Star Tours is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California, putting a new twist on virtual space travel.
The original Star Tours, a simulator-based attraction keeping alive the spirit of George Lucas’ blockbuster film franchise, debuted at Disneyland Park in 1987 and at Walt Disney World Resort in 1989, before being “reimaginereed” last winter.
The new show depicts an earlier chapter of the Star Wars saga than the original attraction as guests step on board the 40-seater Starspeeder 1000. Yet the destination is not necessarily what passengers expect. C-3PO accidentally takes the controls for a journey to the “metropolitan” planet Coruscant or to Tatooine, an arid planet on the outer rim, or to some other planet within Star Wars’ mythical universe. Even the outcome of the adventure may change from one launch to the next.