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 â€“ George Lucas announces at a â€œStar Warsâ€ Celebration III that Star Tours â€œwill be getting an overhaul soon,â€ according to ComingSoon.net.
May 2005 â€“ Mouse Planet columnist David Koenig gives a detailed scene-by-scene description of the podrace scenario envisioned for the Star Tours reboot.
June 2007 â€“ Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) announces at a collectors convention that he has â€œjust finished filming the new digitalized upgradeâ€ for Star Tours.
February 2008 â€“ Screamscape reports on the testing of 3-D capabilities in the Disneyland Star Tours attraction.
May 2008 â€“ A LucasFilm/Industrial Light & Magic computer graphics supervisor tells CNet his next project is a â€œredo of the Star Tours ride at Disneyland.â€
March 2009 â€“ Mice Age columnist Al Lutz reports that Star Tours 2.0 will feature â€œrandomly changing plotlinesâ€ and â€œfacial recognition technology.â€
May 2009 â€“ Slashfilm details a top-secret Star Tours shoot in West Hollywood that includes an action sequence featuring bounty hunter Boba Fett.
May 2009 â€“ Frank Oz (Yoda) reveals to the Los Angeles Timesâ€™ 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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