ByCatrina Dennis, writer at Creators.co
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At last month's D23 expo, Disney announced a handful of gargantuan additions to their parks across the world -- including an all-new park, Shanghai Disney Resort -- but what arguably stole the show was the announcement of Star Wars-themed park expansions to both Walt Disney World and the original Disney park, Disneyland. With the promise of an all-new experience that puts guests in the middle of the epic saga (which includes a thrill ride where one pilots the Millennium Falcon itself), "Star Wars Land" will be the first with a theme focusing on a singular Disney IP.

Now, Disney COO Tom Staggs has announced that construction is confirmed to begin in 2016, in a possible attempt to beat the 2017 release of [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868).

The Hollywood Reporter details the announcement, saying that Staggs did not announce an actual opening date for the film -- so, until them. fans will have to wait while trying to steal glances over the solid walls that will inevitably surround the site.

The new installments promise a new upgrade to Disney's classic Star Tours ride, which will likely detail some events that take place in future films such as [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) and Rogue One.

Stay tuned for more news as it develops.

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