So this happened to The Nerdista recently . . . .[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4_dZPVg8KI ]
On The Nerdista’s very recent trip to Disney, the Star Tours attraction was closed for a complete overhaul. Too bad I don’t have The Force like Vader or I could have ridden anyway.
On May 20th, a completely revamped Star Tours attraction opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. The original ride was a first person film projected inside a military-grade flight simulator, making you feel like you and your whole group took a Starspeeder tour of the Forest Moon of Endor.
With the revamped version, the flight simulator approach is still intact but with updated motion-simulation and high-definition video graphics and special effects. Instead of one static film, the revamped ride has an assortment of different beginnings, endings, and middle scenes, producing over 50 (FIFTY!) different versions of the ride. You can:
“Glide among the trees with Wookiees on Kashyyyk, kick up some desert sand in a podrace on Tatooine, dive into the lakes of Naboo, weave through the bustling city-planet of Coruscant, blast through the blizzards of Hoth or even help attack the heavily defended Death Star!”
All in 3-D. Uhm, yes please!
Alas, it was not to be for me. Seriously, is there a sadder sign a nerd can find at a Disney World theme park?
To add to The Nerdista’s misery, Space Mountain was also closed for maintenance. Why was I even there?
FUN FACT! Fully geared Stormtroopers can’t sit down. True story. Just ask any member of the 501st.