Sadly, I haven’t been to Walt Disney World or
Disneyland since the new version of Star Tours debuted, so my experience is currently limited to the original version of the attraction.
The whole set up for Star Tours was that you were departing on a vacation within the Star Wars Universe, you’re pilot Rex is new and you end up in the trenches of the Death Star. The queue and ride were all set up as some sort of space airport. So freakin’ cool!
My first visit to the attraction was in Tomorrowland in
It was prior to the prequels or even the
Special Edition theatrical releases, so there was very little Star Wars
merchandise available outside of the theme parks. I was out of my head when I saw all the Star Wars stuff available upon
departure from the ride.
A few years later I made my first trip to WDW and was further enamored with the attraction, with it's giant AT-AT prop and Speeder Bike photo op, and of course it's even larger selection of merchandise.
In keeping with the theme of an intergalactic travel company, there were travel posters of the different destinations available. Similar artwork was made available as postcards. Who wants to join me on a trip to any of these exotic locales?