‘Star Wars’ hotel, Epcot upgrades entrance to Disney thesis parks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) – An immersive “Star Wars” hotel, a new “Ratatouille” captivate and a initial ever Mickey Mouse float are only some of a high-profile facilities entrance shortly to Walt Disney Co’s thesis parks suggested on Saturday.

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will residence a hotel where guest can live out a multi-day journey within a intergalactic star of a “Star Wars” film franchise, parks and resorts Chairman Bob Chapek told attendees collected during Disney’s annual D23 fan gathering in Southern California.

Two new “Star Wars” themed lands entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida, will be called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” he said.

A indication judgment of a expanded new lands was denounced on Thursday, display pavilions set in rough, hilly turf and disproportionate buildings that will residence attractions. The lands will embody a Millennium Falcon ride.

Disney skeleton to open a “Star Wars” land initial in a California park and afterwards in Florida in 2019. At 14 acres each, they will be a largest-ever single-themed land expansions, Disney said.

Theme parks, Disney’s second-largest division, posted $1.9 billion in handling income for a 6 months finished Apr 1, according to a latest gain report.

Disney has been investing in new attractions during a U.S. thesis parks as it faces foe from Comcast Corp’s Universal Studios.

In May, Disney non-stop a land formed on a film “Avatar” during a Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida, and a float formed on Marvel’s “Guardians of a Galaxy” during California Adventure in Anaheim.

Ahead of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, Chapek announced new upgrades to Disney’s unconventional Epcot park in Florida that will embody a new “Guardians of a Galaxy” captivate and a “Ratatouille” ride, formed on a renouned one during Disneyland Paris. A new thesis grill will offer views of outdoor space.

Florida’s Walt Disney World will deliver a first-ever float starring association mascot, Mickey Mouse. “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad” will concede guest to enter an charcterised journey with a characters.

A high-speed “Tron” float is entrance to a Magic Kingdom during Walt Disney World, a world’s many renouned thesis park with about 20.4 million visitors in 2016, according to a Themed Entertainment Association.

Chapek also pronounced a new “Pixar Pier” captivate would reinstate “Paradise Pier” during Disney’s California Adventure, a new home for Pixar’s charcterised characters.

Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Richard Chang

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