Take a flight on Star Tours to new destinations inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!
“We don’t know where Star Wars is going in the future,” Walt Disney Imagineering creative executive Tom Fitzgerald said. “Hopefully there will be episodes that fit in the timeline that will let us add more.”
Imagineering added two new scenes to the venerable motion simulator attraction inspired by “The Rise of Skywalker” that take riders aboard a Starspeeder 1000 spaceship to the Star Wars ocean moon Kef Bir and an epic space battle amid hundreds of Star Destroyers.
The sprawling battle scene from “The Rise of Skywalker” was added to the updated Star Tours attraction late in production as Fitzgerald continued to read the ever-evolving script.
“This battle scene in Episode IX is so epic and so critical to wrapping up the saga,” Fitzgerald said. “If this is the wrap-up of Star Tours, it would be strange to not have it. You had to have it.”
It just made sense that the Star Tours Starspeeder would join the fight in the epic battle sequence, Fitzgerald said.
“Why wouldn’t we be there?” Fitzgerald said. “If everyone is coming to the rescue, that’s where we want to be. Of course, as fans, that’s where we want to be. We want to be part of that armada coming to save the day.”
The latest Star Tours chapter makes a call back to the original attraction, with C-3PO repeating a line uttered by an RX-Series pilot droid known as Rex.
“I made sure that Threepio says, ‘Artoo, we just passed the Endor moon.’” Fitzgerald said. “Which is what Rex said in the original show.”
Fitzgerald knew the shout-out to Rex would be important to long-time Star Tours fans. So much so that he insisted that C-3PO star Anthony Daniels say “Endor moon” rather than “moon of Endor” while recording the new dialogue for the attraction.
The updated Star Tours voyage also includes an urgent transmission from Lando Calrissian, which was filmed in Los Angeles with “Star Wars” star Billy Dee Williams.
“We have to have Lando,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s a classic Star Wars character. He bridges all the eras.”
The score for the updated Star Tours scenes by Star Wars composer John Williams was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
“John Williams was so nice,” Fitzgerald said. “He rearranged his scoring schedule so that he could do the sequences that we needed.”
Star Wars heroine Rey will join the Star Tours adventure in Jakku when the limited-run “Rise of Skywalker” edition of the attraction returns to its randomized “jukebox” version in a few months.
“You have to have Rey,” Fitzgerald said. “She is so crucial to the Skywalker saga.”