Rumor: Disneyland Star Wars Project Postponed Following Cost And Scheduling Woes
MiceChat has some disturbing news on the Disney parks front. According to them, Disney's NextGen park expansion project "is wildly over budget, way behind schedule, and not pulling in the extra profits it was supposed to," leading a "furious" Disney CEO Bob Iger to tell Walt Disney Imagineering to stop working on all NextGen projects that are currently in the works.
"The result," MiceChat reports, "is that dozens of Imagineers who were working on Star Wars and other plans for Anaheim have now been told to stop their work and are reassigned to work on Shanghai Disneyland (and its conveniently separate budget) for at least the next 90 days."
Here's more from their story where they discuss the Star Wars park expansion that is supposed to hit Disneyland in Anaheim, CA:
Originally the plan to add Star Wars to Tomorrowland was going to be divided into two phases; a first phase involving some placemaking and a replacement for Captain EO to be finished prior to the 60th Anniversary, and a second phase kicking off in late 2015. The second phase included the Speeder Bike E Ticket ride, Ewok village and forest where Autopia currently is, a Millenium Falcon walk-thru where the PeopleMover platform is, tearing out the decaying PeopleMover tracks and moving the Astro Orbiter up on top of the Space Mountain concourse, and turning Tomorrowland Terrace into an interactive Tatooine Cantina restaurant show. All of that is now on hold indefinitely.Also of note in their report: "[P]lans for many of these Star Wars elements coming to Disney Hollywood Studios in WDW have just been cancelled outright."
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