Big rumors are spreading like wildfire around about the possibilities of a new Star Wars Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the recent announcement by Disney stating that the American Idol Experience will be closing in January 2015, combined with the rumor from Disneyatwork.com that the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular will be closing around the same time.
At statement form the Walt Disney World Company:
“After more than five successful years, The American Idol Experience will be coming to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in January 2015. Our partnership with FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment has been a great addition to the park and we are very appreciative of the amazing cast and guests who have devoted their time and talent to make this experience special and memorable. We are incredibly proud of the more than 2,000 Dream Tickets that have given guests a chance to live their very own Cinderella story and audition for ‘American Idol’. This past season alone, three of the Top 13 contestants were originally discovered through The American Idol Experience and we expect the attraction to continue providing top contestants for ‘American Idol’ XIV in the coming year.”
According to Disneyatwork:
“My sources also suggest that Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is also slated to close at the end of the year. All of this is happening to make way for the major Star Wars additions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will surround that end of the Echo Lake corner of the park, and supposedly extend further out as well, though in what direction(s) is uncertain. What is coming in remains to be formally announced, as the attraction is also being tied to a very anticipated follow-up series starting in 2015.”
A Star Wars Land would bring an extra exciting element to the already popular Star Wars Weekends and the new Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend put on by runDisney.
There have also been rumors suggesting WDW will be putting Cars Land in Hollywood studios. This is rumored to be slated to replace the Back Lot Tour and Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area.
What will happen when it all plays out remains to be seen, but this is exciting news as Hollywood Studios is due for some major change as much of the facility is dated.
Annual Passholder and DVC Member Pre-Registration for 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Opens Tomorrow!
The Disney Annual Passholder registration event for the 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend opens at Noon EST on June 4th. Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member Pre-Registration Opens Tomorrow at Noon EST! You can use the link below to gain access to the registration link, but you will need a valid Annual Pass in order to access the registration link. In addition you will need to have your Annual Pass tied to a My Disney Experience account. We suggest you log into your My Disney Experience today and make sure that you can gain access as we expect this event to fill up quickly. Please do not give out the registration link located on the Disney website to people who are not passholders.
DVC Members need to log into their membership page in order to get the link.
Disney Rewards Visa card holders cannot use their discount during pre-registration.
WALT DISNEY WORLD AND DISNEYLAND PASSHOLDERS – THE FOLLOWING LINK WILL ASK YOU TO LOG IN TO YOUR MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE.
RunDisney has released a new series of Adventures where you can be treated like an Galactic Emperor as you and a select few get treated to a VIP RunCation like no other.
This Adventure by runDisney features a 7-day and 6-night Star Wars themed package that includes:
- Star Wars Rebel Challenge (10K/Half Marathon) Registration
- Star Wars 5K Registration
- Entry to the Star Wars Wookie Welcome Party
- Visit to Walt Disney’s apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street USA Disneyland
- Guided run around Hollywood
- VIP visit to the Jim Henson Company Studios
- Behind-the-scenes access at Walt Disney Imagineering
- Privately guided walking tour of The Walt Disney Studios
- Visit to the Walt Disney Archives
This package also includes:
- 6 nights at the Disney Grand California Hotel & Spa
- 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
- Special Disney FASTPASS service
- Reserved parade seating
- VIP viewing of World of Color and Fantasmic!
- Four-day Park Hopper ticket.
You can book this out of the world experience by calling Adventures by Disney at 800-543-0865, you better hurry because there are only 40 VIP packages available.
I dug this one out of the Disney archives, thought it was appropriate for this week with it being Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios and the release of the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend by runDisney.
Official video announcement.
Official runDisney page launched
Based on photo details it looks like this one is also going to Disneyland. Which makes sense since it is taking Tink’s weekend.
According to Instagram it will be a Half Marathon
RunDisney Tweeted the official dates of Jan 15-18, 2015.
Could this video from runDisney posted today on Facebook be the sign of Star Wars half marathon weekend coming soon. Check out the video on runDisney’s Facebook page and let’s hope that the force be with us soon.
Watch the video on YouTube