What Do You Want to See in Disney's Star Wars Land?
You might have heard that Disney is adding some new land to its Anaheim and Orlando parks based on a little-known franchise called Star Wars
. Much like with the build-up to the latest installment of the film series (Episode VII - The Force Awakens), there are a lot of fanboys (like me) eagerly and nervously anticipating what it is in store for us when Star Wars Land debuts.
Well, J.J.’s movie certainly did not let the vast majority of us fans down... and actually restored the rampant lack of faith in Lucas’s creation that followed the trainwreck known as the prequels.
That being said, I am sincerely hoping Star Wars Land also rises to the occasion (and let’s face it — almost impossibly high expectations) and follows suit in giving the fans what they want.
Now as Robert has explored in his previous articles, we have a general idea of what to expect as far as some of the rides and attractions. More than that, it will be the details featured in these new lands that will determine their success in transporting us to that beloevd galaxy far, far away.
Here’s my own wish list for the experiences I want to have in Star Wars Land — one for each good Star Wars movie.
Use the Force, me! (Okay, you too, Luke.) Yeah okay, Harry Potter might have done it first in Universal’s Wizarding World, but come on… Disney Imagineers can certainly do it better.
Let’s have interactive areas everywhere so we can unlock the Jedi in all of us (not just the kiddies at the Jedi Training – Trials of the Temple.) Maybe we use lightsabers (only $49.95!) instead of wands, which would certainly be cool.
But how about we unleash our inner Jedi and focus the force via hand gestures tied in to Disney's Magic Bands. It would be yet another use for the ubiquitous and “beloved” band that already gets me everything I could ever want while WDW, except of course my annual passholder discount.
Drink and Dine at a Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy
I don’t care if it’s the Mos Eisley Cantina, Jabba's Palace, or Maz Kanata's castle. Make it look awesome on the outside and even more amazing inside! How about some advanced audio-animatronic bands such as Max Rebo, Sy Snootles, or Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. Maybe even a stage for live music performed at dinner time.
I want spectacular and immersive theming like Be Our Guest, the WWHOP restaurants, Trader Sam’s, or Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The tables and booths should make me feel like I’m sitting down on a movie set. And throw a few performers/characters in there for advanced interactions like a Star Wars version of the old Adventurer’s Club. Kenobi-loosh!
Walk Around Inside the Millennium Falcon
Yes, there's supposed to be a ride that takes place in the most famous cockpit in the history of cinema that allows guests to “fly it,” but I want a full-size scale movie model of the ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.
I could literally spend a whole day inside something like that. They make playlands for kids, make a Falcon for the big kids. It could even be part of a themed Jakku “graveyard” area that has a half-dozen large ships and vehicles and shuttles to explore.
I love the Stormtroopers on patrol and the trading Jawas at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios. And for my money, I think this kind of next-level character interaction/experience is so much cooler than a standard meet and greet.
Now, I’m not saying to dump the traditional character stuff, I’d still get in line for a photo with Slave Leia. (Hmm... I feel a disturbance in the Force as if one among a thousand uncomfortable couches suddenly cried out that I will be sleeping there tonight.)
Seriously though, having a lot of Star Wars characters just walking around and doing what you’d see them do in the movie is awesome. Think about it: Bounty Hunters checking to see if you’re on their list, Imperial Recruitment Officers trying to get you to sign up, Resistance Spies and Droids (Hello there, BB-8!) hiding out from the First Order goons by walking with your family to blend in. The possibilities are endless!
That’s why I want to see in Star Wars Land. Tell us what’s on your wish list in the comments below.
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I would most love a desert themed Tatoonie since this place is featured in the first two movie trilogies. The newest movie is featured in another desert planet, amazing coincidence. This will not happen in Star Wars Land since the lands represented in the movies will not make an appearance. We really don't know what to expect. Aside from characters, food and drink, the Force, and the Millennium Falcon, the land is the biggest unknown unlike the exact representation of Diagon Alley, Hogswort, and Hogsmead at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I want "Star Wars the J.J. Abrams Experience"! Where you wear special glasses and J.J. shines a blinding flashlight into them to create all those amazing lens flairs! ;) Or Star Wars the prequel experience where you stand on a green screen and try to act amazed by a tennis ball dangled in front of you.
I don't want to meet the big stars, they should be in the rides telling a new story. I don't care to visit a unknown planet, I want to be on a sellection of the known areas.
Anything that doesn't involve Jar-Jar
I love walking through Harry Potter land and hearing the music from the movies. Even when I'm not noticing it I think it adds to the experience. So bring on the soundtracks.
A restaurant with with animatronics of the bands would be awesome!!! Though there would probably be a 5 year wait for reservations.....
I want lots of cast members in Jar Jar Binks costumes that we can force choke. Maybe make a special attraction out of it like Ollivander's.
Other than the big E-ticket attractions, the main thing I want out of Star Wars Land is for it to feel like Star Wars. Once you step into the land, it should feel like you have stepped into the actual Star Wars galaxy, not like you've stepped into a theme park representation of it. This is something Universal appears to have done with Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I really hope that Disney can do just as good of job. Nail that, and I don't think it will matter too much what the exact contents of the land are (though I do hope that everything Paul listed makes it into the land).
The most essential component is to fix the Fast Pass Plus system before it opens. This is going to be extremely popular, more than I think they know. I do not want to go to Florida or California and get to ride these attractions once a day. Also, they need to go all out on the cast costumes. The Star Tours outfits are terrible. Have people in full alien outfits walking around. Wookies, Twileks, Trandoshians, etc. Once you enter this area, there cannot be anything taking you out of it. No Mickey with a lightsaber.
There was a Star Wars-themed Secret Cinema season in London last year that gave us most of what you asked for in terms of experiencing being inside that world, especially because dressing up was mandatory: x-wing pilot, jedi apprentice, smuggler or councilman. We obviously had no rides but had plenty of booze in the Mos Eisley cantina, trading with smugglers, jawas, farmers (yes, Luke's uncle and aunt), Vader and Leia bantering, etc. Several reviews are available online. It was an amazing experience and if Disney imagineers who might have attended it can up the game, as it should given the fact this was an independent production, Star Wars Land should be to die for. Fingers crossed!
The so called immersive experience that everyone raves about, is ruined the minute you bang into someone else. It's ruined the minute you see the roller coaster track. BOTTOM LINE: it's all about your personal perspective.
Would like to see immersive themed areas based on the original movie trilogy, with worlds like Hoth, Bespin/ Cloud City, Endor, and Tatooine represented. I wasn't so impressed with the newest movie, though my kids liked it a lot.
The Osborn Family Lights
They should have a slow moving, animatronic heavy dark ride along the lines of Pirates, one that is very immersive. It can be on Tatooine with Jabba's palace, the Rancor, etc. I'm sure they're going to have plenty of screen based, fast action rides, so a slower, immersive ride would be a good complement.
I'm really excited for this land and I think it'll be truly spectacular. But personally, I think that even if Disney makes this the best themed land of all time, the Disney critics and Universal fanboys will still
Actually in regards to Slave Girl Leia, her image is among the new set of digital trading cards on thee STAR WARS CARDS TRADER app. This new set launches officially tomorrow but has already been trading for about 3 weeks with preview versions. So, I guess the Slave Girl Leia image is here to stay.
Are we not worried the Millennium Falcon ride won't be Mission Space 2.0? I mean, "take control" worries me...a lot...
As I said many many times... Disney needs to make Hollywood Studios an entire Star Wars Park...
Geez. So much negativity in some of these anonymous posts. WWHP and Carsland are already examples of how some of the best immersion works. That hate for Disney makes no sense.
To be built in a timely, punctual manner - not the recent Disney pace at building attractions, which is quite frankly an utter disgrace.
188.8.131.52/hidden person /Disney Fan boy...
Whatever the final version of Star wars land will look like, the mandate for it and World of Avatar is simple: reclaim the gold standard in theme park design from Universal studios' WWHOP.
I don't want to see any more Star Wars at all! My son and I are HUGE Disney fans (parks - not necessarily everything else) and are seriously dismayed at the direction Disney is going with DHS. It used to be my son's favorite park and now he's feeling like he doesn't know if he'll want to go anymore. Between these changes and doing away with the NX tickets, they just might be losing us. And we go A LOT.
With all due respect to the previous anonymous post, the issue is a matter of public perception and in terms of the PR battle, Universal is winning on that front.
I simply would like to see something in a themed Star Wars Land that was never seen in the movies: An interstellar themed restroom dealing with the special needs of the different species and creatures... - I bet, no Toto or American Standard ceramics would fit in most cases. - So the Disney imagineers could really surprise us with some crative solutions that make the use of a restroom also an experience!
Primarily I am hoping to see the Imagineers getting more leeway in creating attractions with minimal cost control requirements from the bean counters. I'm pretty optimistic on this count as the Powers That Be have seen the impressive impact of in depth theming and high quality attractions that have made the WWOHP so successful. No one wants a repeat of cost cutting killing the Beastly Kingdomme at DAK, or years of building to come up with a lack luster expansion such as the Fantasy Land Expansion. As noted above, an immersive Mos Eisley Cantina, the E Ticket Millenium Falcon, and perhaps another E-ticket of some sort. Added in layers of good theming and Star Wars Land could break DHS away form the pack.
I just want to start by saying this site is awesome. Im only 10 and I love this site and amusement parks. I love parks so much I make my own homemade newsletters. Im on the edge for this star wars land idea. Sure its great, I love the movies (haven't seen the new one yet)and love star wars in general. but, I do think that they shouldn't have taken out lights, motors, action! Im not to surprised that their taking out the main street in DHS (is it just me that thinks that it was just shops)? So im excited but worried what DHS will become. So I don't want to say to much cause im 10 but is this anyone else's opinion? id like too know thz.
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