Disney has confirmed that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will open at Disneyland on June 3, 2011, with Mickey's Soundsational Parade set to debut a week earlier.
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. The ride is set to make its debut on May 20 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, with Disneyland fans having to wait an extra two weeks for their chance to experience it.
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 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
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.
Making its debut on May 27, 2011 at Disneyland will be Mickey's Soundsational Parade. The new musical parade is set to feature a host of Disney characters, riding on "whimsical" floats. Famous Disney songs will feature heavily, with live musicians helping to recreate them.
At Disneyland's sister park Disney California Adventure, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure will share an opening date with Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Its grand opening will also take place on June 3, although a "soft opening" period is expected to take place before then.
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