LOL: Darth Vader Goes to Disneyland Commercial

As part of the promotions for the recently revamped Star Tours, Disney has unveiled an amusing new spot featuring the great and fearsome Darth Vader and a couple of his Stormtroopers taking a tour of Disneyland. In it, the Dark Lord arrives at the park with the intention of checking out the new Star Tours. When he sees that it’s not open yet, he takes his Stormtroopers around the rest of the park. It’s kind of an obvious joke — scary Darth Vader acting goofy is a concept that’s been done in countless parody videos — but it’s still pretty charming. Watch the commercial after the jump.

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With just one month to go before the unveiling of the new Star Tours ride at Disneyland and Disney World, Disney has put out a new press release that reveals a few more tidbits about the revamped attraction. For those who have no idea what a Star Tours is, it’s a popular ride that takes guests on a tour through the Star Wars universe, via a simulation. Or it was, until Disney shut it down last year to work on this new version.

We were already aware that the new attraction, officially called Star Tours: The Adventure Continues would feature 3D effects, variable storylines, some new characters and classic locations, and that C-3PO would be the one flying the ship.

Now Disney has offered up new details on what C-3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels), R2-D2, droid pilot Ace, and spokesbot Aly San San (voiced by Allison Janney) will be doing during the ride — including an explanation as to how C-3PO ends up in the pilot’s seat. Read on after the jump.

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Video: Star Tours 2 Queue Video

Star Tours 2

As you know by now, Disney is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version in 2011, May 10th 2011 in Walt Disneyland in Anaheim and May 17th 2011 in Walt Disneyworld in Orlando (current ride closes on July 27th 2010). Disney Parks has released a preview of the video which will be shown in the waiting queue for the new revamped prequelized ride. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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Star Tours 2 Grand Opening Dates Announced

Star Tours 2

As you know by now, Disneyworld is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version in 2011.  We now know when Star Wars 2 will launch:

  • May 10th 2011 in Walt Disneyland in Anaheim (current ride closes on September 8th 2010)
  • May 17th 2011 in Walt Disneyworld in Orlando (current ride closes on July 27th 2010)

So if you’re planning a trip to one of the Disney theme parks in 2011, you now know when to plan the tip. And for those of you who want to tour Endor one last time before the ride becomes 3D/Prequel-ized, LucasFilm is holing a special event to celebrate the end of the original Star Tours ride: “an out of-this-world, first-of-its-kind decommissioning party before Star Tours launches its final flights.

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New Image from Star Tours 2

Star Tours

As you know by now, Disneyworld is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version in 2011. LucasFilm has announced a special event to celebrate the end of the original Star Tours ride: “an out of-this-world, first-of-its-kind decommissioning party before Star Tours launches its final flights.StarWars.com confirms that the new attraction “will take voyagers — for the first time ever — to Coruscant, as well as other destinations in the Star Wars galaxy.”

Disney has released an all new image from the new Star Tours adventure showing the Starspeeder zipping along in the skies of Coruscant. Check out the new image after the jump.

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