Way before Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, there were already rumblings of a possible Star Wars-themed amusement park in the works. Now that Disney (and more importantly, their bank roll) owns the Star Wars franchise, a Star Wars Land at Disney World seems more likely than ever. Below is an artist rendition of what a Star Wars theme park could look like. The shocking thing about this illustration is that it was made in 2008. (Click the image for a larger version.)
This piece was conceived and illustrated by artist Tom Hodges, a one-time comic book artist for LucasFilm on The Clone Wars comic book. He based his vision of a Star Wars theme park on classic 1966 Disneyland blueprint. Who wouldn’t want to visit this theme park on their annual vacation? If “Star Wars Universe Dream Park” was a real place, then Disney might want to re-think their “Happiest place on Earth” moniker.
The center of the theme park is the Jedi Temple, which features rides, restaurants, and locations including Hoth: Escape From Echo Base, Cloud City Amphitheater, and Chewie’s Barbeque. The concept comes complete with Imperial Galactic Empire concierges ready to help guests find their way around. The concierge tells guests to find the nearest Trooper kiosk for park information. This is an exciting design and illustration!
Hodges created this concept for the annual Star Wars fan gathering, Star Wars Celebration V in Anaheim, California at Orange County Convention Center in 2008. With Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm, it’s unclear if fan art will still be an acceptable practice by Star Wars fans. Disney is notorious for cracking down on copyright infringers, so the acquisition may be problematic for fans. It would be a shame if we wouldn’t get great pieces like the “Star Wars Universe Dream Park” in the future.