As was announced earlier this year, Star Tours will be debuting a new scene this weekend that will take place on the planet of Crait, which is said to be located in a remote, uncharted section of the galaxy that once hosted a Rebel Alliance outpost during their early rebellion against the Galactic Empire (and figures largely into the plot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
Just as they did in 2015 before the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this attraction will be “locking coordinates” on this new planet so that all guests who queue up for this ride can experience this new segment. However, though we expect this attraction to be the same for the next several months or so, a new rumor has popped up that may indicate that big changes are on the way for Star Tours sometime next year, potentially in preparation for Star Wars Land.
Could Star Tours be splitting into two sides?
Earlier this week WDWNT reported that Star Tours will be splitting into two “sides” sometime next year, with one half of the attraction containing destinations that reference the “classic” and “prequel” Star Wars trilogies, and the other half containing destinations from new films including Episode VII and beyond.
This rumor certainly makes a lot of sense, and while reporters from Gizmodo reached out to Disney and received no comment, we wouldn’t be surprised if Disney isn’t at least strongly considering separating this attraction into two, in the same way that Mission: Space is separated at Epcot. Not only would this separation give this attraction-starved park two attractions in the space of one, but it could also help with a thematic problem that will arise in 2019…
How does a Star Wars ride fit outside of Star Wars Land?
One of the big questions we had when Star Wars Land was just a rumor was how the construction of this new, immersive land would affect Star Tours. With such a complex backstory in place for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it might be tough to explain away how Star Tours, which is on the other side of Grand Avenue (formerly the Muppets Courtyard), could possibly continue to exist. However, this separation may help things, as guests can take shuttles “to” Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as part of the storyline presented in the new half of the attraction, with the other side featuring “flashback” (non-canon) stories that don’t tie in to the overall story of this upcoming land.
While this is all conjecture at this point, this scenario seems quite plausible as a creative solution to a problem Disney parks didn’t anticipate they would have more than 30 years ago, when Star Tours was first constructed. And while nothing has been confirmed, if this rumor proves to be true, we’d imagine that Disney will be making changes to this attraction sooner than you think….