I read JediTricks' post about Hasbro's build-your-own-lightsaber classes at Disneyworld Florida.
I just celebrated my birthday at Disneyland California. Besides riding Star Tours for probably my 30th time or whatever, they had a Jedi Training Academy with Jedi Masters instructing the kids (likely age 9 and under). It was so cute. They put the kids in little Jedi robes and handed them each the lowest price point Hasbro toy lightsabers while the Force music blared out of the speakers and the well-dressed Jedi Masters taught the kids some moves.
Then the entire stage rose out of the ground! I was not expecting this at all. Inside was Darth Vader's meditation chamber and a very tall Vader and Imperial Stormtroopers spilled out with Palpatine's voice-over "Commander: Execute Order 66!" and Vader calling, "There will be no one to stop us this time!"
The Jedi Masters just about had all the younglings under control when Darth Maul lept out of the Sith's pit and demonstrated some very accomplished prowess with the Master Replicas double-bladed saber! This one little girl "youngling" started crying!
One by one, the Jedi Masters took their pupils to combat the Dark Side! It was precious.
Many of you who have gone to Star Wars Celebrations have seen this show - but with the stage and Disney's sound system and smoke / steam displays, it was really something to see.
I was quite sure I posted about this, but I maybe mistaken.
In any case, while Disney does great things with Star Wars, I'd love to see what a total Star Wars theme park with restaurants and roller coasters could do. I started some sketches of how I'd set up the different planets just like Disney sets up Frontierland, Adventure Land, Tomorrow Land, etc.
I'd have plenty of things for all ages there and a full size AT-AT with snowspeeder rollercoasters circling it and going through Wampa / TaunTaun ice caves in the center of the park! Additionally, I'd install LaserTag blasters on each coaster car (snowspeeder and what-not) and have the receptors on the targets like vulnerable spots on the AT-AT and you get a shooting score when you disembark at the end of the ride.
These Jedi Training Academies could find another home in the Star Wars park for the kids, as well as things like spinning Senate Cars in place of the tea cups, and AAT bumper cars that let you run over cardboard Gungans and fire Nerf balls, etc. The Ewok Tree House would be a must.
In place of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride or the Haunted House, a tour through Jabba's Palace on Tatooine Skiff cars would work.
And oh, the speederbike ride! The Podrace! The Death Star Trench run!
We've talked about this before. How come there isn't a Star Wars theme park? I'd say build it in Arizona. The Southwest's weather is the best. California has too many theme parks. Nevada has Las Vegas. Arizona would subsidize something like this to get it started and put it on the center of the map for tourist attractions.
Even if it could be open, let Disney keep what they have - it's good advertising.