There should also be a prequel themed ride that's terrible.
1) Remove the Indy show and use all that space for future Star Wars development or replace it with a Star Wars themed stunt show. One scene could have the death star princess rescue and escape scene to include the swing over the bridge and plunge into the garbage compactor. Another scene could be the chase sequence in Mos Eisley as you race to get to safety on the Millennium Falcon. The final scene could be . . . modified motorcycles to look like speederbikes as they weave through the intricate network of trees and all the little ewoks in their little huts up above are getting involved and throwing stuff.
2) Remove the Streets of America area. Since they're pretty much no longer an actual studios and more of a theme park, I think it's time that all those pretty sets that they're not going to use should go on their way out just like the rest of the studio themed attractions. Might as well lose the studio tour now since all that is is just an overhyped commercial for the stunt show it drives by. But anyways, back on track. You now have an arcade/pizza joint that can be rethemed to the Cantina (keeping with the Tatooine theming from the exit of the Star Tours attraction) The Honey I Shrunk the Kids could be easily rethemed to Ewok village, or maybe as a Jedi Obstacle Course on Dagobah. Muppets will be removed, no need to have 2 3D star wars attractions so instead, how about a more permanent place for Jedi/Sith training camp? Having it indoors only means room for more elaborate and interactive theming, think of how Olivander's Wand Shop is at WWoHP. This expansion would probably only take up half of the Streets area, leaving the other half for a possible Pixar land expansion.
Space Mountain becomes the Millenium Falcon flying through the asteroid belt.
Submarines become Naboo.
ANYTHING replaces Innoventions.
Captain EO-- ??
Discussion over. Jack wins.
I would change Echo Lake into a new Star Wars Land. That means bye bye Sounds Dangerous (not very popular anyways) and Indiana Jones.
The Indy theater could be used as the Jedi Training Academy. I would add a Yoda animatronic who interacts with the kids.
Sounds Dangerous could became a Jabba the Hutt attraction; Disney could keep the Drew Carey picture at the entrance because no one will notice the difference.
I would call the new land Star Wars Universe.
If someone wanted to do a whole park, I came up with 20 rides/attractions in as many minutes.
If they wanted, they could go (as someone suggested) from the Sounds Dangerous! and Indy Show back and beyond the Star Tours to end of that region. Regardless, any remodel of something like that would require the Mos Eisley spaceport as a place where I could try that blue milk from Episode 4.
From Robert's idea, you could easily transition the Buzz Lightyear ride into something with Star Wars. Either change to targets to battle droids and Stormtroopers in various scenes or try to bullsye some womprats and the Death Star.
All I know is that somewhere, somehow, I need to hear Admiral Ackbar say "It's a trap!"
And yes, please no prequel based attractions. Everytime someone rides those/ watches the prequels, an Ewok... no a Gungan... no a Jedi Youngling dies.
That having been said, I also respect that a park must make things cost effective. That means any proposition should be cost-conscious and I think mine is.
I'd recommend the roofs over Star Tours and Buzz Lightyear be made up to look like Star Wars style landing pads. From below it would look like you're walking under a pad with support beams and hoses and on top is an X-Winger or TIE fighter, maybe even the Millennium Falcon. ( It doesn't even have to be the whole thing, just enough to look like it from the ground view up. ) The entry into TL could be the recognizer from Tron, already proven to be an interesting piece from it's current use at DCA.
Most concept art of futuristic movies ( or even real architectural design with a futuristic flair ) seem to include walkways. Big hallways in the sky that interconnect building to building. I always thought it would have been neat to see one of those going between the center of the Buzz Lightyear building and the Star Tours building, like some giant hamster tube. Maybe even a "T" section that branches off to go to the 2nd floor of Innoventions? I don't know how much a walkway would cost but as opposed to making a whole new ride with moving parts and a mechanic on duty? Come on, it's a walkway.
Lastly, I've always thought the People Mover should be replaced by a Tron ride. One lightcycle that seats 4. The track of the People Mover remains the same, only the car changes. The car seats 4 facing forward. As the canopy closes it becomes a movie screen. No transparent windows on this ride car! The ride itself moves slow but if the car were built like a scaled down version of the Indiana Jones ride vehicle, the occupants would feel like they're on a crazy light cycle ride.
The idea of theming the word of the future as Mos Eisley is terrible. Mos Eisley wasn't the future, it was a desert outpost that people tried to get out of. If the goal is to remain in "the future" one would want to make it look more like the pinnacle of technological achievement, not the dirty little hideaway in the universe.
Of course, this kind of out-of-the-box thinking is going to draw major ire from Disneyphiles (see: anonymous poster above). Their argument is that anything Walt touched is perfect and shouldn't be replaced or extensively altered. As Walt said: "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." He also noted: "Disneyland is not just another amusement park. It's unique, and I want it kept that way." Which sounds more unique: a dilapidated Tomorrowland, or a Star Wars Universe?
Star Wars has a cult following. Every minute detail in creating a Star Wars Universe is pertinent to its success. Therefore, I suggest Disney holds some kind of internal contest, like a test, to determine which Disney employees are the most dedicated Star Wars aficionados, then have them contribute ideas and monitor progress.
As for Mos Eisley, while it is a "wretched hive of scum and villainy," I think they could claim that it has since been cleaned up due to "new management."
Thanks for the link to Ackbar, by the way!
To represent both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy of Star Wars, Tomorrowland would be split. Entering from Main Street, guests arrive in Coruscant. The entire entrance area would be redesigned, and the area where the Astro Orbitor currently stands would look like a landing pad at the end of a street (Astro Orbitor would be removed). As guests prodeed down the street, two attractions await them. On the right is Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The building is themed to look like a spaceport, and a couple Starspeeders sit on the roof of the building. The attraction itself is relatively unchanged. On the other side of the street is a retheme of the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. The ride is now themed as a stormtrooper training center. Guests are enlisting, and must be tested to determine if they are suitable to become an Imperial stormtrooper. The ride would still use the same ride system, but the cars would be rethemed to resemble levitating pods and the scenes within the ride would feature mock-ups of famous battles throughout the series (Geonosis, Utapau, Kashyyyk, Hoth, and Endor).
Further onward, a new wall has formed on the guests left, forcing them to turn right. Behind this wall is the queue line for the Rocket Rods replacement. Themed to a speeder chase, riders fly above the ground below on speeders. The ride would follow the same track layout as the Rocket Rods, but it would be redesigned to allow speeders to travel at full speed for the attraction's duration.
Now, guests reach the plaza in front of Space Mountain. Four different attractions can be seen from here. First, Captain EO would be replaced with a new 4D movie. This could be about almost anything within the Star Wars Universe. The second attraction is a retheme of Space Mountain. The building design is changed to resemble the Galactic Senate building, with a landing pad out front. Once guests enter, however, they learn that Chancellor Palpatine has been taken captive, and there is a shortage of combat pilots. Riders then enter a Republic Star Destroyer, where they board starfighters and launch into the middle of a space battle. The third attraction is a retheme of Redd Rockett's Pizza Port into Dex's Diner. The fourth is a replacement for Innoventions. The entire building would be torn down, and a new building resembling the Jedi Temple would be constructed. Inside, guests would find a unique roleplaying attraction. Jedi Initiates are given a lightsaber and taught how to use it, then are sent on missions. Each room of the building is themed to a different planet, and the player must accomplish a certain task in order to succeed. After completing a set number of missions, Jedi are sent to face a boss character (most likely Darth Vader, but could be any sith or other bad guy). Defeating this character allows them to become a member of the order.
A wall prevents access to the other portion of Tomorrowland. However, there is a tunnel that allows passage. Passing through the tunnel (themed to a hyperspace jump), guests enter the Tattooine themed portion of Star Wars Land. Themed to Mos Eisley, the street of sand would extend from Autopia all the way back to main street. Facades on both sides would make it look just as convincing as Coruscant, although the Matterhorn would look a little out of place along one side. The Tomorrowland Terrace would be fully enclosed and transformed into the Mos Eisley Cantina, complete with the band performing at set times on the stage. There would also be two rides here. One would simply be a rethemed monorail, now themed as an intergalactic transport. The second is Autopia, which would be rethemed. The cars would be turned into landspeeders and the terrain would be turned into a desert, complete with canyons, dunes, rock formations, expanses of sand, and Jabba's Palace. A Jawa sandcrawler and Tusken Raider animatronics could also be seen while on the attraction.
There are two attractions that have yet to be mentioned. First is Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage. This attraction would have to be redesigned to board closer to the Matterhorn. The lagoon would be labeled as Tattooine's only lake. The other is the Tomorrowland Train Station. This would most likely be removed, as it is generally the least popular of the four stations. However, it could also be rethemed.
In addition, appropriately themed shops would be built, and walk around characters would be all over the place. However, instead of being the big-name characters of the franchise, they would be generic characters from a variety of alien races.
I shudder at the thought of Gilbert Gottfried singing in the cantina.
I just want to eat dinner with Greedo.
That being said, IMO-
1. I agree that Star Wars should have it's own land or full area. I would never remodel Tomorrowland after Star Wars (and believe me, it's PAINFUL to write that). I don't reallly dig taking away from the originality of Disney.
2. If a land were created, then the prequels would have to be included (again, PAINFUL). The elitist Star Wars fan in me has to concede to the children... and thousands love the prequels (even Jar-Jar). Disneyworld is above anything else, for children. Taking the prequels out of the equation isn't fair. It's similar to when collectors nab up all the new action figures, leaving kids who really want specific guys left out. I don't like the prequels either, but they stay. So does Clone Wars cartoon. I draw the line at Ewok and Holiday specials...
3. But in including the prequels, you have to, for the love of God cede to Mos Eisley spaceport. Any land without that will spark severe and deserved outrage amongst Star Wars fans. Yes, it's the most obvious choice. That's why it HAS to be in there. 'd pay 50 bucks just to be in there for 2 hours.
4. Economy or not, the merchandise would and does fly off the shelves. It will never end. Star Wars could easily sustain a whole land.
5. The amount of characters walking around is mind-boggling.
6. Whoever wrote that "It's a Trap" needs to be uttered is my hero. Totally agree.
Snowspeeder coaster, anyone, wrapping itself around the legs of a falling AT-AT? Escape the Death Star interactive dark ride? As a nod to the prequels, how about a submarine voyage to visit Gungan City, or a high-thrill ride through the lava fields of Mustafar? The Mos Eisley Cantina is a must... but how about dinner at Jabba's Table? Ewok Village play area? Even a kids area is easily themable: X-Wing fighters kids ride, landspeeders... even the non-monumental ideas would be crowd-pleasing, though I don't think Blue Juice could possible compete with Butterbeer.
As for Disneyland, I see no reason at all to retheme Tomorrowland, because people really love it. You can't GO to Disneyland as a non-local without being excited about Tomorrowland. Let Star Wars be a Florida thing. What's good for the goose isn't actually necessary for the gander.