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Rumor: Star Wars-themed "boutique park" under consideration for Walt Disney World

Jedi Training Academy

Disney is rumored to have assigned a small number of its Imagineers to a project to build a "boutique theme park" based on the Star Wars movies at Walt Disney World.

The rumor was posted over the weekend to the Disney Gossip blog, with Disney said to be looking at ways to exploit its recent acquisition of LucasFilm. The site's report claims that the park would feature a similar business model to Discovery Cove, which limits attendance to around 1,000 guests per day, and aims to offer more intimate experiences than neighboring SeaWorld Orlando.

The Star Wars boutique park is likely to be at an early stage of development, if indeed it is under development at all. However, it is claimed that it will offer a 4-6 hour, heavily-personalised experience, which will revolve around guests being selected for "Jedi Training". Star Wars fans would be charged some $200 per visit, a considerably higher price than that charged at other Walt Disney World theme parks.

Inevitably, comparisons have been drawn to the long-rumored Star Wars sub-land at Disneyland Paris, with Disney and More analysing the similarities in detail. Most notably, a recreation of the Mos Eisley Cantina that is in the pipeline for the Paris park is said to also be under consideration for the Walt Disney World project.

Earlier this year, rumors surfaced that in addition to finally upgrading the badly-aging Star Tours to the newer Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Disneyland Paris will go one step further and create a whole new mini-land dedicated to Star Wars at the rear of Discoveryland. This would incorporate several existing attractions, shops and facilities, including the similarly-obsolete Captain EO and the Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet restaurant.

Captain EO would reportedly be converted into a version of the Jedi Training Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios, enabling young guests to "train" to become a Jedi. Pizza Planet, meanwhile, would become a recreation of the Mos Eisley Cantina, complete with the unusual band playing in the background.


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