Disney’s Hollywood Studios- Star Tours: Origins and The Adventures Continue Ultimate Star Wars Tributes
In 2010 Disney closed Star Tours, a ride that takes guests through a pilot droid’s first flight through the universe. The ride was well-loved by all and would have been 25 years old this year. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue has been opened in its place. Star Tours took place after the events of Return of the Jedi while the newer ride; The Adventures Continue is set earlier, between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
The updated ride system includes high-definition video, Dolby 3D high definition screen, better motion simulations and new special effects. The outside of the attraction in Florida is made to look like an Ewok village on the forest moon of Endor. The line cue features Rex, the captain of the original ride, officers C-3PO and R2-D2, and other characters that interact with one another and the guests. The cue is designed to transport visitors to a spaceport terminal: there are posters of destinations on various planets, and a large screen that informs riders of the benefits of booking flights with Star Tours much like a futuristic commercial. The information is displayed in spoken Earth languages and Aurebesh. Then visitors enter a security-style checkpoint where G2 droids interact with guests before they receive their 3-D flight glasses and are directed onto the ride.
The new ride opened in 2011 and has been very popular so far.
A reaction to the closing of the original star tours ride, an independent film maker has re-created the entire ride in incredible 3D. He has made a few small changes. Gregory Noacco added: “I’ve also added a new version of the “Safety Warning” (with ROX-N as the speakbot), as well as new animations for the “Star Tours” jingle, and all the transition from the waiting area to the starspeeder.” He recreated each individual scene from the ride so that it would not be lost in time. Everyone who sees the new one on their Disney World Vacation should check out this video. The original wasn’t in 3D at all- this was truly a lot of time and painstaking effort. It is being called the ultimate tribute to the ride.
You can watch the entire video here and then come see the new ride!