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New Star Tours Attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Debuts In May

posted on January 18th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As part of a media gathering Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of the Disney Dream, Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton combined the magic of Disney and the power of the Force to reveal the Grand Opening date for the new Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Meg announced that the 3-D attraction will make its galactic debut May 20.

Star Tours Attraction

As you’ve read in past posts from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Tom Fitzgerald, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will feature new droids, a new Starspeeder, new destinations and even a new pilot. So, as we celebrate the “Dream” aboard the sea we also are looking skyward to a “galaxy far, far away” in 2011.

Stay tuned for future announcements about the Grand Opening of Star Tours at Disneyland Park in California. Also, let us know in the comments if the “Obi-Wanna-Be” inside of you plans to experience the new Star Tours this year.

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42 Comments

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Daniel from NY on January 18th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

great news! will Star Wars Weekends follow on the 20th? When can we expect an announcement of the dates for SWW?

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Bobby on January 18th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Super psyched. Please tell me you’re keeping the AT-AT out front.

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Amanda from Cornwall on January 18th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

We really missed Star Tours on our vacation in October 2010 and can’t wait to ride the all new Star Tours in October 2011.

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Colin on January 18th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Wow. We are gonna be there from may 5th thru may 15th. Lame. Guess I’ll just have to way til it Deloris at Disneyland!

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Susan on January 18th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Cannot wait!! We are going for Thanksgiving this year! SO excited!

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Kerri from FL on January 18th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Sweet. It will be just in time for my {geeky} husbands 30th birthday

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Joe from WA on January 18th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

We have a tripped planed to California July 11th through the 22nd. I hope the news for Star Tours in Disneyland is favorable for us to experience the new ride.

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Erica from FL on January 18th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

And you’re having a commercial at the Super Bowl?

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Sean from CA on January 18th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

May 20? Excellent news! My wife & I already have a vacation scheduled to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

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Michele from GA on January 18th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Can’t wait!

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John on January 18th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Can’t wait ! Going in July this year. Now if only they would extend Star Wars Weekends into June for 2012 so I could actually go, my life would be complete.

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Glen from GA on January 18th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

We’re headed there early summer! We’re hoping the magic of the original continues to shine through what we’re anticipating to be an awesome new experience!

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Kane from Queensland on January 18th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Colin… don’t be surprised if you find it having a soft opening (ie. test runs) while you’re there. I was at Universal a few years ago and the Simpsons ride was running just like any other, even though the official opening wasn’t for a week or two.

I, on the other hand, will be visiting WDW from Australia in April. D’oh!

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JESSICA on January 18th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I am so glad. We will be there @ disney during that time. Yippy :)

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Lori on January 18th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I’m so going to be there. I was there for the last tour of endor. I’m hoping that they do something special for the re-opening.

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Fred from CA on January 18th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Will Tom Fitzgerald be making any more blog posts about Star Tours before it opens?

I’m really excited about the new Star Tours! :)

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Fred from CA on January 18th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

…I hope we soon hear the official opening date of Star Tours at Disneyland! :)

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Rochelle on January 18th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Is that the grand opening or a soft opening? Isn’t that the first Star Wars Weekend? I’d read somewhere that there would be a soft opening on the 16th.

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Katherine from MD on January 18th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

We will be there for opening weekend!!! My son is SOOO excited! :)

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Gordon from TX on January 18th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

arrrrrgh…5 days too late for my vacation.

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Aaron on January 18th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Bummer no news on a date for Disneyland since Star Tours closed there on 7/27 vs. 9/8 at Hollywood Studios and you would think that the eariler closing at Disneyland would mean re-opening before WDW.

I would hope for a soft opening at Disneyland before the end of March since that is my next trip and I would expect it would be open there before the Sci-Fi Academy on 6/24!

By the way the end of May is great time for Star Wars opening dates:
IV = 5/25/77
V = 5/21/80
VI = 5/25/83
I = 5/19/99
II = 5/16/02
III = 5/19/05

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Craig from OH on January 18th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Can’t wait for STII! Back in June I booked a 4 night trip [being a DVC member] arriving May 19th hoping that SWW would start on the 20th; this seems encouraging that it will! :) Hope those dates come out SOON!

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Valerie from NJ on January 18th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Oh, it seems we’ll be gone before it re-opens. We’ll be there over Easter, heading home on 4/29 :( But we’ll be back next year! Can’t wait to try it out!

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James on January 19th, 2011 at 3:05 am

I was waiting for this announcement. I am planning a trip to Disney just for this ride all the way from PA. I would like to be in the first group of people who ride this, any chance that a d23 announcement will be made?

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Maureen from RH on January 19th, 2011 at 4:12 am

Can’t Wait ! Such a good news ! I can’t wait to enjoy it in August !

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Luis from VA on January 19th, 2011 at 6:07 am

Can’t wait to go. My son and I r so excited. Hollywood studios is not the same without the star wars adventure.

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Rachel on January 19th, 2011 at 7:38 am

We arrive in WDW on May 20th – timing! 8:o)

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Thomas on January 19th, 2011 at 8:38 am

Great news. We have a trip to Disney World planned for August, and are looking forward to the new and improved Star Tours.

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Stacy on January 19th, 2011 at 8:45 am

YAY!! I will be checking in that day! That will be cool to experience a new ride. Can’t wait.

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Pedro from Mixco on January 19th, 2011 at 9:02 am

Great!!! When will the dates for Star Wars Weekends be announced?

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Sara from FL on January 19th, 2011 at 9:24 am

YAY!!!!!!!!!! I am so there!

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Brett from ME on January 19th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Oh No! We are leaving 5/17! Three days too early!! Does anyone know if they test the ride the week before in a “soft open”? It’ll be a few years before we can get back….

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John on January 19th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

SOOOOOO disappointed….I was hoping that they would keep to the original date because my trip to Disney will end a few days before the 20th!

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michael on January 19th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

congratulations are in order:)
i am very excited to see this announcement.
star tours has taken it’s first step into a larger world.
i bet alot of sw fans are as excited as i am.

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Gary from MN on January 19th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I hope the project stays on schedule and the Force stays with us. We’ll be there May 15th to the 21st and May 20th is my B-day. Could be a great year!

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Colin on January 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am

@Kane

thats what I’m hoping. plus my dad works there so I’m hoping maybe he can get us a test run. =)

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Brian from CA on January 20th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Is it true that Star Tours and Goofy’s Sky School will open the same day for a chance to draw away crowds from over crowding one park.

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Jeffrey on January 20th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Good timing my family is going back to WDW on june 11th and my oldest daughter loves all things star wars so she will love it.

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Diana from NY on January 20th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I was hoping it would be open before my trip in August…so excited!

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Rob from MO on January 21st, 2011 at 2:12 am

I’ll be there about a week and a half before it officially opens. Hoping to get in maybe during a soft opening!!!

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Jennette from IL on January 26th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

For those of you who will be there a week before the opening, try to stop by the ride between like 10-5….when the Pooh Bear ride opened in MK (back in the day) we were there the week before, and stopped by several times, to “ask how it was going”…one day, they asked us to go on and test it and give them our opinions….I’m not saying it will work for everyone, but it can’t hurt, right? We’ll be there for our 15th anniversary late June, so we’re good to go, but Good Luck to those who are going early!!

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wes on February 16th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I’ll be there on opening day :D hopefully.

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