Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day! Not long now until the countdown on the official Star Wars site reveals what the Star Wars Blu-Ray DVDs will contain. In other Force related news, the "Star Tours" ride at Disney World in Orlando has received a make-over. On May 20th, STAR TOURS 3D opens with a brand new look. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and check it out! Here's Disney's official press release:

'Star Tours: The Adventures Continue' Brings Star Wars' Thrills in 3-D to Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney have combined to create 'Star Tours: The Adventures Continue,' a new 3-D attraction set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on May 20, 2011. The attraction also will open at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on June 3, 2011.

Based on the Star Wars films, Star Tours will take Walt Disney World Resort guests to multiple Star Wars destinations where they will interact with characters from throughout the Saga. And it will all be in 3-D.

With eye-popping 3-D digital filming, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology, guests will be immersed in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction. Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Industrial Light & Magic (the groundbreaking visual effects division of Lucasfilm) to bring the out-of-this-world attraction to life.

Star Tours, which had thrilled Disney Parks guests since the 1980s, was 'powered down' at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010 so Imagineers could begin work on the new attraction.

And in a new twist, guests may be able to enjoy the attraction multiple times without ever experiencing the same adventure. More than 50 story combinations are possible for guests to experience aboard Star Tours.

Just as the Star Wars films immerse movie-goers in storylines that keep them on the edge of their seats, Star Tours will feature multiple stories and scenarios that will hurtle park guests throughout the Star Wars galaxy. And all of the storyline's twists and turns will be random, affording guests the chance to ride the attraction multiple times.

Whether it's a battle with Darth Vader and his legion of stormtroopers or a plea from Princess Leia to help her save the Rebellion, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action literally in the 3-D, multi-sensory attraction.

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