Rumor Updates (October 2019): Kenobi, Brazil, and more
Ewan McGregor talks Kenobi, the Brazil pavilion takes a turn, Primeval Whirl lets guests on, and other minor attraction updates.
The landscape of rumors is forever shifting. In this monthly series, we’ll take a look at all the new updates to the articles pertaining around rumors. There are plenty of tricks and treats for this October!
A Long Time Ago, in an Expansive Stand-Alone Galaxy Far Away
Ewan McGregor, the actor for Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels and the new upcoming Disney+ series, shed more light on the details and background behind the series. In his own words from an interview with Men’s Journal, “It’s a f***ing massive relief because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.” As rumored, Kenobi’s story was planned to be a movie. But after the unsuccessful run of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm opted out of that route. McGregor believes a show would be better anyway so there could be a larger character arc. Speaking of which, details were also revealed. The series will take place a few years after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith during the fall of the Jedi order. McGregor also stated that he feels suited for the role since he believes he’s aging to the point that he could portray Obi-Wan like Alec Guinness did in Episode IV: A New Hope.
The Tomorrowland Updates
Mickey’s Star Traders is currently undergoing refurbishment bit by bit. Parts of the store are closed while other parts are open. As part of this refurb, the signs outside have been removed. This probably means Star Traders is getting a new sign to match the new interior.
Rivers of Light’s Chocolate Curtain
Despite Rivers of Light being reshaped into Rivers of Light: We Are One last summer, there are rumors that the show will be reshaped again. Rivers of Light: We Are One did open to worse reviews than the original show did, namely for its heavy use of IP, so it would not be surprising to see another change.
World Showcase Expansions
A new rumor around Brazil has sprouted and it’s quite jarring. The pavilion may have just been cut entirely due to disagreements on how the pavilion should be organized. It’s unknown if this means it’s layout, attractions and restaurants, or it’s overall design, but if this is true, this is a huge shift from the past few months. The Brazil pavilion was practically confirmed by everyone except Disney, even trees were cleared in World Showcase and hiring had begun.
Grand and Miraculous Changes to Spaceship Earth
When the upcoming changes were discussed for the attraction at the D23 Expo, once piece of concept art shared involved a boat and a manta ray gliding through the sky. Many were quick to point out the similarities to this and Moana, leading to speculation and fear that Spaceship Earth would now include IPs. However, it is believed that this ride will remain IP-less.
The Rumors of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Fate of Star Tours
Star Tours will be getting a new scene to coincide with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Guests will soon be able to visit Kef Bir, an ocean moon. It’s rumored that another Batuu scene will be added somewhere as well, most likely as an add-on to Kef Bir similar to the Crait addition two years ago. Despite this, there are still talks that Star Tours will be on the chopping block with a replacement estimated for 2023-2024.
It’s the End of Dinoland as We Know It
At the beginning of the month, Primeval Whirl opened for a couple days, allowing guests to enjoy this for a very brief period. The ride would shut back down for the rest of the month and isn’t expected to re-open until mid-November for the Thanksgiving crowds.
Where’s My Super Soup???
It seems the Incredibles are no longer being considered for the Contemporary. The Wave is still expected to receive updates at some point, but these updates are rumored to be IP-free.