The updated and upgraded version of Disney’s classic Star Tours attraction was recently unveiled to guests days before its official grand opening on Friday, May 20. Since midday Saturday, excited guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park have streamed through the enhanced queue and onto the now 3D-equipped ride, emerging with smiles.
And it was on Saturday that I took my first four rides aboard Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. I’ve already posted my spoiler-free thoughts on how well Disney has improved upon the Star Wars-based attraction. But I know some of you want to be spoiled with all the details from within.
No video or photography has been allowed inside during this preview test phase, so I can’t offer a look inside yet. But I have included released artwork to accompany descriptions below. In addition, no audio recording restrictions were present when I was there on Saturday. So mixed in with my description of all that is Star Tours 2 below are several binaural audio files (wear your headphones while listening!) from the attraction’s queue, pre-show, and on the ride itself. And since the experience changes every time this version of Star Tours is ridden, I’ve featured four complete audio ride-throughs, including the first-ever public preview of the ride from Saturday.
If you want to hear me talk all about the attraction, be sure to listen to Show 319 of the Inside the Magic podcast which includes spoiler-free and spoiler-filled reviews.
But beware. There are many surprises to be found throughout the new Star Tours experience, so I highly recommend you do not read on unless you want them all spoiled for you. If you want to stay surprised but still know if the ride lives up to the hype, then read my spoiler-free review instead.
From here on, spoilers are frequent and detailed. May the Force be with you.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – Queue
Entering Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at first feels roughly like the same experience as it has for many years. But after turning the first corner, guests will notice some changes. The layout of the first queue room remains the same, with the centerpiece being a full-size Starspeeder being attended to by C-3PO and R2-D2. But it’s now the Starspeeder 1000, in bright orange and white. C-3PO is looking shinier than ever and the duo have new dialogue and banter. Classic Star Tours fans will recognize some of the audio in this area, including a variation on the familiar “Kuchana kuchana” line. But the story of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue now takes place years before the original, so nothing is quite the same.