Star Tours – The Adventures Continue officially opened today with a grand display, which included lots of Star Wars characters and celebrities. The biggest surprise was the appearance of Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star Wars creator George Lucas. Who knew they could wield lightsabers that way (video coming). Now that the ride is open, let’s take a look inside.
As seen here and in the top photo, the first room looks pretty much the same, except we now see the Starspeeder 1,000. It’s the first Starspeeder model since the ride now takes place before the last ride’s timeline. The update takes place in between episodes three and four. This Starspeeder looks shiny and new. The large screen has been updated to HD and features new scenes.
After you leave the first room, you’ll see this familiar guy on your left. It’s Rex, the pilot in the first version of the attraction. Listen close and you’ll hear him say some lines you may remember. Notice the defective tag on him. I guess he’s not ready to be a pilot yet.
Across the way is the most interesting part of the queue. It’s fun to watch this droid scan traveler’s luggage. You’ll spot some familiar items in a lot of the suitcases. You’ll see things such as Madame Leota’s head from the Haunted Mansion, Wall-E, Indiana Jones’ hat and whip and much more.
Not much looks different in the loading area, except for the new safety video, which plays homage to the old one. You’ll also now need to pick up a pair of these nifty-looking 3D glasses.
Here’s a full video walk-through of the new Star Tours, including some on-ride footage: