So I’ve just watched the Star Wars episode of Behind the Attraction on Disney+ and it’s left me with some questions.
Just how successful and respected a franchise is Star Wars? My feeling — which may not be widely shared — is that the first three (i.e. IV, V and VI) were revolutionary and universally adored. The next three (I, II and III) were awful, yet somehow George Lucas was not jailed for life with no possibility of parole. And the last three (VII, VIII and IX) were generic space action movies that are entirely forgettable. Actually, talking of George Lucas, is he the genius he’s presented as being? On a scale of 1 to Shakespeare, where Walt Disney is a 6, where is George Lucas?
When you visit SWGE and ride MFSR and ROTR just how fully immersed are you? Do you really think you’re there? Are you able to suspend disbelief? A popular statement amongst theme park designers is “We want you to feel that you’re right there in the action.” Do you feel like that? (And what about the other two major immersive lands — Pandora and WWOHP — how immersed do you feel in those?)