Welp, rumors have been circulating since Disney bought LucasFilm last year about the potential for a Star Wars themed land coming to the Disney parks. And I thought it was high time to weigh in on what would obviously be the best part of one — the potential restaurant!
Yep — sources are swirling about not only a repeat of Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but also a Star Wars Land of some sort!
According to one source, a Chalman’s/Mos Eisley Cantina-themed Star Wars restaurant could be on the horizon for Disney World as part of the proposed Star Wars expansion. (Though other sources put the Cantina in Disneyland Paris.)
Why would this be a totally rad idea? Well, I’m always up for more restaurants in Disney World; AND the Star Wars Cantina scenes are relatively well-known and referenced in popular culture. But that aside, here are a few of my reasons for supporting the proposal:
- Characters: I have no idea how it would work, but it would rock to have a Star Wars character meal — even if it’s just for breakfast. My guess is you’re going to see Leia, Han, and Luke the most. I can’t really imagine Darth making airplane sounds while he feeds your baby and signs autographs, but you never know.
- Food Options: The right chef could have a blast developing new and unique menu items for a restaurant like this. Here’s a great start. Of course guests would be able to order Blue/Bantha Milk and Blue Milkshakes.
- Bar/Lounge: Right now, Tune In Lounge is a great place to kick back and relax in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but the Star Wars Cantina would obviously lend itself to an incredible bar/lounge theme. Even if you extended a full restaurant to the back of the original Cantina, I could still see this being very popular as an escape for the grown-ups in the park. Plus, the potential for themed drinks and fun mixology is endless.
- Interactive Elements: With technology advances and magic bands, there could be lots of great interactive elements to the restaurant. Maybe guests have to pass through a Droid Detector before getting to their table?
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has long held the prize for best-themed restaurants in my estimation with Sci-Fi Dine-In and 50s Prime Time Cafe. I think the addition of the Star Wars Cantina would be a fantastic third.
Now, the one concern Imagineers might run into when developing a spot like this is how to create a sanitized, Disney-friendly, kid-friendly version of the Cantina while still staying true to the overall gritty theme of the place as depicted in Star Wars. After all, you don’t really want to take junior to the home of scum and villainy for lunch, right?
I’m sure they’d be able present something that will satisfy both the most die-hard Star Wars fan as well as the families looking for lunch before a ride on Toy Story Mania, but it’s worth spending a little time figuring out.
Of course, we’re hoping there will be no streetmosphere acts along the lines of lightsaber-inflicted arm chopping and random dismemberment while we’re eating, but we’ll leave that up to the Imagineers. Sources have a new Star Wars Land opening in the next 5 years, but this is just rumor. We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything confirmed.
What do you think about a Star Wars Restaurant in Disney World? Let us know in the comments section below!