In the past few years, though, the ride has really begun to show its age. The lines have thinned and the attraction has lost some of its cache. Around 2005, rumors started swirling that Star Tours was going to get upgraded. Of course nothing was ever confirmed or denied, since the Disney corporation deals with leaks in ways that would've made Stalin squirm.
But now it's official. The LAT Travel blog, passing on an interview from the newspaper's geek blog, confirmed that Frank Oz - Yoda himself - has recorded material for a new Star Tours attraction. The money details come from Slashfilm's scoop:
Our source reveals that the revamp will incorporate prequel characters (like Naboo citizens and Geonosians) along with many aliens from the original trilogy (Aqualish. Bith, Rodians, etc). In the action sequence, the Star Tours vehicle is now going to be chased by Boba Fett. C3PO and R2-D2 are still the hosts, and Anthony Daniels will be recording his parts this week. Admiral Ackbar holographically communicates with the Star Tours vehicle. Right now they’re shooting mostly green screen footage, as it is the middle part of the production timeline.
We suppose the only question left now is how much protective glass they're going to have to put in front of Jar Jar.
[Front door photo: Loren Javier]