Star Tours is a popular motion simulator ride located at several Disney theme parks around the world. The ride, which is based on the Star Wars franchise, first opened at Disneyland in California in 1987. This ride was and can still be found in Tomorrowland.
The idea for Star Tours came from George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars franchise, who wanted to bring the world of Star Wars to the theme park. The bond between Disney and Lucasfilm is one that continually transforms Disney parks around the world. The ride was developed and produced by Imagineering, the research and development division of The Walt Disney Company, and Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm’s visual effects division. Part of the ride’s brilliance is the integration of flight simulation technologies.
Construction of the ride began in 1985 and it officially opened on January 9, 1987. The ride was an instant success, with guests lining up for hours to experience the adventure. The original version of the ride featured a flight through the galaxy, including a visit to the planet of Endor and a battle with Darth Vader.
Star Tours in the 2010s
In 2011, Star Tours re-opened as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. The new version of the ride featured updated technology and new scenes from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, as well as the ability for guests to choose from multiple different adventure experiences. However, many lament the removal of characters like Rx-24. C-3PO replaced that beloved robot and they are now speculated to be DJ-Rex in Galaxy’s Edge.
In 2016, the ride saw an update to include elements from the latest Star Wars movies, including scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The ride also features characters and locations from the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land.
Star Tours is likewise in other Disney theme parks around the world. These parks include Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.
The ride continues to be a fan favorite and a staple of the Disney theme park experience. With its cutting-edge technology and thrilling adventure it is no wonder that Star Tours continues to be a popular attraction at Disney Parks around the world.
In addition, the ride’s legacy is still ongoing as it’s being included in Disney’s Future Expansion plans. This includes one in Disneyland Hong Kong and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. With the release of new Star Wars movies, fans can expect updates and new scenes in the ride to keep the experience fresh and exciting.
Overall, Star Tours is a testament to the power of creative collaboration. Likewise, the enduring popularity of the Star Wars franchise. It has been a beloved attraction for generations of Disney park-goers and Star Wars fans. Finally, it will continue to be a must-see for anyone visiting a Disney theme park.