Iger: Star Wars theme park attractions will be based on new films

Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:14 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Two years after buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Disney is starting to reveal just how “Star Wars” will be integrated into the company’s theme parks. Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs — the first of which, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” bows next year — not the older films in George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise, according to Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger.

Read more from Variety.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:21 AM

This will be cool. However, I can see them expanding their offering on the other films because people will probably want that.

Last edited by B'ster B, Thursday, December 11, 2014 8:21 AM
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:20 AM

Iger just said that's exactly what they're not going to do.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:30 AM

I know what he said. I'm just stating that things change and if enough people want it, it will probably happen.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:06 AM

You mean after all the thousands of suggestions I've made to Disney there's still hope?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:11 AM

Interesting article. Basing new attractions on the most recent movie(s) makes sense.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:11 PM

I would personally like it if they integrated both. That way you please multiple generations of park goers.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 12:14 AM

Well, these new films are, apparently, going to involve Luke, Leia, Han and so on. They'll have the ... continuity? ... of these familiar characters combined with the events and places (and new characters, perhaps) of the new films. Best of both worlds.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 2:58 AM

I am shocked that Disney is not going to build brand new, multi-million dollar attractions based on a movie that was released 37 years ago. SHOCKED, I say!

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Friday, December 12, 2014 7:06 AM

Well, they already have attractions based off of the older movies so this is no shock.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 9:55 AM

RCMAC said:

You mean after all the thousands of suggestions I've made to Disney there's still hope?

There might be...just not A New Hope.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 11:52 AM

The Hope Awakens.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 5:37 PM

LostKause said:

I am shocked that Disney is not going to build brand new, multi-million dollar attractions based on a movie that was released 37 years ago. SHOCKED, I say!

You mean like Seven Dwarfs?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 6:17 PM

That's a little bit different, or, maybe not. Umm... Good point.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 6:31 PM

Wait. I got a good rebuttal for that.

Disney just released a brand new movie sequel (that I just made up right now) called Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs. It features a new villain, Jarusha the Witch, and an adorable new dwarf named Dorkus. It takes place in the an underground world known as The Lost Kingdom. The movie is wildly popular, breaking all the records, and is more popular than Toy Story, Frozen, and Lion King combined.

But something strange happens. Disney announces a new family roller coaster ride, based on the first Snow White movie. Dorkus and Jarusha are no where to be found. The ride will not visit The Lost Kingdom. Nothing from the new movie will be mentioned.

Yeah, um. Imagineers, I'm going to need you to come to work on Sunday. We need to make some changes to the designs for the new ride.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:52 PM

And then there's always the fact that the park's currently have and have had attractions based on the originals and prequels...

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:47 PM

Disney has a long history of using park attractions to promote films. Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle got the name because the film was in production at the time,

So, given that various parks have Star Tours, and given that the "legacy" characters (Luke, Leia and so on) will be in the new films, it makes perfect sense to me to focus new Star Wars attractions on the new movies.

It occurs to me right now that if there's a Toy Story 4 in the planning, swapping in movie-specific games to Toy Story Mania would be some great cross promotion.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 7:37 AM

I know I am probably alone in this, but you all know Disney has a television series that is based on Star Wars... Right? It's pretty popular based on the amount of toys in Walmart that are specifically from the TV show.

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