25 Years Ago Today: Star Tours Debuts at Disneyland Park

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, 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


  • I love Disneyland!! It never gets old!! 😀

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:(


  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

  • Happy 25th anniversary Star Tours!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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