Disney to Open “Star Wars” Theme Parks

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Katrina Iagulli, Writer

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Disney has announced that a new land will open in DisneyLand California and Walt Disney World in Florida. It will be a Star Wars Land but they don’t have a timetable yet, and it’s unclear on when it will be done so, don’t get your Jedi robes just yet. Each of the 14-acre immersive lands will be staffed by droids, “fantastic roaming beasts” and other inhabitants of the “Star Wars” worlds, Disney CEO Bob Iger told the crowd at the company’s D23 Expo on August 15. The “jaw-dropping new world” will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space. It’s Disney’s “largest, single-themed land expansion ever.”(http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/17/travel/disney-star-wars-parks/)

Looks like Tomorrowland is going to be redone. Rumors have it that the Submarine voyage, and utopia may be site for the new star wars park. Autopia takes up a lot of space. Visitors will be able to fly in a Millennium Falcon, drink at a Mos Eisley-style cantina, and get stuck into an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. May the force be with ANA’s awesome new “Star Wars” airplane an exact replica of r2d2!The most obvious problem for Disneyland is how to resolve the storytelling disconnect of having the old Star Tours attraction on the opposite side of the park from new Star Wars Land. Storytelling is paramount for Disney and having characters anchored to their homes in Disneyland is of utmost importance. You don’t want C-3PO and R2-D2 living in Tomorrowland when fans are looking for their favorite droids in Star Wars Land. I suspect we’ll see Disney resolve the place-setting problem before Star Wars Land opens. One solution would be to move Star Tours into the new themed land, but that seems like a lot of work for what’s essentially a 1980s-era ride. A more logical fix would be to retheme Star Tours to something new like the $100-million Iron Man Experience simulator ride going into Hong Kong Disneyland. (LA Times)