|Star Tours: The Adventures Continue|
4 min. 30 sec.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is a Disney simulator ride theme park attraction located at Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida. It officially opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World on May 20th, 2011, at Disneyland on June 3rd, 2011 and at Tokyo Disneyland on May 7th, 2013. The attraction replaced the original Star Tours attraction and serves as its prequel, taking place in between Episodes III and IV and tying both trilogies together.
This crawl was shown at the attraction's grand opening ceremony.
Queue and boarding
In one feature exclusive to the version of the ride at Tokyo Disneyland, guests first enter a room with a large video billboard advertising various travel destinations and revealing other details of the story, such as identifying the Star Tours terminal as only one part of Spaceport THX1138. In every version of the ride, guests then enter a hangar where C-3PO and R2-D2 are busy repairing a StarSpeeder 1000 while a large viewing screen displays commercials -- some hosted by droid Aly San San -- messages, flight lists and exterior views of a space station that presumably the waiting passengers are now inside, just like in the original attraction. Guests pass by security droid G2-9T x-raying luggage, where a monitor displays various items inside the luggage (including many Star Wars and Disney references). Guests also pass by droid customs, where RX-24 is malfunctioning with a sticker labeled "Defective: return to factory." After passing another droid screening passengers, G2-4T, guests reach the boarding area and watch video screens that display the outside of the starspeeder maintenance area where C-3PO speaks with the ships' pilot droid, AC-38, also known as Ace. C-3PO needs to sit in the pilot's seat to repair the binary motivator. Ace leaves to inspect the outside of the ship and then gets called away from the area. Guests then watch a safety video hosted by Aly San San. Ace does not return before the ship is elevated to the passenger boarding level, leaving C-3PO and R2-D2 on board the flight with passengers. Star Tours Flight 1401 is then cleared for take off despite C-3PO's protests, and R2-D2 takes control of the vessel.
This segment includes one of two scenes:
- Darth Vader and a group of stormtroopers arrive to prevent the ship from leaving. A video screen identifies one of the passengers as a Rebel spy. Vader uses the Force to stop the ship until R2-D2 fires the laser cannons, and the StarSpeeder exits the hangar backwards and is a chased by TIE fighters. The ship then evades Star Destroyers and escapes into hyperspace.
- While the StarSpeeder is docked near the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo, a droid scans the ship and one of the passengers is identified as a Rebel spy, while outside Solo gets into a firefight with stormtroopers. The StarSpeeder then follows the Falcon as it flees the hangar and flies past Star Destroyers (causing severe damage to the bridge of one) before entering hyperspace.
The ship exits hyperspace above one of the three planets:
- The ship reaches the surface of Hoth and follows snowspeeders in an attack run on an AT-AT. The ship hits the ground and slides down an icy mountain before flying back into space.
- On Kashyyyk, the ship is caught in a speeder bike chase through the forest with some Wookiees. Chewbacca is thrown from his bike and hits the ship's windshield. The speeder then leaves the forest and heads for space.
- The ship arrives at Tatooine and drops through the atmosphere into the middle of a pod race. After getting stuck to a pod racer and crossing the finish line, the ship heads back into space.
Once back in space, the StarSpeeder receives a holographic message from either Yoda, Admiral Gial Ackbar or Princess Leia, who explains that you must help get the Rebel on board safely to a rendezvous point, and then sends the coordinates to R2-D2.
After jumping through hyperspace, the ship reaches one of three destinations:
The ship ends up in the middle of a battle high above Coruscant, and is attacked by Buzz droids. R2 takes care of one droid, while the others are knocked off in the battle. The ship then flies through the city traffic below before reaching a landing platform.
The StarSpeeder reaches Naboo in the middle of a space battle. The ship then follows a group of N-1 starfighters to the surface, and eventually land in the ocean near a Gungan city. After traveling through the planet core and encountering dangerous sea creatures, the ship launches back to the surface and crash lands in a Rebel hangar, where it crashes into an N-1. The N-1's tail ends up inside the craft, smashing into the viewport, as a pit droid angrily shouts at Threepio.
In the Geonosis asteroid belt, the StarSpeeder is chased by Boba Fett in Slave I. The ship escapes but then encounters the incomplete, first Death Star while pursued by Vader and his TIE pilots. The ship escapes by flying right through the unfinished Death Star, but are then met again by Boba, who shoots a seismic charge at the ship. The starspeeder shoots it back, evading him and then heads into hyperspace to meet up with the Rebel fleet and land in the Home One's hangar bay.
Behind the scenes
After years of rumors and speculation of an updated version of Star Tours, it was confirmed in April 2005, at the Star Wars Celebration III, where creator George Lucas announced that a Star Tours II was in production.
It was confirmed at the 2009 D23 Expo, the official Disney fan convention, that there will not be a second ride introduced, but that instead the existing ride will be updated and improved. The original rides closed in 2010 (July 27th in California and September 8th in Florida) to allow Disney engineers to begin the updates and renovations. This new iteration of Star Tours re-opened on May 20th, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, and June 3, 2011 at Disneyland in California.
The new ride is in 3-D, and features the StarSpeeder 1000, bursting into the Boonta Eve Classic pod race. In a high resolution image of the scene provided to various media outlets, the 1000 designation on the speeder can be seen. It has also been confirmed that the new ride will also take passengers to Coruscant among other destinations, and there are rumors that the Endor flight will be reworked as well so that passengers will actually be going to Endor this time around. A new queue video "commercial" for the attraction was released in August, 2010 at Celebration V which showed the Starspeeder traveling to Bespin, Endor and Alderaan, though it was not confirmed that these will actually be destinations within the ride. In April, the final destination list was released, adding Naboo, Geonosis with the Death Star I under construction, Kashyyyk, and Hoth joining the already announced Tatooine and Coruscant.
Due to timeline concerns by the Imagineers, they changed the plan for the Hoth sequence from featuring Imperial walkers to focusing on wampas and tauntauns. However, when the plans for this version of the sequence was presented to George, he insisted on using the walkers and offered an explanation to work the sequence in that the Rebels and the Empire had a skirmish there before and the reason the Rebels went back to establish Echo Base was that they believed the Empire would never suspect them returning there. 
In September, the official Disney Parks Blog revealed two droids from the new attraction: a pilot droid from the AC Series named Ace (a predecessor to RX-24 from the original) and a "spokesbot" named Aly San San, voiced by actress Allison Janney. The blog also revealed that the ride's storyline takes place between Episode III and Episode IV (19 BBY and 0 BBY). At the Destination D23 event these new droids were announced at, it was also revealed there will be 54 different experiences on the attraction.
In October, it was revealed that, although Star Tours uses AC Droid pilots, it will be C-3PO who will pilot the Starspeeder 1000 in the attraction, through some chaotic mistake. The article also reveals that RX-24 would return as well, due to his popularity with thousands of fans.
In January, it was announced that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue would open on May 20th, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida,. In February, it was announced that the ride would open on June 3rd, 2011 at Disneyland in California. That same month, the Disney Parks Blog revealed that ride passengers would encounter Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Imperial Sky troopers. A May 2011 interview with Tom Fitzgerald revealed that Jar Jar Binks would also appear, and that James Earl Jones and Frank Oz would reprise their roles as Vader and Yoda. The interview also revealed that the StarSpeeders will travel underwater and slide on ice.
On May 14th, almost one week before its official opening, early previews of the ride began at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida.
In November 2011, it was announced that the new ride will open at Tokyo Disneyland in Spring of 2013.
As with the original version, upon exiting the ride, passengers are led to a store which sells merchandise based on Star Wars and the ride itself. This includes action figures, clothing, etc. At Disneyland the store is The Star Trader. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the store is Tatooine Traders, themed to resemble the buildings of Mos Eisley and Mos Espa. Both stores include some exclusive merchandise sold only at Disney theme parks, including action figures of the various droids seen in the ride and queue and StarSpeeder 1000 toys.
The idea of going to Kashyyyk was suggested by John Lasseter, principal creative adviser at Walt Disney Imagineering, and chief creative officer at Disney and Pixar Animation. During the droid's scan in the stormtrooper opening, two of the images that flash by in the video hologram are photos of John Lasseter and George Lucas.
References to the original ride are included when Threepio echoes a line from RX-24, saying, "I've always wanted to do this," (referring to a pod race, instead of the original's Death Star trench run) and again when he yells "Brakes! Brakes! Where are the brakes?!" while careening through the Naboo hangar.
The G2 repair droids in the queue line (also found in the original version of the queue) are actually the skeletons of Audio-Animatronic geese from an old Disneyland show, America Sings. They were removed from the show during the last 2 years of its run. The droids can be heard singing variations of "I've been working on the railroad, all the livelong day," a reference to the song sung by the geese. The New Essential Guide to Droids nicknamed the G2s "Goose droids" as a nod to this show.
In the ride queue, after G2-9T somehow starts causing alarms to go off and gets a call from his supervisor, the droid at one point says "Uh, everything's perfectly alright now, w-we're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. Uh, how are you?", a paraphrase of what Han Solo said when trying to maintain cover after killing most of the security detail for the Detention Block AA-23 in A New Hope. He also says "Boring conversation, anyway" after cutting his supervisor off mid-sentence, which was also from the same film (specifically, after Solo blasted the communications console).
One of the items scanned in the luggage by G2-9T was a Goofy doll, causing him to comment on its ambiguously man- or dog-like appearance, as well as stating that the design was really goofy. When finding a Goofy Hat in another luggage set, G2-9T will also mistake the hat as being based on Jar Jar Binks. Similarly, a Chip and Dale doll set, also seen in a scanned luggage set, will have G2-9T remarking that they were clones. He also, upon discovering the magic lamp from Aladdin, mentions that the Star Tours' non-smoking policy extends to luggage as well.
According to "The Incredible Journey", an article in Star Wars Insider 127, the events of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue occurred at some point between Star Wars Episode III and Star Wars Episode IV. While the attraction itself does not provide precise data about its chronology, the exact dating of the new Star Tours can be narrowed down by cross-checking with other sources. In The Adventures Continue, the Rebel Alliance is shown to exist. The attraction must therefore take place after the foundation of that group; according to The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 143, the Alliance was officially formed in 2 BBY with the signing of the Corellian Treaty.
Additionnally, the attraction features Gial Ackbar as a commander of the Alliance Fleet. Since Ackbar was only freed from Imperial slavery in 1 BBY, The Adventure Continues necessarily happened at some point between 1 and 0 BBY. This is also backed-up by a comment the droid G2-9T made in the queue of the ride. According to the droid, Yavin 4 was already the site of the Rebel headquarters at the time in which the attraction takes place. According to the 121st issue of The Official Star Wars Fact File, the Alliance only retrieved the key to the Massassi Temple in 1 BBY. The Star Wars Blog article Convenient Daily Departures: The History of Star Tours finally placed the ride's date at about 1 BBY.
Similar to the original Star Tours, there were multiple versions of the ride that varied depending on the theme park location.
It featured most of the characters and aspects of the original American version of the rides at Walt Disney World Orlando and Disney Hollywood Studios. However, it also featured some additional content, such as an in-depth explanation of the spaceport shown in the queue area and rides, including the name of the spaceport in question (Spaceport THX1138). It also showed several additional info about the location advertisements, as well as additional characters and droid models. It also featured three language settings: Aurebesh, English, and Japanese.
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Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Countdown to an All-New Star Tours
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 TheForce.Net - Latest News - Star Tours Returns Starting May 20th
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 From Under the Sea to Galaxies Far, Far Away…Opening Dates Are Set For A Soundsational Summer at Disneyland Resort
- ↑ Webcast: ‘Star Tours – The Adventures Continue’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- ↑ Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Review at TheForce.net
- ↑ Soft opening preview report - Star Tours The Adventures Continue
- ↑ Disney Blog high resolution image shows speeder is StarSpeeder 1000
- ↑ New Star Tours "Commercial"
- ↑ Where in the Galaxy Are We Going?
- ↑ http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/destinations/mouseplanet/post/2012/05/Taking-a-Trip-on-Star-Tours/685697/1
- ↑ These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For!
- ↑ Destination D LIVE Coverage
- ↑ Who's Flying This Thing?
- ↑ Star Trek Composer Michael Giacchino Scoring New Star Wars Ride
- ↑ Composer Michael Giacchino to Score Star Tours II: The Adventures Continue?
- ↑ The 'Stars' of Star Tours
- ↑ "The Incredible Journey"—Star Wars Insider 127
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 121 (YAV1-2, The Yavin Vassilika)
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction page on Disneyland.com
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue attraction page on Disneyworld.com
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Review at TheForce.net
- Queue area and onboard video from Disney at Youtube.com
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at EndorExpress.net