Marc Graser over at Variety has a lot of information on Star Wars at Disney Parks from Bob Iger himself:
Disney could have easily started producing new rides based on the original “Star Wars” films — and early development on new rides did revolve around the first six “Star Wars” movies. But Iger didn’t want a situation in which theme park guests would be disappointed with an attraction after seeing “The Force Awakens.”
So this clearly means any rumors we’ve heard over the past year or two, true or not, are irrelevant now as the plan has clearly changed drastically.
As a result, Iger stopped early development on theme park attractions at Imagineering. “We couldn’t tell them what was new,” Iger said, until Abrams was finished developing and producing the sequel. “I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future,” referencing upcoming sequels and spinoff films. “Now we have a sense of what’s in ‘Star Wars 8,’ and what some of the standalone films will have in them.”
That is confirmation of new content and that the new two Star Wars films are worked out enough for development to begin on rides and ideas based on those concepts.
“I keep telling J.J. Abrams this is a $4 billion movie,” Iger said. “We need to treat this very special. It’s an unbelievable privilege and unbelievable responsibility to take a jewel and treat it in a way that is respectful of its past but brings it into the future.”
No pressure dude.
“That will give the film a look that will be extremely respectful of the look George (Lucas) created in the ’70s,” Iger said, “and will play well with ardent ‘Star Wars’ fans and play well with audiences today.”
We knew that, but just in case, there it is again.
I really look forward to going to Disneyland for a Star Wars filled experience one day soon. I pretty much had an annual pass to ride Star Tours 2 endlessly. I can only imagine how fun the parks are going to be in the near future.
Make sure you head over and read Marc Graser’s full article.