By Don Gworek
With the official reopening of a new Star Tours experience just days away, it may be interesting to look back at the pre-opening of Star Tours at Walt Disney World.
This is how the Star Tours show building looked on April 22, 1989. Only a painted back drop of the Endor forest was visible and things looked very vacant compared to how we know them today. In the foreground is a model of what the attraction exterior would look like.
The Disney-MGM Studios park opened on May 1, 1989. This photo was taken during a cast member preview.
The plan was for Star Tours to open on Disney-MGM’s first anniversary, in 1990.
This photo is from the first week of July in 1989. You can see the theming is rapidly taking shape. A construction field office has been added. It’s sort of a preview center with information for guests about the attraction.
Here’s an old Disney press video showing the attraction:
Here’s a full video ride through the final flight of the original Star Tours:
This is the shutdown ceremony for the original attraction:
Stay tuned for news of the 2011 grand reopening of Star Tours.