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Disney releases new photos of ‘Star Wars’ area at Disneyland

PHOENIX — It’s time to get really, really excited, “Star Wars” fans: Disney has released new photos of what the space-themed lands at both Disney World and Disneyland parks should look like.

The photos were released late Thursday as part of the company’s D23 Expo, a special annual event put on for fans of everything Disney.

As we said, the photos are of a model, but they showed a ton of detail. The lands will be based on a remote trading port on never-before-seen planet at the very edge of the known galaxy.

Judging by our “Star Wars” knowledge, the buildings have a look similar to that seen on Naboo in “The Phantom Menace” and a touch of Maz’s Cantina from “The Force Awakens,” meaning the land will likely incorporate characters from all three trilogies.

On its official parks blog, Disney said the lands will feature two rides: One that puts park-goers at the controls of the famed Millennium Falcon ship and another that drops people into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

The “Star Wars” land could also offer some sort of tracking system that will integrate with the rides.

“When we thought about building this place, we didn’t want to just remind you about somebody else’s ‘Star Wars’ story or let you watch a ‘Star Wars’ story, but we wanted you to live a ‘Star Wars’ story,” Scott Trowbridge, Disney’s creative portfolio executive working on the lands, told IGN.

“That was kind of the impetus for creating this new planet — or at least new to us — where you can come, you can participate if you want to. You can engage and make choices and have those choices matter and kind of live out a true Star Wars adventure of your own making.”

To give an example, Trowbridge told the website that a bartender at the cantina may mention a bad performance on the Millennium Falcon after someone goes on the ride.

Sadly, we’ll have to wait a while to find out. The lands are scheduled to open to the public in 2019.

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