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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Breaking: Rumors Suggest Tomorrowland revamp to be based on Star Wars EP VII

Disneyland in Anaheim's Tomorrowland will gradually transform into a Star Wars themed "Star Wars Land" (name not confirmed), according to rumors reported on IGN from MiceChat.
Almost as good as the Star Wars X-Mas Special

Team Disney Anaheim (TDA) has purportedly been planning a complete revamp of Tomorrowland in the Disneyland Theme Park into a Star Wars spaceport, complete with Star Wars themed rides and attractions. According to the same story, however, budget concerns have scaled back these plans, and also cancelled similar plans for the Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World in Florida.

According to MiceChat:
An X-Wing at Paris Disneyland 
"... the real substance of the Star Wars Land project, the new rides and shows, are all backfilled into phase two of this Tomorrowland project. And phase two is all still on temporary hold for Disneyland, and appear to be simply cancelled for Disney’s Hollywood Studios out at WDW. The optimists at Imagineering however are using this additional time stuck in limbo to their advantage. The Imagineers assigned to the Star Wars Tomorrowland project have now been debriefed on the characters and plotlines coming for Star Wars Episode VII that opens in theaters in about two years. The original plan for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland relied heavily on characters and plot points from the first three Star Wars films, with attractions like a Millenium Falcon walk-thru on the old PeopleMover platform, a wild Tatooine cantina replacing Tomorrowland Terrace, and a speeder bike ride through an Ewok village where Autopia currently sits. Those key attractions are all still part of phase two, but they are being layered or tweaked to include references from Episode VII that will be released in theaters at least 18 months before any of those attractions open."

Hopefully, an inactive droid.
Those familiar with Disneyland are already aware of the Star Wars themed ride that currently exists - Star Tours - and the Jedi training attraction. It is only logical that Disney would take advantage of its newly acquired rights to Star Wars to alter its theme parks further. And this story about a Disney survey on the topic seems to support that idea. Not to mention direct proof that it's at least a Disney agenda item, as reported on this Star Tours focused blog entry

Suspicious packages sent to Glendale.

Bob Iger apparently let the idea out of the bag in a Bloomberg video interview which you can find at the link, although it's more about Star Wars coming to parks other than Anaheim, Florida, Paris, and Tokyo. Additionally, this Bloomberg report references hints of "Project Orange Harvest" (a reference to Blue Harvest, for those not in the know, and Orange County, where Disneyland resides)  at Disney's D23 Expo, including crates with Star Wars themed "contents."

I killed them all, and you can, too!
One imagines that they may be holding back in order to see just how successful Episode VII is before committing budget to the alterations. After all, Episodes I-III haven't received universal praise, which may explain why there are no plans for an "Anakin kills all the child Jedis" walk through, or a "Virtual romp through the fields with Queen Amidala" to replace Captain EO. Although I'd personally enjoy something like "Negotiation Through The Eons with Watto," but I may be biased.

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