Star Tours 2.0 Timeline

One of the longest-running Disneyland rumors got another boost this week when news resurfaced of an impending upgrade to the dated Star Tours ride, which debuted at the Anaheim theme park in 1987.

A look back at the many hints dropped in recent years of the imminent arrival of Star Tours 2.0:

April 2005 – George Lucas announces at a “Star Wars” Celebration III that Star Tours “will be getting an overhaul soon,” according to ComingSoon.net.

May 2005 – Mouse Planet columnist David Koenig gives a detailed scene-by-scene description of the podrace scenario envisioned for the Star Tours reboot.

June 2007 – Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) announces at a collectors convention that he has “just finished filming the new digitalized upgrade” for Star Tours.

February 2008 – Screamscape reports on the testing of 3-D capabilities in the Disneyland Star Tours attraction.

May 2008 – A LucasFilm/Industrial Light & Magic computer graphics supervisor tells CNet his next project is a “redo of the Star Tours ride at Disneyland.”

March 2009 – Mice Age columnist Al Lutz reports that Star Tours 2.0 will feature “randomly changing plotlines” and “facial recognition technology.”

May 2009 – Slashfilm details a top-secret Star Tours shoot in West Hollywood that includes an action sequence featuring bounty hunter Boba Fett.

May 2009 – Frank Oz (Yoda) reveals to the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog that he has recorded new dialogue for Star Tours.

August 2009 – The Disney D23 Convention reveals teaser trailer with a promised arrival date of 2011.

July 26, 2010 – The last flights to Endor with Rex as our pilot are taken at Disneyland.

Aug, 2010 – Star Wars Celebration V holds their “Last Tour to Endor” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Sept 2010 – The actual last flights to Endor with Rex as our pilot are taken at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Source = LA TIMES

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