Friday, May 20, 2011
Star Tours, Episode II: Revenge of the Star Tours
Star Wars has been in the news quite a bit lately. First came the announcement of the upcoming September release of all six Star Wars movies on Blu-ray. Then, this weekend marks the opening of the updated Star Tours ride at the Disney theme parks.
The updated Star Tours ride looks like a really sweet upgrade. All of the video footage shown in the ride will be in 3D, thus making the ride much more immersive than its previous version. The updated ride includes planets and characters from all six movies; in fact, the planets and characters appear in different sequences during each individual ride, with up to 54 possible combinations. Go to the TheForce.Net, Mouse Planet and Entertainment Weekly sites for more details about this amazing theme park experience.
The last time I was on the original Star Tours ride was back in June 2007, and we were lucky enough to be there during one of Disney's "Star Wars Celebration" weekends. Click below to see some of the pictures that I took of theme park staff who dressed as Star Wars characters as part of this event, as well as some pictures of the original Star Tours ride.