Disney's new sizzle reel shows The Mandalorian's impact on theme parks

Disney's new sizzle reel shows that the company's plans for The Mandalorian go beyond the screen. The show is a major part of the future of Disney's theme parks.
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) and the Child in THE MANDALORIAN, season two. © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

The Mandalorian is a major part of Disney's plans for the company's future, highlighted in their new sizzle-reel that focuses on expanding their immersive Disney park experience for fans.

The video outlines "How Disney Goes Beyond Storytelling" and plans to include its most-watched original series of 2023 as part of its "top quality experiences" and features clips from various episodes of the show. The plan is to use the connective storytelling approach at Disney's theme parks and on board Disney Cruise Line, which "immerses guests in boundless creativity of Disney stories."

According to The Walt Disney Company, Disney plans to invest heavily in its theme park experiences over the next 10 years:

"Disney announced last year that it’s planning to accelerate and expand investment in its Experiences segment to nearly double capital expenditures over the course of approximately 10 years to roughly $60 billion to build new attractions, ships, and lands."

The Walt Disney Company.

It's important to note that while Disney has provided summaries of how Disney goes beyond storytelling with their other original titles such as Frozen, Toy Story, The Avengers, and Star Wars, nothing outlines their plans for The Mandalorian. Perhaps the details are being ironed out as we speak and plans will go into effect after the highly anticipated release of The Mandalorian and Grogu film in 2026.

While the sizzle reel highlights The Mandalorian's achievements as a television series, it's Disney's only streaming original series to be included in the plans for their theme parks. That will change very soon as The Mandalorian & Grogu will go into production next month. Disney should give information regarding a potential fourth season, even as production begins on the movie. The Mandalorian is, after all, "2023's most-watched original series in the U.S." and deserves more seasons.

The Mandalorian played an important role in launching Disney+ and helped the Star Wars live-action series take off successfully, which opened the door to other hits such as Andor, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Even Marvel took inspiration from the success of The Mandalorian and launched several successful series, including WandaVision, Moon Knight, and Loki. While The Mandalorian & Grogu's announcement is very promising, Disney and Lucasfilm would be foolish to end a series that's earned them several Emmy Award honors.

Regardless of what Disney decides for the future of the series, The Mandalorian isn't going away anytime soon and will play a prominent role in Disney experiences beyond storytelling.

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