"The major capital investments planned for Disneyland and DCA beyond the 60th are in limbo right now while Burbank accountants try to get a handle on just how much extra they’ll have to shell out in Shanghai the next two years. The plan to infuse Tomorrowland with new Star Wars attractions was already sidetracked last year by huge problems and cost overruns with the MyMagic+ program at Walt Disney World. The sudden delay on the Tomorrowland Star Wars project, which was very close to being announced publicly, allowed Imagineering to regroup and go in for an even more ambitious plan it continues to work on for Anaheim. The new plan that has risen from Tomorrowland’s ashes has Star Wars landing in Disneyland in a much different location, with a new proposal to take over the Big Thunder Ranch and Mickey’s Toontown.
The plans for Anaheim that WDI is currently mocking up in their dedicated Star Wars design studio now have an entirely new land being tacked on to the north of Frontierland and Fantasyland. The new Star Wars expansion would be accessed via the western flanks of Fantasyland beyond the old Skyway station, taking over the Big Thunder Ranch area and extending to the north beyond the railroad tracks. Where Toontown is now would be more expansion and a large show building, not unlike New Orleans Square with the show buildings for Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean stashed unseen behind it. It’s this show building on the Toontown plot where the bulk of the Star Wars E Ticket and some other indoor environments would reside.
Yes, this means Toontown would go away completely if this concept gets approval. The Roger Rabbit dark ride and Gadget’s Go Coaster would both go to Yesterland, while the popular Mickey and Minnie meet n’ greets would slot into a new facility elsewhere. The smart money is that Mickey and Minnie would take over the Disneyland Opera House, using the interactive talking character technology WDI had previewed in Toontown several years ago.
While it has yet to be given the green light, Tom Staggs has told WDI to continue working the Star Wars designs towards the goal of using Toontown instead of Tomorrowland, and TDA is complying by bringing the Submarines back out of mothballs after they sat untouched for the first five months of its nine month “refurbishment”. After its light cosmetic and vehicle refurbishment, the biggest problem for the Submarines now is how TDA’s Public Affairs department will carefully word the talking points on why Disneyland will be filling up the 9 million gallon submarine lagoon (that still leaks) in the middle of California’s epic drought.” - source
First off - MyMagic+ is a Florida tech and infrastructure project and wild claims it somehow wasn’t budgeted for in a way that TDO would randomly take Anaheim’s attraction money reeks of bullshit or guessing. I could be wrong but that just seems way speculative.
Destroying ToonTown and Big Thunder Ranch…really? I suppose don’t doubt the idea might cross the mind of management at the DLR, stranger things have happened - but it makes zero fucking sense to plop a Star Wars area down out there, in terms of surroundings. This whole thing sounds ridiculous. If it turns out to be true and not just someone feeding MA wholesale lies and things just for fun, or them not making it up - well, Disneyland management stupider than I hoped. For now, I suggest we all wear our skepticals.
The update also claims MuppetVision 3D might finally get a new film (I’ll miss the Jim Henson directed one, old though it may be), Marvel might get a Rock-n-Roller Coaster ripoff themed to an unknown character and cheap little area around it at DCA’s studio backlot (hope not, lame use of good ‘universe’), and that Frozen going to have a holiday presence at the same backlot (stage inside the muppet theater for singing, ice rink, souvenir stands, etc - now that I believe of management!).