The Walt Disney Company has announced new versions of the Star Tours-simulator. The announcement was made by a panel of Walt Disney Imagineering during the Star Wars Celebration 2023 in London. The new content will be implemented at three of the four installations worldwide and is expected to debut in 2024.
Star Tours is one of the most famous simulators in theme park history. The Star Wars-themed attraction debuted in 1987 at Disneyland (Anaheim, CA – U.S.A.) and was soon introduced at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando, FL – U.S.A., 1989), Tokyo Disneyland (Japan, 1989) and Disneyland Paris (France, 1992). The attraction is set in the cinematic universe of Star Wars, where visitors are taken on a routine flight from one planet to another. Of course, things do not go according to plan and riders are sucked into a space adventure like the ones in the movie.
The four attractions were all updated between 2011 and 2017 to make a better fit with the recent Star Wars-films and have been called Star Tours – The Adventures Continue ever since. One of the most significant changes was the introduction of a randomized main show. A ride cycle consists of three parts, with each part having four or five possible scenes, resulting in 100 different possible ride experiences.
The new content for the rides will be implemented in 2024 to three of the four installations worldwide (Anaheim, Orlando and Paris). It has not been stated whether the new content will replace the current or if it will be added to the randomized possibilities of the ride cycle.