Star Tours: Behind the Attraction on Disney+
New Disney+ show takes fans behind-the-scenes of attractions like Star Tours….
On a day when one of the wealthiest people in the world enjoyed — arguably — the most expensive amusement park ride of all time, it almost feels quaint to look back at some of the more seminal Disney rides.
However, given that a lot more people have ridden (and will ride) “Star Tours” over their lifetime, one wonders which spaceflight ignites more imaginations?
Which was exactly the point of the whole Star Tours endeavor.
Behind the Attraction: Star Tours
In The Sun, Brady MacDonald posted:
Disneyland was struggling for new ride ideas in the 1980s after a slate of mediocre Disney films when Walt Disney Imagineering turned to Star Wars creator George Lucas for a boost of creative inspiration that would eventually lead to Star Tours coming to Tomorrowland.
“I wanted to have an involvement in Tomorrowland,” Lucas said in a new Disney+ series. “I thought that was a portion of the park that had always been a little less than it could have been.”
It certainly helped Lucas was a lifelong Disneyland fan who had visited the Anaheim theme park on the second day it was open in 1955.
I mean, I was hooked even before the article, but the deep dive on this — my most favorite ride anywhere — is clearly must-see TV.
Here’s what you can expect when the Behind the Attraction “Star Tours” episode hits on Wednesday, July 21.
- A view of the actuators that move Star Tours around.
- How to make it, so people weren’t nauseated in a galaxy far, far away….
- What other storylines were in the pipeline on the original Star Tours ride.
- A shot of the “Darth Vader ballet” from the opening of the ride.
- And how do Star Tours, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Carousel of Progress connect.
Getting Pretty Scared
Also exciting to see will be the reaction of the Imagineers who had to translate from the big screen to the park.
“We were getting pretty scared,” Imagineer Tony Baxter said in the Disney+ episode. “How are we going to deal with this? How do we create a galaxy far, far away?”
Feature Image: Disney+