Star Tours Trivia

  • Star Tours opened in Walt Disney World on December 15, 1989.
  • There are 6 ride simulators vehicles in Star Tours, each holding 40 passengers
  • The StarSpeeder 3000 is the same type of flight simulator used by the military in training pilots.
  • Star Tours was not only presented by George Lucas, it was also presented by "M/Mars" before Engerizer took over.
  • The pagings in Star Tours include George Lucas' name pronounced backwards. (Egroeg Sacul). Also, the wrongly-parked landspeeder has the lVehicle ID "THX-1138", Lucus's first feature film and his thesis from college.
  • Once you enter the building in the line up and you see R2 and C-3P0 in front of you, if you look behind you and up to the right of the ceiling, there is a little control room with Admiral Ackbar and other Mon Calamaris inside behind the window (from Return of the Jedi)
  • When entering the simulator car, notice that the Star Speeder is painted on and the simulator is really a big box shaped much like a rectangle.
  • The voice of Rex (RX-24), your robotic pilot, is provided by Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman.
  • Just as your ship is about to crash into the fuel truck, a guy in the control booth ducks down. The ship stops, the truck moves on and the guy stands up and picks up the phone. Contrary to popular belief it's not George Lucas, but in fact an ILM modelmaker named Ira Keeler.
  • The name of the Red Leader you see on the smaller screen in Star Tours is Steve Gawley. He's a model shop project supervisor at ILM and he did the models for Star Wars. In the book "Industrial Light and Magic: Into the Digital Realm", he tells the story of how other ILM employees had been inserted into movies, but he never got the chance because he's bald and has a beard. But since the Red Leader has helmet and chin strap, they let him play the part.
  • The name of the Red Leader you see on the smaller screen in Star Tours is Steve Gawley. He's a model shop project supervisor at ILM and he did the models for Star Wars. In the book "Industrial Light and Magic: Into the Digital Realm", he tells the story of how other ILM employees had been inserted into movies, but he never got the chance because he's bald and has a beard. But since the Red Leader has helmet and chin strap, they let him play the part.
  • After the Death Star is blown up and the ship is heading back to the Star Tours station, the Death Star can be seen blowing up in the small window to the left of the large screen.
  • The film you watch while in the ride was made by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). The animated lasers were contracted out to a small effects animation house in Burbank, CA called Available Light Ltd. ILM animators were too busy working on their masterpiece "Howard the Duck." Available Light also has done animation for "Honey I Shrunk the Audience", and "Captian EO."
  • The projector is special, because it doesn't touch the film, so no scratches or dust can get on the film, so the film should in the same pristine condition as when it debuted. The projection system is 70 mm/30 frames per second. The reels for the movie are in the backside of the cabin and the film strip is running under the cabin to the frontside projector!
  • Vehicle Weight with Payload: 26,000 lbs. (approx.)
  • The designer of the final RX-24 look is Imagineer Chris Runco.
  • The boxes circulating over you in the second queue area are all stencilled with letters and numbers, such as "PAD 61257" and "KMS 81850". These stand for the initials and birthdates of Imagineers who worked on the attraction.
  • Star Wars fans will recognize the line "I've got a bad feeling about this," uttered by Rex at the beginning of the flight. This line has been used in all 4 of the Star Wars films by various characters as part of a running gag.