We all know when Disney purchased Star Wars from LucasFilm, they also got ILM, Industrial Light & Magic. The leader in visual effects for movie could now be working with Disney on a Star Wars attraction for the new Star Wars Land coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Jon Snoddy, the Executive Vice President of Disney Imagineering, took the stage at CES during a conference and briefly discussed one of the Star Wars attractions in development, noting that it will be “unprecedented, in a way,” most likely due to the involvement of ILM.
According to Business Insider, Snoddy also mentioned that one of the rides will feature “”super high-resolution projections” alongside physical and practical sets and characters.”
Here’s where things got confusing. Snoddy also mentioned a water ride during the press conference. Snoddy could have been taken out of context and instead of talking about Star Wars, he was talking about the upcoming Avatar attraction, “Flight of Passage.”
Here is the direct quote from TheDrum:
“It will be a boat ride where the boats are controlled down to millimeters to precisely align them frame by frame to this ILM giant projection that will be able to determine exactly where peoples’ eye are to give a sense of depth in 3D.”
Bob Iger did talk briefly about the Star Wars Land during D23 mentioning that ““these new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
Could this be the water ride? We will have to wait and see when Disney reveals more details about Star Wars Land in the coming years. Disney is famous for cloning their ride technology, so we could see the same technology used on the “Flight of Passage” attraction in Pandora, used in Star Wars Land for a water ride based on the film series.
Shanghai Disneyland is also preparing a Pirates of the Caribbean ride that is going to be the most technologically advanced Pirates attraction ever at a Disney park, so we could see some of that technology blended with new stuff from ILM and get one heck of a Star Wars ride.
The other rumored attraction for the Star Wars Land is one based on the Millennium Falcon, where guests pilot the iconic spaceship from the movie.