Star Tours – Walt Disney World
Disney’s purchase of the Star Wars franchise has exciting possibilities, both in the world of film, and in Disney’s theme parks. Although there has been much speculation about a possible Star Wars Land, for now there is one ride that carries the Star Wars franchise, and that is Hollywood Studios’ Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.
This simulation ride is currently overshadowed by three other amazing rides in the Hollywood Studios theme park. But Star Tours remains a fascinating look into the world of Star Wars, even if it’s essentially just a fancy motion simulator. Today we’ll look at the history of this ride, share some info that you may not know about Star Tours, and then help you decide how to fit Star Tours into your Hollywood Studios touring plan.
Star Tours – History
In the 1980’s, Disney teamed up with George Lucas to bring the Star Wars franchise to Disneyland, and a few years later to MGM Studios. Disney purchased four military-grade flight simulators for the Disneyland facility and ultimately purchased six for Hollywood Studios. The original story took place during the final battle of Return of the Jedi, in the Forest of Endor.
However in recent years, the ride was given a complete overhaul. In May of 2011, Star Tours – The Adventures Continued opened in Hollywood Studios. There were many new enhancements including the following: Motion Simulator Improvements, a 3D high definition screen, and high-definition video production.
Star Tours – The Ride
Riders step through a Star Wars themed queue, and get into the cockpit of the motion simulators. At this point, the specific story that occurs is unlikely to be repeated. Why? Because there are up to 54 different combinations of stories that can be seen! Riders can visit worlds such as Tatooine, Kashyyyk, Hoth, Naboo and Coruscant.
Not only will you visit different destinations, but each ride will produce different characters. Sebulba, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Imperial AT-AT’s and yes, even Jar Jar Binks can be seen, depending on which sequence of events your ride chooses.
However, there are a few things that remain the same in each ride. A Rebel spy is on the ship, and is usually chosen from the guests on the attraction by the cast member that operates the ride. A picture of the rebel spy is shown on the screen, and the objective is to deliver the rebel spy to safety. And yes, in all 54 sequences, the rebel spy arrives safely!
Star Tours – Touring Tips
Star Tours is a Group B fastpass, and so is usually a fastpass that I like to recommend, along with Toy Story Mania and Tower of Terror. There are usually only three reasons that I would NOT choose a Star Tours fastpass:
- Motion Simulators make you sick
- Your children are too small
- Your family are huge Frozen fans
In one of the three above scenarios, you may decide to choose the Frozen Sing-A-Long show, or one of the other shows. Typically I don’t like to recommend using fastpasses for shows, and thus I don’t know that I’ve ever NOT chosen Star Tours for a fastpass.
Even without a fastpass, you’ll usually be able to ride Star Tours, as the wait times aren’t that bad. Times are especially low before noon and after 5pm or so, as Star Tours can be a popular place to get out of the midday heat.
But from a touring perspective, Star Tours isn’t an attraction that you’ll really have to stress about. It’s likely that you’ll use a fastpass on it, and if you don’t, it won’t be difficult to find low wait times at some point during the day.