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10 Things You Need to Know About Star Wars Land

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At D23, the "ultimate Disney fan event" held at the Anaheim convention center, there were oodles of big reveals, entertainment news and sneak peeks of upcoming films from the likes of Marvel, Lucasfilms and Disney animation. There were movie stars (Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp and Kristen Bell to name a few), crazy cosplayers and obsessed Disney fanatics.

But by far the biggest news and the one thing EVERYONE was talking about? The official announcement that a "Star Wars" park will actually be reality. While Bob Iger, Disney's CEO who announced the project, was vague, we do know some pretty substantial news about the anticipated attraction.

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1. Not one park but two

While everyone anticipated that there would be one "Star Wars" land, not many would have guessed that there would be two. Iger announced that both Disneyland and Disney World will both be getting their very own "Star Wars" Land.

2. They'll be BIG

These new parks will be Disney's largest single-themed land expansions ever. Each of the parks will come in at 14 acres. Disneyland takes over 160 acres, so "Star Wars" Land will consist of almost a 10 percent of the land.

3. Where at Disneyland

There have been so many rumors about where in Disneyland the new land will go, with some saying it would take over Toon Town and others saying it would replace the existing Tomorrowland (especially since Star Tours is already there). But Disneyland Today let it slip on Twitter that, "It will be in the Big Thunder Ranch area, inclusive of some backstage locations." That appears to mean that the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, the petting zoo, the quaint log cabin and the party area (where holiday fun happens) will be gone.

4. Where at Disney World

At Disney World in Orlando, Florida, "Star Wars" Land will be housed in Hollywood Studios, an area that is currently undergoing a transformation. Hollywood Studio won't just be getting "Star Wars" Land, they'll also be getting a "Toy Story" Land.

5. There will be mind-blowing rides

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Each land will have two signature attractions. Iger stated that in one, riders will be able to "take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission." And in the other ride, visitors will go on an "epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle."

6. It will be a fully immersive experience

When visitors set foot in "Star Wars" land, they'll be on what looks like a "never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where 'Star Wars' characters and their stories come to life," Iger divulged. All the stores and restaurants (which will include a cantina) "will be operated by local inhabitants," Iger stated.

7. Star Wars Launch Bay will hold us at bay (for now)

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Since it'll take time to build these ambitious parks, they'll be upping the "Star Wars"-ness while we all wait. One of the attractions will be the "Star Wars" Launch Bay, which will focus on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and will have props from the film, sneak peeks of the movie, and meet-and-greets with "Star Wars" characters. The "Star Wars" Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney World's Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.

8. There will be an update to Star Tours

The incredible popular Star Tours ride will get a new destination which will be added to the regular rotation.

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9. Season of the Force will be a new seasonal event

In early 2016, the Season of the Force (for a limited time) will be coming to the both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. There will be "Star Wars"-themed entertainment, "Star Wars"-inspired food options and character sightings. They'll also be a reimagining Space Mountain in Disneyland's Tomorrowland, transforming it into "Hyperspace Mountain," where you'll feel like you are in the midst of a X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, there will be a new fireworks display set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies on weekend nights.

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10. When???

This is one thing that was NOT discussed during the big reveal was a timeline. This is a rumor that Disneyland will break ground on the HUGE project in late 2017.

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