Star Trek is getting its own theme park in Jordan, so isn’t it time that Star Wars did as well? And did doesn’t help that it’s now owned by the creator of the theme park in the first place, Disney.
The company that bought the franchise last year for $4 billion is reportedly on its way to doing just that.
In a recent earnings call for Disney, the company’s chief executive officer Bob Iger said that “in addition to the Star Wars feature films that we’ve already talked about, we’re also working on opportunities for television and our parks. It’s still very early in the process. We’ll announce details as these developments evolve.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Star Wars: The Theme Park is opening soon. However, it could mean expanded opportunities for Star Wars in existing Disney theme parks where it already has rides. It also could provide some competition in Orlando for Universal Studios’ Harry Potter theme area, which has been pulling people away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in its Florida location.
Even the planned Star Trek park in Jordan is part of an overall park, and not expected to attract tourists in by itself. Yet, rumors continue to circulate that Disney might be planning an entire park around Star Wars. Some believe Iger added to that in an emailed statement to the Huffington Post that said the company plans to “combine legendary Disney storytelling and innovation with the iconic characters of the Star Wars franchise to transport guests of all ages to a galaxy far, far away. We’re excited to explore new ways to bring these stories to life.”