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Walt Disney Imagineering is working on Star Tours updates for Star Wars: Episode VIII

Monday, 21st November 2016 at 12:30

Star Tours updates for Star Wars: Episode VIII at Disneyland Paris

While Star Tours: L’Aventure Continue continues construction in Discoveryland at Disneyland Park, let’s talk about the Starspeeder 1000 destinations themselves.

It’s already confirmed that Disneyland Paris will have the Jakku scene based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) from opening, inserted into its random sequence.

But just this weekend, Disney announced Walt Disney Imagineering is already working on another update, for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

During a D23: Destination D presentation today, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek also shared that – for the first time – we are adding a new adventure to the Star Tours – the Adventures Continue attraction. Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teams are currently in production to add an exciting new mission to the attraction based on elements from Star Wars Episode VIII.

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No date was attached to its launch, but the film is due for release in December 2017 — so there’s a good chance, after waiting 25 years for its first update, Disneyland Paris’ Star Tours will also receive a second, more minor update within a year!

• Previously — Star Tours: The Adventures Continue construction continues ahead of 2017 boarding

The announcement came at the Destination D event at Walt Disney World in Florida, where new concept art showing the resort’s new Star Wars Land at night was also unveiled.

Star Wars Land at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios

Now, come on — don’t go all Chewbacca on us. Maybe we’ll get it someday.

Until then, we’ll have to sit and watch Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios being torn apart to bring in this enormous new expansion. Take a look at some particularly good before-and-after aerial photos of the Californian project here.

The new 14-acre lands are to include two major attractions, allowing guests to “take control of the Millennium Falcon” and “an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

If Disneyland Paris were to one day receive this expansion, where would you like to see it go? Discoveryland in Disneyland Park, or Walt Disney Studios Park?

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  • You know, I’ve been thinking about Star Wars and Paris for a long time and I still really can’t decide which park to put a Star Wars Land in. Walt Disney Studios probably NEEDS it more, but having Star Tours and the Land in separate Parks is a bit weird, and it’s not how they’re doing it in California or Florida.

    The other part that trips me up though is the master plan. By 2030, there’s got to be a third park. But since that project has barely progressed beyond “we have to do it by X”, it’s impossible to guess at the nature of the third park. But any rational guess has to assume that DLP will finally get a unique park concept, and that either one or both of Star Wars and Marvel will factor heavily into whatever themes it ultimately winds up with.

    Do you build Star Wars Land in Studios, then build a Marvel Thrill Park? Or do you gut half of Studios and make it a Marvel Land, then build Paris an honest to goodness Star Wars Park? Or build a third multi-theme park? What do you do then? Presumably you’d want Star Wars and Marvel in all three, so Studios would get Star Wars Land, Discoveryland’s Buzz Lightyear would get the Ant-Man retheme and some of the existing Studios area and attractions would be Marvellously rethemed as well (like maybe converting Tower of a Terror to Mission: Breakout).

    There’s a lot of ways to go. But ultimately DLP needs a comprehensive master plan going forward. Piece meal additions and changes here and there aren’t going to cut it, this is going to need to be coordinated fully, Resort-wide.

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