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December 21

December 21, 2012 – The Walt Disney Company Completes Acquisition of Lucasfilm

“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family.” – President and CEO Bob Iger

On December 21, 2012, the Walt Disney Company announced that they had completed the acquisition deal of Lucasfilm. In the terms of this agreement, Disney now owns certain Lucasfilm assets, including the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. This whole merger had a value of over $4 billion.

February 12

February 12, 2016 – Disney CEO Bob Iger is Named to the Toy Industry Hall of Fame

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“Mr. Iger has done an impressive job of building on Disney’s rich history and growing their storytelling portfolio, creating new experiences and unforgettable memories for generations of kids to come.” – Toy Industry Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb

On February 12, 2016, the Toy Industry Association inducted the newest member of the Toy Industry Fall of Fame: CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger. Iger was added thanks to his contributions to the toy industry, as well as the “impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide.” Iger was also recognized for growing the Disney portfolio with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, and creating new creative platforms for each of them. He was inducted in a special presentation at the 16th annual Toy of the Year Awards ceremony at the 113th North American International Toy Fair, which also celebrated the Toy Industry Association’s centennial.

October 30

October 30, 2012 – Disney Agrees to Plans to Purchase Lucasfilm

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“Global leader in high-quality family entertainment agrees to acquire world-renowned Lucasfilm Ltd, including legendary STAR WARS franchise.”

On October 30, 2012, Disney agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. through a stock and cash transaction to owner George Lucas. The overall deal was worth $4.05 billion, with Disney acquiring all aspects of the company, including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound. Co-Chairman Kathleen Kennedy was named as the President of Lucasfilm within its new incorporated structure, and serves as the brand manager for the Star Wars franchise. George Lucas would remain as a creative consultant for the successful film franchise. The announcement also came with the promise that the first Star Wars continuation film would be released in 2015. CEO Bob Iger also went on record to say “As far as the legacy George [Lucas] has created, we don’t take that lightly. We definitely plan to expand the presence of Star Wars in our parks which could include new parks.”

June 3

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June 3, 2011 – Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Attraction Opens in Disneyland

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“You never know where the Force might take you. With multiple storylines and locations, many different Star Tours adventures await you. Riding once is not enough!”

On June 3, 2011, the Disneyland Park attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opened. It is an updated version of the original Star Tours attraction, with the Disneyland version opening a few weeks after the Walt Disney World version, which reopened on May 20, 2011. The attraction’s timeline takes place before the events of the original Star Tours attraction, between the events of the films Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The updated attraction was announced in 2005, and the Star Tours attraction was closed in 2010 for the total renovation. The Disneyland attraction’s exterior is modeled like a Tomorrowland space port, and has guests in the role of space travelers. C-3PO acts as the (unfortunate) pilot in this version, who gets inadvertently trapped in the cockpit of the ship as it takes off. During the “voyage,” a guest is randomly chosen as a Rebel spy, and the mission of the voyage is to deliver the spy to safety. In total, there are 54 different possible ride experiences, which includes two opening segments, three primary destination segments, three hologram message segments, and three ending destinations.