Disney’s Bob Iger Discusses ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park, ‘Episode VII’ Release Date

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently discussed the possibility of new Star Wars attractions in California and Florida. He also dropped a few details about the Episode VII release date.

If you’re a fan of George Lucas’ franchise, then there’s certainly no shortage of information floating around this week. In addition to addressing concerns about the sequel’s release date, Iger opened up about possible theme parks centered around the Star Wars universe.

Here’s what Bob Iger told Bloomberg about the new attractions:

“The only thing I can share, which actually I don’t think we’ve talked about much, is there is a fair amount of development going on at Disney Imagineering right now to expand the Star Wars presence in California and in Orlando and eventually in other parks around the world. We do have ‘Star Wars’ in other theme parks, France, Paris and in Tokyo, and we haven’t made any specific announcements of what will be in Shanghai or what will be added in Hong Kong after we build an Iron Man attraction, but I think it’s likely that ‘Star Wars’ will be in more than just our two domestic parks.”

The Inquisitr previously reported that a Star Wars-themed attraction could find its way into Disney World by 2018. The new theme park will reportedly find a home near the Star Tours attraction, though this would mean the end of the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground.

Bob Iger also used the interview to discuss the release date of director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Since the folks at Lucasfilm still need a bit more time to get the project in gear, the studio decided to release the flick towards the end of the calendar year.

The Disney CEO explained:

“One of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team the time to design, write, and produce the film so that we can optimize quality, or so that they can create a great film. At one point we considered the summer of 2015, but it felt like, particularly with some changes that we made in the writing team, that that was going to create a bit of a rush.”

Episode VII is currently slated to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

If you want to see Disney CEO Bob Iger’s interview with Bloomberg in its entirety, then be sure to swing by the publication’s official website.

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