Walt Disney World Announces Reopening Date for Star Tours Attraction

In a not too distant past, Walt Disney World closed down the popular Star Tours ride for rehab.

A huge closing party was held in conjunction with the world-wide Star Wars Celebration V festival that took place here in Orlando during the weekend of August 12-15, 2010. The attraction itself closed a few weeks later, after Labor Day.

At a press event yesterday at the Magic Kingdom, President Meg Crofton (flanked by the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, and a few stormtroopers), announced that the re-imagined Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be reopening on May 20, 2011. This will be just in time for the annual Star Wars Weekends that are held at DHS.

Not only has the storyline been reworked to include nods to the prequel trilogy (Eps I-III), but it will also feature more of C-3PO and it will be a 3D attraction. There are also rumors that it will have different destinations, as well.

Disney also released this concept art for the planet of Coruscant that may appear in the attraction.

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to see all the new changes to the ride!

[Image © 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd.TM and Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved}

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.

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