So I've been drooling over all of the videos of Diagon Alley and planning my next trip to UNI in Florida, and it's got me thinking about what a Star Wars land would actually look like. Diagon Alley is an iconic part of the Harry Potter movies (especially the first one) and it has several different very cool shops and restaurants that I can't wait to visit. Hogsmead is the same. In some ways, Universal is incredibly lucky that with Harry Potter the shops are just as much of an attraction as the rides. From the videos I think I could spend a full day exploring the shops of Diagon Alley and never make it on the Gringots ride and while I'd be bummed about missing the ride I'd still very much enjoy myself. I'm trying to compare that to what a Star Wars land would be like and I'm having a hard time envisioning that it's going to be as good. For one thing, every Harry Potter movie is centered on the school, Hogsmead, Diagon Alley, and London. Those are the only worlds that they have to worry about recreating. Star Wars has several different worlds, and the one that shows up most often is Tatooine. However, I can't imagine a land built to look like Tatooine being anywhere near as cool as Diagon Alley. The only iconic thing in Tatooine is the cantina. Disney might rely more heavily on rides for Star Wars land then Universal has to for their two Harry Potter lands, but even with awesome rides I don't see myself wanting to spend much time in a Star Wars land beyond that. Probably the only thing that I can think of that would interest me would be if they built the whole land to look like you're inside the Death Star (kind of like the fully enclosed spaceport idea that they had for Tomorrowland back in the 60's) but I have a hard time envisioning Disney spending that kind of money after they already spent $4B to buy the franchise in the first place. So my guess is that it's going to be a mishmash of various Star Wars worlds and ships, and I don't think that's going to be as cool as what Universal is doing with Harry Potter.
So what do you think? It is just personal taste, or does Star Wars just not lend itself to a land at a theme park the same way that Harry Potter does?