Disney reimagines historic 'Star Wars' attraction
Monday 23 May 2011
George Lucas has launched a spectacular new experience for
Star Wars lovers at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The new 'Star Tours: The Adventures Continue' experience, which was officially launched May 20, is a collaboration between Disney and Lucasfilm and a significant overhaul of the popular Star Tours attraction which has been open since the 1980s.
Using motion-based simulators, guests are immersed in the Star Wars universe on board a Starspeeder spacecraft, visiting several planets and meeting characters along the way.
As the spacecraft zips around planets such as icy Hoth, the jungles of Kashyyyk and the underwater world of Naboo, characters from the mobiles such as Yoda and Darth Vader are brought to life using 3D digital video.
Disney says that the new Hollywood Studios attraction, which features some 50 different storylines, will also open at Disneyland Resort, another Disney park in Anaheim, California.
"Star Tours immerses guests into the Star Wars universe like never before," said Disney's Bob Iger.
"The innovative technology and storytelling take guests on thrilling new adventures, bringing George Lucas’ iconic characters and locations to life in a completely new way."
The original Star Tours attraction opened in Florida in 1987 and has proved popular with Star Wars fans from around the world, spawning similar features in Disney parks in Paris and Tokyo.
In August last year, Disney hosted a special live event to mark its closure at World Disney World, welcoming celebrities including Seth Green, Jon Stewart and George Lucas for an evening which saw the first - and likely last - screening of a mashup of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Watch highlights from the opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5jytF0Hemc
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