After 30 years, Star Tours will be updated with new elements from Star Wars Episode VIII

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the blog post:

Now that the attraction is celebrating 30 years of galactic adventures (having undergone a major update in 2011 along with the addition of elements from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and an exciting new mission based on elements from Star Wars Episode VIII currently in production), Tom was asked why he thought it still feels so fresh. “At Imagineering, the technology is always in service of the story,” he notes. “As a result, our focus is on the incredible storytelling of Star Tours — the characters, the adventures, the story, the music and effects. That’s what keeps people coming back again and again… to relive the moments they loved growing up watching those films, and to step into the story and experience it in an immersive way as only Disney Parks can deliver.”

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:10 AM
Bakeman31092's avatar

I headed over to Box Office Mojo yesterday and was somewhat surprised to see that The Force Awakens was at the top spot on the all-time domestic gross list. And of course, Rogue One is already in the Top 10 and climbing. I've never been into Star Wars, but given how much these films are sure-fire box office smashes, seemingly regardless of how good they actually are, I'm surprised there hasn't been a new film every year for the last 20 years.


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:39 AM
matt.'s avatar

Sounds super fun. And anything that makes me less likely to get Kashyyk every time I ride is a good thing.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:22 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

From here on out there will be a new film every year. Confirmed.

To quote Troy McClure of The Simpsons: "Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?"

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Friday, January 13, 2017 4:35 PM

Bakeman31092 said:

I headed over to Box Office Mojo yesterday and was somewhat surprised to see that The Force Awakens was at the top spot on the all-time domestic gross list. And of course, Rogue One is already in the Top 10 and climbing. I've never been into Star Wars, but given how much these films are sure-fire box office smashes, seemingly regardless of how good they actually are, I'm surprised there hasn't been a new film every year for the last 20 years.

Becasuse George Lucas was still in control of the franchise. Now that Disney owns the rights (with Lucasfilm involved), there are supposed to be new films every year from here on out.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 9:43 PM
Jeff's avatar

They haven't said every year... only three sequels and three origin stories. That gets us to 2020. I don't think they'll go further without a specific break, because it is possible to dilute the brand if you go too far.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:18 AM
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^^ Agreed.

I've always thought one of the reasons Star Trek Enterprise was cancelled* was that there was too much Star Trek product on the market. If Disney is smart, and they (mostly) seem to be smart, they will not flood the market with Star Wars movies.

* Aside from it being (aside from the two Mirror Universe episodes, which were great) a not very interesting show


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Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:47 PM
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Enterprise was a horrible rehash in a time of diluted trekdom


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Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:48 PM
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I've always been a huge Star Wars fan (we were born the same year, after all), and I truly thought I had seen the last of any big screen features after the prequels. I still remember the day the news broke about the Disney purchase, and my excitement (at first) was not about new films, but about the prospect of a Star Wars "land" at Disney; literally a boyhood dream come true.

I'm not sure there is any fear of diluting the brand. The trilogy is coming every other year, and these new SW-Story films are really a fascinating diversion from those films. And to be honest, during the years without films, there was plenty of consistent SW stuff to digest (if you were interested). There were countless expanded universe novels, some great, some really horrible...a constant barrage of video games, many of which played like pretend sequels and prequels, and then in the years preceding the prequels the originals were re-released; those debated "re-imagined" originals.

Since the prequels there has been the Clone Wars series, the new Rebels series; I think the only lesson learned is that for the Star Wars fanbase there really is no such thing as too much Star Wars.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:06 PM
Tekwardo's avatar

I think Jeff meant that a SW film every year indefinitely would be diluting the brand. 6 years of movies I don't think will be if they play it right.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:20 PM
OhioStater's avatar

Oh completely agreed. I trust Kathleen Kennedy's leadership; there are already rumors of another trilogy, but with a considerable gap in time between. The ancillary material that's out there is perfect to fill the gaps.

To use an analogy, the feature films are like Cedar Point opening a new record-breaking coaster. The build up, the waiting, and the anticipation are part of what makes them so huge. We've all seen what happens when a park opens up too many "huge" coasters at once. ;)

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:41 PM
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But people drove *past* Cedar Point to get there...PAST it!!!!


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