About Us

History

EndorExpress.net started in August 31st, 2002 on Geocities as VLPS’ Star Tours Page. The site became popular fast, so the site moved to a series of free hosts, but was rapidly outgrowing each server. On March 2003 Kris joined Belgian Star Wars collective site BeJedi. This move attracted some of the core news reporters, which sticked with the site.

When in July 2004 Kris joined Rebelscum.com, the site moved and reincarnated as SWStarTours.net. This proved to be a real accelerator as the site remained to grow each day, both in content as in visitors. A conflict in hosting became the primary reason that the site, once more, got reborn as EndorExpress.net in January 2007. Since then EE.net continued to bring worldwide visitors the very latest in Star Tours.

In the last years we have also been covering related news such as Star Wars Weekends, Indiana Jones and TRON.


Staff

Kris Van de Sande

Being a Star Wars fan since the first seconds of a taped VHS copy ofThe Empire Strikes Back, Kris never lost much of his enthusiasm for the intergalactic saga. This continiued when he learned his way on the internet. From the huge range of places, organisations and characters to pick in the saga, it was a tiny travel agency in the universe that got his attention and love. That travel agency turned out to be Star Tours, the popular Disney Star Wars attraction. In 2002, a small geocities website was created, that grew exponentially, and ultimately evolved in EndorExpress.Net, the premier source for Star Tours on the internet.

Kris works as an internationally published and award-winning freelance photographer. Check out his portfolio here.

  • Position: Webmaster & Photographer
  • Location: Hasselt, Belgium
  • email: kris@endorexpress.net



Brian Curran

A lifelong Star Wars and Disney fan. Brian grew up in California where his family would often make trips to Disneyland. In 1987 he took his first “Trip to Endor” and doesn’t pass on a chance to go back! Brian reported from Star Wars Celebration 4 in Los Angeles and most recently the D23 Expo in Anaheim for the site.

  • Position: Senior Reporter, Publisher, Researcher & Photographer
  • Location: CA, USA
  • email: brian@endorexpress.net

David Yeh

As a long time fan of all things Disney as well as Lucasfilm, David found his second home at Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth, where both worlds could be found together in one place. He began contributing to the site as merely “the toy guy” as someone who collects, you guessed it, Disney and Star Wars collectibles.

His first major story for EndorExpress was an interview with Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure composer Richard Bellis. That experience led to interviews with Tom Fitzgerald and Marianne McLean of Walt Disney Imagineering and most recently composer Michael Giacchino.

The majority of the time David can be found covering the day-to-day activities surrounding the Lucasfilm (and TRON) properties at the Disneyland Resort in California.

  • Position: Senior Reporter & Photographer
  • Location: CA, USA
  • email: david@endorexpress.net



Alex Newborn

Alex is a lifelong fan of the original Star Wars trilogy and everything Disney, so his obsession with Star Tours comes as no surprise. He wrote the Star Tours article in Star Wars Insider #104 (and the Star Wars Holiday Special in Insider #106)

Alex has visited Walt Disney World in Orlando once per decade of his life (70′s, 80′s, 90′s, 2000′s). He rode Star Tours twice on one fateful day in 1991 and rode it four more times in October 2007 with his wife and two sons. “Actually,” says Alex, “I spent so long in the queue videotaping everything, they rode it an additional time without me, so they almost caught up to my total.”

Alex turned 40 in January 2010, and reports that his family has already begun pestering him for the ‘fifth decade’ trip.

Alex is always looking for more rare Star Tours audio and video clips.

  • Position: Researcher & Editor
  • Location: AL, USA

Paul Hruby

Paul has been obsessed with Star Wars ever since being dragged by a friend to see a new movie where “things blow up in space!” Since then, he has been collecting and customizing Star Wars figures and ships. His other love is Disneyland and he looks for any excuse to go. He enjoys the atmosphere and rides the parks is famous for. Finally, he enjoys weekend excursions to Endor but wishes that Disney would finally install an experienced pilot droid so he could actually GET to Endor for once.

  • Position: Senior Reporter
  • Location: CA, USA

Gary X

Known to the rest of the civilized world as Gary Price, Gary X is one of the foremost collectors and experts on autographs from the Star Wars films. He is the founder of Wattographs.com, having splintered it off from the highly popular Autograph Central website in 2000. His Star Wars autograph expertise (and second-to-none rolodex of Star Wars actors) found Topps Trading Cards calling on him to help get the 25 signers for their Evolution card set. Gary X is also the author of the forthcoming Collecting the Autographs of Star Wars: A Reference Guide. He is also recognized as a “super collector” contributor to the Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book by Todd Carlson, providing autograph pricing and articles. Gary X handles most site content, celebrity signings and non-database-related programming. He resides in the Denver, Colorado area.

  • Position: Content Webmaster / Reporter, Photographer
  • Location: CO, USA

Contributors

Kit Molaison

Younger then the original Star Wars trilogy but regardless a huge fan, Kit Molaison got his first taste of Star wars from the Empire Strike Back NES game, from that he fell in love the movies, and began a massive collection of Star Wars memorobilia, he may possibly be the only perosn two have all three of the Star Wars Special Edition 600ML Pepsi bottles from 1996 still sealed! In 2000 Kit ventured to Disney World with his parents and blasted off for a trip to Endor, which began the love affair with Star Tours. When he went back home to Hoth, er Canada, Kit wanted to ride it again and again, and in the age before Youtube this was not possible by any sort. Finding an audio file of the ride he used his memory and various screenshots to make a flash cartoon version of the entire experience. At first the cartoon was crude but eventually his skills got better and the cartoon is almost shot for shot a perfect recreation of the ride (Well, as real as a cartoon can get anyhow) Kit lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife and daughter, and has yet to return to a Disney Park for RX-24′s Wild Ride.

  • Contributor: Flash Designer
  • Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Creative Alan

  • Contributor: Star Tours 2 Logo
  • Location: United Kingdom



Disclaimer & Terms Of Use

Copyright

On this page you can find all legal info about endorexpress.net (http://www.endorexpress.net) formerly swstartours.net. First of all, this web site is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by The Walt Disney Company or Lucasfilm Ltd.

Now, what is copyright?

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This means that everything that is shown on this site, is the property of its creator, which depends on what you are looking at. Because this is a so called “fan-site”, the entire site focuses on one subject, Star Tours! That makes it actually extra tricky, as that franchise is owned by both The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm Ltd.

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