D23 Expo Japan was held over the weekend and you know what that means: lots of Disney news. But the biggest news to come out of this event hails not from the realm of film and television, but from theme parks. Specifically, theme park stuff based on film and television.

You want to know more about the Star Wars hotel? The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster coming to Epcot? Superhero-themed rides popping up all over the world? That new Mickey Mouse ride coming to the Hollywood Studios park? We’ve compiled all of the major D23 Expo Japan announcements you need to know below.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge images

We’re one year closer to the official opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s upcoming Star Wars theme park land that opens at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019. And while we’ve seen some concept art for the park and some of its attractions already, there’s still plenty of information yet to be revealed.

Now we have some new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge images and a few other details courtesy of a batch of trading cards that were handed out at Star Wars Launch Bay at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Take a closer look below.
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Millennium Falcon theme park ride

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019, taking visitors to a remote outpost on a planet called Batuu. When it opens, one of the main attractions will be a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. We learned some details about the experience during this year’s D23 expo back in July, but we haven’t seen any images of it aside from concept art. Now the first official photo has debuted, giving us our first real look inside the Millennium Falcon theme park ride.
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star wars galaxy's edge planet

Could a new addition to the Star Tours experience herald a future far, far away from the current Hollywood Studios and Disneyland parks location? Say, in the upcoming Star Wars theme park land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Possibly, probably, and most likely.

Two new planets, Crait and Batuu, have been added to the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The first planet Crait, which is introduced as a mineral world in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, follows the trend of updates to the ride to promote the Star Wars films, but Batuu stands out — not just because it is a brand-new planet, but because it is the main location of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, set to open in 2019.

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star wars finalizer

One of the most amusing things about watching the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida has been seeing familiar designs take shape in the middle of active construction sites.

Now, a new Star Wars land construction photo hints at another location guests will probably visit during their journey: the interior of a First Order Star Destroyer.

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We’ve been calling Disney’s upcoming Star Wars land “Star Wars Land” by default, mainly because it hasn’t had an official name. Until now. At the theme park panel at this year’s D23, it was officially revealed that the immersive experience coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With this news came a number of other tantalizing tidbits about what we can expect from this new land…including a fun cameo from a certain droid beloved to Disney fans.

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