We knew from Disney CEO Bob Iger that Disney is excited to get the new Star Wars franchise into the theme parks. In fact, groundbreaking was expected to take place in 2016. We know have an idea of how soon that will be and what it means for Disneyland while construction is going on.
Effective at the end of the operating day on January 10th, all attractions related to the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad will close for a period of months (no exact date has been given for their return).
- Attractions along the Rivers of America that are temporarily closing are:
- Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
- Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
Also closing, but not reopening, is the Big Thunder complex with the restaurant, petting zoo, and jamboree area.
The entrance to Star Wars Land will go right through the Big Thunder Ranch area, so that had to go. The closure of the other attractions probably has to do with work along the train track that will require draining the Rivers of America.
Change has to happen to make way for Star Wars Land. It won’t be easy, but the end result is worth it. Agree or disagree?