Tosche Station Radio #60: What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

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It’s a summer vacation kickoff on this episode of Tosche Station Radio!

Kicking off the show, the hosts highlight what’s New on the Blog. There’s not much this week since much of the staff were busy traveling, but Nanci took a look at nostalgia and Star Wars.

This week’s Fixer’s Flash starts with an announcement from the hosts. They got engaged! Outside of that, Nanci and Brian both finished off Crucible and have gotten into Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. While on a trip to Seattle, they visited the Science Fiction/EMP Museum and strolled through some of the geeky exhibits on display. Somewhere in there, they also find some time to watch some Stargate. Nanci got her Geek Trivia on and Brian went and saw Man of Steel.

Deak’s Dirt starts with news out of E3 in Anaheim. Battlefront III is finally happening and it got an official preview. In television news, According to Kevin Kiner, The Clone Wars bonus content could be up to 10 episodes. Speaking of the Clone Wars, the show nabbed two Emmy wins over the weekend. In the Episode VII corner, George Lucas is upbeat about an Abrams-led Star Wars. An Episode VII cast breakdown also leaked to the web. A few weeks ago, Nanci talked about taking a survey about Star Wars and Disney World during Star Wars Weekends. Now we have two reports about the inevitable expansion of Hollywood Studios.Theme Park Insider is reporting on two different ideas for a Star Wars Land. Meanwhile, Comic Book Movie says that the Star Wars additions are few.

On this week’s Camie’s Concerns, the hosts celebrate the first day of summer by investigating some geeky vacation ideas. Specifically, the fandom-y things you can do at theme parks. Nturally, there’s discussion of what kind of Star Wras-themed attractions Disney should consider putting into their parks. But for those looking for a geeky vacation to take this summer, the hosts offer their advice on where to go and what to see.

Wrapping up the show, the hosts field questions from listeners in Ask Us Anything. 

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Iger hints at Star Wars in theme parks and on TV

Yesterday, Universal announced that their incredibly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be extending into both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios with the launch of Diagon Alley in 2014. Does Disney have a response for their own parks? Bob Iger had a few things to say at an earnings meeting yesterday.

“In addition to the Star Wars feature films that we’ve already talked about, we’re also working on opportunities for television and  our parks.  It’s still very early in the process. We’ll announce details as these developments evolve.”

So, they’re looking into things but nothing is definitive yet. Come on Disney, give me Star Wars Land. Preferably in Florida.

Disneyland Paris to get Star Wars Land?

If true, color me insanely jealous. Disney Paris might not be getting just the Star Tours update, they might be getting a whole Star Wars-themed section put into the park.

The plan is not only to bring Star Tours 2 at DLP Discoveryland but also to transform what is now the Captain EO theatre, the Star Traders shop as well as the Pizza Planet restaurant to create a “Star Wars land” and as you will see on the Google Earth screen capture below they not only have plenty of room backstage to do it but probably will even have enough room in the future to add new rides if necessary. The back of Discoveryland already don’t have the same architecture than the front, so this Star Wars land shouldn’t be a problem, esthetically speaking.

While Nanci is Tosche Station’s resident theme park expert and enthusiast, I know I’d love something like this in the American market. Disney World in Orlando is looking for something to compete against the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter over at Universal Studios. They’re giving James Cameron’s Avatar a shot at biting into that tie-in market, but I don’t think anyone expects that to be nearly the success Universal’s Hogwarts and Hogsmeade themed area is.

What’s the one thing Disney could throw out there to actually go toe-to-toe with Potter? Star Wars. It certainly would be neat to see Disney’s Hollywood Studios expand a bit to include a larger Galaxy Far, Far Away theme.

Via Club Jade