Star Tours 2

Disney has finally announced that the new Star Wars’ Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction will open at its Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World resort on May 20th 2011.

Also, LucasFilm has finally disclosed the release date of the upcoming Star Wars Blu-Rays. When the sets were announced, we were told “September 2011,” but not an actual day. We now know that the sets will arrive on September 27th 2011.
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Star Tours 2

Disney is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version officially titled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue on May 10th 2011 in Disneyland in Anaheim and May 17th 2011 in Walt Disney World in Orlando. Not much is known about the new ride other than it will include locations and characters from both the original trilogy (Chewbacca, c-3PO, R2-D2, Aqualish. Bith, Rodians, etc) and prequel trilogy (like Naboo citizens and Geonosians) as it takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope.We’ve also previously reported that one action sequence will feature the Star Tours vehicle is now going to be chased by Boba Fett, and Admiral Ackbar holographically communicates with the passengers.

It was originally revealed that the StarSpeeder 1000 series spacecraft would be flown using one of the latest AC-series Tour Droids, a new character named Ace. Well it turns out that might not be the complete story. A character we know and love from the original Star Wars trilogy is set to appear on board as the pilot of Starspeeder 1000…

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On Set Photos from Star Tours 2.0

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Say what you want about the Star Wars prequels, but they totally changed the face of Star Wars. And nowhere was this more evident over the past decade than Disneyland and Walt Disney World where the Star Tours ride was still going strong. The ride, which opened in 1987, not only felt dated in context of the Star Wars universe, but the technology of the ride itself was certainly not modern enough for a franchise that’s synonymous with technology. So, when news broke that Star Tours 2.0 would be opening in May 2011, it was more than welcome. Before that announcement came, though, we reported that a secret Star Wars shoot was happening in Hollywood in April 2009. That shoot ended up being for Star Tours 2.0 and Disney has finally revealed photos of what went down. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

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Michael Giacchino has personally solved the problem of unemployment in America: just win an Oscar for Best Original Score. After Giacchino’s 2010 Oscar win for his amazing score to Up, the composer behind Star Trek and Lost has more jobs than a normal person would know what to do with. He just finished Let Me In, we already found out he will be scoring Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars, but now we have official confirmation that he’s currently scoring Cars 2 for John Lasseter and Pixar, followed by Super 8 and Mission: Impossible 4 for frequent collaborators J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird respectively. He’s also “adapting John Williams’ themes for the refreshed Star Tours ride at Disneyland.” And that’s not even everything on the man’s plate. Find out what else he’s scoring, and more, after the break. Read More »

The final day of operation on the Star Tours ride in DisneyWorld happened during Star Wars Celebration V. LucasFilm and Star Wars fans took over the theme park and some really cool stuff happened. For instance, the Indiana Jones stunt spectacular was rewritten into a fan film which combines both of Lucas’ franchises, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. The show features a bunch of cool crossover encounters, including Indiana Jones teaming up with Slave Leia to escape a booby-trapped temple, teaming up with Han Solo and Chewbacca to take on Greedo (who shoots first?) and an epic battle between Indiana Jones and Darth Maul. Seth Green, Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and a few other celebrity extras join in on the fun, and a spoiler junkie from one of the movie websites even “crashes” the party. And how do you conclude the last flight to Endor? With Darth Vader blowing up the attraction. Watch the videos 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

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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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Last Tour To Endor

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As you know by now, Disneyworld is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version. 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.”

“Taking place on August 14 from 8:00pm – 1:00am at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Last Tour to Endor is a special event on the Saturday night of Star Wars Celebration V – THE official Lucasfilm fan convention and the biggest Star Wars™ party in the galaxy! Fans and families attending Last Tour to Endor at the Walt Disney World Resort can enjoy a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience – including specially-themed intergalactic party zones, Star Wars shows, a Death Star Disco and much more. The evening will culminate with Symphony in the Stars – a Star Wars fireworks spectacular as only Disney Parks can create. Though the party begins at 8:00pm, Last Tour ticket-holders will also be allowed early entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 4:00pm – where they can be sure to secure a seat one of the StarSpeeder 3000’s final voyages!

I actually have a lot of fond memories of this ride, and if they were going to do a Last Tour Of Endor celebration on the west coast, at Disneyland, I’d be there in a second. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Star Tours 2 Trailer

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If there’s one medium guaranteed to lop the arms and legs off of footage from a 3D simulator ride, it’s YouTube. Having said that, we couldn’t all be at D23 for the big unveiling of their new Disney themepark attractions, so lets be thankful that we’re getting to see the Star Tours II trailer online at all, and better still, when it isn’t bootlegged handicam footage but an official upload.

Peter first reported on the Star Tours revamp back in May, rounding up a good deal of info on what we can expect from it, most of which still hasn’t been officially revealed. The juicy bits of his report will follow the break, along with the trailer itself.

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