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May 22nd, 2011 at 8:43:36 PM permalink
The original Star Tours ride (based on George Lucas' Star Wars movies) opened in Disneyland in 1987. Like many other attractions in Tomorrowland, it didn't take long for Star Tours to become dated and obsolete. So after years of development, the new updated 3D ride opens to the public on June 3, 2011.

Among the many differences between the 1987 ride and the 2011 ride, the detail I'm most curious about is that there are 54 different versions of the 2011 ride, and Disneyland patrons have no way of knowing which of the 54 versions they'll experience each time they ride it. (The version is determined randomly). The big question, then, is just how different these 54 experiences will be. It got me thinking that one could spend an entire day at Disneyland riding only Star Tours and still not experience all 54 variations. Thoughts?
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May 23rd, 2011 at 1:01:43 AM permalink
My thought is that I miss Adventure Through Inner Space.


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May 23rd, 2011 at 2:03:19 AM permalink
As a DLand annual passholder, I may be selected to ride the new Star Wars ride before the public open date. Still waiting for my official notification. But man....54 different versions?!? I'm even more jazzed to check it out.....

@WOV: I totally feel you about the Adventures through Inner Space. Even now, I still have vivid memories of that ride. I would have loved to take my 5 yr old son through that imaginary needle....

I find it ridiculous, however, they haven't updated Autopia yet. I mean...bumper cars propelled by gas powered lawn mover engines...in Tomorrow Land?? Cmon!!!
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May 23rd, 2011 at 2:48:19 AM permalink
Quote: Ericayne

I find it ridiculous, however, they haven't updated Autopia yet. I mean...bumper cars propelled by gas powered lawn mover engines...in Tomorrow Land?? Cmon!!!



I would have to see the alternative to take a stand, but I loved Autopia as a kid, and still like it now. I think for millions of kids, including me, it was the first vehicle with a gasoline engine, they ever drove. The noise and the fumes is part of the experience, for better or worse.

You do make a very good point about the irony that they are still in Tomorrow Land. I never thought of that.
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May 23rd, 2011 at 5:01:48 AM permalink
There has never been anything futuristic about Autopia.

However, I think it's placement in Tomorrowland is correct, since it represents the type of vehicle the riders will be driving in the very near future. I.E. It's the first cars these kids will ever drive. Similarly, I would not be surprised to learn that the first rockets any astronaut ever rode was also in Tomorrowland.

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For a history of all retired Disney attractions, go to www.Yesterland.com
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May 23rd, 2011 at 7:08:04 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

My thought is that I miss Adventure Through Inner Space.



I don't think that was the first ride I rode in Disneyland, but it's the first I remember.

As for Tomorrowland, it suffered the same fate as EPCOT: it innevitably got dated. EPCOT got it worse, though, as it has been Disneyfied, too. I mean the generic, science/technology theme has been dropped in favor of Disney characters.

But you know the old saying: The future isn't what it used to be.
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May 23rd, 2011 at 7:15:59 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

My thought is that I miss Adventure Through Inner Space.


Oh, wow...I hadn't thought about that ride in *years*. I remember the big eye looking at you through the microscope.
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May 23rd, 2011 at 8:18:20 AM permalink
This is partial still photo's with a little video of Adventure Through Inner Space, but it isn't a ride through:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctQMV81NIiw

But someone has created a "virtual ride through" that is on youtube, (but I didn't watch it)

There are also some interesting "Forgotten Disneyland" videos such as this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP0ihNKuW4M&feature=related

That show traces of old rides and little "secrets".
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May 23rd, 2011 at 11:01:49 AM permalink
I worked at Disneyland in 1985. The employees on that ride referred to it as "Adventure Through Intercourse." If you've ever been on the ride, you can probably understand why. By the way, just because it is dark, doesn't mean the security cameras don't see everything.
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May 23rd, 2011 at 11:13:35 AM permalink
Quote: reno

Among the many differences between the 1987 ride and the 2011 ride, the detail I'm most curious about is that there are 54 different versions of the 2011 ride, and Disneyland patrons have no way of knowing which of the 54 versions they'll experience each time they ride it. (The version is determined randomly). The big question, then, is just how different these 54 experiences will be. It got me thinking that one could spend an entire day at Disneyland riding only Star Tours and still not experience all 54 variations. Thoughts?



I suspect that means that the order is determined randomly. If you actually choose each ride with a random number generator, then sooner or later you will have the same ride twice in one hour.

The 54 variations are not completely unique. There are any three location(1) the icy planet of Hoth, (2) the lush jungles of Kashyyyk and the (3) underwater Gungan world of Naboo. The other variants depend on which characters show up.

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