Bob Iger Comments on Alcohol at Disneyland and Less-Aggressive Release Plans for Star Wars Movies
Disney CEO Bob Iger has chimed in on the announcement that Disneyland will being selling alcohol in the park, beginning with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. He also confirmed that production of Star Wars movies will begin to slow down, as a response to audience feedback.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter the news of alcohol being sold at Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was mentioned, and how some “Disneyland purists” were upset over the announcement. Iger responded to the statement by saying, “We have to be careful we don’t let people drink and then go on Autopia. (Laughs.)”
When pressed further about the topic, mentioning that Walt Disney had specifically called for no alcohol in Disneyland, Iger responded with, “I think Walt had a nip or two in his apartment at night. (Laughs.) I am a big believer in tradition. This just seemed like one of those traditions that if we changed it the empire wasn’t gonna crumble.”
Speaking of Star Wars, the subject of fans wanting Disney to slow down on the amount of Star Wars movies being released was brought up, to which Iger said, “I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films.”
Fans have been divided on the sheer volume of Star Wars movies released since 2015’s The Force Awakens. Most recently the conversation became prevalent when this summer’s Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters a mere five months after The Last Jedi saw its theatrical release. Paired with a divisive fan reception and negative discourse surrounding the franchise, many have blamed the constant stream of Star Wars movies being released as the reason for Solo‘s lower than expected box office numbers.
But there is still a lot of Star Wars to come. Iger went on to say:
“J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”