A little over two weeks ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger was speaking openly about plans to “expand the Star Wars presence in California and in Orlando”. Well, Mice Age have just posted a report on the grim financial standing of Disney Parks and Resorts, including the news that Star Wars attractions have been put on hold in Disneyland and cancelled in Walt Disney World:
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. Although Anaheim gets off a bit easier with its Star Wars plan on hold, as the plans for many of these Star Wars elements coming to Disney Hollywood Studios in WDW have just been cancelled outright.
I can’t imagine this lasting forever, however. Star Wars is too big a pull to not eventually include various Star Wars-themed attractions as soon as the money’s there. (And note again that all planned attractions centre on the original trilogy—there’s no podracing attraction, no Gungan underwater village…)