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    Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Hello all,

    I've just joined this forum a few days ago, but I'm a lifelong Disney/Star Wars fan, so of course my particular area of obsession is... Star Tours!

    In just a couple of months it will be the 20th anniversary of Star Tours' Opening Day.

    Was anyone here actually in attendance when it opened? I'd love to hear your recollections, maybe even see some photos.

    I'm trying to put together a retrospective article for a Star Tours fansite that I research and write for.

    I've already interviewed three fans/journalists who were in attendance opening day, and am hoping to get some additional quotes.

    But what I especially want are pictures!

    I figure this is the perfect place to ask... if anyone can help, it's the folks on these forums.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lex the Robot View Post
    Hello all,

    I've just joined this forum a few days ago, but I'm a lifelong Disney/Star Wars fan, so of course my particular area of obsession is... Star Tours!

    In just a couple of months it will be the 20th anniversary of Star Tours' Opening Day.

    Was anyone here actually in attendance when it opened? I'd love to hear your recollections, maybe even see some photos.

    I'm trying to put together a retrospective article for a Star Tours fansite that I research and write for.

    I've already interviewed three fans/journalists who were in attendance opening day, and am hoping to get some additional quotes.

    But what I especially want are pictures!

    I figure this is the perfect place to ask... if anyone can help, it's the folks on these forums.

    Thanks,
    Lex
    I was there for the whole weekend party. I wish I had taken pictures and still had the Star Tours watch that they were giving away. Disneyland was open for 60 hours straight. Paid your admission and you got a wristband to come back in whenever you wanted that weekend. I would go home for enough time to sleep and then head back to the park. I remember the line going all the way down to Main Street and wound up riding it at 2:30 am on the second day. I was pretty buzzed too. It was my sister's birthday and had a few margaritas before we headed back to the park. Star Tours was so amazing. It became my favorite ride in the park but through time that changed. Now I go on it like visiting an old friend. I'm a huge Star Wars Fanatic and love it but now it's almost like watching a train wreck. The film is scratchy and the ride has become old. Please just redesign the thing in time for the 20th or just rip it out and put something new in. I would rather see the whole thing redone. There are 4 (I Think) Star Speeders. Have each one go to a different location. (Hoth, Tatooine, Degobah, and keep the last one the same and go to Endor).
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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Unfortunately I wasn't there...being 7 yrs old and all. But you can bet I'll be there when they re-do it



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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMunkee View Post
    The film is scratchy and the ride has become old. Please just redesign the thing in time for the 20th or just rip it out and put something new in. I would rather see the whole thing redone. There are 4 (I Think) Star Speeders. Have each one go to a different location. (Hoth, Tatooine, Degobah, and keep the last one the same and go to Endor).
    I dont like the idea of different locations because then people would be unhappy that they didn't get to ride all four locations and they wouldn't get to 'visit' all four places. PLus, if one was considered better than the others, then the lines in the 'good' one woul be much longer than the other ones. It's a cool i dea, but i just dont see it happening.

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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    I was there and also recall the line going down Main Street too. I remember seeing George Lucas, Michael Eisner and C3PO walking to a photo op. A ton of Press and interviews and opening ceremony.

    I had been on the ride dozens of times in the weeks prior...so there was no desire on my part to get in the huge line to ride it again. I came mainly to see the ceremonies (which was hard to do) and to purchase some of the Grand Opening trinkets.

    And then I split! Because it was a madhouse. Bad enough with all the hardcore Disneyland fans in attendance (of which I was one). But add to that all the hardcore Star Wars fans...Yikes!...it was like Clash of the Nerds! Triumph The Insult Dog would have had a field day!

    Tell you the truth...I've been to so many of these Openings that sometimes they begin to blend together in my old memory. Just before writing this post I was recalling seeing George Lucas, Angelica Houston, Jack Nickelson...and then I realized I was recalling not the Star Tours opening...but the Captain Eo opening!

    Back then it was a 70mm film projection system and the image looked so great! Years later they switched to a video projection system and I just don't think it looks as sharp and bright as it did before. But I can understand why they switched and I'm sure the film system was much more troublesome and required more upkeep.

    I do remember thinking on that day what a big and historic change this was for Disneyland to have some other studio's...a competitor's...product in the Park in this way. Newer generations may not realize that because they've only known a Disneyland with Star Wars and Indy in it.

    Micheal Eisner and the "new" Disney were really making a statement that they were going to change Disneyland to attract whatever market they could with more current content, even if it meant going outside the Company to a competitor, for the base material to do it.

    It was a huge historic moment in Disneyland history, for that reason alone.

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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Star Tours was a great ride when it opened, but I remember feeling somewhat ambivalent about it, as I was troubled by the loss of Adventure Thru Inner Space and Mary Blair's mural - - and shocked at the lack of art/taste in the mural's replacement - - and unsure if Disneyland should be home to non-Disney properties. Captain Eo didn't help.

    Come to think of it, I still feel all those same things 20 years later. Exactly the same.

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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    And then I split! Because it was a madhouse. Bad enough with all the hardcore Disneyland fans in attendance (of which I was one). But add to that all the hardcore Star Wars fans...Yikes!...it was like Clash of the Nerds! Triumph The Insult Dog would have had a field day!
    Hmmm Sorry us "Harcore Star Wars fans" made it such a miserable time for you. (Yup, I was one of those "Nerds" - Gods I hate that term - that was there for the entire party) Currently looking for the pics. Still have all my "goodies" and had the time of my life!!! We were there to support two of our favorite things.. Disneyland and SW. A huge group of us...(about 20, can't remember the exact number) showed up in various incarnations of outfits...mostly Impies and Corellians..no blasters, no sabers, no Jedi's, actually fairly low-key..nahh, not "signing autographs in Adventureland like some have done.....just going on the ride and having fun. And were treated royally by CM's and Executives alike. In fact, you probably really didn't like the fact that when they saw what we were wearing we were escorted to the very FRONT of the line and got to ride in ST with Lucas himself. (Course leave it to me to have the one seat that the seatbelt decided NOT to unbuckle. And me in my Corellians getting teased by The Maker about it. LOL). So.. I guess being a Hardcore Star Wars Fan did have it's privledges that day!!!... We never had to wait in line at all. They just kept coming around and moving us to the front. Rode it countless times. One of the great memories of my times at the park.
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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    My hubby was there for 60 hours straight, it turned out to be a 30 hour party and he had to stay there the entire time to make sure the simulators where running. He worked on the project and said that the opening weekend was nasty.The lines were crazy they made it all the way down main street. A couple of years ago he gave my 9 year old son his Star Tours jacket that he received for working on the project. It sits in his closet and every now and then he'll put it on. We took our first trip to WDW last year and we made our way to Star Tours, we found his basket with his code on it. It was pretty neat to see.

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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaStitch View Post
    In fact, you probably really didn't like the fact that when they saw what we were wearing we were escorted to the very FRONT of the line and got to ride in ST with Lucas himself.So.. I guess being a Hardcore Star Wars Fan did have it's privledges...
    Well, I honestly didn't care or notice, but...not to rub it in too much...too bad you had to wait until Opening Day to ride it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy
    I had been on the ride dozens of times in the weeks prior...
    Not to mention I also got to ride it with Mr. Lucas during those test runs.

    So being a Disneyland nerd does have its "privileges" too.

    And I never had to dress up as a Moorlock or anything else. So don't color me jealous, thankyouverymuch.



    (I also got to "ride" one of these simulators they had set up in the parking lot of WDI back when they were first testing the system...but there was no movie then...just a rock 'n roll test run. It was really cool to stand outside the thing and watch it make its moves, too.)
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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Wasn't there opening day, but was lucky to ride during a soft opening a few weeks before. I remember us walking by and seeing the entrance open. We wondered in, not having any clue what we would experience. I remember when we exited, I told my wife it was the most fun I ever had getting sick!

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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    Well, I honestly didn't care or notice, but...not to rub it in too much...too bad you had to wait until Opening Day to ride it.

    Not to mention I also got to ride it with Mr. Lucas during those test runs.

    So being a Disneyland nerd does have its "privileges" too.

    And I never had to dress up as a Moorlock or anything else. So don't color me jealous, thankyouverymuch.
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    Did'nt say you were jealous. Your post just came across as a wee bit hateful towards those of us that were there just to have a good time and enjoy the ride.

    And glad you also got to ride it with George. He does have his fun side.. But it came across as pretty much an attack on those of us that are Hardcore Fans. I think EVERYONE there for those 60 hours was there to have a good time. As for me, I enjoyed getting to see it when I did, with close friends/family/ and The Maker. I've never been one that HAS to see something before everyone else. I enjoy seeing things for the first time with a large group of friends or at official openings. But, that's just me. I enjoy that whole "First Time" experience with a large group of people.


    P.S. It's MYNOCK...Not Moorlock.. I don't think it would be possible to dress up as a Mynock. But Moorlock..yeah that could be done..just wrong film.
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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mom2dzneboys View Post
    My hubby was there for 60 hours straight, it turned out to be a 30 hour party and he had to stay there the entire time to make sure the simulators where running. He worked on the project and said that the opening weekend was nasty.The lines were crazy they made it all the way down main street. A couple of years ago he gave my 9 year old son his Star Tours jacket that he received for working on the project. It sits in his closet and every now and then he'll put it on. We took our first trip to WDW last year and we made our way to Star Tours, we found his basket with his code on it. It was pretty neat to see.
    Tell your Hubby that there are those of us that REALLY appreciated all he did to keep those simulators running for those 60 hours. WOW!!! Seriously, it was a madhouse..and tell him people would still like to tell him. Thank You!!!
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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaStitch View Post
    Your post just came across as a wee bit hateful towards those of us that were there just to have a good time and enjoy the ride.

    But it came across as pretty much an attack on those of us that are Hardcore Fans.
    Don't have a hateful bone in my body. In fact I wrote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy
    Bad enough with all the hardcore Disneyland fans in attendance (of which I was one).


    Besides being a hardcore Disneyland nerd myself, many of my friends are nerds, geeks, dweebs, qwiffs and quimbys. In fact...much of my livelihood depends on people with such fine characteristics!

    Sorry if you thought I was attacking or being hateful of people just trying to have fun. I was simply stating what I observed my own three eyes. And the humor that bringing two different groups of fanatics together produced that day.


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    Re: Star Tours Opening Day-- were you there?

    Quote Originally Posted by CowofDisney View Post
    I dont like the idea of different locations because then people would be unhappy that they didn't get to ride all four locations and they wouldn't get to 'visit' all four places.

    Guests would definitely be unhappy but will they be back in line in hopes of riding a different adventure? You bet!

    Or it would become something like asking for the front (or back) of a rollercoaster. Ask the cast member "could i get Hoth please?" Or if it were really fancy, the entire thing would be randomized so you wouldn't know what you get. OR, if they want to get uber fancy, have a button for every passenger and they get to vote where they want to go. Majority rules.


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