Hey everybody, there’s a new itinerary out for arrivals 8/31 through 10/26/2019. You can find it here.

By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2019, the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever.

Available on Amazon here.





Review: Star Tours: The Adventure Continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios



By Dave Shute

THE STAR TOURS RIDE

 

Star Tours from yourfirstvisit.net

2016 update: Star Tours now includes scenes from The Force Awakens!

A new Star Wars-themed ride opened in 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, using the same space and infrastructure as the former Star Tours.

Star Tours from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

The ride, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, with fun new queue elements and a totally new 3-D high-def set of films (including scenes from The Force Awakens!) is different enough to qualify (at least to me) as an entirely new experience, rather than an update of the old Star Tours.

I’ve had many chances to ride it, and it’s a lot of fun, even for those unfamiliar with Star Wars.  For those who are fans of the movies, it bears multiple repeat rides!

REVIEW OF STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

The core concept of the ride–an ineptly-piloted adventure in the universe of Star Wars–remains from the old ride.

The simulator technology–which can be a little rough on those with above-average motion sickness–also remains.

Star Tours from yourfirstvisit.net (4)

New is an enhanced queue and a whole new set of films that create the simulated universe in 3-D.

Any one of the films would be different enough to make this a fun new ride.

But what Disney has done is to create four sections of the film with options.–the first with two, and the next three with three each.

As a result, 54 different experiences are possible.  These experiences aren’t uniquely different–e.g. half have one of two possible beginnings, and half the other–but there’s still plenty of options to motivate repeat visits.

Moreover, these options mostly aren’t minor inserts in an otherwise identical presentation.  Three of the four are entire scenes (though the first one is short).  The result is substantively different experiences.

You have to actually ride it twice just to see how different the experiences can be!

For even more, see David Koenig’s comments on MousePlanet here, and Jim Korkis’s history of the ride here. And there’s much more on Star Tours in my co-author Josh’s post here.

Have you ridden it? What did you think?
The Best Reviewed Disney World Guide Book--EVER!!

Kelly B Can Help You Book Your Trip

Follow yourfirstvisit.net on Facebook or Google+ or Twitter or Pinterest!!

RELATED STUFF

0 comments

Have a thought or a question?...

Comment by typing in the form below.

Leave a Comment | Ask a Question | Note a Problem

My response to questions and comments will be on the same page as the original comment, likely within 24-36 hours . . . I reserve the right to edit and delete comments as I choose . . . All rights reserved. Copyright 2008-2019 . . . Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by me--even the ones in focus--except for half a dozen from my niecelets . . . This site is entirely unofficial and not authorized by any organizations written about in it . . . All references to Disney and other copyrighted characters, trademarks, marks, etc., are made solely for editorial purposes. The author makes no commercial claim to their use . . . Nobody's perfect, so follow any advice here at your own risk.