TheForce.net have posted an update to the recent rumours that Disney Parks’ Star Wars attractions are on hold. According to their source…
The NextGen team and [Walt Disney] Imagineering are two completely different parts of Disney, and because of that [they] have their own budgets. So any budget cutting of one wouldn’t affect the other.
They didn’t want to build [Star Wars] attractions/a land without including the new movies. So since the teams don’t have a final script they can’t add anything from the new movies.
So perhaps the MiceChat report conflated the very practical concerns of the Imagineering team vis-à-vis new Star Wars attractions with the financial worries of the NextGen team.
It would be crazy for Disney to not capitalise on the potential synergy between new films and new theme park attractions—if I were managing their budget, this is one area I would not be cutting back.