Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Rumor: Disney Parks Imagineers Debriefed on Episode VII Characters and Plots

By: Dominic Jones

Time to breathe a sigh of relief.  The folks over at the Disney fansite MiceChat are reporting that the Star Wars Land park, reportedly taking the place of Tomorrowland at Disneyland is back on!  After reports that the project had been put on hold back in November, it seems it has gotten the green light for imagineers to start work on the project again (no word on the status of DisneyWorld in Florida, where the Star Wars project has reportedly been cancelled).  But here's the best part, according to MiceChat, the imagineers working on the Star Wars project "have now been debriefed on the characters and plotlines coming for Star Wars Episode VII that opens in theaters in about two years."

This lines up perfectly with reports that Disney was expecting a completed script sometime in January.   MiceChat continues,

"The original plan for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland relied heavily on characters and plot points from the first three Star Wars films, with attractions like a Millenium Falcon walk-thru on the old PeopleMover platform, a wild Tatooine cantina replacing Tomorrowland Terrace, and a speeder bike ride through an Ewok village where Autopia currently sits. Those key attractions are all still part of phase two, but they are being layered or tweaked to include references from Episode VII that will be released in theaters at least 18 months before any of those attractions open."

It sounds like everything is back on, though we may have to wait longer than originally anticipated.  It would be great if Disney could have something ready for April 2015 when Star Wars Celebration will be taking place down the road from Disneyland at the Anaheim Convention Center, but it sounds like the main attractions are still years away.

As always this is just a rumor until confirmed (or denied) by Lucasfilm or Disney. 

Source: MiceChat

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