As a huge fan of the movies and the original Star Tours, I find the debate about continuity between the ride and films interesting but any claims you can make about the new ride can be made about the original. A third death star? Really? X-wings still fighting Tie fighters after the victory on Endor? You have always had to throw out continuity between the ride and the film, so why should that be an issue now?
As far as CG vs models, the question I think people should ask themselves is would they rather deal with cg or the transitional problems with the original? Entering the Ice comet has always been so rough and abrupt that I am happy to have CG providing smooth transitions and seamless action.
Ideally it would be a combination of the two to make it all as perfect as possible, but it is what it is. If there is anything that should be criticized it is the use of CG to replace live actors. There is no reason not to have at least Vader be someone in a costume...
Ultimately, I just wish I could be there to ride it. My wife and I were supposed to be there this week but I had to have surgery at the beginning of may and am not allowed to ride anything until at least august.
Some of the other issues that seem, well non-issue to me are the battle scenes. If we think people are complaining now about having the Hoth battle on the ride, imagine the outcry if we went to Hoth and there wasn't a battle. There would definitely be an outcry about that. The battle of Naboo is even more of a non issue because there is no reason to think that the Empire wouldn't still make use of whatever resources or allies/subjects it has available including the trade federation and their warships.
If you want to talk about fixing it, it is easier than editing any of the films...Disney/Lucas just need to stop placing it in any specific time in the movie continuity and let every individual ride speak for itself. I am absolutely happy being in the Battle for Hoth or Naboo. And I am absolutely willing to accept what ever time line I get whenever I ride it.
I rarely post, and when I do I never take exception to specific comments because everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I have to say that whenever anyone talks about other people playing mind games with themselves, it just comes off as judgmental. Also it is pretty easy to turn it around, what if the people who didn't respond with enthusiasm just didn't want to seem "touristy" to the other cast members they rode with so they hid how much they liked, or maybe they even convinced themselves they wouldn't like it before they went on because the prequels sucked? Who is being mind tricked then. Also, the idea of a mind trick made me think of some cast member waving their hand in front of the weak minded riders saying "You will all love this ride, it is the ride you are looking for."