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If you are going to Walt Disney World with a boy between the ages of 4 and 12 chances are they will be mesmerized by the prospects of training to be Jedi knight at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The 20 minute Jedi training and Sith lord fight takes place right next to the classic Star Tours ride. A Jedi Master (one of which who looks remarkably like Qui-Gon Jinn) begins a dual training process that takes place both on stage and in the area directly below the stage.
Suddenly, Dart Vader shows up with a couple Storm Troopers and the younglings get ready for battle. If you are visiting during high season, Darth Maul also comes out to taunt the wannabe jedi. After a bit of posing the two Sith systematically battle the queued up youngsters. Remarkably, during our visit, none of the kids got out overly aggressive and everyone listened closely to the Jedi master as he led them through their battle.
George Lucas might have sold Lucasfilm to Disney, but that doesn't mean he's ready to ride off into the sunset.
The Star Wars Guru recently submitted a proposal to The Presidio Trust to build an art museum on a commissary site at Crissy Field in San Francisco.
Lucas is an avid art collector who currently owns more than 1,000 works of art, enough to rotate a gallery collection every six months for six years.
This summer geeks from around the world will make a pilgrimage to the headquarters of Lucasfilm in California. But, other than the famed Yoda Fountain at Lucasfilm's Presidio campus in San Francisco, the ultimate Star Wars Mecca offers little for visitors.
That doesn't mean it isn't worth the trip though, especially considering the next best thing to hanging out with George Lucas himselfRancho Obi Wanis located just north of San Francisco in Sonoma County.
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As we first reported last year, Disney has been giving their Star Wars attractions a facelift and now they've finally announced that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will open at its Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World resort on May 20th 2011.
The Star Wars-themed ride at Disneyland in Anaheim (which is also getting a makeover) previously hadn't been updated since it opened in 1987 so fans were delighted last year when the rumors of a revamp were confirmed.
It's apparently going to be a good summer for theme park rides and theme park ride rumors. After half a decade of teasing, it looks like the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland might finally get an face lift.
The simulator ride debuted at the Anaheim park's Tomorrowland all the way back on January 9, 1987. For the next decade and a half it was one of one of Disneyland's most popular attractions, with long lines that stretched well beyond the physical building.
Once visitors got inside they stood in line some more, albeit within the shinier and more entertaining environment of the mock spaceport. Finally they got to tour the galaxy with a lovable - if frustratingly incompetent - little android.
To fans of Star Wars, there’s no greater hero than George Lucas. Sure, he may have missed the mark with the most recent movies, but geeks everywhere hold him and his characters in high regard. That’s why we suggest trying to get a glimpse of the man and the myth at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco.