Disney’s Hollywood Studios
NOVEMBER 17, 2017: Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World) debuted scenes today from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as from the new theme park land under construction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. These new Star Tours adventures will take guests to the planet of Crait in the middle of an epic battle and to the new planet Batuu. (The new sequences debuted at Disneyland park on Nov. 17 also, and will debut at Disneyland Paris on Nov. 22, and at Tokyo Disneyland on Dec. 15.)
This flight simulator ride was inspired by the popular Star Wars movies. It’s situated on the far left of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, beyond Echo Lake, and features R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as other familiar Star Wars scenes and characters. The new StarSpeeder 1000 takes passengers to a variety of different planets in the Star Wars universe, where they will experience several different adventures — all in 3D! With more than 50 different combinations, guests can have a new experience with every flight.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue is an updated version of the original Star Tours attraction which opened in 1989 and closed for refurbishment in the summer of 2010. While the original attraction featured only one destination (Endor) and one flight experience, the new version takes travelers to several different locations — and frequent flyers will find that it’s rarely the same three places! In fact, there are more than 50 different experiences with destinations like Naboo, Tatooine, Hoth, Kashyyk and Coruscant. All of the film footage is new and was filmed in digital 3D, giving it additional depth and realism.
Queue: Set several years before the time of the original Star Tours, this updated queue winds through the terminal area of the Star Tours spaceport and will remind anyone who has ever traveled via air of the airport experience, complete with security scans and luggage screening. Large flight status displays on the walls list the arrivals, departures and destinations of upcoming flights. Audio-animatronic characters, including C-3PO and R2-D2, are engaged in various tasks like equipment maintenance while the G2-9T droid dutifully screens baggage.
Before boarding their StarSpeeder 1000, guests will view a short safety video featuring safety droid Aly San San, describing loading procedures and seat belts.
SPOILER ALERT! Details about the ride itself follow:
The Ride: Designed by teams from both Walt Disney Imagineering and George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and Lucasfilm Ltd., the 40-seat flight simulator combines motion with an action-packed 3D video to send passengers soaring into an unforgettable journey. C-3PO and R2-D2 are your droid pilots as the flight unexpectedly changes from a run-of-the-mill sightseeing trip to a perilous mission to protect a Rebel spy from the Galactic Empire. The five-minute ride is full of thrills as it travels through hyperspace to its multiple destinations, which might include a pod race on Tatooine, a speeder pursuit on Kashyyk or an underwater submarine chase on Naboo.
The pilot eventually manages to return the Starspeeder and its passengers safely to a spaceport.
There are more than 50 different combinations of the film elements:
— Two different opening scenes: Darth Vader or Skytroopers
— Different second scenes: the ice planet Hoth, the Wookiee planet Kashyyk, the planet Jakku with the Millennium Falcon, or the podrace on Tatooine
— Four different character interactions: Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, BB8, or Yoda
— Different finales: Death Star (above the planet Geonosis), Coruscant, or the watery planet of Naboo
Star Wars characters you may encounter:
— Darth Vader
— Boba Fett
— Admiral Ackbar
— Jar Jar Binks
— Princess Leia
NOTE: Keep an eye out in the queue for a little tip of the hat to the former version of this attraction: The StarSpeeder 3000’s pilot, RX-24 or “REX”, can be found in a row of junked droids, marked as “defective.”
The video below includes excerpts of scenes you may see during this attraction.
Star Tours-The Adventures Continue is a very popular attraction, and FastPass+ tends to book quickly, with long standby lines. To avoid a long wait, ride soon after park opening.
HIDDEN MICKEY ALERT: As you walk along the queue, you’ll notice a window that features silhouettes of familiar droids and other characters. Watch for the R2-D2 who reveals his Mickey ears!
The height requirement for Star Tours is 40 inches (102 cm). Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
Attraction Experience Time: Approximately 7 minutes (including boarding at Starspeeder gate). Actual show is approximately 5 minutes.
Because the motion simulator can be fairly rough, pregnant women and people with other medical considerations, including motion sickness, and back and neck problems, are advised not to ride Star Tours.
There is less motion in the middle of the vehicle near its center of gravity. Those wishing to experience the widest range of motion will find it in the back row, especially on the ends. Cast members will usually accommodate seating requests if possible.
There is a net bag under the seat to secure loose items during the flight.
Guests using wheelchairs or ECVs must transfer out to ride this attraction. Ask a cast member at the entrance for boarding instructions.
Guest-activated captioning is available at this attraction.
The nearest restrooms are located across from the attraction entrance. There are also restrooms in the nearby Backlot Express restaurant.
KIDS AND CHARACTERS
This attraction is quite popular with most kids who have seen the Star Wars movies. But others may find it scary, and those who are prone to motion sickness might find it a problem.
There is a great photo opportunity across from the attraction exit — there’s a speeder bike that you can sit on, with a forest-y Endor backdrop.
If you have a youngster who would like to become a Jedi and battle Darth Vader or possibly the Seventh Sister check out the area in front of Star Tours to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. It’s held several times each day and there is a special registration process — check your daily times guide for actual show times.
You will also find lots of Disney Characters at a variety of Meet and Greet locations throughout the Studios. Check your Guide Map for times and locations.
Immediately across from Star Tours is the Backlot Express, a counter service restaurant that houses props from many old movies, such as the bicycle from ET, the Extraterrestrial. The restaurant now serves several food and beverage items with a Star Wars theme.
There is a gift shop located at the exit of Star Tours called Tatooine Traders, made to resemble the Mos Espa village in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The shop offers a variety of merchandise based on all of the Star Wars movies, including build-your-own lightsabers, t-shirts, action figures, LEGO kits, books, and posters.
NOTE: Prices for the Build-Your-Own-Lightsabers are $21.95 for a single lightsaber; $24.95 for a double.
Scenes from the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially debuted as part of the attraction on December 1, 2015.
The flight simulator used in the StarSpeeder 1000 is the same used by the military to train pilots.
Anthony Daniels reprises his role as the voice of protocol droid C-3PO. Actress Allison Janney provides the voice of spaceport spokesbot Aly San San. Actor Patrick Warburton provides the voice of one of the droids in the queue.
Star Wars fans will recognize the line “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” This line has been used in all of the Star Wars films by various characters as part of a running gag.
The flight status displays in the queue alternate between the English and Aurebesh languages.