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Here are the future attractions that Disney’s already working on. Hint: if you like Star Wars, you’re going to be really happy!
USA TODAY

The big golf ball stays, but Epcot will be getting a “Disneyfied” makeover.

A roller coaster and a Ratatouille-themed ride are among the new attractions that will be added, part of Walt Disney Co.’s efforts to infuse the 35-year old future-and-culture theme park with more of its character brands.

Major “storytelling and “immersive” experiences are also planned at other domestic parks in its bid to keep gate turnstiles turning by maximizing fans’ familiarity with its movies, according to a slew of announcements by the company on Saturday at the D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, a convention for Disney fans. A majority of the new projects are scheduled to be completed by 2021. 

Heavy investment in Walt Disney’s parks and resorts unit underscores its growing importance in the future of the media and entertainment giant. The unit has been a stellar performer in recent years, helping to fuel the company’s overall bottom line at a time when growth at its largest business — operating media networks — has slowed because of sluggish advertising sales and TV viewers’ ditching cable. 

 Among the changes announced. 

• Epcot: Expect more Disney characters in the park.

Epcot opened in 1982 with the vision of running a permanent world’s fair, and it has a share of devotees who admire its unique devotion to learning and internationalism. But some Disney observers say it has also gotten stale for younger fans.

While it’s twice the size of the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s main park in Orlando, Epcot gets far fewer visitors. Disney executives got a glimpse of the park’s potential when fans flocked to Frozen, a water ride attraction…