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Description And Comments

When Disney’s first modern flight simulator ride debuted in 1987, guests lined up for hours for their hyperspace voyage into a galaxy far, far away. But time and technology march on, and Star Tours received a top-to-bottom overhaul in 2011 with cutting-edge digital 3-D screens (the sharpest and clearest that we’ve ever seen) and in-cabin Audio-Animatronic figures of C-3P0, your golden droid pilot. During your inevitably turbulent travels, you’ll bump, twist, and dive into a who’s who of Star Wars icons, with heroes Master Yoda and Admiral “It’s A Trap!” Akbar on your side, and villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett on your back. You’ll be visiting planets from both the classic trilogy—such as icy Hoth and arid Tatooine—and the not-so-classic prequels, including Geonosis (home of the dreaded Death Star) and Naboo (home of the equally dreaded Jar Jar Binks). And in 2016 a perilous tour of Jakku’s starship graveyard with Finn and the Millennium Falcon and a cameo from BB-8 were added to the itinerary, providing fan service while shattering the Episode III1⁄2 timeline continuity the ride had previously observed. The big twist is that the seven possible cosmic destinations (soon to be eight, once Rogue One is released) and multiple celebrity cameos (look for Han Solo and Chewbacca in the background) are randomly combined into hundreds of different story variations, giving the attraction unprecedented reridability. Fans of the former ride will be thrilled to find a wealth of references (along with hidden Disney characters and Star Wars inside jokes) inside the detailed queue, and those made uncomfortable by the old ride’s jerkiness will be surprised at how smooth and well-synchronized the reprogrammed experience now is.

Touring Tips

Demand for the ride has died down since its grand reopening. But with only two-thirds the carrying capacity of Walt Disney World’s version, Disneyland’s Star Tours still sees hour-plus waits on busy days, so ride as early in the day as possible or grab a FastPass. If you have young children (or anyone) who are apprehensive about this attraction, ask the attendant about switching off.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue when you visit on a day with a given Disneyland Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Wait Times.

Special Comments

  • This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 40 inches.
  • This attraction offers rider swap.

A blast; not to be missed; frightens many small children; expectant mothers are also advised against riding; must be 40" tall to ride.

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Watch This Space (Ride)

So what happens to Tomorrowland when The Star Wars Experience (the 14-acre “land” under construction behind Fantasyland and Frontierland) opens to guests in 2019? What does that mean for super-popular rides like Star Tours (which first opened to the public in January 1987)? Until recently, it was believed that the four motion-based simulators of Star Tours would be repurposed for a West Coast version of the Iron Man Experience (a 3-D simulator ride that debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland in summer 2016). But Walt Disney Imagineering wants to build a whole Marvel-themed land at DCA behind Hollywood Land and A Bug’s Land, so the Southern Californian version of the Iron Man Experience is now slated for that theme park. Well, things are looking kind of terminal for the Star Tours terminal building.

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