A look at plans for new rides and more at Dis­ney parks

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Dis­ney is call­ing upon the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and a co­hort of block­buster movies to help mod­ern­ize its amuse­ment parks. Walt Dis­ney Parks and Re­sorts Chair­man Bob Chapek un­veiled the up­com­ing at­trac­tions at both in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic Dis­ney parks dur­ing its D23 fan expo in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, on July 15.

Most of the up­com­ing projects are ex­pected to be com­pleted by Dis­ney World's 50th an­niver­sary in 2021. Here's a re­cap of some of the big an­nounce­ments, in­clud­ing a leg­endary mas­cot fi­nally get­ting his own ride.

Star Wars sleep­ers

A themed re­sort will join the fam­ily of "Star Wars" at­trac­tions at Dis­ney World in Or­lando, Florida, in­clud­ing Star Tours and the pre­vi­ously an­nounced Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land ex­pan­sion. Chapek em­pha­sized the re­sort's "100 per­cent im­mer­sive" ex­pe­ri­ence, say­ing it is Dis­ney's most ex­pe­ri­en­tial park con­cept to date. Guests can be­come cit­i­zens of the Star Wars galaxy, in­clud­ing the chance to dress in proper at­tire.

Ep­cot over­haul

Ep­cot, Dis­ney World's sec­ond-old­est park, is re­ceiv­ing a much-needed up­date. Chapek said the makeover boosts Ep­cot's rel­e­vance and fam­ily ap­peal. A "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride in Fu­ture World will buoy the park's space travel theme, re­plac­ing the Uni­verse of En­ergy at­trac­tion clos­ing this sum­mer. Rata­touille: The Ad­ven­ture ride, which orig­i­nated at Dis­ney­land Paris, is headed to Ep­cot's France Pav­il­ion. Shang­hai Dis­ney­land's TRON Light­cy­cle Power Run at­trac­tion is also com­ing state­side, mak­ing a sec­ond home in the Magic King­dom.

Pixar Pier

Pixar Pier is re­plac­ing Par­adise Pier at Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture as an im­mer­sive hub for all Pixar char­ac­ters. The an­nounce­ment re­in­forces Dis­ney­land as the pre­miere lo­ca­tion for Pixar, also home to a land themed on "Cars" and a pre­vi­ously an­nounced "Toy Story" land. The forth­com­ing at­trac­tions are ex­pected to open in time for a lim­ited-run Pixar Fest in 2018.

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is get­ting his own ride. Mickey and Min­nie's Ru­n­away Rail­way will re­place The Great Movie Ride at Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios, which closes this sum­mer. An open­ing date for the new at­trac­tion was not an­nounced.

Dou­ble the ships

Dis­ney Cruise Line is adding a seventh ship to its ros­ter. Two up­com­ing ships were an­nounced last year with Chapek un­veil­ing a third is in the works. All three are still early in de­vel­op­ment but are set to be com­pleted by 2023. They're ex­pected to be slightly larger than the cur­rent Dis­ney Cruise Line ships.

Marvel ma­nia

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" are mak­ing a stop in France. Dis­ney­land Paris is reimag­in­ing its Dis­ney's Ho­tel New York with a fo­cus on Tony Stark and his le­gion of su­per­hero friends. Chapek an­nounced plans for a reimag­ined Dis­ney's Ho­tel New York - The Art of Marvel, say­ing he hopes to make Stark proud. — AP

In this file photo, vis­i­tors walk near Sleep­ing Beauty's Cas­tle at Dis­ney­land Paris, in Marne la Vallee, east of Paris. — AP

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