After Disney got the rights to Star Wars it was only a matter of time until they began to develop the Star Wars Land theme park attraction that has been rumored for years. If you remember back in March, I posted a questionnaire that Disney was sending around to select clientele. You can see it here. Well it turns out they may actually be moving forward with these plans.
Theme Park Insider citing multiple sources, is reporting that a Star Wars themed land will be part of a revamp that is being planned for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. If you’re wondering where it would go their own Robert Niles says:
“The logical places for that expansion would be on either side of the existing Star Tours ride. From what I’ve heard, it appears that the expansion would take out the area between Star Tours and the auto stunt show stadium, including the Muppet theater and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area. But I’ve also heard of consideration of going in the opposite direction, which would place the new land on the site of the Backlot Express restaurant and Indiana Jones stunt show theater. Given that the Indy theater’s used for several other events throughout the year, and that both the Muppets and Honey I Shrunk the Kids attractions long ago passed the height of their popularity, I’m hearing more forceful arguments for the first option.“
TheForce.net has corroborated this via a Disney cast member, who confirms the Niles’ report. They have some additional information namely that a number of interactive environments will be created, especially a full-scale Mos Eisley Cantina:
“Disney is discussing building a Cantina-themed restaurant in the new Hollywood Studios Star Wars area. Last April, the blog Disney and More reported that a restaurant modeled after Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley was being considered for Disneyland Paris. It makes sense to bring a major renovation like a Cantina restaurant to multiple locations, in the same way that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opened at several Disney parks around the world in 2011.”
It will take five years to get this all fully operational, but it seems that a year could be shaved off that projection if Disney decides to accelerate their plans.
This potentially means that they could get it done by 2017, which is the 40th anniversary of the franchise and could line up with the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Of course Disney plans to release a new Star Wars movie every year beginning in 2015 with Episode VII, so regardless of whether it opened in 2017 or 2018, there would be a new Star Wars film to latch onto for promotional purposes.
So let us know what you’d want to see in a Star Wars land.