Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Disney Imagineers seem to be having a ball figuring out ways to further integrate Star Wars into Disneyland. With seemingly every new edition of insider column, MiceAge, their ideas are reportedly altering and solidifying leading towards what tourists will eventually enjoy when they visit the Anaheim park for decades to come: a full Star Wars themed Tomorrowland.
The latest report details even more ways they’re hoping to give Tomorrowland, current home of Space Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, a Star Wars makeover. Most prominently, current attractions Innoventions and Autopia will be removed to make room for a massive, Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike thrill ride. They’re also considering a reproduction of the Millennium Falcon to be parked on the landing pad in the middle of the area people can walk though, right next to a Cantina. There’s more too, read about it below.
All of the below information comes from MiceAge, a great column over on MiceChat. Here’s a few pertinent excerpts.
the old Rocket Jets spinner and PeopleMover platform gets an extreme makeover, as a landing pad in the Star Wars spaceport that forms the loose theme for the new land. And what’s a landing pad without a spaceship, right? The craft that will have landed there won’t be any old spaceship however, but will be the famous Millennium Falcon that will act as an elaborate walk-through attraction and meet ‘n greet location for your favorite Wookie co-pilot. In the shadow of the landing pad is the old Tomorrowland Terrace dining facility, made over into the rowdy Cantina on Tattooine where we’d told you previously that those tests in the Golden Horseshoe last month were for an interactive dining/entertainment concept using the Star Wars universe.
The back of the land is where the big new headliner attraction sits, in the place of the existing Innoventions and Autopia. After abandoning previous attempts to utilize the existing PeopleMover track and loading area, the Innoventions building gets gutted and in its place is the pre-show and boarding area for the new Speeder Bike thrill ride. The majority of the track heads outdoors and to the north, demolishing the Autopia freeways and taking over most of that area for the new ride. The outdoor Speeder Bike course is set on the forest moon of Endor where the Ewoks live, and an Ewok village and walk-through attraction will house dining and shops as the Speeder Bike ride zooms nearby. Imagineering has had dueling proposals for this area; one that retains the 1959 looping course of the Monorail and disguises it amongst the forest, and one that cuts out much of that track and shortens the Monorail route to open up more of the Ewok forest visuals. It should be noted here that Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland has an aging aesthetic with a sprawling and underutilized Autopia attraction taking up space.
If any of this was to happen, it wouldn’t be until late 2016 at the earliest. Which is not soon enough.
The article ends up saying this month should be filled with many big, official announcements. And one already came down with the Marvel ride in Hong Kong.
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