Saturday, July 26, 2014

#Disneyland60.....Today in Disneyland History........July 26, 2010

Star Tours Takes Last Flight For a Year

July 26, 2010

On July 26, 2010 Star Wars gave its last ride as it closed down for a year for rehabilitation. The members of D23, the official Disney fan club were the last to board this flight Endor before the attraction undertook a yearlong transformation into a 3-D journey.  Imagineer Mark Eades had this to say about that last ride: “I took my final ride on Star Tours late Monday night.  It was cool right the Flight to Endor for the last time, particularly with an audience that was there specifically to see it before all the flights were grounded.  On board during my final flight was a person dressed in an Imperial Stormtrooper’s costume and a woman dressed up like Princess Leia.”  

Stars Tours would reopen in June 3, 2011 as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue as a 3-D motion simulator attraction based on the Star Wars film series and is the prequel to it's predecessor, Star Tours The attraction currently features 54 different ride experiences, including several different planets from the Star Wars universe such as Coruscant and Tatooine With The Adventures Continue serving as a prequel to the original Star Tours rather than a sequel, guests will board StarSpeeder 1000 spacecraft simulators, forerunners to the StarSpeeder 3000 simulators found in the original attraction. The ride experience has a branching narrative with the system having control over its random sequencing, rather than the participants. This gives Star Tours the advantage of being both highly repeatable and constantly surprising.

Well, we're all in the Rebel Alliance now, so may the force be with us.

And that’s what happened today in Disneyland’s history.

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