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Star Tours: 26 Years in 12 Parsecs

Wookiees, Droids, lightsabers, blue milk, honey bun hairdos – it’s all the stuff of Star Wars legend, and yesterday, the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland marked its 26th anniversary of awesome.

The original ride debuted on January 9, 1987, whisking passengers away on an attempted flight to the Moon of Endor that quickly became part of a dogfight in the Death Star trenches.

New destinations were unveiled in grand style during an opening ceremony on June 3, 2011, launching riders into hyperspace in and around Coruscant, Hoth, Naboo, Tatooine, Kashyyyk, and even the Death Star.

Never flown with the Force?

Star Tours uses state-of-the-art technology straight from the intergalatic-loving mind of George Lucas  – a flight-motion simulator vehicle turned Starspeeder 1000, digital 3D video, audio animatronics characters and in-cockpit special effects – to transport you to a “galaxy far, far away.”

C3PO plays reluctant pilot alongside a plucky R2-D2 when hijinks ensue. Think Imperial Troopers. And the Rebellion. And a Rebel Spy planted somewhere among the passengers aboard your craft.

Once things get really hairy, C3PO and R2-D2 go rogue, and the real adventure takes off. Without giving too much away, let’s just say it’s a good thing there are seat belts on this thing. And R2-D2 needs flying lessons.

Until your next visit, try building your own Star Tours Starspeeder 1000, Air Alderaan Starspeeder 1000, Bespin Direct Starspeeder 1000 and others from the Starspeeder fleet with printables from Spoonful.com.

Photo credit: Disney Parks Blog

One Mom MediaTravelhound Pilar wouldn’t mind being at Walt Disney World eating the ears off a Mickey ice cream bar right about now. But, since she can’t be at her “second home” year round, she curates happy thoughts on Disney Social Media Magic, a virtual springboard where breaking news and other Disneyfied thingamabobs are shared. For more mouse-minded geekery, join Pilar on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and personal site, One Mom Media.

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