To some, it may seem like we jumped straight into hyperspace, but believe it or not, this Sunday, January 9, 2022, marks 35 years since the original Star Tours attraction debuted at Disneyland Park!
January 9, 1987, is a date that has been remembered for a long time, as it marked the first time that guests were able to board a Starspeeder on Star Tours, leaving for a very large galaxy. far away for an adventurous trip to Endor. Brought to life by Walt Disney Imagineering, George Lucas and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), this was the first time guests were able to truly enter a Star Wars history. And now, 35 years later, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in submerging our guests. Star Wars storytelling at Disney parks. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Located at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, it is the largest theme park in the history of Disney parks, where you are invited to live your own Star Wars story, whether you’re flying Millennium Falcon, have a drink at Oga’s Cantina or build your own droid at Droid Depot. And on March 1, guests will be able to take the next step in this larger world when Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser debuts at Walt Disney World Resort.
For the grand official opening of Star Tours in 1987, Disneyland remained open for three days and nights with a “60-hour party,” to welcome the many excited and excited guests who couldn’t wait to experience this new immersive attraction.
The opening ceremony featured Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, several ewoks and of course Darth Vader and imperial assault troops. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse joined C-3PO, then president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Michael Eisner and George Lucas for the official ribbon cutting of the new Star Tours attraction.
2011 saw the debut of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, enhancing the attraction for a new generation with 3D digital technology and new destinations in the world. Star Wars galaxy. We’ve continued to add even more exotic locations over the last decade, and today you can experience amazing worlds that appear in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Thanks to the creative forces of Disney Imagineers, Lucasfilm and ILM, guests can experience one of over 100 different storytelling combinations, making each flight unpredictable and exciting.
Star Tours’ instant and overwhelming popularity spurred expansion to other Disney parks around the world, including Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
Are you curious to know even more about the history and creation of this legendary attraction? Tune in to the Star Tours episode (episode 3) of “Behind the Attraction” at Disney + to learn how blue sky dreams led to the very advanced attraction we know and love today.
Happy 35th Birthday, Star Tours! The Force has been with you … always.