Disney's Electrical Parade

25 Years Ago Today: Star Tours Debuts at Disneyland Park

posted on January 9th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Though it may seem like something that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it was actually 25 years ago today at Disneyland park that the very first guests were transported to Endor on a Starspeeder.

This fun photo from 1987 says it all – the creative forces at Disney and Lucasfilm joined together to create something truly groundbreaking. Twenty five years later, that partnership continues as Disney Parks guests travel to even more amazing worlds in the Star Wars galaxy in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.

Here’s to 25 years of out-of-this-world fun! What are your favorite Star Tours memories?

C-3PO, Mickey Mouse and R2-D2 at Star Tours at Disneyland Park in 1987

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Disney History, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort

20 Comments

1

Jeff on January 9th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I recall Mickey’s outfit (or a VERY similar one) from the late 80′s EPCOT Mickey. If I recall correctly, Mickey, Minnie, and a few other had the rainbow-adorned silver suits. Great pic!

2

nicole on January 9th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Wow it been 25 years already. I can still remember going with my family to Disneyland a couple months after the Star Tours opening I was 8 years old, and we had to wait in a two hour line to take a ride on the star speeder. It was well worth the wait.

3

Colleen from TX on January 9th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This ride was exciting and revolutionary in the eighties. We were so excited when it opened and rode it countless times. So excited about the changes and upgrades and the plus it. Still haven’t been on but jumping on in January thanks to our Fast Passes we will be getting while we stay at Paradise Pier.

4

Dean on January 9th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

My favorite memory of Star Tours was going on it the last weekend it was open. It had been 8 years since I’d been on it last, so it was really cool to go on it one last time.

5

Brian from CA on January 9th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I Love how in the back of the photograph the couple stealing the show in the Disney archives. I do have one question about Star Tours is when are the rumors about extending the attraction include new locations?

6

Jessica on January 9th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Happy 25th anniversary Star Tours!

7

Courtney on January 9th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Can you explain Mickey’s outfit? Does it have any significance or was it just a snazzy 80s spacesuit?

8

YOLANDA on January 9th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I loved this ride when it first came out in the 80′s…I still remember seeing Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi on the big screen. . .When word got out that Star Tours would be updated we had a count down started and since I had a year pass my friend and I would take advantage of it. On Friday 01/06/12, I took my two nephews, who had recently saw Star Wars trilogy 4/5/6. They were in awe with what they saw before they even got on the ride. It was the only ride (thanks to Fast Pass) we got on twice! Full circle moment!

9

Matthew from CA on January 9th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Now show a picture of the LINE from that week! And see who was at the opening party where Disneyland was open from 10am on January 9 through 10pm on January 11. Forget the One More Day’s 24 hours, how about 60 hours!

10

ryan on January 9th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

wow thats awsomee cant wait to go on the new one b ut one word awsome

11

Jon from CA on January 9th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Wow, this brings back memories! My dad sold Imagineering the Bimba parts they used on the ride. I was still bummed about losing “Travels Through InnerSpace” because it was a ride we could always count on getting on when it was hot. But, having a tie-in to the Star Wars franchise inside of the park, I can remember waiting anxiously to see what they would come up with. Better still, though, was to see my dad’s face after the ride started, as he realized how the parts were, used was priceless.

12

Jon from CA on January 10th, 2012 at 12:27 am

Thank you to all the Imagineers for making Star Tours happen, and especially Tony Baxter for all he’s done for the parks! We wouldn’t have so many great rides, not to mention Star Tours, if it weren’t for him. The original Star Tours has always been a favorite!

13

Stan on January 10th, 2012 at 1:52 am

As a 21-year-old annual passholder at the time, I was there for about 40 of the 60 hours that Disneyland was continously operating to celebrate the opening of “Star Tours.” Upon passing through the main entrance turnstiles that weekend, everybody was given a black “Star Tours – Inaugural Flight, January 1987″ watch; I STILL have one of the two I received!

14

Michael on January 10th, 2012 at 9:49 am

I remember my best frind and I were in CA for Super Bowl XXII (Giants vs. Broncos) and we went to DLR that weekend. We rode Star Tours and thought it was fantastic – hard to believe that 25 years have passed.

15

Maxwell on January 10th, 2012 at 11:43 am

I was disappointed that it didn’t have the destinations showed in the terminal, even as a kid. Finally they put in more awesome places and advenutres. The three-dee is rad. I miss pee-wee though:(

CAN’T WAIT FOR LEAD DAY! ALL NIGHT DISNEY FUN!!!

16

Debora on January 10th, 2012 at 11:47 am

I met my now husband that same year and we dated at Disneyland. I have a great picture of us infront of the ride close to where mickey is now. 25 years,still loving Disneyland, Star Tours and my hubby.

17

David on January 13th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Star Tours is one of my favorite rides. I love the improvements of the attraction, and thank the Imagineers for it. I want to know if there are any plans to renew Tomorrow land, I think is on the the lands that needs some changes so it can look more futuristic.

18

Bruce on January 14th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

A friend was an executive at Disneyland and had been on the preview ride. On his recommendation I went on it two days after the opening. The word wasn’t out yet and it was a walk-on. Next day the lines took off. Still love it, even more in the latest incarnation.

19

Michelle from CO on January 17th, 2012 at 11:44 am

My husband and I were at Disneyland this day!

It was very cool and I was very cool to go to Magic Kingdom Last year to see how it has evolved!

Thanks Disney and George Lucas!

20

Briana on January 27th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I love Disneyland!! It never gets old!! :D

20 Comments