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    Star Tours Re-Vamp?

    I found an article and there was this excerpt:

    "THE FUTURE OF STAR WARS
    He (George Lucas) said there were plans to revamp Star Tours, and how those discussion started with Episode I. He said there were several great things planned, and some awesome ideas.

    The whole thing is here, http://theforce.net/topstory/story/S...hows_97662.asp, but this part stood out to me since I am a Disney freak. Lol.

    Any new news on that?
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    well, there is an attraction at the Boston Museum of Science, where you sit in the
    c o c k pit of the Millenium Falcon. its very cool and feel like your really in the ship! im hoping that maybe this will be what they will turn Star tOurs into!
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    About time...

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    its EXTREMELY cool, i suggest anyone in the New England area to gewt over to the boston museum of scicne before April 30. it is an amazing thing that you dont want to miss out on, lol i sound like an advertisment
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    an update would be very nice. Its a great ride, but putting maybe a more updated storyline and better technology perhaps would make it even better. If they do enough, it could even get up to par with RNRC and ToT.
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    As much as I love Star Tours, that poor sim is dying for an update. A new story with a more advanced simulator would be nice. I realize those sims cost Disney a boat-load of money back in the day when they were new, but man, they need to be updated. And at least...please update the load video! I'm an 80's child, I like Ghostbusters, Nintendo, and A Flock of Seagulls, but please that video is so dated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzney4lyf
    About time...

    I agree!!
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    I've said it before, I'll say it again...I think it would be cool to have different "flights" to go on...one to Endor, one to Tatooine, one to Naboo, one to Coruscant, etc. Not only would it give the attraction an update, but it would also preserve the old attraction and make the atmosphere more like a spaceport. Of course, it's probably too expensive for ILM to do that, but we can always hope.
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    thats a good idea, and then there one be a different queue line for each different entrance....0o0o0o0o disney would like that they could get sooo many people through the ride
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    Hey I totally just found this!

    Second Star

    Disney dusts off “Star Tours II” project

    Tuesday, May 10, 2005
    by David Koenig, staff writer

    With the last Star Wars movie arriving in theaters May 19, a new Star Wars television series in development, and Michael “Does Not Play Well With Others” Eisner packing up his belongings, the stars seem to be aligning for a Star Tours update. Just a few weeks ago, George Lucas made clear his desire to freshen up Star Tours at Disneyland and Disney-MGM Studios.

    Disneyland, in particular, has been looking of late for ways to pump life into its moribund Tomorrowland. So, feeding off Lucas's revived interest in Star Tours, Imagineering has dusted off five-year-old storyboards inspired by the pod racing sequence in Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    Shall we peek?

    As we enter the existing Star Tours building, we discover that we're no longer headed for Endor. Our new destination: the Lunar Olympics on Yavin.

    At first glance, the StarSpeeders we board appear to be the same 20-year-old models. In fact, they've all been replaced with new, state-of-the-art flight simulators featuring the latest in video flatscreens, audio systems, and in-flight effects. (There's even a proposal that passengers strap on helmets fitted with fiber optics and devices for 3-D visual and sound effects.)

    In this trip, there's no Rex at the helm. Our pilot is a more seasoned veteran. So as we taxi through the shuttle bay, we see the StarSpeeder 3000 ahead of us suddenly take that familiar wrong turn. “Must be one of those new droids from Sector 7,” our pilot surmises.

    We remain on course and launch through the portal straight ahead. We first join a spiral formation with a large number of other StarSpeeders, before kicking into lightspeed. Seconds later, we put on the brakes, caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic. No problem; remember, we have a veteran pilot. “I know a shortcut!” he remarks.

    Our pilot veers off to the side, but soon finds himself hopelessly lost. He takes us down to the nearest planet to ask directions of some locals-not realizing that they're one of the pit crews for the pod races. Due to the language barrier, the pit crew mistakes our StarSpeeder for a last minute entry in the race. They strap boosters to the sides of our craft, cart us to the starting line, and…

    Vroooom! Suddenly we're in the middle of the pod race. With the added speed and obstacles, our pilot struggles to control our craft. We quickly catch the attention and ire of the The Phantom Menace's villainous pod racer, who seeks to forcefully drive us out of the competition. When his maneuvers don't deter us, the villain resorts to throwing a bomb onto our StarSpeeder. Our windshield explodes as glass appears to shatter into the cabin. Taking off, the villain turns up his afterburners, seemingly casting a fireball through our detonated windshield. For a brief Backdraft moment, guests feel the heat of his discharge.

    The scorching destroys one of our engines and we begin to freefall. Fortunately our StarSpeeder's descent is slowed by smacking into the villain's pod racer and sending him barreling into the side of a cliff.

    We crash headfirst into the sand, skid forward and smash into the bleachers. As we finally settle amid the smoke and debris, our pilot laughs nervously, “I meant to do that. A little shortcut.”

    We exit our beat-up StarSpeeder onto the old rampway, which has been redecorated with debris and smashed-up bleachers. As we walk out, we're heckled by audio animatronic aliens in the bleachers. They mock our unpleasant landing and shout intergalactic profanities at us. The demolished stadium theme carries over to the Star Wars shop section of the Star Traders souvenir store.

    Now keep in mind, there are at least two other entirely different concepts for “Star Tours II” being developed right now. The first proposal is supposed to be ready to pitch by the end of this month, the second in June. And, since the pod race was from a movie that came out in 1999, the newer ideas have an inherent advantage.

    As well, none of this will come cheap. With George Lucas involved, this won't be a case of just making a new $10 million or $20 million movie. He'll likely demand all equipment and technology be replaced. Plus, the idea to continue showing the old movie in one or two of the four StarSpeeders won't work if they retheme the exit ramp and store as a crash landing site.

    And then there's the crowd problem. Anyone remember Star Tours' first summer in 1987? The two-to-three-hour-long line would snake back and forth in front of the attraction before stretching down Main Street as far back as the Opera House. Today, there would be no room for these people. The Astro Orbiter spinner ride now clogs the entrance to Tomorrowland. The bottleneck will only worsen when Space Mountain reopens this summer and the submarines resurface in 2007.

    One proposed solution is to move the spinner ride back to its rightful place on top of the old PeopleMover boarding area. The skeleton of the old Rocket Jets is still up there, disguised as the ever-restful Observatron. If the Rocket Jets could be patched back together, the Astro Orbiter could be removed entirely and shipped to Disneyland New Delhi or some other future park.

    Then again, with guests' attention again being diverted upward, Disneyland would have little choice but to restart an attraction on the old PeopleMover track. Consider that over the last month or so the abandoned track has received its first TLC since the Rocket Rods vanished in 2000. Plus, at least as the high capacity, continually moving PeopleMover, the attraction was a huge “people eater.”

    At this point, park management would probably notice how rarely the turnstiles were turning for Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and place a new movie in the Kodak Theater.

    So, you can see how merely updating Star Tours would trigger a game of attraction dominos, one that could require a budget comparable to the $100 million spent on 1998's New Tomorrowland. And one that would erase the last vestiges of that failed makeover. Let's hope the price tag doesn't scare the decision-makers away.

    http://www.mouseplanet.com/david/dk050510.htm


    I thought this was great then I realized it's more about DisneyLAND. But if the west coast version is changing means WDW might too right?!
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    Well that was written in may 2005, so i think that idea has been scrapped
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    aww man, that idea of exiting into the demolished bleachers is sooooooooooooo cool!
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    ::pulls out Star wars nerdiness, but puts it back:: I just want something, like I've said before, haha, that would be a little more stomach-friendly...like Anakin
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