?The new and improved Star Tours ride opens in Disneyland this Friday. Topless Roboteer Quixotico alerted me to some developments regarding it, and since a great many of you guys care deeply about the ride — readers and writers — I figured you’d want to know. In summary:
? It’s set before the original trilogy.
? There are 54 different possible “rides.”
? As Quixocitco points out, that probably ends up as three 3-way forks and one 2-way fork.
? Planets include Tatooine, Hoth, Naboo, Coruscant, Kashyyyk and an under construction Death Star.
? Besides planets, there will also be “a desert pod race, underwater travel, sliding on ice, and careening through forests while smashing into trees”
? Guest stars include Darth Vader, Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Yoda, C-3PO and Jar Jar Binks. How Princess Leia is in here I have no idea. If anyone’s been on a preview of the ride and wants to let us know, that would be awesome.
? Also awesome: Frank Oz actually came back to voice Yoda. Anthony Daniels also voiced C-3PO, but that’s not nearly as much of a surprise, is it?
? Apparently one of the new characters is a “spokesbot” voiced by veteran actress Allison Janney. Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald explains her name: “we couldn’t think of anything and knew George [Lucas] was amazing with
names. When we told him actress Allison Janney was doing the voiceover
work, he instantly said, ‘Aly San San.'” Yup. (Via Disney Fans)