Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Tour: The Adventures Continue Highlights:
- 40 inch height requirement
- Go on a galactic adventure with C3P0 and R2D2 as your pilots on this 3-D simulator attraction
This flight simulator ride was inspired by the popular Star Wars movies. It’s situated on the far left of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, beyond Echo Lake.
The new StarSpeeder 1000 takes passengers to a variety of different planets in the Star Wars universe, where they will experience several different adventures on a motion-simulated space flight — all in 3D! With more than 60 different combinations, guests can have a new experience with every flight.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue is an updated version of the original Star Tours attraction which opened in 1989 and closed for refurbishment in the summer of 2010.
While the original attraction featured only one destination (Endor) and one flight experience, the new version takes travelers to several different locations — and frequent flyers will find that it’s rarely the same three places! In fact, there are more than 60 different experiences with destinations like Naboo, Tatooine, Hoth, Kashyyk and Coruscant. All of the film footage is new and was filmed in digital 3D, giving it additional depth and realism. Often, when new films are added to the Star Wars franchise, new scenes are added to Star Tours as well.
Queue: The queue winds through the terminal area of the Star Tours spaceport and will remind anyone who has ever traveled via air of the airport experience, complete with security scans and luggage screening. Large flight status displays on the walls list the arrivals, departures and destinations of upcoming flights. Audio-animatronic characters, including C-3PO and R2-D2, are engaged in various tasks like equipment maintenance while the G2-9T droid dutifully screens baggage.
Before boarding their StarSpeeder 1000, guests will grab their flight glasses and view a short safety video featuring safety droid Aly San San, describing loading procedures and seat belts.
The Ride: Designed by teams from both Walt Disney Imagineering and George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) and Lucasfilm Ltd., the 40-seat flight simulator combines motion with an action-packed 3D video to send passengers soaring into an unforgettable journey. C-3PO and R2-D2 are your droid pilots as the flight unexpectedly changes from a run-of-the-mill sightseeing trip to a perilous mission to protect a Rebel spy from the Galactic Empire.
The five-minute ride is full of thrills as it travels through hyperspace to its multiple destinations, which might include a pod race on Tatooine, a speeder pursuit on Kashyyk or an underwater submarine chase on Naboo.
The pilot eventually manages to return the Starspeeder and its passengers safely to a spaceport.
There are more than 60 different combinations of the film elements. Those include:
— Three different opening scenes: Darth Vader, Kylo Ren or Skytroopers
— Different second scenes: the ice planet Hoth, the Wookiee planet Kashyyk, the planet Jakku with the Millennium Falcon, or the podrace on Tatooine
— Six different character interactions: Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, BB8, Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata, Lando, or Yoda.
— Different finales: Death Star (above the planet Geonosis), Coruscant, the watery planet of Naboo, or Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s Black Spire Outpost.
Star Wars characters you may encounter:
— Darth Vader
— Kylo Ren
— Boba Fett
— Poe Dameron
— Admiral Ackbar
— Princess Leia
Learn more about Star Tours with this AllEars TV video!
Lightning Lane access for Star Tours-The Adventures Continue is available with the purchase of Genie+. The average standby waits typically range between 30 – 60 minutes.
Attraction Length: Approximately 7 minutes (including boarding at Starspeeder gate). Actual show is approximately 5 minutes.
Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm). Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
Accessibility: Guests in ECVs must transfer to a standard wheelchair to go through the queue, then guests must transfer to the ride vehicle. Video Captioning and Handheld Captioning are available.
Warnings: Because the motion simulator can be fairly rough, pregnant women and people with other medical considerations, including motion sickness, and back and neck problems, are advised not to ride Star Tours.
There is less motion in the middle of the vehicle near its center of gravity. Those wishing to experience the widest range of motion will find it in the back row, especially on the ends. Cast members will usually accommodate seating requests if possible.
There is a net bag under the seat to secure loose items during the flight.
There is a gift shop located at the exit of Star Tours called Tatooine Traders, made to resemble the Mos Espa village in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The shop offers a variety of merchandise based on all of the Star Wars movies, including build-your-own lightsabers, t-shirts, action figures, LEGO kits, books, and posters.
Star Tours opened in Walt Disney World on December 15, 1989. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue opened on May 20, 2011. Read about the Grand Opening Ceremony HERE.
Scenes from the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and Rise of Skywalker have been added to the show scenes.
The flight simulator used in the StarSpeeder 1000 is the same used by the military to train pilots.
Anthony Daniels reprises his role as the voice of protocol droid C-3PO. Actress Allison Janney provides the voice of spaceport spokesbot Aly San San. Actor Patrick Warburton provides the voice of one of the droids in the queue.
Star Wars fans will recognize the line “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” This line has been used in all of the Star Wars films by various characters as part of a running gag.
The flight status displays in the queue alternate between the English and Aurebesh languages.
HIDDEN MICKEY ALERT: As you walk along the queue, you’ll notice a window that features silhouettes of familiar droids and other characters. Watch for the R2-D2 who reveals his Mickey ears!
Keep an eye out in the queue for a little tip of the hat to the former version of this attraction: The StarSpeeder 3000’s pilot, RX-24 or “REX”, can be found in a row of junked droids, marked as “defective.”