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MiceChat Says Disney Star Wars Theme Park Planners Have Been 'Debriefed' On Episode VII
Posted by Eric on January 7, 2014 at 09:06 PM CST |
We've heard before that Disney's plans to bring new Star Wars attractions to its Disneyland park in Anaheim, California would incorporate material from the first Star Wars sequel. Now, MiceChat reports that the Imagineers who are developing the new Star Wars area in Disneyland's Tomorrowland section have been informed about the content of Episode VII so that they can begin to include those story and character elements in their plans.
The Imagineers assigned to the Star Wars Tomorrowland project have now been debriefed on the characters and plotlines coming for Star Wars Episode VII that opens in theaters in about two years. 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.
These changes to Tomorrowland form "phase two" of the Star Wars operation. According to MiceChat, Disney executives greenlit "phase one" last month. What will that consist of? Here's what MiceChat says:
While no exact date has been set for the [phase one] project to begin, the current plan will see the complete reskin and remodel of the main Tomorrowland buildings flanking the entry walkway off the Central Plaza. The theme for the opening act of Tomorrowland will be a futuristic looking “space port”, that frames the existing attractions nicely while setting up the environment for all the new Star Wars experiences planned for the back half of the land whenever they finally get approved.
If, as MiceChat predicts, the release of Episode VII is to predate the opening of these new attractions by "at least 18 months," that means we won't see the new attractions until June 2017.

You can read MiceChat's full report here. As usual, we'll keep bringing you the latest Star Wars theme park rumors and news stories as we find them.
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