CONFIRMED: Star Wars Land Originally Conceptualized As Tatooine and Endor According to Former Disney Vice President Dan Cockerell
In a recent interview, former Vice President of Walt Disney World Dan Cockerell confirmed long-standing rumors that the original concept for the Star Wars themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios included Tatooine and more from the original Star Wars trilogy.
We know that the plans also included the forest moon of Endor as a teaser was hidden in a display at the 2013 D23 Expo for the Speeder Bike thrill ride that would’ve allowed guests to take part in a mission during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. Other attractions in the land would’ve included a Jabba’s Palace dinner show, the aforementioned Mos Eisley Cantina, and a Path of the Force dark ride explaining the secrets and lore of the Jedi and the Sith.
This Endor/Tatooine themed land was set to be built over what is the Echo Lake section of the park (including Gertie the Dinosaur’s extinction), stretching down to Star Tours. Makes sense, right?
Into 2015, rumors persisted that the Echo Lake area was going to close, but it seems that a shift in the plans in the latter portion of 2014 led to the project moving to the back of the park. Finally, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was announced at the 2015 D23 Expo and construction started in the Spring of 2016.
Bob Iger admitted to cancelling these Endor and Tatooine plans in a December 2014 interview, where he explained why the land would be focused on the Disney film trilogy.
It’s nice to know that the archaic rumors were true, but I’m also a little sad at what could’ve been. How do you feel? Which version of the Star Wars Land did you want to see?