Yes, Virginia — there WILL be a Star Wars theme park! However, it comes with a double-edged lightsaber…or double-bladed, if you will.
While Disney’s chief Bob Iger says that there will be attractions, they will ONLY be based on the NEW sequels and spinoffs. While at Variety‘s “Dealmakers’ Breakfast” this Wednesday morning, Iger said that “There will be a much larger ‘Star Wars’ presence in our parks globally, but we want to do this big, which takes time, and to do it right.”
Originally, there were new rides based on the original six films, but Iger said he didn’t want, “someone to say ‘I just saw the movie and there’s nothing in that movie in this (attraction).’ We waited to see what this film would have in it,” which basically means he was waiting to see what Abrams was up to with The Force Awakens and basically told Imagineering to “pump the brakes” on the project’s early development.
“We couldn’t tell them (Imagineering) what was new (with the film). I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future (sequels, etc). Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars VII,’ and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”
As far as a look at the new rides/attractions, we won’t see anything until next year. But don’t despair, darlings. Star Tours is still going strong at the Disney parks and has no plans of going anywhere.
How do you feel about a new theme park with none of the old films? Is this a good idea or huge mistake?
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