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    My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    So, after an 80 minute wait or so, got to ride the revamped Star Tours.

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    The first part of the inside queue is relatively the same. The Starspeeder has a new paint job, and doesn't look all busted up, and R2 and 3PO have more banter. Huge screen showing destinations, and weather updates for planets was kinda cool.


    2nd part of the queue is pretty revamped, there is a droid customs area, witha damaged Rex (the original ST pilot) randomly sayings bits of lines here and there from the original ride. You continue on past a security droid, who cracks a few funny one liners. My favorite was "To some security droids, this is just a job. To me... it's just a job"

    Finally get to the Starspeeder 1000 loading. The preflight video explains that there was a malfunction, and 3PO being locked inside the pilots cabin.

    Onto the actual ride...

    So, the ride I got (since the scenes are randomly done)...

    It started in the hanger, w/ 3PO frantically trying to explain he isn't the real pilot and telling R2 to shut down the Starspeeder. At that moment a squad of storm troopers blocks off the runway, and Darth Vader appears, ordering Star Tours to prepare to be boarded, due to a rebel spy being on board. When he says this, on the side screen it shows a random picture of someone on the ride, as the rebel spy.. I thought that was a fun touch. Vader starts to force lift the speeder, to keep it from escaping, R2 activates the blasters on the speeder, and opens fire, w/ Vader deflecting them. The speeder flies our of the hanger in reverse, firing on TIE fighters that pursue it before hitting lightspeed....


    The Starspeder ends up at Kashyyyk, it's a pretty fun sequence zipping through the trees, shooting at Stormtroopers on speeder bikes that are chasing Wookiees (one Wookiee is shot down, and hits the windshield... pretty funny actually as it desperately tries to hang on before sliding off)

    The speeder leaves atmosphere again and is receives a transmission from Princess Leia (a remarkably realistic CGI rendition of young Carrier Fisher that projects in the cabin w/ the 3D effect) pleading to have the rebel operative safely escorted to his destination, ending with "Help me Star Tours.. you're my only hope". Made me chuckle.

    Lightspeed again and end up in a huge space battle over Coruscant, buzz droids attach to the speeder, causing the engines to shut down, plummeting to the surface before engines reignite, and the starspeeder speeds against traffic on Coruscant. Finally 3PO finds a landing pad, crash landing the Starspeeder. It is lowered into a new hanger, and the ride ends.


    Overall, I gotta say... it actually blew the original out of the water. Turns out the problems w/ the PT, make for a hell of an exciting ride, as it's now stop action, with crazy stuff happening all around you. Take the Coruscant battle from Episode III. On film, it looks like "wow, that looks like a cool video game..." in a RIDE, it's just "Holy crap, there's a huge battle going on EVERYWHERE around me." I was a tad concerned initially about the character cameos when I heard about them... but in practice, they really add to immersing yourself in the Star Wars universe. All in all, I'd say it's an A+ attraction. Anyone else that has ridden it, I'd like to hear some of your ride experiences.
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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    I despise it for all of the reasons you love it, but I've stressed that enough elsewhere.

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Great review!! Totally agree! Its a great ride! This is going to be very popular for a long time to come!

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Great review. I totally agree with you on what makes the ride so awesome and repeatable. This is a very worthy upgrade to a classic attraction and builds upon and outdoes the original. If all Disney attractions that get redone were done in the spirit of expanding on and improving the original incarnation, they would be as successful and well-loved as Star Tours 2.

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    I thought it was amazing! My favorite part had to be the rebel spy picture gag. When Disney says they are making the parks more "interactive", this is exactly how it should be done!

    I, too, thought it was a really great attraction that provides complete immersion in the Star Wars universe. Great review noleafclover1980!

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by disneylandfan95 View Post
    I thought it was amazing! My favorite part had to be the rebel spy picture gag. When Disney says they are making the parks more "interactive", this is exactly how it should be done!

    I, too, thought it was a really great attraction that provides complete immersion in the Star Wars universe. Great review noleafclover1980!
    That was my exact thought too. Little interactive gags like that help immerse you more in the experience I thing. Hope who ever thought that up got a raise.

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    I got the same exact ride as you did yesterday

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by noleafclover1980 View Post
    That was my exact thought too. Little interactive gags like that help immerse you more in the experience I thing. Hope who ever thought that up got a raise.
    Exactly. Lately, Disney has been billing interactive attractions like TSMM and BLAB, but I feel this gag in Star Tours is real interactivity.

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by SpringLok View Post
    I got the same exact ride as you did yesterday
    Ha.. what time was it, maybe we were on the same "flight"?

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by disneylandfan95 View Post
    I thought it was amazing! My favorite part had to be the rebel spy picture gag. When Disney says they are making the parks more "interactive", this is exactly how it should be done!
    Yeah I love this too! What's even more cool about it is the computer actually identifies you by sex! I was stunned when one of the characters actually said he or she. That is soooo cool! And everytime I rode it, people either laughed or clapped everytime they showed someone as the spy. I really LOVE this upgrade! They just really went out of their way with it and what's cool is they could easily add more planets/scenes and characters to keep it fresh and make the variations even higher!

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Carrie Fischer is not CGI. It is unused archival footage and she rerecorded the audio just recently.

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    Re: My Star Tours: The Adventure Continues report/ review *spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Matterhorn View Post
    Carrie Fischer is not CGI. It is unused archival footage and she rerecorded the audio just recently.

    Well that's pretty cool... I'm guessing some CGI tinkering was done to make the lips match the words at least.

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