Is Disneyland sacrificing Mickey’s Toontown for the long-awaited Star Wars area? Micechat is claiming that construction will begin there by 2016.
It does seem to make more sense than MiceChat’s previous Tomorrowland rumor – Tomorrowland has not only been a part of the park since inception, it’s getting it’s own movie next year. Toontown only opened in 1993, and the Disney World version was closed in 2011.
Apparently there’ll be some sort of Disneyland announcement later this week that may or may not have anything for us but /Film speculates we won’t hear anything about Star Wars plans until Celebration or the D23 Expo next year, which is in line with what we’ve heard before.
It may not be the ‘trailer’ we’re waiting for – this Celebration Anaheim video won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. But it will make you really want to go to Celebration. Most of the footage seems to come from Celebration Europe in Germany and Celebration VI in Orlando.
News? Well, there’s the artist list, which includes plenty of familiar names.
Celebration Anaheim (or, as known to us rebels, Celebration VII) now has a poster, revealed on Hero Complex. And it looks like sales are good:
“It’s going to be really interesting, because we are way ahead with ticket sales from where we usually are this far out,” said Mary Franklin, senior events and fan relations lead for Lucasfilm. “I feel safe saying this is going to be the biggest one yet.”
Mary goes on to play coy about The Force Awakens stuff at the con, but… We know, Mary. We know.
The design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was unveiled today, and it certainly isn’t boring! The ‘floating’ disc on top will be an observation deck, while the interior will feature “three levels of exhibition space in infinite loops.”
The Lucas Museum website will have a live webcam to document the construction.
Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume will feature “60 hand-crafted costumes” from the first six films. It’s a collaboration between Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with consultation from Lucasfilm.
Although I initially thought this would debut in D.C., another Club Jader, Nancy, noted that the exhibit is already being teased by the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle for a January 2015 opening.
After Seattle, the exhibit will go onto 11 other cities, as yet unnamed. One will almost certainly be Chicago, when the Lucas Museum is ready.
Costumes have always been a major feature of past Star Wars exhibits, but this may be the first to focus on them exclusively. Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, which ran at the at the National Air and Space Museum from fall 1997 to early 1999, is a quite important part of Club Jade’s own history, as the reason behind our first large-scale meetup. Since then, we’ve also seen Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, and the still-touring Star Wars Identities, which opens in France next month.
First, if you’re going to be at DragonCon, Tosche Station has 25 signed copies from Del Rey, and I think they said something about giving them away at panels. If you’re not going to the con, Del Rey is giving away 20 copies randomly!
And of course the book will be out in hardcover on September 2, so it’s not that long a wait.
Dragon Con is coming up Labor Day Weekend. Once again, the center of Star Wars activity will be the Star Wars at Dragon Con track. On Sunday, August 31st, the track is asking fans to wear Aloha shirts in honor of one of Aaron Allston‘s favorite wardrobe features.
That same day at 5:30pm in Hyatt International North, there will be a tribute panel to Aaron and A. C. Crispin, who lost her battle with cancer since the last Dragon Con.
Other fun Star Wars activities coming up this year include:
- Last Party on Alderaan – Party like it’s the end of the world at what is arguably Dragon Con’s best club dance.
- Suits, Sinatra and Star Wars Mixer – A new event that will give you the excuse to wear your best Star Wars fabric suit or Rat Pack fashion and meet fellow fans.
- The Empire Striketh Back Table Read – A “dramatic,” or at the very least amusing, table read of Ian Doescher’s next installment in his Shakespeare’s Star Wars series.
- An Hour with Sam Witwer – Our own Bryan Young interviews actor Sam Witwer about his love of Star Wars and his roles as Starkiller and Darth Maul on The Clone Wars.
Coming back will be the Podraces for the kids. And, as always, lots of discussion about the movies, collectibles and books.
For the most up-to-date happenings, be sure to download the Dragon Con app.
Del Rey has posted video of the A New Dawn panel from SDCC.
Lest we forget there’s a Celebration coming up in the spring, StarWars.com has provided us with a few deadlines and reminders.
First of all, Dave Filoni is, once again, the convention’s first confirmed guest. Because of course Dave Filoni is going to be there. By April, we’ll presumably have seen the first season of Rebels and be all geared up to hear about the second.
Also returning is Gus Lopez and his Collecting Track and the Art Show. What’s new is a Podcast Stage, which is bound to be… Something. There’s also deadlines for fan programming submissions, fan-built props and fan tables. Media registration opens October 15.
James talks to Adam Bray, author of Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, at San Diego Comic-Con.