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Disney Acquires LucasFilm for $4B

Walt Disney World: Disney adds Star Wars and LucasFilm to their growing empire of creative content along with Pixar, Marvel, and the Muppets

From Don Neal
Posted October 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Link to Article

So let your imagination run wild. You know this has been in the works for a while. Who knows what all Disney has been cooking up. People have been wanting a response to Harry Potter and with the limited use of the Marvel license in Florida, here's the opportunity to blow the doors off.

I am very happy with it. Disney now owning the Muppets, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars puts them in charge of some of my favorite entertainment franchises. The next few years are going to be really interesting.

With a new movie in 2015, is it beyond reasonable to expect something new around that same time at Disney parks to coincide with the new movie launching?

[Editor's note: Front-page story and discussion at http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201210/3248/.]


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Dominick D
Posted October 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM
Universal: I have an army of wizards

Disney: We have a wookie

I'm super excited Disney bought Star Wars!!!

From Rob Pastor
Posted October 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM
Hollywood Studios Star Wars Land should now be a no brainer. Disney has no licensing excuses left. Just do it.

From Tim W
Posted October 30, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Disney owns four out of 5 extremely marketable brands right now. It would be a shame not to use them to their best extent. While Harry Potter is a loss, I'm still not sure they could have integrated him into their current lineup. But with names like Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and Muppets attatched under the Disney name, there is no reason why this should not be good for theme parks, especially Hollywood Studios.

From Chad H
Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM
Rob: Maybe not. I think Merlin has some rights for Star Wars in their legoland parks. Would depend on what the contract says I guess.

From robert morris
Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM
@tim

Forgetting one franchise left on the table is LOTR with 3 billion worldwide after 3 films (not counting earlier animated version) and 3 more films to go. Plus one of the most popular book franchises

It obviously has challenges in merchandising and could be the most expensive to bring to live in a theme park "accuratly"

But obviously the large parcel of land behind Simpsons and MIB at USF could be enough room

From Mike Gallagher
Posted November 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM
Dom said "Disney: We have a wookie"

Twice in one week? In two different threads? Hang your head in shame, Dom.

From Don Neal
Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Mike, maybe you underestimate the power of his statement. Wookies are not to be trifled with. I suggest you let the Wookie win. It's not wise to upset a Wookie. :)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Wookie, schmookie (Snooki?)

From Duncan Henny
Posted November 6, 2012 at 12:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRMFH71fDIE&feature=g-all-lik
had to share this awesome

From Dominick D
Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:33 AM
Now it's rumored they'll aquire Hasbro. Universal is gonna get pissed ;)

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 6, 2012 at 5:52 AM
Okay, so Sandy knocked out my power for a week. I come back yesterday, and Disney bought LucasFilm. I read up on the basics, but can someone clarify what exactly Disney got rights to here (did they get Starwars, Star wars and Indiana Jones, all Lucas Film products, etc.)

From rafael g
Posted November 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM
All the above, however Indy is currently tied with Paramount.

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