Star Wars News and Announcements at D23 ExpoAmy Lupold Bair
Star Wars fans flocked to last week’s D23 Expo in Anaheim in anticipation of Star Wars related news and announcements, particularly new revelations about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII and plans for Star Wars attractions at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World Parks. But for the most part, fans left disappointed after only receiving confirmation of previous announcements and far too obtuse hints of future Star Wars projects.
Attendees hoping to learn more about the much awaited Star Wars sequel received confirmation that the film is being directed by J.J. Abrams and scored by John Williams, information fans have known for some time.
Disney did manage to pique the curiosity of fans anxiously waiting to hear more about Star Wars attractions in Disney Parks or even an addition of a Star Wars Land. Crates stamped with the title “Orange Harvest” were placed on display, each box addressed to the Imagineering department, the Disney Cast Members who bring attractions to life in the parks. Further labels led attendees to believe that the crates contained Star Wars-related items with headings ranging from Lightsaber Assortment to Bantha Milk.
The Orange Harvest crates led to a flurry of predictions about new Star Wars attractions in Disney Parks. Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger mentioned a commitment to continual investment in Disneyland, which coupled with the “orange” in Orange Harvest led some to believe that the first Star Wars attractions would appear in Disneyland Park in California. Others speculated that the area around Disney’s Hollywood Studios‘ Star Tours Attraction would become a Star Wars Land, leading the Disney Parks charge towards Star Wars integration. The official comment on all this from Thomas Staggs, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts? No comment.
The most specific Star Wars attraction speculation continued to be a Speeder Bike ride on Disneyland’s PeopleMover track in Tomorrowland. I’ve got my fingers crossed that sometime soon we’ll all be able to grab our Stormtrooper helmets and blast our way through the forests of Endor.
Photo Credit: Photo posted with permission from Orlando Attractions Magazine.