The Walt Disney Company's (DIS) biennial fan event, D23 Expo, took place in Anaheim over the weekend, and the House of Mouse had some major announcements for the thousands of Disnerds in attendance.
The key takeaway from this weekend's event was the first glimpse at Disney's planned "Star Wars" lands coming to its Orlando and Anaheim theme parks in 2019. "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" will first open at the Disneyland resort, followed by the Walt Disney World resort.
Disney showed off some models of what the "Star Wars" attractions will look like at the expo. In keeping with the "Star Wars" theme Disney confirmed an immersive "Star Wars" hotel coming to its Florida resort.
Guests at the hotel will be able to live out a multi-day adventure within the "Star Wars" universe, Disney parks and resorts chairman Bob Chapek said Saturday at the expo.
Disney has also vowed to upgrade its third oldest theme park, Epcot, which will include a "Guardians of the Galaxy" themed ride, a "Ratatouille" ride, a new gondola system called the Disney Skyliner that will connect parks and hotels, and an update and expansion of Epcot's Mission Space ride.
Theme parks are Disney's second largest unit after TV.
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