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Star Wars fans can feel the force on new Disney rides

The Star Wars expansion at Disney's American theme parks will include a virtual reality ride that allows fans to pilot the Millennium Falcon, fight in a battle between the Resistance and the First Order and meet droids and aliens.

Harrison Ford and robot droid BB-8 unveiled the first details of the highly anticipated Star Wars Experience during a special on American television celebrating Disneyland's 60th anniversary called The Wonderful World Of Disney: Disneyland 60.

The rides will be the newest galactic addition to Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The Han Solo star introduced the plans saying: "Star Wars is, for lack of a better word … awesome.

"I'm so blessed that I had the opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations. And soon, you'll be able to do that as well. Not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home."

The programme showed off new concept art from the attractions, including some shots from the cockpit of the Falcon as it flies into battle.

Ford later introduced the first orchestral performance of Star Wars Live In Concert in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Dame Helen Mirren sported a pair of silver Mickey Mouse ears on a blue hat as she introduced the programme celebrating the history of the theme park.

During the tribute Sir Elton John debuted new song Wonderful Crazy Night in addition to performing his Oscar-nominated song Circle Of Life from The Lion King in front of the famous pink castle at Disneyland.

Jessie J performed When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio and Fall Out Boy delivered a rendition of I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book.

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