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At Walt Disney Co.'s annual shareholder meeting, the company offered peeks at its upcoming movies and theme park attractions -- "Star Wars" was a big topic. Also, CEO Bob Iger defended his seat on President Trump's business advisory council and pushed back against allegations of bias at ABC and ESPN.

L.A. Times staff writer Daniel Miller was at the Denver meeting. Here's how it went.

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Disney parks' 'Star Wars' expansions will put visitors in First Order-Resistance battle

An artist rendering of the new Star Wars land at Disneyland. (Walt Disney Co.)
An artist rendering of the new Star Wars land at Disneyland. (Walt Disney Co.)

The new "Star Wars" expansions at Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will put visitors in the middle of a battle between the resistance and the First Order.

During Wednesday’s shareholders meeting, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger called the 14-acre expansions at each park a “jaw-dropping” experience for visitors.

Disney has released artist renderings of the new attractions, showing a wooded land, dotted with towering spires and domed buildings, on the shores of a river or lake.

Although the images may resemble scenes from the last year’s Star Wars movie, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Disney officials said the expansions won’t depict scenes from "Rogue One." They would not offer more details.

Iger said the expansion will put visitors "in an epic battle between the First Order and the resistance" and will allow guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship flown by Han Solo (and others) in the movies.

Construction of the new $1-billion expansion at Disneyland began in April and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It will feature two attractions, but officials have only described the Millennium Falcon ride. Iger told shareholders that he has experienced a virtual reality version of the ride at Disney’s Imagineering headquarters in Glendale.

[ For the record, 11:02 a.m.: An earlier version of this post said the new "Star Wars" expansions would be based on "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." In fact, they will not be based on that film.]

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