Disneyland’s ‘Star Tours’ is closing and D23 members get the last ride

July 06, 2010 | 1:55 p.m.

Star Tours Disneyland Disneyland will shutter the popular “Star Tours” attraction this month to make way for a major overhaul of the Reagan-era ride – but D23 members will be given one last, special opportunity to say goodbye to the vintage “Star Wars” adventure.

On July 14, members of D23 (which is the prestige, dues-membership fan club launched by Disney last year) will be offered a free and final ride on “Star Tours” before the doors get locked. The first 160 members who sign up that morning will get spots on the last run of the “Star Tours” starspeeders, which will be after-hours on the night of July 26.

The way it will work: The lucky D23 members will meet at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney between 10 p.m. and midnight for check-in. After the park closes at midnight, D23 staffers will escort the contingent into Disneyland proper, where they will join the always-hapless Captain Rex for the last flight to Endor aboard his Starspeeder 3000 vehicle.

The group is 160 because that is the capacity of the ride — there are four starspeeders that hold 40 people each. Check the D23 website on Wednesday for more details and the official announcement.

“Star Tours 2.0″ is scheduled to reopen next year with an enhanced experience that will have high definition “Disney Real-D” 3D. The story presented will take place between the two George Lucas trilogies and there will be new destinations added, including Coruscant. Last year, at the D23 Expo presentation on the new “Star Tours” plans, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo pledged that his team was “going to do things with ‘Star Tours’ that have never been done with any theme park attraction before at any theme park anywhere.” Here’s some  video from that presentation; it was shot by frequent Hero Complex contributor Jay West…. 

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8 Responses to Disneyland’s ‘Star Tours’ is closing and D23 members get the last ride

  1. Hung says:

    Wow, that preview of the new ride (Anakin's Pod racer event) does not add any excitement to what the ride is going to become. I hope thats not what they're aiming for. Pretty disappointing.

    • Jacob says:

      I agree. Also, why fix something if it's not broken? "Star Tours 1.0" is an awesome ride without the 3-D effects, and that preview wasn't that appealing.

  2. Ed says:

    So, the final ride is FREE? That is cool. How do I join D23??

  3. Fred says:

    Hung, the ride is NOT just going be a pod race. Guests will still be riding in Star Speeders and there will be multiple destinations from the Star Wars universe.
    The most recent info about the new ride is here;
    http://d23.disney.go.com/articles/061410_NF_BN_Di

  4. Soma says:

    …am I like the only one who is saying, thank the lords of kobol that Star Tours is FINALLY getting R2D2ed? Sheez, it was just a lamely-associated shake-and-bake vomitorium picture show Disney vaguely imagineered in 1987 ~ what, 10 years after Star Wars hit this universe? I know, I know, it cost more to build than the original CA theme park, but really ~ it was time to re-imagineer it the first time I saw it in the late '80's.
    I have recently reflected (after a couple years ago I forgot that I had seen it before and got on it again) why such a mediocre ride was left around anyway. I guess Lucas didn't have enough embarrassments lingering around… It's bad when the best part was the entryway (in Orlando, that is)…
    Anyway, I hope they deliver with Star Tour II ~ the younger crowd has gotten a LOT more techno-savvy and demanding! ANd evidently, I've gotten cranky in my old age…

  5. Fred says:

    Ed–
    If you are interested in joining D23, you can find info on membership (and a link to join) here;
    http://d23.disney.go.com/pages/WhatIsD23.html

  6. Dick says:

    I took my last Star Tours voyage to the Endor Moon on June 2, 2010. I had to wait all day before they opened Star Tours, but I finally got on around 8:30pm.
    Looking forward to the new Star Tours next year.
    I have the original Star Tours poster from the opening. My poster version does not have the Oldsmobile add or the first anniversary date and text. Everything else is the same.

  7. D. Felton says:

    Couldn't they just bring back Monsanto's "Journey Through Inner Space?"

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