Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge might be set in the village of the Black Spire Outpost on the remote frontier planet of Batuu, however, Disney's Star Wars theme park was nearly set in Tatooine.
Speaking in an interview with WDW Radio, former Walt Disney World VP Dan Cockerell decided to talk about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and how nearly everything about the theme park at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World was much different during its initial design face.
According to the Walt Disney World VP, the new Star Wars land was supposed to take over part of Hollywood Studios instead of expanding the place. Not only was the Star Wars land going to take part in the park called Echo Lake, but it would also have replaced existing attractions in Walt Disney World, including the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.
The Star Wars park was also supposed to mimic Luke Skywalker's original home, Tatooine.
"So we did it for a couple of years. And we had the Epic Theater, the Indiana Jones theater, that was going to be the heart of the Star Wars land. That was going to go away and we were going plug it right in there," Cockerell told the radio show interviewers, "The Mos Eisley Cantina was going to be right across from Star Tours. We had all kinds of great concepts for that."
However, the design for the Star Wars theme park changed when former Disney CEO Bob Iger met with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Apparently, the Lucasfilm head honcho wanted a Star Wars park that would help build the future of the franchise. Kennedy's point of view was that there would be more Disney Star Wars stories looking into the future, not back to the Skywalker saga.
Kennedy does make a good point too. To help build the Star Wars franchise, Disney has to keep looking forward to the future.
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