Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced plans for its theme parks to have “a far greater Star Wars presence.” The move comes as Disney is readying to release a new Star Wars film in theaters starting Dec. 18, 2015, that J.J. Abrams is currently directing.
This is great news for Disney and Star Wars fans who had watched plans falter late last year:
Originally the plan to add Star Wars to Tomorrowland was going to be divided into two phases; a first phase involving some placemaking and a replacement for Captain EO to be finished prior to the 60th Anniversary, and a second phase kicking off in late 2015. The second phase included the Speeder Bike E Ticket ride, Ewok village and forest where Autopia currently is, a Millenium Falcon walk-thru where the PeopleMover platform is, tearing out the decaying PeopleMover tracks and moving the Astro Orbiter up on top of the Space Mountain concourse, and turning Tomorrowland Terrace into an interactive Tatooine Cantina restaurant show. All of that is now on hold indefinitely.
But money talks, and with Disney's third quarter results being worth talking about, Iger is optimistic for the future of new branded Star Wars attractions at Disney theme parks.
The Force blog speculates that further details may be announced during the Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center next April or at the Disney fan convention, D23, in Anaheim in August 2015.