Everyone knows Disney is planning to use Star Wars in a big way at their theme parks, but it sounds like they’re finally getting close to announcing what those plans are.
Yesterday the company had their third quarter earnings call and CEO Bob Iger discussed the “significant” plans they have for Star Wars attractions in their parks. Variety has a quote from him:
During the call, Iger said when Disney now decides to build new attractions, â€œthe likelihood of their success is greaterâ€ when theyâ€™re branded. â€œWhen we grow â€˜Star Warsâ€ presence, which we will do significantly, you will see better bets being made that will pay off for us than were made in the past,â€ adding that leveraging the collection of popular franchises and properties that the company owns for rides and experiences will deliver â€œbetter returns than we saw in the past.â€
While some sites incorrectly said this meant a Star Wars Theme Park, Iger was talking about attractions in their existing parks. Disney is currently building Shanghai Disneyland, and based on the massive cost of that the soonest there would be a new Disney Theme Park is sometime in the next decade. Instead they’re going to focus on building new Star Wars attraction in their already-built parks around the world.
Disney will reveal these plans next year. The first place they may be hinted at is Star Wars Celebration in April, but then we’ll likely hear everything at the D23 Expo in August.