It's official. Disney now owns everything. Well, not everything. But it does own Mickey and the gang, the Pixar cash-printing empire, the Muppets, all of the stars (dancing and otherwise) at ABC, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers at Marvel, and, as of a couple of days ago, Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, and everything else that is part of Lucasfilm. If you were able to shell out $4 billion (the value of the deal signed by Disney CEO Robert Iger and Lucasfilm founder and owner George Lucas), perhaps the Force could have been with you.
What does this mean for theme parks? While there's been no official word from Disney, it seems likely that the company would want to capitalize on the Star Wars franchise (and to a lesser extent, the Indiana Jones franchise). Star Tours, which got a glorious reboot in 2011 at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, is more popular than ever. The Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland is among the Imagineers' crowning achievements. Disney has already committed to a new Star Wars film to be released in 2015 and plans additional movies beyond that. I wouldn't be surprised to see an entire land, if not an entire park, built around the sprawling, beloved sci-fi saga. Would that send you into orbit, Star Wars fans?
Photo: Disney, 2011. Used with permission.