Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue is now accepting tours to “a galaxy far, far away…” Yes, this ride is all Star Wars, all the time. A few years ago, they updated the ride will now take you to destinations from all of the Star Wars movies – in 3D, no less. The scenes you see on each adventure are randomized, so you have a different experience each time. Put on your cool 3D glasses, and off you go. May the force be with you.

The Preshow

Disney has great preshows, and this is the best one at Disney World. Walk through a junkyard full of robots, speeder parts and all kinds of futuristic stuff in a departure bay for intergalactic travel. It’s very Star Wars. As you stand just outside the doors to your flight vehicle, you’ll watch a safety movie that shows all of the “rules” for the flight.

The Attraction

Warning: Disney Star Tours is a simulator ride that can be uncomfortable for those who suffer from motion sickness. (Back in the day, Body Wars at EPCOT was worse.)

C3PO is the accidental captain of your Starspeeder for a routine tourist flight. When something goes wrong with the launch, and away, you go on an adventure of a lifetime. There are several different scenes now available in the ride. The show is divided into three acts and there are several options for each of the acts. In fact, there are 54 possible “tours” you could end up on. You shouldn’t see the same show twice, which is good news.

Here are the destinations you could end up in on your tranquil tour –

  • Tatooine
  • Naboo
  • Hoth
  • Coruscant
  • The Death Star
  • Kashyyyk (the Wookie planet)
  • Crait
  • Jakku

The new show is also filled with new characters. In the old show, characters from the movie didn’t really show up, but now there are several cameo appearances by most of the best-known characters from the movies.

The Postshow

There isn’t a postshow, but you do end up in a gift shop called Tatooine Traders which has tons of Star Wars souvenirs.

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits –

  • This attraction is the first Disney World ride to use non-Disney imagery.
  • Each simulator can accommodate 40 guests.
  • The new film is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long. Exactly the same as the old film.
  • You are on flight 1401. So what you say? The street address of Imagineering Headquarters in California is 1401 Flower Street.

History

This attraction first opened at Walt Disney World in December of 1989. Disney World was the third park where Disney Star Tours opened.

Are You Tall Enough?

Is your child tall enough to ride Star Tours: The Adventure Continues? It’s a big question.

You have to be at least 40 inches tall to ride.

The Fine Print

Here’s some small print information:

  • Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
  • Video Captioning is available on selected monitors in this attraction. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain an activator.
  • For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.
  • Guests must transfer from a motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair, then from the wheelchair to the attraction/ride vehicle.
  • Expectant mothers should not ride.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Star Wars is Dad’s favorite movie of all time. I still get chills when that great music starts. So it’s natural that Disney Star Tours is one of Dad’s favorite rides. If you aren’t bothered by the simulator, you don’t want to miss this one.