On a recent trip, longtime friend to EndorExpress.net, Gary X from Wattographs.com picked up from Disney’s Hollywood Studios (nee’ Disney/MGM Studios) the Future StarSpeeder Passenger certificate, sort of a consolation prize for the kiddies who haven’t yet reached the requisite 42″ in height to ride Star Tours. This is an older concept revisited, as the Tokyo ride had something similar as far back as the late 80’s. Also, I recently acquired from Disneyland a sticker for the day that the “Jedi Height” restriction is no longer applicable… proudly proclaiming, “I took my first spaceflight today!”
Alex is a lifelong fan of the Star Wars movies and everything Disney, so his obsession with Star Tours comes as no surprise. Born in 1970, Alex visited Walt Disney World for the first time in 1975, and saw the original Star Wars film in its first theatrical run in 1977. He returned to Disney in the 80’s and the 90’s… riding STAR TOURS (twice!) on one fateful day in 1991. He has yet to visit Disney in the new millennium, waiting for both his children to be the required 40″ tall to ride STAR TOURS.
“What I’d really like to see is a Tour chartered for the planet New Bornalex,” says Alex with a smile. The planet, mentioned first in Cloak of Deception, is a Tuckerization of Alex’s name, an honor bestowed on him in print by author Jim Luceno.
Alex is currently at work on a partial realisation of his childhood Disney-in-miniature wish– he is constructing a hyper-accurate 1:18 scale Star Tours diorama to showcase his collection of park-exclusive action figures.
In the meantime, Alex is always on the lookout for more STAR TOURS video or audio files, and other STAR TOURS memoribilia. Alex also is our site’s researcher, and comes with never seen before goodies, for your entertainment. Give him a round of applause guys.