Vote of the week: What to do about Star Wars in the parks?
Okay, now that I've dismissed the idea that Disney is going to build huge new Star Wars-themed attractions in its U.S. theme parks anytime soon, let's talk about what Disney could
do to show off its new Star Wars franchise in its theme parks.
As I wrote earlier today, forget about big new rides or permanent shows happening anytime in the next few years. But those are hardly the only ways that Disney brings characters and franchises into its parks. Meet-and-greets with Darth Vader, C3PO and other popular walk-around characters ought to be locks. (Sorry, Dads, but I wouldn't get your hopes up for "Slave Leia," though.)
"Have your autograph books out! Or else..."
Disney's got a lot of options to show off more Star Wars, through its entertainment departments. The big question, as I alluded to this morning, is: What does the public want? Put it another way: What will get more people to visit or spend more at Disney theme parks? If a new entertainment offering doesn't help promote the bottom line, why choose it over some other option that would?
With that in mind, I'm suggesting three specific ideas for our Vote of the Week. (And thanks to Twitter follower Clayton Lott for suggesting the World of Color idea.) Vote for the one that most would get you to take an extra trip to a Disney theme park.
If you've got another idea, please let us know about it, in the comments. Have a great weekend, and if you're able and willing, please take a moment to give in support of hurricane relief efforts. We hope that our readers in the northeast soon will be back to normal, safe, and in the mood to talk about silly things like all this stuff.
Let's wait until VII comes out. As for SWW in DL, TDL, and DLP, I don't think there's enough space.
The only thing I'd suggest immediately is expand Star Wars weekend.
I'd rather they hold off until they can best present Star Wars with the amazing attractions the public can be proud of. Universal is going full blast with Harry Potter. For Disney to do a scrawny job with STAR WARS is ridiculous and an insult.
To me, World of Color is as much as a slam-dunk as the in-park characters. Disney can do that to high quality and it would help freshen the show.
Just what we need more hodgepodge in World of Color. The show is a broken montage with no story tying it together so why make it any worse. Star Wars is already well represented in the Disney parks. As for the future I think Florida is the likely bet should they decide to expand what they offer.
Only two things to do
Okay, I have to disagree with your base premise. Although your argument is well thought out and raises good points, I believe the reason for no substantial star wars presence in Disney parks is already mentioned. Money.
I still think a whole new land would be the best course of action. Perhaps take bits of Start Wars Weekends that worked and make it into a more established attraction.
We should wait out for a proper expansion in DHS for Star Wars or addition to any of the other parks. For the Studios, I'm thinking tearing down Sounds Dangerous and Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular for a proper Star Wars Land would be best. You could have an e-ticket replace Indy and the Cantina replacing Sounds Dangerous. It would be hard to expand much beyond that due to 50's prime time being as popular as it is and Muppets above Star Tours. And Tom, I'm going to take what you said as a joke about Spaceship Earth being gutted and turned into the Death Star. That's.....horrifying to contemplate.
I'd rather Disney concentrate their efforts on new attractions and/or lands, but of the three options the expansion of Star Wars weekends is the only one I like. Parades should remain restricted to Disney characters, and I don't think a Star Wars would be good for its own parade or fit into an existing one. I also think World of Color should delete segments if anything, as 30 minutes is way too long for a fountain show (it's telling if a majority of people in the non-reserved viewing areas leave half-way through).
First of all, note to Robert Niles: I am your father.
Disney need to do something with this franchise other than just another c ticket ride. HP at Universal is a reason to go to Universal. Nothing Disney has done, individually, is a reason to make you want to go to WDW
Ok, as much as I like Spaceship Earth, I cannot help but giggle and like the idea of Turning the sphere into the Deathstar.
Dad, uh, can you send some cash? Thanks.
Full new park. More than enough material and future material to warrant a full experience
I have to disagree with the thinking that Disney will be holding back on expanding Star Wars in their theme parks - and I suspect that a Star Wars Land is very much on their radar.
Hot Rumor: New show planned at Cinderella's castle: "When You Wish Upon a Death Star."
If theme parks should have learned one thing about the succes of Harry Potter at IOA is that you need to treat the source material with respect. That's what most fans want. JK Rowlings held her foot down, Disney backed out and Universal agreed. The result is a hit. It would be nice if Disney would build a land, show, ride, etc that they would do the same. At the moment the ride is fine but for the rest it's horrible. Dance offs, Mickey Jedi, R2D2 popcorn buckets is pissing on the franchise and redecul it.
Meet and Greets
First off The Death Star at Epcot? Epic. It is an entire self ecased eco system with hydroponic bays, water purification tanks, Room to house a million peeps, Metal fabrication workshops, A zillion different career paths. Seems like this is Walt had in mind after all.
I don't know what everyone is talking about, I'm looking forward to that kiddie dawrf ride yaaaay! (Sarcasm) for anyone that knows me. I say you own it now flaunt it. An imperial march going down Main Street in the old electric parade would be sweet.
What ppl keep forgetting Is that this deal includes the Indiana jones films also. Speaking for DHS only I'd love to see theme Crete a theme park with in a park ala world showcase base on Lucas film. Indy stunt how and star tours are located fairly close to each other so the new are would include those two rides, an ewok village, a cantina, a replica of Marion's bar from raiders of the Lost arm, an almost virtual clone of the Indiana jones ride from disneyland and perhaps a few c and d ticket rides like an Indy mine train coaster and souped up version of the old star jet ride with a star wars makeover
" raiders of the Lost arm, "
I think they should keep it at Hollywood Studios, and maybe do something big with it. Being a GIANT Star wars Fan and A Freakishly Obsessed Magic Kingdom Disney fan. We need to keep Magic Kingdom clean and free of outside influence, if you know what I mean. Star Wars is a whole other world and way of fantasy, a whole different type of dream. Hence, preferably keeping it at a park you can just park your car at and walk in. Am I right?
@ Mike Gallagher , I think thats the name of the Scrubs Musical in development.... ;-)
Im not convinced that nothing has changed for Disney with regard to decission makeing about theme park attraction with the purchase.
I'm not trying to foment an argument here but ... Is there really a world of opportunities when it comes to Star Wars attractions?
Chad, I'm old enough to remember MAD Magazine's parody of the film..they called it "Raiders Of A Lost Art."
As many else have probably stated: Throw out Avatarland and recreate something based on Star Wars. Avatar is not a good film.
TH, I still argue for a Tie Fighter vs X-Wing dueling coaster! Thanks to the shortsightedness of our friends at Universal Creative, it would be the only dueling coaster in the state!
There is much unexplored territory with a possible Star Wars Land. I can see them doing quite a few attractions.
I'm not sure what Disney is going to do with Star Wars, but if I were Universal, I'd try to get rights to Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. Imagine all of the snarky Disney and Star Wars shots that Universal could take if they had the rights to that property. I'd be one of the first people in line to take a ride on the Winnebago-shaped Eagle 5 to save the universe from Dark Helmet and Spaceball One.
Thank you, Tim...you made my day.
In honor of election day....
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