Anon Mouse

Published: November 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The impediment at Disney left a long time ago. That guy was Eisner.

"Eisner and Lucas relations were supposedly as bad as possible and we had to wait for the end of the Eisner's era and better relations between Lucas Film and Disney new CEO to have the project on the road again."

Iger can go far with Star Wars. So much has happened that Star Wars is merely a line item after the acquisition of Pixar and Marvel.

Tom Rigg

Published: November 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Robert, I'm going to call you to task on one point: Star Wars has seen nothing but growth in the TV sector. The first Clone Wars was wildly popular (earning both 2 Annies and 2 Emmy's). The current Clone Wars cartoon is in it's fifth season, which by any prime time cartoon's standard is a long run. And, I would say that you are seeing the biggest surge in new viewers of Star Wars because of the current animated series.

Now I will grant you that at least Disney is well trained in he art of netting young viewers and will probably only help the franchise with its vast marketing machine. I don't think that Lucas was hemorrhaging fans, but rather the fans that are coming on aren't at the age/point of being masters of their fan destiny and therefore are as well represented.

robert morris

Published: November 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM


Doesn't it change the business model for let's say a 250 million dollar expansion(estimate) for a DHS if now instead paying 10 percent(guess) of your revenue to an outside company its now kept in house.

Anon Mouse

Published: November 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

In isolation, the question of whether Disney will want to move on a Star Wars Land is in doubt, but Disney is considering the ramifications of the competition in Orlando.

The rumors about a Cars Land in the Studios Park may be supplanted with rumors about a Star Wars Land. It really makes sense to consider such a possibility.

Look at how quickly they considered Avatar in Animal Kingdom. All they have to do is turn on a dime. The outlook changes immediately.

James Rao

Published: November 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Obviously by slamming $4.05B down on the table to become the sole proprietor of all things Star Wars, Disney has big plans for the franchise. It would be complete folly for these savvy, forward thinking business men and women to sit back and simply try to recoup their money from film, television, and licensing when paying customers have been clamoring for more Star Wars in the Disney parks for decades.

It will take a few years to see the finished product, but Star Wars Land is coming, mark my words.

(Programming note: the Clone Wars TV series - which is pretty darn good - will move from Cartoon Network to Disney XD for its fifth season).

Terry O'Neal

Published: November 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I'm guessing a lot of the fresh new revenue is going to replenish the 4 billion they dropped on the whole thing. Then we'll see bigger and better things.

Published: November 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The only thing I know is that Disney had the Star Wars theme park licens for years and it did only one mediocer ride with one mediocer shop. The Star Wars weekends take the franchise down with stupis dance off's and meet and greats with "stars" that have 5 second of screen time and god knows why they are so popular.

Fair to say I'm not impressed and judging from the fact that Disney wasn't impressed with the lack of exitement of the reception of the Star Wars 2.0 ride by guests I don't think they are in a hurry to build something soon.
That doesn't mean I don't want them to build a awesome Star Wars land or whole park if it's going to be done the right way.

James Rao

Published: November 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Star Tours the Adventure Continues was VERY well received. It was even voted the best new attraction of 2011 on this site. Not sure where you are getting your info, O T.
Dominick D

Published: November 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Maybe after Episode VII we'll know for sure (or D23 2013).

O T, source please? If your talking about wait times, they're low because it's a high capacity ride, but it's very well recieved like Mr. Rao said.

Kevin C

Published: November 2, 2012 at 7:07 PM

It's great that they now have full ownership of a valuable intellectual property with endless potential.

The problem with Disney, in Orlando at least, is that they don't actually capitalize on that intellectual property.

When they're ready to do some serious investment and create 21st century ride experiences and themed lands like they've done in Anaheim and Tokyo, they've got incredible source material to choose from.

I went to Disney World for the first time in eight years last years and was so excited to see what was new and changed. The answer: very little, and much not for the better.

My biggest disappointment was Pixar Place. Coming off the high of Toy Story 3, I wanted so badly to see at least a street with theming and merchandise. There was a stand in front a brick wall, and a 90-minute wait for a Wii game with an incredible queue.

Star Tours 2 wasn't open as of yet, but I hear that's pretty good. Maybe it can be an anchor for a well-developed Star Wars land with awesome rides, not just awesome queues.

Published: November 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM

This may be sacrilegious to some, but I think that Star Wars needs to be rebooted from scratch. The original story went so far off onto the wrong path in the prequels, they need to get the whole series up to par of the original and Empire Strikes Back. How to do it is the big question, but I think it was a wrong decision to make Darth Vader Luke's father. He obviously was not his father in the original, but Lucas made the change when writing Empire, and lamely explained it in Jedi. Vader could still try to deceive Luke by claiming that he's his father, but in the end it should be proven false. That would solve all that silly darkness of the prequels.
Jack Curley

Published: November 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM


Now, instead of Avatar, maybe they can build Endor in Animal Kingdom, and...

OK, that would still stink.

Jonah Sirota

Published: November 3, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Thank you, Robert. This is a well-reasoned, logical argument for what would be likely to go down. It makes sense that we're looking to post-2015 for a new Star Wars land to follow the release of episode 7. Avatar will be the likely preoccupation before that. I also agree that it is contingent on the success of the film. As for those that grumble about whether Disney can do a good job with the franchise, I would counter that Lucas himself wasn't the best steward of his own brand (Jar-Jar Binks, anyone?). Disney has some very good recent examples of sheparding character brands forward without "Disnefying" them (in the Eisnerian sense): Muppets and Avengers are two. I am a little sad to think that this may delay further my hoped-for overhaul of EPCOT, because I think a Star Wars land at DHS makes the most sense, and with Universal breathing down their necks, Disney is going to do an immersive land of a big movie franchise (even if they will also be making Avatar World), before tackling future world at Epcot. Still, exciting times!
Tim Biltcliff

Published: November 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I believe the purchase may infuse more visitors if they add more Star Wars to parks. I think nostalgically some of us remember seeing those movies as kids and would love to instill that in our very young kids in a few years. I have a 2 year old and hope by the time he is 7 we can visit WDW and see more after he sees the new and old movies.

Published: November 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Given the HP success, Disney must be putting a SW land on the drawing board. But it will probably be years before we see anything, including just the plans.

Off topic a bit, but can the first thing Disney do as the new SW owners be to release the original trilogy in ORIGINAL form, hopefully on blu-ray? It would be really great to be able to own those on something other than worn out VHS.

Now that the supposed issues of Lucas's ego and/or his desire to cut his ex-wife out of the SW profits are now moot, this should be a no-brainer on the part of Disney.

Don Neal

Published: November 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

A point that I feel was left out of your analysis Robert is the pace at which the theme park wars have increased to with announcements after announcements by Universal and the growth over the last few years with HP, the Fantasyland expansion, Sea World's Aquatica, LegoLand, and the like. Orlando has experienced an explosion of construction and new options. Never have tourists in the area had so much to choose from.

That point is not forgotten by Disney. Disney as a whole wasn't in need of another franchise to bolster income or generate revenue or new creative outlets. They already have a stable of great characters, tv series, movies, toys, etc. So what is the one area that Disney needed to gain a competitive advantage in...theme parks. Universal is putting the pressure on and Disney is trying to figure out how to respond.

Let's be clear about what movies opportunities. For what purpose? To sell products and to an extend experiences. Movies are limited in time as they eventually leave the theater and fall behind new releases in the dvd/blu-ray space. However, theme park attractions last 20 years or more drawing even more people to experience them time and time again with each visit including hotel, food, and souvenir purchases.

I am not saying Disney is or is not building a Star Wars land, but that to assume we won't see anything beyond character meet and greets or a new attraction in Asia is borderline absurd and I mean that as respectfully as possible.

This transaction didn't happen overnight. Disney has been working on plans for how they would implement and integrate this franchise across all of their entertainment platforms for some time. There have been things in the works for a while I am sure.

Having managed acquisitions before and being part of the due diligence processes leading up to them. They take a long time and all along the way the acquiring company is building their business and marketing plan for the new location or division. Thus why Disney was prepared to make an announcement about a new movie so quickly.

This is only the beginning....