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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Last Tour To Endor

Star Tours

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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Will Disney Unveil Star Tours 2.0 at D23 Expo?

Star Tours

In May we wrote about top secret reshoots in Hollywood, which involved Boba Fett, Admiral Ackbar, Tusken Raiders, Jawas, and even C3PO himself Anthony Daniels. Could the big revamp of Disney’s Star Tours, a ride which hasn’t been updated since it opened in 1987, finally be coming soon? And will Disney unveil plans for the new ride at D23 Expo?

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Boba Fett Star Wars

Yesterday was the third day of a secret LucasFilm film shoot in West Hollywood. If you were allowed to enter the “LODESTAR” production stage, you would’ve seen Boba Fett, Admiral Ackbar, a Tusken Raider, and even some Jawas. C3PO himself Anthony Daniels will be filming later this week.

So what is LucasFilm shooting? The good news is that George Lucas isn’t making a another Star Wars movie (not yet anyways) or additional scenes for some super duper special edition. And No, the Star Wars live-action television series has yet to begin production. So what is it? Answer after the jump.
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The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 2

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave, Devindra, Adam, and Peter discuss the Grayskull script, whether or not The Happening will bomb, and how annoying cutscenes are in gaming. In addition to Alex from Firstshowing, we’re honored to be joined by El Mayimbe of Latino Review, who provides us with some fantastic industry insider perspectives. Join us on Monday night when we review Dreamworks’ latest, Kung Fu Panda.

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Star Tours 2.0 Confirmed

Star Tours

The rumors appear to be true afterall, Disney is giving Star Tours an overhaul. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull computer graphics artist Hayden Landis told CNet that he has moved onto “another nostalgia-oriented project – a redo of the Star Tours ride at Disneyland.”

I remember when the Star Tours ride first opened in 1987 (am I old?) they had a ABC Magical World of Disney special which focused on the attraction. I remember them promising at the time that the ride and film set-up would allow them to add new destinations , basically entirely new rides. And rumor had it that they would keep all the films in rotation on the various space crafts on the attraction. The flight information board utilized in the line area promises “forthcoming adventures to Hoth, Tatooine, and Dagobah” and displays the text “Soon Endor Won’t Be The End-All”. Twenty years have passed, and everything is pretty much the same as it was when the opened the attraction in 1987.

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