Hundreds of Star Wars fans, many in costume, eagerly waited outside Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park on May 19, 2011 to be among the first to ride at midnight “Star Tours ~ The Adventures Continue.” The all-new 3-D attraction is set to officially debut with a star-studded grand opening ceremony on May 20, 2011 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.
Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours takes Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. In a new twist, guests can enjoy the attraction multiple times without ever experiencing the same adventure. More than 50 story combinations are possible for guests to experience aboard Star Tours.
With an eye-popping digital presentation leveraging Dolby 3-D to deliver a vivid and realistic experience, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests will be immersed in the Star Wars universe like never before on a theme park attraction.
Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO and the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars Saga, reprises his role as the golden protocol droid. Daniels worked with Walt Disney Imagineering to record new dialogue for the attraction. Guests also are introduced to AC-38, a hotshot droid pilot known simply as “Ace,” and Aly San San (voiced by actress Allison Janney), the “spokesbot” for the spaceport.
Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney Parks guests since the 1980s, “powered down” at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2010 so Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.