by Brian Curran on January 9, 2012
Star Wars and Star Tours veteran Anthony Daniels was kind enough to share with us some personal insights in the 25 years of Star Tours. Read his entire exclusive text here.
To commemorate Star Tours 25th anniversary Disneyland is releasing a limited edition pin. The pin is scheduled to be released 1/05/12 is a limited edition of 1000 and will retail for $12.95.
Image © Disney/Lucasfilm
Since 1987, fans of Disney’s popular STAR TOURS attraction have clamored for a full sized STARSPEEDER for their Hasbro figure’s travel needs. Unfortunately for them, Hasbro never felt the desire or need to do such an exclusive but with this year’s revamped attraction, STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE, Disney has pulled out all the stops and delivered theVEHICLE PLAYSET available at Disneyland’s StarTrader and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Tatooine Traders for $54.95. (other figures sold separately)
Updated 12-13-11 more photos added
The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California has just opened a new exhibit called “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination”. I was able to go to VIP preview last night. President of the Discovery Science Center Joe Adams talked about what it took to bring this exhibit to Orange County. “The Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit is a perfect fit for the Center as it blends science with excitement and imagination. With demand comes opportunity. This is the largest traveling exhibit we have ever hosted. To accommodate the entire exhibit, we had to create two new galleries from our existing space and add a tent in the parking lot. “
I’ve been having fun lately deciphering the omnipresent Aurebesh lettering found in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. There is wording on thein the Star Trader which conceals the names of classic Disney characters like Mickey, Donald, the Cheshire Cat, and Peter Pan. ’s screen contains references to THX 1138, TK-421, the number 42 made famous in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and 626, the experiment number of Disney alien Stitch.
Of course, there are also a few misspelled words. I recently downloaded an Aurebesh font for my computer, and discovered that it can be disconcerting to type in an unfamiliar alphabet, without the usual ease of telling at a glance whether you’ve mis-keyed. (I wish the Imagineers had learned my new trick… type it in English, double-check your spelling, highlight it, and THEN switch fonts!)
But late last night, while translating a new batch of pics that my buddy David Yeh sent of the screen behind, I found a new inside joke that tops all the previous ones and makes even the worst typos forgiveable!
Among the various system readouts of the(deflector shields, nav comp, hyperdrive, thruster vents, countermeasures, life support, repulsors, laser cannons), seven little letters can be found which spell out FLUX CAP.
This will be a year long remembered: 2011, the year that Disney and Lucasfilm deliver the goods of what is now dubbed STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE. To everyone else, it’s just Star Tours. Fans have waited years, even decades for this new attraction after rumblings were leaked that a script for a new adventure involving podracing was complete. Nobody really knew for sure just how much longer they had to wait but now that the wait is over, it was worth it!
Fromto ACE-38, Hasbro has you covered in their latest Disney Parks exclusive figure set. The Star Tours Travel Agency set is now available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland locations for $39.95. Still debating on this set? Don’t worry, Endorexpress has got you covered!
It’s been a busy weekend for Star Tours as Cast Members were able to get their own preview of the attraction on Sunday. The queue effects are all in working order as is the attraction itself. The marquee has been looking spectacular at night and as the Disney Parks Blog executes their Star Tours Meet Up on Friday, expect more updates from us in the coming week!
And following up with our Star Trader update last week, you will find additional photos from the store including some from the layover in the Starcade. According to some front line Cast Members, the Starcade merchandise set-up will remain through the summer but we’ll of course try to find a more concrete answer for you.
The Star Tours Mural at Disneyland was recently updated to reflect the new
For the eagle eyes, there is Aurebesh written underneath the astromech droid sockets that translates plainly to:
“ASTROMECH DROID SOCKET”