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What Happens To Star Tours After Star Wars Galaxys Edge Opens

Oga's Cantina
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Mercury News
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Brady Macdonald
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May 13, 2019
Posted:
June 04, 2019
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The imminent arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland has left many longtime fans of the Star Tours attraction worried that the venerable 1987 flight simulator might soon be departing for Yesterland.

But have no fear. Star Tours is not going anywhere in the immediate future. Except on an intergalactic journey to Hoth, Tatooine or Naboo.

Disneyland plans to continue operating the Star Tours ride and the Star Wars Launch Bay attraction in Tomorrowland after Galaxy’s Edge opens at the Anaheim theme park, according to Walt Disney Imagineering officials.

“Our other Star Wars offerings — Star Tours and other things that we have in the park — those are not going away,” Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge said. “We have no plans right now. We’re not announcing any changes to any of that stuff right now.”

The new 14-acre Galaxy’s Edge themed land debuting May 31 at Disneyland will be set in the Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu. The new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run simulator ride in Galaxy’s Edge is expected to be a next generation version of Star Tours.

Star Tours and Star Wars Launch Bay will continue to serve as a home for older characters in the sweeping Star Wars space opera saga.

The timeline for Galaxy’s Edge will be set in the latest Star Wars trilogy with newer characters like Rey, BB-8 and Kylo Ren populating the new themed land.

“Characters that might be from a hundred years ago, they wouldn’t be walking around this land,” Trowbridge said of Galaxy’s Edge. “But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a home anymore.”

While Galaxy’s Edge visitors won’t see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or Han Solo in Black Spire Outpost, familiar characters from the first two Star Wars trilogies will still make appearances in Tomorrowland.

That means Darth Vader will continue to pose for meet-and-greet photo ops with visitors in Star Wars Launch Bay. Expect villain Kylo Ren and heroine Rey from the current “Star Wars” trilogy to depart Launch Bay for Galaxy’s Edge when the new land opens.

Some characters like Chewbacca who spanned all three trilogies will make appearances in Galaxy’s Edge. Disney hasn’t said if Chewie — who currently poses for photos in Launch Bay — will return to Tomorrowland for occasional visits.

Star Tours debuted at Disneyland in 1987 long before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. The addition of the Star Wars ride came at a time in the 1980s and ’90s when Disney was introducing attractions based on non-Disney intellectual properties like the Indiana Jones Adventure, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin and pop singer Michael Jackson’s “Captain EO.”

An extensive renovation of Star Tours in 2011 added new destinations and protocol droid C-3PO as the pilot of the StarSpeeder 1000. Star Tours added a scene featuring characters, spaceships and locations from “The Force Awakens” during the 2015 Season of the Force event. The Galaxy’s Edge planet of Batuu was added to the Star Tour itinerary in 2017.

The cancellation of the popular Jedi Training Academy last year after a 12-year run in Tomorrowland caused some fans to fret that Star Tours could be the next attraction on the chopping block. Others wondered if Star Tours might be relocated to Galaxy’s Edge.

But Disney officials say neither concern is founded. Star Tours is staying put in Tomorrowland and there are no plans to move the ride to Galaxy’s Edge.

Former Star Tours pilot RX-24 will be heading to Black Spire Outpost, though. Rechristened DJ R-3X, Rex will take on a new job as a disc jockey in Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge. The animatronic figure will employ an original outer shell from a Star Tours Rex figure with new electronic functions on the inside. Rex will once again be voiced by “Pee-wee Herman” star Paul Reubens.

A nearly identical Galaxy’s Edge themed land opens Aug. 29 in Florida at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which also has a Star Tours attraction.
 
Attractions Referenced

Captain EO

Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple Of The Forbidden Eye

Jedi Training Academy (Tomorrowland Stage)

Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Star Wars Launch Bay

 
Restaurants Referenced

Oga's Cantina

 
Lands Referenced

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

 
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