Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs Comments on ‘Star Wars’ Rumors

We've all heard the 'Star Wars' rumors floating about the galaxy recently - that Disney is building Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios, that there is going to be a Mos Eisely-themed restaurant in the area, and that Star Tours could get an overhaul in connection with the project.

As we said before, these are all rumors but recently a reporter with the Orlando Business Journal reached out to Tom Staggs, the Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, to get his reaction to the persistent rumors.

Staggs' response gave nothing away and didn't really add any weight to the rumors, other than to say Disney is "excited to explore new ways to bring these stories to life." He also talked about the long partnership Disney has had with LucasFilm (25 years prior to the 2012 purchase of the studio), and how the "legendary Disney storytelling" combined with "iconic characters of Star Wars" transports "guests of all ages to a galaxy far, far away."

This official statement from Disney doesn't give any more credibility to the rumors out there, so for the time being Star Wars Land is still a rumor. But you have to admit, it's a rather fun rumor. To read Staggs' full statement, click here.

What do you think - is Star Wars Land going to be a reality soon? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Story by Traci C., Source

Susan wrote on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:19:

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Not thrilled about Star Wars Land. Star Tours was fine, but a whole land might be too much. It seems it is taking the "Disney" out of Disney. But I also see the other side of it where Disney is competing with Universal, so this variety may help them in that aspect. Still not something I would go out of my way to see.

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 13:43:

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I'm okay with a Star Wars Expansion - the fan community has already embraced Disney and it's one of the few things that really works hard for the Park as far as drawing in regular crowds and adding merchandise. At least Disney actually owns Star Wars, that's more than can be said for Avatar Land.

KathyR wrote on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 15:51:

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I personally can see a Star Wars Land being built. Star Wars has withstood the test of times; it's still popular. And if they make it so that it can be switched around as each new movie comes out, that will keep it fresh. And I know my 10 year old nephew William will love it! He chose Disney during Star Wars weekends for his Make A Wish trip. He got to fight Darth Vader too.

PixieAngelo wrote on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 19:55:

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I think it's a great idea that is long overdue. Hollywood Studios needs some updates, love and another big ride to ease the long lines of the 4 main attractions. Star Wars also appeals to the grown up Disney visitor, who is the one paying for their family's vacation in the first place. The amount of merchandise and memorabilia purchased by adult Star Wars fans is astounding and will only grow with the new films being proposed in the next few years. If this actually moves forward, I think they will see a huge increase in their 1 Day ticket sales for this specific park. It's silly that all of the elaborate costumes that have been created for May The Fourth and Star Wars Weekends just sit on the shelf the rest of the year. Star Wars may not be classic Disney, but it's a fable story with a richly detailed history that I feel carries just as much weight as the Hans Christian Anderson stories do.

JoAnn C wrote on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 22:24:

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I'd rather see a Star Wars land than an Avatar land.

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 23:47:

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Apologies for that WDWSpencer - I'll take the hit for that one, I was editing somewhat distracted this week.

PirateGirl wrote on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 01:04:

JoAnn I agree with you. I much prefer Star Wars than I do Avatar (I couldn't watch the whole movie).

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