Star Wars Land. The long rumored area that many fans have clamored for years, might soon be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Last week, it was announced that the American Idol Experience will be closing its doors for good in January 2015. On the heels of that announcement have been reports that Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular will also end its run by January 2015 as well.
In between both of those attractions sits the ABC Sound Studio, which used to be home to the attraction ‘Sounds Dangerous’. That building has opened seasonally with various shows/experiences during Star Wars Weekends and sneak peeks of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ and beginning July 1, 2014 Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Other than those sporadic events, the building sits empty waiting for a new purpose.
As with most areas at Walt Disney World, there is an area for food and drink for its guests. This location currently features the Backlot Exprress. This counter service eatery has long been considered as the perfect spot for a re-purposed Mos Eisley’s Cantina.
While Disney has not confirmed the closure of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Show Spectacular, it certainly makes sense. Take a look at the area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios that encompasses the American Idol Experience, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, ABC Sound Studio and the Backlot Express. The area would be a perfect fit for a full Star Wars Land.
With an area this large, the real question is what type of attractions will take place in the potential Star Wars Land? A Cantina make over would be rather simple and quick as the eatery would simply need to be re-themed to fit the Star Wars era. Would an expansion of the ever popular Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy stage be looked into or would it be popular enough to fill the existing Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular area? What about a possible Star Wars Pod Race type of Roller coaster inside similar to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster? Or would that be too similar to the scene in Star Tours 2.0? Could some sort of slow moving attraction be above ground that takes guests through the Ewok Village of Star Wars Land, similar to Magic Kingdom’s People Mover?
Would a potential Star Wars Land be enough to counter the buzz at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley addition at Universal Orlando Resort?
Well, what do you think? Let us know on Twitter whether you think Star Wars Land is a good idea and if so, what type of ride(s) would you like to see.