Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours is one of the most fun rides in Disneyland. 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 even a devoted fan might have to ride a dozen times to catch it all.
What You Need to Know About the Star Tours Ride at Disneyland
For most visitors, Star Tours is a must-do ride — or at least ride it if you have time.
- Location: Star Tours is in Tomorrowland
- Rating: ★★★★★
- Restrictions: 40 inches (102 cm). Regardless of height, children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person aged 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.
- 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. 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
How to Have More Fun
- There's lots of simulated danger on Star Tours, and it can be noisy.
- If you wear prescription glasses, you can slip the 3D glasses over all but the largest frames.
- 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 perching the glasses on the child’s nose, tilt them forward and rest the earpieces on top of their head.
- Rider swap is available. It's for two adults with a kid or kids who don't ride. They can wait just once and get on as soon as the first adult returns. Tell the Cast Member in the loading area if you want to use that option.
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When you wait in line for Star Tours, you may hear an overhead speaker paging Egroeg Sacul, which is George Lucas spelled backward.
You may also hear an announcement to move landspeeder THX 1138, another 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.
For a more in-depth look into Star Wars, check out Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland.
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