Anyway, I think that regardless of whether or not they could have expanded the Star Wars offerings in the parks before, they have the opportunity to time movie releases with new attractions at the parks to maximize the profitability of both portions of the franchise like Roger mentioned in a thread about a rumored roller coaster from a year or two ago.
After I thought about this some more....how about a pod racing ride that uses the Radiator Springs Racers technology? It would be perfect for indoors (get it dark, will make 50mph seem faster) which is what they were concerned about putting it at DHS in the first place.
I also think this started when Disney was prodding to make a full Star Wars land and in exhaustion one of the lawyers for Disney yelled at George, "What will it take for you to let us do this, buy you out?
" to which he said "Yes."
BTW, Disney didn't own the full theme park rights to Star Wars. Legoland (both coasts!) were allowed to have Star Wars weekends of their own. Who owns Legoland in the U.S.? Merlin.
Merlin is a division of Blackstone, who also owns the Busch theme parks and....Universal Studios Florida.
I don't see Disney pulling the plug on Lego though. They make Toy Story and Avengers LEGO. (And Harry Potter, and Hobbit/LOTR, etc.)
//watch out, Universal will make a play for LOTR now.