How Hyperspace Mountain Fits into Star Wars Canon
While many theme park attractions are based on popular film franchises, it's often unclear exactly where those attractions fit within the canon narrative of those franchises.
But Disney is making an effort to include Disneyland's Hyperspace Mountain within the official storyline of the Star Wars universe. In a corporate blog post today, Disney explained How Hyperspace Mountain Fits Into the Star Wars Story.
The TL;DR? When you're riding on Hyperspace Mountain, you are part of the Battle of Jakku that predates the recently released Episode VII: The Force Awakens. That's the battle that wrecks the Star Destroyer that Rey explores on that desert planet, in early scenes of the newest Star Wars film.
"We decided we wanted to have this epic battle in outer space, and why not make it that battle?," Walt Disney Imagineering creative director Brent Strong said.
The post-battle Jakku is represented by a new scene in the Star Tours: The Adventurers Continue ride next door, where your Star Tours ride vehicle flies through that same wrecked Star Destroyer. So the two attractions together represent a range of events within the Star Wars storyline, rather than a single moment of time.
Disney's post suggests that the Season of the Force event now playing in Disneyland's Tomorrowland isn't going away anytime soon. ("[L]ike the land that it’s taking over, Season of the Force will continue to evolve, change and expand.") Last week Disney announced that the Marvel-themed Super Hero HQ that shared the old Innoventions building with the Star Wars Launch Bay would close in early April. Insiders are saying that Disney will expand Season of the Force into that space, possibly with an official preview of the new Star Wars Land, now under construction north of Frontierland on the other side of the park.
And the slow takeover of Tomorrowland continues.
I wonder if this forecasts the eventual evolution of Tomorrowland into Star Wars Land 2. It wouldn't be hard to convert Space Mountain and surrounding buildings into another Star Wars planet. Coruscant comes to mind in how to incorporate the white buildings and they could invent a back story or put it into the next sequel that's not filming yet since the renovation will not occur for at least 10 years later. Just my suggestion.
Unless Disney comes up with another franchise that fits into this space... yeah. I wouldn't bet against that.
Oh, great, just what we needed, more tampering with the Star Wars Canon...
I figured that was the idea the first time I rode Hyperspace Mountain. I'm glad they were able to make something that both worked nicely and fit the canon reasonably well instead of creating something that directly conflicts with established canon (unlike, say, Star Tours: The Adventures Continues). While some people hate it, I think the overlay is quite good and wouldn't mind seeing it become an annual thing.
Interesting that they will switch over between the different presentations of Space Mountain. My issue is the downtime between the versions. They take 2 weeks off to make the conversions. Instead of constantly removing the screens and projection equipment, perhaps they should consider doing a Christmas/Holiday version of Space Mountain during November to January. Then they can switch seamlessly to Star Wars in mid-January to August, and Ghost Galaxy in September to October. Or better yet, just do an enhanced original Space Mountain with the screens during the holidays. This means more close encounters with meteorites, space debris, and rockets.
Anon, believe it or not the conversion between versions could be done in a day or two. When Ghost Galaxy was added for the first time, all of the necessary hardware was permanently installed in the attraction. While you can't see it when it isn't in use, if the ride goes down and the lights turn on everything is visible inside. The reason it typically goes down for a couple weeks is to perform routine maintenance on the attraction. By doing this, they are able to avoid extended closures every year or two like is necessary with many of Disney's major attractions.
I have a question for the Disneyland people.
See, technically, Star Tours 2.0 fits reasonably into Star Wars canon for the time it's meant to be in. Specifically, it's supposed to fit into the time between Episode 3 and Episode 4. That much is obvious because Vader and Yoda are still alive, and Leia and Ackbar are members of the Rebel Alliance.
Maybe it's because of JK but Universal seems a lot better with timeline stuff then Disney. New Fanstyland made me mad because Beast greats you at Be our Guest when he should be throwing you out. I guess Belle or the prince were too expensive. I also laugh every time the Beast comes out because he can't fit through the door to the meet and greet area and has to duck and turn to get in. The ugly angel baby imagineers on the ceiling take me out of the experience too. It's a bit narrorisstic and not in the movie at all
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