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ORLANDO, Florida — Not so long ago (actually, now), in a land not too far, far away (it’s called “Florida”), it is a period of revival. Franchise revival.

At Disney World, new Star Wars attractions are now open ahead of the Dec. 18 release of The Force Awakens. The next episode in the nearly 40-year-old series has inspired an interactive, multi-sensory experience that aims to appeal to fans of all ages, and even make a few new ones.


Star Wars-inspired art abounds inside the Launch Bay.

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The Star Wars Launch Bay is the centerpiece, with a reworked Star Tours (“The Adventures Continue”), character interactions, memorabilia, series-inspired artwork, gifts and collectibles, and plenty of nostalgia. Read more…

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