Over the past few years, we’ve fastidiously paid attention to the rumors that Disney might add a bit more Star Wars to their parks. Last year, word was a massive Star Wars makeover was coming to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Details leaked of a life-size Millennium Falcon, a Mos Eisley Cantina eatery, and a speeder bike chase through the forest moon of Endor, replacing Autopia, a ride that has more or less been rendered obsolete by Cars Land over in the neighboring California Adventure. Then, before any of those plans could be formally announced, giant budget overruns with the “My Magic Plus” project over at Disney World (to the tune of a billion dollars) caused Disney CEO Bob Iger to shut everything down for the time being. THEN, just recently, Iger promised a “far greater Star Wars presence” in Disney Theme Parks.
Now, according to a report in MiceChat, things seem back on track for Star Wars at the Disney parks. Instead of revamping Tomorrowland, Disney is apparently opting to create a whole new Star Wars land by taking over Mickey’s Toon Town, as well as Big Thunder Ranch. No word on which of the previously rumored concepts would make it into Star Wars Land, although I imagine all could still be on the table. As for what this means for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, which still desperately needs a makeover, no one knows. We’re also not sure how Star Wars may fit in at Disney World in Orlando.
But what about Marvel? Aside from “meet n’ greets” with Marvel characters, there hasn’t been much of a Marvel presence in the Disney Parks (and because of pre-existing deals with Universal Islands of Adventure, there won’t be any Marvel presence in Disney World in Orlando for the foreseeable future. Sorry, East Coast). Anaheim is another story, however, and, according to MiceChat, it looks like Disney also wants to bring a version of Disney World’s popular Aerosmith-themed “Rockin’ Roller Coaster” to California Adventure–only this coaster would be Marvel themed. (Personally, I think an Indiana Jones Adventure style ride through Marvel’s New York would be way cooler than another coaster. Just puttin’ it out there.) Again, we likely won’t hear anything official about either Parks update from Disney until next summer at the D23 Expo, when all these big projects are expected to finally be formally announced.
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