Disney surveying guests about Star Wars for theme parks

Posted Friday, March 22, 2013 1:06 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The people who run Disney Parks want to know your feelings on Star Wars. A survey is going around to select Annual Pass holders and other Disney fanatics that asks the question “How interested would you be in visiting a Star Wars themed land at the Disneyland Resort?” Obviously that doesn’t mean you should book your travel just yet, but it confirms Disney is thinking about taking its new $4 billion toy out for a ride.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 1:06 PM

Surveys? Why haven't they already broken ground? :)

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Friday, March 22, 2013 1:25 PM

Abandon Avatarland. Build Star Wars.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 2:02 PM

Where would they have room for a new land at Disneyland Resort?

And I'd agree about killing poor Avatarland and replacing the idea with Star Wars, except that Star Wars is not about animals. Sure there are fantasy animals in the Star Wars universe, but they are not the central point of the films like in avatar.

Screamscape is saying that Star Wars land is being planned for the Disney Studios park, near the existing Star Tours ride. The rumor is that the main road into the parking lot will be moved to allow room for the expansion. Screamscape has been know to be wrong sometimes, but the website has also been known to be right, sometimes too right.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 2:57 PM

Seriously though, why are they even doing surveys asking if there's interest? Of course there is.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 3:01 PM

Maybe the survey is just a way to generate more "buzz"... ;~P

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Friday, March 22, 2013 4:17 PM

Ewoks, man. Put them up in the Tree of Life. That totally wouldn't ruin anything about Animal Kingdom. Swear.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 5:00 PM

It's odd that Star Wars apparently requires surveys to gauge interest while Avatar/Pandora is happening whether anyone wants it or not.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 5:51 PM

I still think if Disney can get Pandorum right, it will be gorgeous. Like if they actually grew a set and put a big flying coaster from B&M winding through trees and waterfalls and theming it like those multicolored pterodactyl-looking creatures in the movie...flyers aren't even really my favorite type of coaster, but if SeaWorld could make a fun one with such beautiful theming, Disney could school them if they just upped the ante. I truly think Disney ignores the teen demographic for the most part, and this is foolish. Ask most kids 13-18 what their favorite rides/shows are, and I would put money on Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Rock n Roller Coaster, and Everest being the favorites. Four true thrill rides across four parks? Not great.

Of course, I am in the minority that actually thinks Animal Kingdom has enormous potential and is a very interesting and pleasant park. Avatarland fits well there. I kind of dont like the fiction element added into a park that is otherwise very educational and low on the fantasy aspect, but I definitely get it.

Back on topic, Star Wars is always welcome anywhere for me. I wouldn't be at all upset if they changed most of the park to a Star Wars park. Of course, I'd never get to ride Tower of Terror in its current form then (I've just recently started riding drop towers, so I've never ridden ToT). However, Star Wars in large amounts? Yes, please!!

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Friday, March 22, 2013 6:37 PM

LostKause said:
And I'd agree about killing poor Avatarland and replacing the idea with Star Wars, except that Star Wars is not about animals.

Neither is Avatar, it's about blue aliens. lol, doesn't make sense either way.

A Star Wars ride in the vein of Spiderman or Harry Potter would, I daresay, be the greatest ride of any kind in any amusement park anywhere. No need for the survey.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 10:56 PM

Star Wars themed *Land?* They could do a whole separate *Park!*

I mean think about it... you have 6 movies spanning who knows how many planets. (Well, I'm sure a lot of people know how many.) Then there's the Clone Wars animated series. And with talk of a future Trilogy as well as the stand alone character movies, the potential is endless.

But that being said, I'd love to see that giant Epcot ball get transformed into a Death Star.

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Friday, March 22, 2013 11:29 PM

The Speeder bike ride :) Ooops, Holiday World already has that with Voyage. And I don't think we will see anything like that at a Disney park. I'm curious to see what they come up with.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 12:39 AM

Tommytheduck said:

But that being said, I'd love to see that giant Epcot ball get transformed into a Death Star.

Win.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 12:41 PM

There are actually two significant expansion pads within the berm at DL. One encompasses Big Thunder Ranch and the Fantasyland Theater. Of course thematically that one would be out. The other one has a couple of different forms, but has Innoventions at its core and could expand out to encompass Redd Rocket's Pizza Port and Captain EO theatre on the south (requiring a reconfiguring of the Space Mountain Entrance, which is pretty weird anyway and could use a remagining) and Tomorrowland Terrace on the west, or in its more aggressive shape could encompass all of Finding Nemo Subs and Autopia. The rumor is they'd like to get rid of the subs anyway. To me the bigger challenge with that plan is what they would do with the Monorail, which they have spent too much money on recently to abandon entirely. The coolest idea would be to somehow use Star Tours as the main way to 'travel' to the new land (with a pedestrian option too, of course), but I'm not sure the geography of that would work. Anyway, I have to presume that this "Survey" is more of a marketing tool than an actual exploration of potential interest, which suggests to me the ball has already rolled quite far on this idea.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:12 PM

Now Screamscape is pushing the idea that a third Disneyland park may be in the planning, featuring a Star Wars, Avatar, and Marvel land, among others unnamed. Sounds like a Disney version of IOA.

But I'm going to write that one off as a rumor too wild to come true, for now.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:44 PM

GayCoasterGuy said:

The Speeder bike ride :)

An excellent example of what could make one of the most incredible 3-d rides ever. Star Wars has so much crap that would make great 3d spiderman-style rides....the chase through the asteroid belt, the battle on Hoth, the chase through the buildings on Coruscant, the death star battle at the end of the 4th episode. Definitely enough material to constitute an entire park. With three (and possible six) more movies coming, it's definitely worth building a park.

Last edited by bjames, Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:45 PM
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Saturday, March 23, 2013 7:57 PM

I seem to recall a few years ago that the land they had for a third park was paved over as a parking lot. I believe it has always been something on their radar, but it's still a weird proposition for that location. It doesn't have the multi-day destination feel that Orlando has.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:52 PM

It's a little bit of a "duh" moment for Disney to ask that. If I've spent $4 billion on an intellectual property, you better be sure I'd be putting it into my theme parks ASAP.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:28 PM

I think the ailing studios park is the perfect place for it. Build it!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:55 PM

Ailing? Have we gone to the same park?

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