The more things change, the more they stay the same, and with Disneyland’s 60th anniversary upon us, Walt Disney co. executives have hinted at some new attractions coming to the Anaheim Park. They have also shed some light on a few things that will not be making an appearance.
In a recent interview, new Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs said that Disney has plans to introduce characters from the Star Wars franchise in both large and small ways. He didn’t offer many details but one thing he made clear was that Disneyland would not be removing any favorite features in order to make room for the Star Wars additions.
“We will look at ‘Star Wars’ to be a plus while not taking away from things that people love,” he said.
Since the acquisition of the Star Wars franchise in 2012, fans have speculated how Disneyland would incorporate the films characters and storylines into the park. Though they have yet to offer many specifics we know Disney chief Bob Iger told Wall Street analysts that there’s “a fair amount of design and development (taking place by the company’s Imagineers) to greatly increase ‘Star Wars” presence in multiple locations around the world,”
Now as for what’s not coming to the park? It appears that MagicBands will not be added to the park anytime soon. According to Mary Niven, vice president for Disneyland Park, the wristband which uses microchip technology to let guests use the bands in place of theme park tickets, hotel room keys and even credit cards won’t work for Disneyland. She said that with many of the visitors being local residents who do not stay for long periods at the nearby hotels and that it just doesn’t suit Disneyland’s guest demographics. They may not be getting magic bands, but according to Staggs, “We will bring variations on MyMagic+ to our parks and other businesses around the world,” so it may not be in the immediate future, but its still not out of the realm of possibility.
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