Disney Parks & Resorts will be updating their Star Tours attractions at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios next month with Star Wars: The Last Jedi sequences. The original Star Tours attraction – a motion simulator based on George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy – opened in 1987 at the flagship Disneyland park and ran for 33 years, until it temporarily closed in 2010 in order to allow the Disney’s Imagineers time to construct the ride’s successor.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue opened the following year at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring characters and locations from the entire Star Wars saga – from Episode I – The Phantom Menace to Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Then, shortly before J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, Disney Parks & Resorts updated their Star Tours attractions with characters and locations from that film. And now, they will be updating the attraction once again, this time with sequences from Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
Disney Parks & Resorts initially revealed plans to update Star Tours – The Adventures Continue with sequences from The Last Jedi last year, and today, they confirmed on the Disney Parks Blog that the new sequences will be added on November 17 at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland will receive their Episode VIII updates on November 22 and December 15, respectively.
Star Tours‘ Episode VII update featured the planet of Jakku with John Boyega’s Finn aboard the Millennium Falcon, which was prominently featured in the movie’s marketing materials, and so, the same situation will apply to Episode VIII‘s update. The sequence will take place on the planet of Crait, during the “epic battle” that was first teased during the movie’s teaser trailer earlier this year. While we know where the sequence will take place, it’s currently unknown which characters will be leading the new sequence, though it may be unfair for Boyega to headline the new scenario again.
With Space Mountain‘s Star Wars-themed overlay, Hyperspace Mountain, now removed, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue remains the only actual Star Wars-themed ride at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, that is until the Mouse House finally opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – their full-fledged Star Wars-themed land – in 2019. The new themed-land will span 14 acres – the largest expansion Disney has ever done – and consist primarily of two major attractions set within the galaxy’s Outer Rim.
While park-goers have to until 2019 to enter Galaxy’s Edge, they only have to wait one more month in order to fight alongside the Resistance on Crait with Star Tours‘ newest The Last Jedi sequence.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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