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Star Tours

January 1987

With the dismal failure of its space-themed features in the 1980s (The Black Hole, Herbie Goes to Uranis, Space Flubber), Disney began turning outside itself for inspiration. Star Tours, based on the then-popular Star Wars films, was to be the first in a series of attractions transforming Tomorrowland into Lucasland. The transformation would have been complete with the American Grafitti / Tucker retheming of the Autopia, Space Mountain becoming Willow's Fantasy Mountain, Howard the Duck taking over piloting of the Submarine Voyage, and the opening of the THX 1-1-3-Ate restaurant. Disney would have celebrated the transformation with a made-for-TV movie, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Star Wars Cantina Family Band.

C3P0 and friendAll of this became unnecessary when Star Tours proved to be popular enough to keep guests in Tomorrowland no matter how lame and dated the rest of it seemed at times.

The attraction simulates a trip through the Star Wars universe by a tourist shuttle that has been taken over by a bizarre robot that, although it appears to be an adult an its grey suit and red bowtie, behaves like a child. At one point, Mission Control contacts the pilot by radio, saying, "What are you doing! You're going to kill every last person on that shuttle!" To which the pilot replies, "I know you are, but what am I?" The pilot robot is voiced by an uncredited dramatic actor best known for his parts in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Batman Returns.

Trivia: During a scene in which the ship travels through a warehouse, various Disneyland-related props can be briefly seen, including the giant microscope from Adventure Thru Inner Space, that cast of Captain EO, and Walt Disney's freeze-dried body.

Trivia: Although the simulation is quite effective, the Star Tours ride vehicle actually remains firmly in place and subtle visual cues fool guests into thinking that they are in motion.

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