Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Prepare for a Star Tours prequel attraction that will jump into an all new 3-D Star Wars universe like we've never seen before with random destinations and more thrills than ever before

Project Details

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Star Tours 2), announced on September 12, 2009, will be a new 3D version of Star Tours will debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland in 2011. 

What will be the name of the new attraction? Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

When did Star Tours close? Star Tours closed on September 8, 2010

When will Star Tours: The Adventures Continue open?

  • May 19, 2011: Summer Media Preview Event
  • May 20, 2011: Star Tours Dedication Ceremony at 10am
  • Official grand opening May 20, 2011
    • 10:15am – 10:40am
    • Anthony Daniels will be part of the ceremony

What are the ride details that we know about?

  • Our pilot will be AC-38, or "Ace" for short but C-3PO will find himself at the controls of the Starspeeder 1000 by accident.
  • A droid named "Aly San San," who will be voiced by Allison Janney and will be seen in the "passenger terminal" portion of the attraction's queue. Modeled after the WA-7 Waitress Droid in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Tours 2 will feature 54 possible experiences "You will rarely, if ever, see the same show twice. And it's all in 3D."
    • Planets confirmed to be included
      • Tatooine (Boonta Eve Podrace)
      • Coruscant
      • Kashyyyk
      • Hoth
      • Death Star, (above the planet Geonosis)
      • Naboo
    • Planets rumored to be included
      • Endor
      • Alderaan
  • Star Tours 2 is set between the events of Episode 3 and Episode 4
  • The music for the attraction will be composed by Michael Giacchino and the signature Star Tours theme will be kept
  • Characters appearing in the attracion
    • C-3PO (voice provided by Anthony Daniels)
    • Yoday (voice provided by Frank Oz)
    • R2-D2
    • AC-38
    • Aly San San
    • Darth Vader (voice provided by James Earl Jones)
    • Boba Fett
    • Master Yoda
    • Admiral Ackbar
    • Princess Leia
    • Chewbacca
    • Stormtroopers and "skytroopers"
  • The ride will be broken up into three segments
    • Each segment has multiple destination possibilities, so riders can experience a completely different ride on the second, third or fourth run through

Latest Updates

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Star Tours wins award at the 18th Annual Thea Awards

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (and Disneyland park) was honored by the Themed Entertainment Association at the 18th Annual Thea Awards with the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Attraction Refresh.

The committee commented on Disney's achievement in the attraction update, "The refreshed attraction has succeeded both operationally and with the extremely loyal Star Wars fan base. For the guests, the most compelling feature is the variable content that affords multiple storylines, locations and characters. This element of surprise is driving multi-generational audiences to return again and again to get a shot at exploring different vistas into many realms of the Star Wars Galaxy. Today’s audience expectations for a high tech science-fantasy world as renowned as Star Wars far surpass the analogue entertainment world that existed back in1987 when Disney originated this granddaddy of simulators that became an industry template. To achieve a breakthrough experience, all new ‘state of the art’ 3D digital media systems were a given, but what really brings Star Tours: The Adventures Continue to life is a unique branching story structure employing multiple destinations and characters. This non-traditional storytelling device evokes curiosity by providing 54 potential show experiences resulting in a dramatic increase in attraction repeatability. To bring a layer of personalization and relevance, image capture systems are used to integrate riders into the varied story branches. All of this is fed into multiple motion programs designed for each random sequence, creating a multiplicity of kinetics for the 54 distinct profiles and unique real-time guest integrations. While the major components create the guest ‘wows’ every nook and cranny along the pre-show queue likewise received new story elements and advanced special effects. This has extended the experience of this ‘galaxy far, far away’ way beyond the doors of the Starspeeder 1000 and repositions the total experience firmly in a new century."

Monday, May 23, 2011
Star Wars Creator George Lucas and Disney’s Bob Iger Launch Star Tours Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort

Star Wars creator George Lucas and Disney President and CEO Bob Iger wielded lightsabers amid a legion of stormtroopers Friday to open “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D adventure at Walt Disney World Resort.

A cast of hundreds of Star Wars characters and performers – including Anthony Daniels, who has played the golden droid C-3PO since the first film debuted in 1977 – converged on Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the launch of the attraction destined to send millions of guests on virtual journeys throughout the Star Wars galaxy.

Fittingly, the launch of Star Tours anchored the opening day of Star Wars Weekends, a popular event in the park celebrating the Star Wars legacy with special shows, presentations, motorcades and memorabilia. Star Wars Weekends continue each Friday-Sunday now through June 12, 2011.

And on June 3, 2011, “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” will open at Disneyland Resort in California.

“Star Tours immerses guests into the Star Wars universe like never before,” Iger said. “The innovative technology and storytelling take guests on thrilling new adventures, bringing George Lucas’ iconic characters and locations to life in a completely new way.”

With eye-popping digital video leveraging Dolby 3-D to deliver a vivid and realistic visual experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests are immersed in a Star Wars adventure like never before on a theme park attraction. Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Industrial Light & Magic – the groundbreaking visual effects division of Lucasfilm – to bring the out-of-this-world attraction to life.

Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney guests since the 1980s, was “powered down” in 2010 so Disney’s Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.

In “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” there are more than 50 story combinations, so guests can find new adventures each time they experience the attraction.

Utilizing the random story combinations, the Starspeeder spacecraft embarks on a wild adventure, visiting several planets made famous in the Star Wars films. Among the locations that might provide haven from the Empire’s pursuit are the icy planet of Hoth, the lush jungles of Kashyyyk and the underwater Gungan world on Naboo.

And along the way guests may encounter Star Wars characters that offer to help (or hinder) their journey, including Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. “Skytroopers,” a legion of stormtroopers created just for the Star Tours attraction story, might even join in the chase.

In fact, guests will never know where the Force will take them. Flights are now departing during regular operating hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Brings Star Wars Thrills in 3-D to Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.

Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D.

With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3-D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests will be immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction.

Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney Parks guests since the 1980s, was “powered down” at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2010 so Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.

And in a new twist, guests may be able to enjoy the attraction multiple times without ever experiencing the same adventure. More than 50 story combinations are possible for guests to experience aboard Star Tours.

Just as the Star Wars films immerse movie-goers in storylines that keep them on the edge of their seats, Star Tours will feature multiple stories and scenarios that will hurtle park guests throughout the Star Wars galaxy. And all of the storyline’s twists and turns will be random, affording guests the chance to ride the attraction multiple times.

Whether it’s a battle with Darth Vader and his legion of stormtroopers or a plea from Princess Leia to help her save the Rebellion, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action – literally – in the 3-D, multi-sensory attraction.

Entering the attraction queue area, Star Tours guests walk into a bustling spaceport. The famed Star Wars droid duo, C-3PO and R2-D2, greet them as the Starspeeder 1000 is prepped for service. Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO and the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars Saga, reprises his role as the golden protocol droid. Daniels worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to record new dialogue for the attraction. Guests also are introduced to AC-38, a hotshot droid pilot known simply as “Ace,” and Aly San San (voiced by actress Allison Janney), the “spokesbot” for the spaceport.

After winding through the spaceport, guests board the Starspeeder 1000 spacecraft and prepare for Star Tours Flight #1401. Through a series of mishaps, however, C-3PO finds himself in the pilot’s seat instead of Ace, and it’s up to him and R2-D2 to navigate their passengers through the galaxy. However, the tyrannical Empire is out to stop the Starspeeder at all costs. C-3PO and R2-D2 take the controls and try to outwit and outrun the Imperial forces and a galactic bounty hunter hired to pursue the spaceship and its passengers.

Utilizing the 50+ random story combinations, the Starspeeder then embarks on a wild trip through the galaxy, visiting several planets made famous in the Star Wars films. Among the locations that might provide haven from the Empire’s pursuit are the icy planet of Hoth, the lush jungles of Kashyyyk and the underwater Gungan world of Naboo. And along the way guests may encounter Star Wars characters that offer to help (or hinder) their journey, including Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. “Skytroopers,” a legion of stormtroopers created just for the Star Tours attraction story, might even join in the chase.

In fact, with multiple ways to experience each flight, guests will never know where the Force will take them.

At Walt Disney World Resort, Star Tours opens May 20, 2011, the same day the annual Star Wars Weekends event begins at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Star Tours and Star Wars Weekends event activities are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Voice actors for Star Tours 2 revealed

In an interview, Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald revealed that Anthony Daniels will be the voice for C-3P0 and Frank Oz will be the voice for Yoda.  In addition, Darth Vader's voiceover was "recorded by the original actor", which presumably is James Earl Jones.

Thursday, May 05, 2011
Hollywood Studios updates Star Tours film strip at main entrance

The film strip of attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios has been updated to reflect Star Tours 2.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011
New billboard added for Star Tours

Photo credit: StarTours2Live.com

Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Construction walls come down at Star Tours 2

Construction walls came down today to reveal some new signs

Friday, April 22, 2011
Star Tours 2 Opening Day Annual Passholder Exclusive Merchandise

Friday, April 22, 2011
Star Tours Merchandise

New Star Tours mechandise has been announced

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’ Brings Star Wars Thrills in 3-D to Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park

The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.

Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D.

With eye-popping 3-D digital filming, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests will be immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction. Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Industrial Light & Magic – the groundbreaking visual effects division of Lucasfilm – to bring the out-of-this-world attraction to life.

Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney Parks guests since the 1980s, was “powered down” at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2010 so Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.

And in a new twist, guests may be able to enjoy the attraction multiple times without ever experiencing the same adventure. More than 50 story combinations are possible for guests to experience aboard Star Tours.

Just as the Star Wars films immerse movie-goers in storylines that keep them on the edge of their seats, Star Tours will feature multiple stories and scenarios that will hurtle park guests throughout the Star Wars galaxy. And all of the storyline’s twists and turns will be random, affording guests the chance to ride the attraction multiple times.

Whether it’s a battle with Darth Vader and his legion of stormtroopers or a plea from Princess Leia to help her save the Rebellion, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action – literally – in the 3-D, multi-sensory attraction.

Entering the attraction queue area, Star Tours guests walk into a bustling spaceport. The famed Star Wars droid duo, C-3PO and R2-D2, greet them as the Starspeeder 1000 is prepped for service. Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO and the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars Saga, reprises his role as the golden protocol droid. Daniels worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to record new dialogue for the attraction. Guests also are introduced to AC-38, a hotshot droid pilot known simply as “Ace,” and Aly San San (voiced by actress Allison Janney), the “spokesbot” for the spaceport.

After winding through the spaceport, guests board the Starspeeder 1000 spacecraft and prepare for Star Tours Flight #1401. Through a series of mishaps, however, C-3PO finds himself in the pilot’s seat instead of Ace, and it’s up to him and R2-D2 to navigate their passengers through the galaxy. However, the tyrannical Empire is out to stop the Starspeeder at all costs. C-3PO and R2-D2 take the controls and try to outwit and outrun the Imperial forces and a galactic bounty hunter hired to pursue the spaceship and its passengers.

Utilizing the 50+ random story combinations, the Starspeeder then embarks on a wild trip through the galaxy, visiting several planets made famous in the Star Wars films. Among the locations that might provide haven from the Empire’s pursuit are the icy planet of Hoth, the lush jungles of Kashyyyk and the underwater Gungan world of Naboo. And along the way guests may encounter Star Wars characters that offer to help (or hinder) their journey, including Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. “Skytroopers,” a legion of stormtroopers created just for the Star Tours attraction story, might even join in the chase.

In fact, with multiple ways to experience each flight, guests will never know where the Force will take them.

At Walt Disney World Resort, Star Tours opens May 20, 2011, the same day the annual Star Wars Weekends event begins at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Star Tours and Star Wars Weekends event activities are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

Friday, April 15, 2011
Original Star Tours poster removed

The Star Tours poster on the side of the building has been taken down. The one on the front is still up.

News submitted by Paul Chadkin

Monday, April 11, 2011
April 10, 2011 Photo Update

Tatooine Traders Wall up at Star Tours No visible changes at wall near entrance Tatooine Traders closed for rehab for 2 weeks Ewok Village area of Star Tours Star Tours FASTPASS machines Star Tours entrance Entrance is open but not much to be seen Star Tours wall blocks queue entrance Star Tours will be open next month Star Tours rehab wall More of the Star Tours 2 rehab wall Inside the Star Tours 2 walled off area

Thursday, April 07, 2011
Star Tours 2 ride will be broken into 3 segments

In an interview with the LA Times, Anthony Daniels revealed how the random ride sequence will operate.  

In essence, the ride is divided into three parts, and each of part has different possible variables, so riders could find a completely different experience on the second, third or fourth run through.

Daniels also indicated to watch the preshow monitors for subtle storyline elements.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Media and dedication events planned for May 19 and 20

A media event is planned for May 19, 2011 to highlight Star Tours 2 as well as other news across Walt Disney World.

In addition, there will be an official Star Tours 2 opening dedication event on May 20, 2011 open to the public.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Star Tours 2 Cast Member Costume artwork

Costume artwork for Star Tours 2 Cast Members have leaked out from the Disney World Cast Member intranet.

 

Photos posted on WDW Magic

Monday, April 04, 2011
Disneyland Star Tours 2 soft openings could begin on May 20

MousePlanet is reporting that soft openings for Star Tours 2 will begin on May 20th in Disneyland.  The Disneyland version of Star Tours 2 does not reopen until June 3, 2011.

No word yet on when soft openings could begin at Disney World.

Monday, April 04, 2011
Get Star Tours 2 ride preview information

We're excited to announce that Studios Central and TouringPlans.com are working together to bring you StarTours2Live.com, a site dedicated to notifying us all of what's going on at Star Tours 2 beore the ride opens on May 20.

Many of you have been asking about when will soft openings/ride previews begin for Star Tours 2 and this site will provide up-to-the-minute information about what's going on at Star Tours.  We will have a live webcam feed, mobile phone notifications, news and rumors.  It's going to be a really exciting project!

Come check out our Star Tours 2 site right now!

Saturday, April 02, 2011
Photopass on Star Tours 2?

Our friends at Stitch Kingdom are reporting that Disney registered a number of new domain names related to Star Tours and Photopass.

STARTOURSPHOTOS.COM (STARTOURSPHOTOS.NET, STARTOURSPHOTOS.ORG, STARTOURPHOTO.COM, STARTOURPHOTOS.COM) and even the Spanish equivalent, STARTOURSFOTOS.COM (FOTOSSTARTOURS.COM, FOTOSTARTOURS.COM, STARTOURSFOTO.COM)

No word on if there will be any on-ride photos or if the photos will be with characters or something else completely.  

Friday, April 01, 2011
Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald confirms more planets

Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald, one of the project leads on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue has confirmed more planets that will be included in the new Star Tours 2 sequel.

Fitzgerald revealed a translated Star Tours departure sign that was previously released earlier this week and confirmed the following planets:

  • Kashyyyk
  • Geonosis (with Death Star)
  • Hoth,
  • Naboo
  • Coruscant
  • Tatooine

Planets not included officially in the list are Endor and Alderaan, although artwork and mentions for Aldreraan have been included previously.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Darth Vader meet-n-greet will be removed

The Darth Vader meet-n-greet that is located at the entrance to Star Tours will be removed after operation today.  

The meet area was installed following the closure of Star Tours for the Star Tours 2 upgrade and was well recieved by guests.  Its removal signals a potential step forward to Star Tours 2 becoming ready for guests to experience in ride previews.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Star Tours 2 destinations announced

After decoding the previous image, the destinations for Star Tours 2 will include

  • Tatooine

  • Coruscant

  • Endor

  • Alderaan

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Star Tours 2 Destination List Coming Soon

Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald promised on the Disney Parks blog to reveal a list of destinations that Star Tours 2 will soon be visiting.

Recently, we talked about the characters you’ll meet in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Since then, there’s been a lot of speculation about where we’ll meet those characters. Well, stay tuned. While the Star Tours Company does fly to many destinations (as you can see in the attached image – especially if you read Aurebesh) we’ll soon give you the flight list for our show!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Star Tours article in Star Wars Insider magazine

The next issue of Star Wars Insider magazine will feature an article on Star Tours

Sunday, March 20, 2011
Wall adds Star Wars theme

The wall across from Star Tours has been rethemed to look like a wall from Star Wars
New wall up across from Star Tours No other changes to Star Tours yet Wall themed to look like a Star Wars ship Wall has been moved further out from last week

Friday, March 11, 2011
New concept art featuring Boba Fett

In an email to Disney World annual passholders, concept art featuring the Starspeeder 1000 and Boba Fett was included giving us another sneak peak into what we can expect to find in the brand new attraction.

Of interest beyond the chase with Boba Fett is an underconstruction Death Star in the background and an asteroid field in the foreground.  Both are likely hints of what scenarios the ride could take.  The new Star Tours 2 attration will feature 54 different scenarios that your ride could take.

In addition to the new concept art, Disney hinted at a possible event for annual passholders that would be held around the Star Tours 2 reopening.

Monday, March 07, 2011
FASTPASS signs set to be added

Disney has filed paperwork with the Orange County Comptroller's office for "Star Tours - Fast Pass Signange Package".  

These paperwork filings are notoriously vague but it looks as though we could see a new sign near the FASTPASS machines coming soon.

Thanks to @EPCOTNRG for the tip!

Monday, March 07, 2011
Speeder bike area walled off

New wall up across from Star Tours Wall blocks access to Speeder Bike

Monday, February 28, 2011
Pins leak possible Star Tours destinations

A pin event has leaked possible destinations for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.  The new pins reveal these possible planets to see on the new ride

  • Geonosis
  • Death Star
  • Kashyyyk
  • Hoth
  • Bespin
  • Naboo

Credit to WDW News Today for the info

Friday, February 11, 2011
List of characters to appear in Star Tours 2

Disney has confirmed the following characters will appear in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in a recent blog entry

  • C-3PO
  • R2-D2
  • AC-38
  • Aly San San
  • Darth Vader
  • Boba Fett
  • Master Yoda
  • Admiral Ackbar
  • Princess Leia
  • Chewbacca
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Star Tours 2 to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios first on May 20, 2011

It's now clear that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios first, as the Disneyland version wont open until June 2011.

The official opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will coincide with the launch of Star Wars Weekends 2011, which also kicks off that same day.  Celebrities in attendance will include Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka).

Wednesday, February 02, 2011
George Lucas visits Star Tours 2 in Disneyland

George Lucas visited the set of Star Tours 2 at Disneyland but took a photo which appears to show C3P0 piloting the Starspeeder 1000

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue to open May 20

At the Walt Disney World media event on January 18, 2011, President Meg Crofton announced Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will open May 20, 2011.

Sunday, November 07, 2010
November 7, 2010 Photo Update

Star Tours closed for refurbishment

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue to feature multiple pilots

As explained earlier, all Star Tours Starspeeder 1000s are flown using the latest AC-series Tour Droids. And in fact, our initial plans were for our flight to be piloted by AC-38 better known as “Ace.” However, in discussions with George Lucas during the course of our production, we decided to take the story in a very different direction.

So…while AC-38 is supposed to be our pilot, by the time we actually take off, the droid sitting in the pilot’s seat will be none other than…C-3PO!

It’s one of the biggest changes and surprises in the new show. “Professional grit stopped me from yelling the glorious new storyline from the rooftops,” said Anthony Daniels recently. “It’s fun having secrets like this, waiting to share them at the right time.” You’ll see just how Threepio becomes our pilot when the adventures continue next year. This week, our Imagineering team begins installation of the Audio-Animatronics figures into the Starspeeder cabins at Disneyland park, and next month at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Oh, and for all you Rex fans, don’t worry – we have a spot for him in the new show!

Sunday, October 17, 2010
October 17, 2010 Photo Update

 Star Tours closed for rehab

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
On the Set of Star Tours with C-3PO

DisneyBlog featured an interview with Anthony Daniels regarding the progress on Star Tours 2.

“Wow! Back in the gold suit for the first time since ‘Revenge of the Sith,’” was Anthony’s reply. “But on this occasion in front of a beloved Starspeeder, a bit like the one R2 and I’d repaired every day since Disneyland first opened the Star Tours Spaceport all those years ago. I’d enjoyed being a part of the original Star Tours, one of the most wonderful jobs I ever had. I’d been alerted that amazing things were in store for passengers on the new Starspeeder – and for me too – and so here I was again, working with many of the same creative teams, with even more spin and excitement than the first time.”

Disney had a full size portion of the Starspeeder 1000, so they could film it from multiple angles. Later, the effects wizards at ILM, under the direction of Bill George, completed the scene, adding in a whole range of droids and characters, and expanding the scale and scope of the scene.

Sunday, October 10, 2010
October 10, 2010 Photo Update

Star Tours closed for rehab Nothing visible in terms of construction Tatooine Traders remains open A very busy Jedi Training Academy

 

Sunday, October 03, 2010
October 03, 2010 Photo Update

Star Tours closed for rehab New poster letting guests know Star Tours is closed

Sunday, September 26, 2010
September 26, 2010 Photo Update

A look inside Tatooine Traders Star Tours closed for rehab New sign outside letting guests know Star Tours is closed

Friday, September 24, 2010
September 19, 2010 Photo Update

Inside Tatooine Traders, Star Tours walled off Exit ramp from the attraction Star Tours closed for rehab Entrance is walled off

Friday, September 24, 2010
New droids for Star Tours 2 announced

Two new droids have been announced for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, the first is an AC Series pilot known as “Ace,” with a personality as different from Rex as you can imagine.

There's also a new “spokesbot” for Star Tours, modeled after the WA-7 “Waitress Droid” from the Attack of the Clones.  George Lucas suggested the name “Aly San San,” in reference to Allison Janney, the wonderful actress who provides the voice for this new character.

Sunday, September 19, 2010
September 19, 2010 Photo Update

Inside Tatooine Traders, Star Tours walled off Exit ramp from the attraction Star Tours closed for rehab Entrance is walled off

Sunday, September 12, 2010
September 12, 2010 Photo Update

Jedi Training Academy remains open Star Tours closed for rehab Tatooine Traders remains open

Saturday, September 12, 2009
Star Tours 2 Announced at D23 Expo

 

Re-Imagined Star Tours Coming to California and Florida in 2011 and Major Fantasyland Expansion at Walt Disney World Scheduled for 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2009) -- Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo detailed plans for future lands, attractions and adventures that will be delighting Disney guests for years to come, at the first D23 Expo. Most notable among the announcements were the confirmation of an all-new Star Tours attraction and the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

"Storytelling is the DNA of Disney dreams and we're always exploring new ways to tell new stories in new places," Rasulo told a crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center in California before taking them on a "behind-the-magic" tour of their favorite Disney destinations.

Rasulo announced that a new 3-D version of the tremendously popular Star Tours attraction will debut at the Disneyland Resort and Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2011. Based on the iconic Lucasfilm "Star Wars" films, the attraction will include immersive new elements that will take guests to many familiar places in the "Star Wars" galaxy.

For Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Rasulo outlined plans for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom, vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013. Guests will soon be able to:

  • Visit their favorite Disney princess in her castle, cottage or chateau to share a dance with Cinderella; celebrate Sleeping Beauty's birthday with the Good Fairies; or join Belle in an enchanting story performance in the Beast's castle library.
  • "Be Our Guest" and dine in one of three enchanted rooms inside the Beast's castle.
  • Fly with Dumbo high above brand new circus grounds, twice the size of the existing attraction with a new interactive, three-ring circus tent.
  • Journey under the sea with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, in her very own attraction - also opening at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim in 2011.
  • Meet Tinker Bell and her friends in the magical world of Pixie Hollow.

Rasulo provided updates on the multi-year expansion of Disney's California Adventure including the new World of Color attraction slated to open in the spring of 2010 and the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land scheduled to open in 2012 where guests will literally step into the town of Radiator Springs and its six acres of hand-carved rockwork.

Rasulo noted the progress of several other recently announced projects including the three new lands coming to Hong Kong Disneyland by 2014; the Disney Dream, the new ship being built by Disney Cruise Line; the many diverse itineraries being offered by Adventures by Disney that take guests on 19 unique, once-in-a-lifetime guided vacation experiences; and Disney's first family destination resort on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Rasulo's keynote presentation was only part of the D23 EXPO experience. Guests were able to discover:

  • Never-before-seen models of upcoming Disney attractions.
  • Up close and personal visits with Lucky the Dinosaur and Wall-E.
  • A preview of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • Displays showcasing cutting-edge effects technologies that are being developed for Disney attractions, shows and venues.

 

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