks say goodbye to popular Disney Dollars

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Saturday will mark the end of an era for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as the theme parks will stop offering Disney Dollars.

Popular with visitors, the brightly colored currency featuring Disney characters has served as both a souvenir and coin of the realm since 1987. However, the increasing popularity of gift cards and the decline of paper money have combined to make the Disney Dollar virtually obsolete, according to WDW News Today.

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Rumor: ‘Guardians’ may replace Disneyland’s Tower of Terror

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With the closing of its Marvel-themed Super Hero HQ earlier this month, Disneyland is without a permanent home for its superheroes, leaving Captain America and Spider-Man to wander Disney’s California Adventure. However, that could be changing.

Disney Parks news site WDW News Today reports Disney is looking to opt out of the licensing fee it pays for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and use a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed overlay in its place.

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Disneyland and Disney World break ground on ‘Star Wars’ lands

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Disney has officially broken ground on its 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

This announcement this morning was accompanied by a playful 360-degree photo of the Disneyland construction site that reveals BB-8, R2-D2, Stormtroopers, Imperial walkers, TIE Fighters, X-wings and more.

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Disneyland begins to drain Rivers of America to make way for ‘Star Wars’

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Disneyland began draining part of the Rivers of America on Wednesday as it prepares to break ground next month on the 14-acre Star Wars theme land.

The southern half of the artificial river will retain its water, thanks to coffer dams on both sides of Tom Sawyer Island. The Orange County Register reports that’s because officials at the Anaheim, California, park wanted to keep the pleasant view of the river from Frontierland and New Orleans Square during the lengthy construction.

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Captain America returning to Disneyland as Super Hero HQ closes

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Marvel’s First Avenger will return next month to Disneyland, just in time for the opening of Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America left the Anaheim, California, resort in October to make room for Spider-Man in Tomorrowland’s newly renovated Super Hero HQ, which houses “Thor: Treasures of Asgard” and “Iron Man Tech Presented by Star Industries.”

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Disneyland to break ground on ‘Star Wars’ land next month

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Disney will break ground in April on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland.

CEO Bob Iger made the announcement last week during the company’s annual shareholders meeting, mere days after Disney unveiled new concept art for what’s been characterized as its “largest single-theme land expansion ever.”

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Disney reveals new ‘Star Wars’ land concept art, details [Updated]

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Update (7:30 a.m.): Disney Parks has released hi-res versions of three of the concept illustrations unveiled Sunday. We’ve updated images where appropriate.


During an ABC special Sunday night celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first theme park, Disney unveiled new concept art of details for its “Star Wars Experience” theme lands, under construction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Star Wars is, for lack of a better word, awesome,” franchise veteran Harrison Ford said during the presentation. “I’m so blessed that I had an opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations, and soon you will be able to do that as well — not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home.”

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Kylo Ren is going to Disney World (and Disneyland)!

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The lightsaber-wielding villain of the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens will soon become a fixture at Disney Parks.

The entertainment giant has announced that, beginning next month, visitors to the Star Wars Launch Bay attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, will come face to face with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

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Disney teases ‘unprecedented’ ‘Star Wars’ park ride

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With construction about to begin on the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland, the company teases that one of the rides will be “unprecedented, in a way.”

Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering said that’s because of the involvement of Industrial Light & Magic, the renowned visual-effects studio acquired by Disney as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm.

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Disney parks install metal detectors, halt sales of toy guns

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts today announced it has installed metal detectors and banned the sales of toys guns, including Star Wars blasters, as it beefs up security measures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, guests at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will now be randomly selected to pass through metal detectors after they’ve gone past bag checks.

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First look at Disneyland’s ‘Star Wars: Season of the Force’

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Ahead of the official opening on Monday, Disneyland has released a series of photos that offer an inside look at “Star Wars: Season of the Force.”

Announced in August at the D23 Expo, the attractions include: the Star Wars Launch Bay, a new area where fans can meet their favorite characters, see special exhibits and get peeks at Star Wars: The Force Awakens; a relaunched “Star Tours — The Adventures Continue,” with a new scene inspired by The Force Awakens; “Hyperspace Mountain,” a limited-time reimagining of “Space Mountain,” in which guests will join an X-wing battle”; and, coming in December, “Jedi Training: Trials of the Jedi Temple,” a new twist on the Jedi Training experience that introduces characters from the animated Star Wars Rebels.

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‘Star Wars: Season of the Force’ opens Nov. 16 at Disneyland

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Following the announcement last month of “Star Wars: Season of the Force,” Disney has unveiled new details about the attraction, arriving soon at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

How soon? For Disneyland, Nov. 16. However, no date has been announced for the Florida resort.

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Disney to begin construction on ‘Star Wars’ lands next year

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Disney will break ground next year on its hotly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

“This will be I think perhaps the most immersive land we’ve ever built,” Walt Disney Co. Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs told investors on Thursday. “We want people to feel like they’ve stepped into the world of Star Wars, and so that’s really sparked our imaginations and it’s got people fired up.”

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Black Widow and Hawkeye make their Disney Parks debut

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Black Widow and Hawkeye made their Disney Parks debut over the weekend, appearing at Disneyland for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the were joined at the event by Thor, Captain America and a contingent of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

If you missed them, you may be out of luck, as Disney’s Shawn Slater there are no plans for Black Widow and Hawkeye to visit Disneyland on a regular basis. However, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man maintain a presence at Innovations in Tomorrowland (interestingly, ROBOT 6’s J.K. Parkin noted that Iron Man was nowhere to be seen at the Half Marathon).

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