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Is Star Wars Land at DHS still happening?

Daniel Etcheberry
Submitted by Daniel Etcheberry
Published: January 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

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From James Rao on January 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

This expansion was never officially announced so it cannot be canceled. Rumors swirl, but until Disney says something concrete, all we know is what Bob Iger said in an interview last year:

"There is a fair amount of development going on at Disney Imagineering right now to expand the Star Wars presence in California and in Orlando, and then eventually in other parks around the world."

There has been no public retraction of these comments, so we can only presume work proceeds.

From Robert Niles on January 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

I'm reminded of a story that Marty Sklar has told about the opening of Epcot. One of the bigwigs on the project was asked about meeting the October 1 target date for opening the park. The bigwig replied, "October 1 never has been the problem. It's the '1982' that's the problem."

Star Wars Land is still in the works for DHS, though the target date for the project (if it ever was set) seems to be slipping. There was a lot of buzz on this last summer. But all we're hearing now is MyMagic+, Shanghai, and Avatar.

Leakers with more information, you know where to find me.

From Andrew Dougherty on January 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Last I heard was on ign.com a month or so ago. The rumor there was Disney went way way over budget with their my magic plus move that it dipped into the star wars budget and Star wars land was put on hold until the issues were fixed and Shanghai opens.

From Duncan Henny on January 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Robert i reckon that Star Wars land at DHS will open on May 4th not sure what year though

From Robert Niles on January 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I think we can take that to the bank, Duncan.

Unfortunately for Disney, though, it'll likely be to Gringotts bank.

From Jay R. on January 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I think as Disney gets closer to the release of the film, there may possibly be more info at that point (if not sooner)

I'd say it's almost a gaurantee that the land will include the worlds & characters from the previous trilogies, but there could also be additions from the new set of films that might be included, so they could be waiting for that.

Or Disney could just be keeping things under wraps.....not wanting to steal focus from Ak & Avatarland by announcing an even bigger land / franchise at a sister park at the same time.

I'm sure they are just spacing their announcements apart.

From TH Creative on January 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I just discovered the "report as spam" option doesn't work on posts offered up by Mr. Niles.

From Robert Niles on January 23, 2014 at 10:27 AM

My posts may be reported only as the finest selection of meats and cheeses.

From TH Creative on January 23, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Yes it's still happening.

From Matt Babiak on January 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I think it would still happen, but this isn't the time for it, for reasons already stated here. One is that by announcing Star Wars, you're killing any buzz that Avatar ever had, and I've seen reports of My Magic + going over budget on too many websites to label it as just a rumor.

From J Baksy on January 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Could Disney be anymore out of touch with its fans, and fans of theme parks want!?

Whats wrong with these guys!?

From Anthony Murphy on January 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Out of touch? I dare you to go to DHS during Star Wars weekend...

As it has been mentioned a bunch of times, Star Wars land was in the rumor phase. Everybody said that Avatarland was never going to be built and they broke ground.

Looking at it from a money prospective, Disney World can survive without a new attraction for awhile. The rest of the Disney Parks could use some help (outside of Disneyland). Universal still has to do so much to catch up with Disney even beyond the new Harry Potter land so I do not think they are sweating.

From TH Creative on January 24, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Okay I will try this again ... Yes it's still happening.

From Anthony Murphy on January 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I have no doubt that its happening. The question will be when?

From Robert Niles on January 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

A long time from now, in a theme park far, far away.

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

From James Trexen on January 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Darn, why does Tokyo Disneyland get all the nice things?

From Sylvain Comeau on January 25, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Apparently, it was yet another victim of Magic Bands and the so-called FP+. They sure have their priorities straight: less rides, less fast passes, and more big brother.

If you want to complain about FP+, please write to: www.guest.services@disneyworld.com

From Anthony Murphy on January 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Big Brother? The magic bands give them no new information that the Key to the World Card already didn't give them.

I think the issue is that people are complaining that they pay very good money to come to the parks and they do not get on the rides.

From N B on January 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

It will be here by 2020.... I'm sure.

From Daniel Etcheberry on January 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

At least we have the Hyper Space Hoopla. That will keep us distracted until they decide to break ground.

From Jaiden Cohen on February 10, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Disney really has to impress me to go to their parks. If they don't... you can find me in the leaky caldron.

From TH Creative on February 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What if I am not looking for you?

From Alan Hiscutt on February 13, 2014 at 4:13 AM

then you can go about your business. Move along.

From Tyler Harris on February 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Answer to James' question:
There is a very likely chance that Tokyo puts in a lot more money/market sales than, say, Paris or Orlando. And Japan has more high-tech stuff than us Americans do.....
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