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Star Tours Ride at Disneyland California: The Adventures Continue
Based on the George Lucas Film Star Wars, Star Tours is one of the most fun rides in Disneyland. The images are 3-D, so realistic that you'll find yourself flinching when things hit the windshield. The technology allows for 54 different story sequences, enough to keep riders coming back again and again.
The basic tale is simple: A bumbling droid pilot accidentally takes a bunch of space tourists down the wrong tunnel at takeoff, jumps to light speed and careens through the universe before getting things under control again. You'll run into characters from many of the Star Wars films and travel through more than a few of its locales, all in quick succession. It all passes so quickly that a devoted fan will have to ride a dozen times to catch it all.
In 2016, this ride had the words "The Adventure Continues" added to its name, but I don't think too many people are going to go around using the whole long phrase, so I'm going to keep just calling it Star Tours. New characters from the most recent Star Wars show up in some of the story lines.
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What You Need to Know About Star Tours
We polled 147 of our readers to find out what they think about Star Tours. 84% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time.
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- Location: Star Tours is in Tomorrowland
- Rating: ★★★★★
- Restrictions: 40 inches (102 cm). Regardless of height, children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
- Ride Time: 4.5 minutes
- Recommended for: Families with teens and anyone who loves the Star Wars movies
- Fun Factor: High. Star Tours is one of the best rides at Disneyland. Here's the rest of the list.
- Wait Factor: High. Use a Fastpass to shorten your time in line. The Fastpass ticket machines are across from the Star Tours entrance, near Buzz Lightyear.
- Fear Factor: Medium. Some scenes are exciting, but not too scary.
- Herky-Jerky Factor: Medium to high. This star-chasing ride is smoother than when it first opened, but Disney still says it's not for anyone a neck or back trouble, heart problems or for expectant mothers.The motion simulator moves smoothly but simulates drops and rolls that will shake you around.
- Nausea Factor: Medium to high. Although my riding companion and I both thought the current 3-D version was less puke-provoking than its predecessor, we still recommend that you take precautions or be prepared to spend part of the ride with your eyes closed. You can also ask a cast member to seat you in the middle, where there is less motion.
- Seating: This ride is a small motion simulator room. It has several rows, and every seat has a seatbelt.
- Accessibility: Contact a Cast Member at the entrance for boarding information. Guests have to transfer to the ride vehicle by themselves or with help from their companions. Some of the pre-show monitors display guest-activated captioning. Cast Members can help you with this, too. Service animals can't go on Star Tours. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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How to Have More Fun on Star Tours
- There's lots of simulated danger on Star Tours, and it can be noisy, too.
- If you wear prescription glasses, just slip the 3D glasses over them.
- The 3D glasses come in one size only and are too big for a small child’s face. A simple solution is just don't wear them. Most kids don’t seem to mind that things get a little blurry without them - and they won’t be startled or scared by things that come flying toward them in the 3-D effect. Or try this: Perch the glasses on the child’s nose, tilt them forward and rest the earpieces on top of their head.
- Rider swap is available, allowing two adults with kids who don't ride to wait, getting on as soon as the first adult returns and avoiding standing in line twice.
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More About Disneyland Rides
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Fun Facts About Star Tours
When you wait in line for Star Tours, you may hear an overhead speaker paging Egroeg Sacul, which is George Lucas spelled backward.
Keep listening and you may also hear an announcement to move landspeeder THX 1138. THX 1138 is a significant reference to George Lucas: It was the name of his first film, the license plate number in American Graffiti, and the call sign of a stormtrooper in Star Wars: A New Hope.
The flight simulator used to create this ride is the same one used to train airplane pilots.
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