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Walt Disney World has confirmed that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will make its debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios on May 20, 2011.

Often referred to as Star Tours 2, the long-awaited sequel to the classic Star Tours attraction will feature an all-new plot, 3D special effects and a host of new characters. It will replace the original at both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, with an opening date for the new version yet to be confirmed for the California park.

The updated version of the simulator attraction will feature no fewer than 54 different possible experiences, meaning that guests will take a different "journey" almost every time they ride it. Disney has confirmed that C-3PO, one of only four characters to appear in all six Star Wars movies, will play a major role in the new ride.

Star Tours closed at Disneyland on July 27, with Disney's Hollywood Studios' version closing on September 8 (the original version continues to operate at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris). The original ride pioneered the use of flight-simulator technology in theme park attractions, with the Star Wars movies providing the backstory. Based on a ficticious "intergalactic tours" operator, the attraction sees guests boarding a spacecraft piloted by an android. The tour soon goes awry - with the craft getting caught up in a battle between the Rebel Alliance and the evil Galactic Empire.

For full details of the highly-anticipated attraction, read our in-depth preview of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

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