So this isn’t really the kind of thing I would normally categorise as ‘news’, and I do want to stress that these are simply rumours and nothing as far as I know has been officially confirmed. However, the source I got this from seems pretty well-informed on the inner workings of Disney, so how much of this you believe is entirely up to you.
That said, this is something that’s been floating around the interwebs for about a week now, and it pertains to details concerning the staging and attractions of the upcoming Star Wars expansion to be featured at both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. From what I’ve been reading it sounds like Disney want to continue to build intricate and immersively themed lands and experiences, but with this one they’re taking it a step further. They’ll be designed to transport you to the Star Wars universe, complete with elaborate shopping and dining experiences that will bear more resemblance to dinner theatre and museums than traditional theme park amenities.
The two new attractions are also designed to reimagine Disney Imagineering, if you will. They will each contain long and elaborate plots that take you through multiple pre-show rooms and well-themed queue lines and set you up for the attraction section that culminates the experience. And these ride sections in themselves are designed to be unlike anything you’ve ever done before on a theme park ride. Multiple different endings depending on the choices you make and the duties you perform, for example. Or a combination of ride-through and walkthrough, where you get out of your vehicle at times before rejoining it later in the ride. If this is true, it’s an extremely interesting concept, but one which, clearly, has logistical implications.
The hourly throughput of the attractions is going to be affected by the way they work, which is true of any theme park ride. This has advantages and disadvantages; obviously queue lines will be longer if less people can get on at a time, which means Disney will have to work really hard to make sure the experience is worth the wait. But if the attraction itself is long enough, it kind of alleviates the time you’ve had to wait for it in my opinion, so a low throughput is not necessarily a bad thing. I guess only time will tell in that respect, although if the queue lines are as well-themed as they sound like they will be, even waiting in them shouldn’t be too much of a chore.
I’m not exactly the world’s biggest Star Wars fan, so while I was interested when I heard about Star Wars Land I wasn’t exactly excited as such. That has certainly changed now, and I’m looking forward to following the construction of the expansion as it progresses over the next several months. Keep your eyes peeled for official confirmation of these rumours and everything else that may be included in this new expansion.
See you around =] x x