A week after the Los Angeles Times sent the theme park, real estate and science fiction industries into a tizzy with speculation that the Disney company may add a Star Wars-themed section to Disneyland, Disney has sent those expectations even higher.
At the D23 expo, Disney chairman and C.E.O. Bob Iger told the audience that his company would add Star Wars-themed areas to both Disneyland in Anaheim, and to Disney World in Orlando. The move capitalizes not only on the resurgence in popularity of the Star Wars franchise, but on Disney’s recent purchase of the intellectual property from Lucasfilm.
Mr. Iger threw a bone to Star Wars purists in the crowd by saying, “[The Star Wars experience will be] occupied by many inhabitants. Humanoids, aliens and droids.” He added, “everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology.”
Locally, speculation revolves around three plots of land that Disney recently bought across South Harbor Boulevard from the theme park. It is believed that Disneyland offices and maintenance facilities may be moved onto that land, sandwiched between South Harbor Boulevard, West Disney Way and the 5 Freeway. That would free up space for the Star Wars experience at Disneyland, which Iger says will be about 14 acres in size.
Disney sent out three images to whet fans’ appetites. One you can see at the top of this story. Two more follow: