Sad days for those hoping that Disney would be making more attractions in the vein of Star Tours, allowing visitors to leap into the world of the original trilogy (let's be honest — no one's upset about the lack of prequel rides). Nothing new will make it into the Disney parks that isn't related to new films.
At an event for Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that there will eventually be a much larger Star Wars "presence" in the parks, but that doing a big thing right takes time. Which is understandable — the time between George Lucas confirming the new Star Tours and its actual opening was nearly six years.
Iger also explained why they've chosen to base the new attractions on The Force Awakens:
"I didn't want someone to say, 'I just saw the movie and there's nothing in that movie in this (attraction)," Iger said. "We waited to see what this film would have in it."
As a result, Iger stopped early development on theme park attractions at Imagineering. "We couldn't tell them what was new," Iger said, until Abrams was finished developing and producing the sequel. "I slowed it all down so what we come forward with will have a blend of the past, present and maybe the future," referencing upcoming sequels and spinoff films. "Now we have a sense of what's in 'Star Wars 8,' and what some of the standalone films will have in them."
Personally, I'd take rides based on the original trilogy and ones based on the new films. This is an area where more is better. I can only ride Star Tours so many times in a row.