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Star Tours at Disneyland ParisSubmitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:53
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Apr 12, 1992
Virtually identical to the Disneyland original, the Disneyland Paris version of Star Tours takes guests on a virtual journey through the “Star Wars” universe. While the technology, which dates back to 1987, can now appear out-dated, the ride pushed the boundaries of simulator technology when it first opened. The Disneyland Paris version is now the last remaining original Star Tours attraction, with those at Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Tokyo Disneyland having been replaced by the updated Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
Guests queue through a detailed recreation of a “spaceport”, which is packed with audio-animatronic droids and in-jokes about “Star Wars” and Disney characters. This sets the scene for the ride, which takes guests on a tour to the moon of Endor (seen in “Return of the Jedi”).
After reaching the end of the queue, riders board one of a number of simulators, each of which is designed to resemble the interior of a StarSpeeder 3000 spacecraft. The flight immediately goes awry, with novice pilot Rex accidentally navigating into the midst of a space battle between rebels and the evil Galactic Empire.
The ride system is used to enhance the on-screen action, with the simulator rocking from side-to-side and extensive use of sound effects. Rex himself is physically present, in audio-animatronic form.
Star Tours is presented in a combination of languages. The pre-show videos are primarily in English, as is the dialogue between rebel pilots. However, Rex addresses passengers in French.Review:
“Star Wars” is as popular as ever, and Star Tours still draws in large crowds. However, the attraction is undoubtedly beginning to show its age. Depending on when you visit, you’re likely to find a number of theming elements in the queue out-of-action, and the once-innovative ride system is now seriously out-dated. The overall “feel” is of a 1980s era attraction, and while some will love the nostalgia, others will be longing for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue to come to Paris.
If you’ve never experienced Star Tours before, riding it is still an essential part of a visit to Disneyland Paris. For the most intense ride experience, ask to sit at the back of the simulator, or for a gentler ride, aim for the front.Top Tip:
The highlight of Star Tours remains its heavily-detailed, humorous queue line. While it can be tempting to use FASTPASS to avoid a long wait, try and hit the ride early instead. That way you’ll be able to stroll at a leisurely pace through the queue, but without the frustration of a lengthy wait to ride.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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