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Report: Disney’s STAR TOURS Will Stop Mixing STAR WARS Eras

Report: Disney’s STAR TOURS Will Stop Mixing STAR WARS Eras

Taking a ride on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue might be more different than usual in the future. As of now, the Disney Parks attraction is programmed with variables that give guests unique experiences when they ride. The locations and characters that appear in the ride are pulled from all three eras of Star Wars, so your StarSpeeder 1000 can jump from flying around Jakku during the sequel trilogy to visiting Naboo during the prequel trilogy. But that extreme hopping around the timeline might be changing moving forward.

According to a report from WDW News Today, when The Last Jedi planet of Crait comes to Disneyland’s and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Star Tours on November 17, it will only feature characters and locations from the sequel trilogy, and that going forward, the sequel trilogy elements won’t be mixed with anything from the first six Star Wars movies.

WDW News Today reports that on a to-be-determined date in the future, guests will be able to choose between two paths: one featuring the characters and locales from the sequel trilogy or one featuring characters from the past. If this is true, it would likely mean Star Tours will have two queues, depending on the ride experience you want. I don’t know if those two queues will be staged in the same area, or if they’ll be completely separated and themed according to the era you choose, e.g. maybe Star Tours in Disney’s Hollywood Studios would lose its Endor Ewok village setting. That doesn’t seem like something Disney would spend dollars on with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening soon, but maybe?

I’m not a fan of this change, if only because it takes away variables. If you choose the sequel trilogy path, the only currently programmed destinations are Jakku and Crait. They’ll add a new opening sequence (right now the opening sequence variables all feature original trilogy elements like Darth Vader and Imperial stormtroopers) and presumably a new hologram in the middle so that you don’t always get BB-8, but you’re going to visit the same destinations again and again.

What do you think about this report? Do you like seeing a Yoda hologram after visiting Jakku? Would you choose a path for the first six films or one focused on the sequel trilogy? Use the Force to share your thoughts in the comments.

Images: Disney Parks, Lucasfilm

Amy Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Nerdist. She likes Star Wars a little. Follow her on Twitter.

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