If you felt a disturbance in the force it may have been the realization that Star Tours, the popular ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Walt Disney World) and Disneyland parks, respectively, will soon be flying to the Ewok-laden moon of Endor for the last time. Ever-ish! Or it could have been the burrito you had for lunch, the force is funny like that.
If you’ve never been on the Star Tours ride here’s what you need to know: It’s based on the Star Wars franchise. It’s awesome! However, it’s been around for long time. In fact, it had been around a long time before the last 3 (first 3?) Star Wars movies filled your world with clones and Jar Jarisms (meee-zah so sorries) — we’re talking long, long ago in a theme park far away (actual distance may vary). The good folks at Disney are freezing the old ride in carbonite and unleashing a new version with, and I’m just guessing here, some newer technology and a different storyline. The updated Star Tours will take off in 2011.
In the meantime, the annual Star Wars Celebration (this year is Star Wars Celebration V), which is the official Lucasfilm fan convention held in Orlando, Fl. (August 12-15) will give Disney guests one last tour to Endor before the ride powers down. On August 14, 2010 from 8p.m. until 1a.m. a special Last Tour to Endor party will be held at Disney’s Hollywood Studies. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the event will feature such attractions as “intergalactic party zones, Star Wars shows, a “Death Star Disco” and a Star Wars-themed fireworks spectacular.” Yes, disco.
A separate ticket is required for the event ($75) for adults and those too short to be a stormtrooper. Disney doesn’t judge guests by their size. Quantities are limited! Buy or buy not, there is no try. Okay, that one was a bit forced. Get it? Man, this stuff writes itself.
For vacationers that wish to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, Disney is offering special room rates and Star Wars Celebration V packages, which is nice — the force is strong in the mouse.