I'm not going to hold my breath, but I would love to see it updated. I fell in love with that ride on our last trip to the park in March. I think it would be awesome if it were to be updated, but I suppose we'll just have to wait and see.
David Koenig reported on this once... check the other site's archives for more information on this idea. If I remember correctly, it was almost exactly that.
I wrote this small article back in 2003. Maybe plans have accelerated since then because 2007 IS the 30th anniversary of Star Wars and the 20th anniversary of Star Tours. Would be great to at least get some digital screens or something.
We've all heard the rumors about a new Star Tours ride made available by the time the prequels hit. We've also heard the rumor about a ride involving podracers. We've also heard the rumor that Disney CEO Michael Eisner and George Lucas had a falling out. I'm not denying those rumors, but what you probably HAVEN'T heard is that there's a version of Star Tours that is already approved by Lucasfilm sitting on the shelf as we speak. But this version doesn't involve podracers at all. Far from it. The concept of Star Tours traveling to Tatooine and getting caught up into an actual Podrace was indeed tossed around, but as it turns out, Star Tours is a motion simulator with a screen on the front side of the vehicle only. What would make a podrace fun would be the exhileration and excitement of seeing all the different aliens driving their podracers flying and zooming along side of you. So that meant the ride would require a retrofitting to accommodate screens on each side of the vehicle. That technology does exist and may still see the light of day in another attaction, but of course with Disney, that's money that wasn't needed to be spent just yet.
The "approved" version of Star Tours involves a flight with a destination to Hoth, but just like the current version of the ride, you never quite get to see anything on the planet. On this journey, Robin Williams would serve as your schizo-pilot droid who takes you on a near suicide journey against the Star Tours space port. R2-D2 downloads a correct program for the pilot to follow just in time and our lives are spared at the last minute. Weird, I know, but it does sound like quite an adventure if done right. So if Lucasfilm already approved a new version of Star Tours, WHY won't we see a new ride anytime soon? Perhaps if we stopped thinking in a filmatic sense and started thinking in a theme park sense, we'll find the answer.
We all know that there are oodles of possibilities for Star Wars related attractions out there, and just the thought of enjoying a few more of them would rank among the coolest experiences in the world. But if you start to think about some of the greatest Disney attractions of all time---Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion probably come to mind---these attractions have been in our culture since the late 60's to early 70's. Star Tours... since only 1987. Doesn't seem as ancient anymore now does it? Great attractions can last a nice length of time no matter how far technology gets, just as long as guests continue to enjoy the ride. And that, my friends, is exactly what's stopping the folks at Disney from putting in a new Star Tours attraction.
Despite the reduced number of crowds visiting the attraction since its glory days, there are still enough visitors (which is still a lot) to keep it just the same. So if you really want a new Star Tours adventure, all you have to do is stop riding it. It's that easy.
Or is it?
So yah... CM is spreading old gossip... or perhaps things have changed. Only time will tell, but with less than a year for Star Tours next birthday, you'd think that some spoilers woulda been leaked out by now.
Well a certain member of this board went to WDI recently,I bet he knows.He ain't telling though.
First, I love the Cartman picture as DOG (or "Daug" the hallway monitor), that was the best episode this season!
Second, let me say that both Charlie and I have been keeping quiet as we do not want our WDI host to get into trouble. We are thankful to have the opportunities that we do. These special opportunities seem to continue, in part, because we know how to keep quiet when asked to do so.
With that said, I will adhere to my word and will not give any details away, but that does not stop anyone from guessing. What I saw first-hand was a scenario that has been previously discussed in this thread. I hope this will help to some extent...Cryptic, I know, but I must keep my word.
Old news. They reported this about a year ago in one of the MiceAge columns. Lucas came down put a new sound system in of the 'starspeeders', loaded up a new ride and visual effects and let some imagineers play on it for a while. They loved it but Burbank turned it down due to the cost of the renovation.
Growing older is manditory
Growing up is however, optional