The 14-acre "Star Wars" areas represent the largest expansions in the Burbank-based company's history for a single-themed area at its parks. The Florida iteration will be built at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which is part of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
The projects were announced at Disney's D23 fan expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in August. A Disney spokesperson said then that construction would begin by the end of 2017. (As part of a tax deal Disney negotiated earlier this year with the city of Anaheim, the company is required to begin construction on at least $1 billion in new attractions at Disneyland Resort by then.)
Staggs, who was speaking at the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch 2015 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, did not say when the "Star Wars" lands would open.
Speaking at D23, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive
Disney, which bought "Star Wars" producer Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion in 2012, will soon release the first new film in the franchise in more than a decade.
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