Recently, the attraction Star Tours was closed at Walt Disney World in order to renovate the attraction ad update the technology and story involved with it. For those who are not in the know, the Star Tours attraction is based on the world famous Star Wars franchise. The attraction itself is a combination of cinema and interactive seating, creating a virtual reality for guests to be drawn into the Star Wars Experience.
On April 1, 2011, Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP and Senior Creative Executive, posted a “departure guide” for the new Star Tours on his blog, outlining the Star Wars spots that the new and improved ride would be visiting, much to the pleasure of avid Star Wars fans.
According to the blog, the following settings in Star Wars could be visited through the Star Tours Ride:
1. Coruscant and its urban metropolis, first appearing in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi”;
2. Kashyyk, the tropical Wookiee world featured in “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi”;
3. Hoth, the ice-covered planet featured in “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back”:
4. Genosis, from “Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones” and the location of the Death Star for Star Tours;
5. Naboo, introduced in “Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace” as home to Gungans and humans; and
6. Tatooine, for a Boonta Eve Podrace.
With such an exciting array of places set up for the fans to visit, it’s no surprise that Star Wars fans the world over are waiting with bated breath for the attraction to open! Fortunately, those who would like to continue the Star Tours adventure won’t have to wait long – the ride is scheduled to open on May 20th in Walt Disney World. Those who live closer to Disneyland will have to wait a little longer, as the new and improved Star Tours is set to open there on June 3rd.