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Speculation is mounting that Disney World is moving ahead with plans to build Star Wars Land. Sources tell Theme Park Insider and TheForce.net that the long-awaited attraction is "past the consideration phase and into the planning phase."

The sites say that Disney World will build both Star Wars Land and Cars Land, which has been a huge hit at the California Adventure park.

This follows recent news that Disneyland visitors had received a survey asking about their interest in Star Wars Land. The company has been quick to capitalize on its purchase of Lucasfilm -- greenlighting a new series movie (Episode VII, with director J.J. Abrams), ordering spin-off films, and developing animated series. A theme park attraction is the natural next step.

Star Wars Land will likely expand on the existing Star Tours, adding a Cantina-themed restaurant and possibly another ride. A source told TheForce.net that "most of the expansion will be environments and character meet-and-greet areas."

Theme Park Insider believes development will take five years, meaning Star Wars Land would open sometime in 2018.

[via Theme Park Insider, TheForce.net]

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