It's a big day if you're a Star Wars fan! Disney made the announcement today that they've acquired George Lucas' Lucasfilm LTD and will be getting started expanding the Star Wars franchise with three new movies. That in itself is exciting news, whether or not you're optimistic about the prospect of more Star Wars. But what else does this mean for Star Wars and Disney? Those familiar with some of Disney's theme parks around the world, including Walt Disney World in Florida know that Star Wars already has a presence there, with the "Star Tours" Star Wars attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, not to mention the annual Star Wars Weekends that take place in the spring. With Disney now acquiring Lucasfilm, we could be seeing even more Star Wars in Disney's theme parks.
Right now, the announced Star Wars sequels are the hot topic with regards to this Lucasfilm acquisition for Disney. However, those of us who geek out as much for Disney World (or one of the other Disney parks around the world) as we do Star Wars are likely wondering if this news means we'll be able to see Disney and Star Wars' worlds collide even further in the parks. We haven't heard any specific plans yet, but the theme park topic has come up already.
Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said on a conference call that there would be "ample opportunity to expand the influence of these properties in our parks."
Theme parks got a mention in the lengthy announcement Disney released:
The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.
Again, we're getting no specifics there, but theme parks are mentioned among the "extensive opportunities" Disney will have to bring more content to the fans.