New Disneyland Star Tours Review

The entrance plaza to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland in California

Welcome to Star Tours!

After going through Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (twice) and hopping on the orange “surfboard” on California Screamin’, Candice and I left Disney California Adventure and crossed over into Disneyland.  Destination: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Well, perhaps I should say the Star Tours line.  Unlike Ariel’s Undersea Adventure’s 15-minute wait time, the sign outside of Star Tours listed an 85-minute wait.  Our actual wait time was only 70 minutes (ha, only…) before we departed for our galactic adventure.

Was it worth it?  Yes.  I mean, it’s Star Wars.  We love Star Wars here at PBAL.  And no, it was not just my blind love of the movies that made me enjoy the Star Tours experience.  Let me explain…

The first portion of the wait was admittedly a bit rough.  Especially after barely waiting to get onto rides at Disney California Adventure, the slow-moving line for Star Tours felt even longer.  And to make things worse, we were standing directly across from the entrance to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters which was tauntingly displaying a 10-minute wait time.  Candice could have skipped out of line, went through Astro Blasters, and came back to find me 20-feet further along the line than when she left.  But we stuck it out, and once we got into the first indoor section of the queue area, things got a little better.

The first queue area room for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

The first queue room was nicely decorated.

The inside was nicely decorated with planets and starspeeders painted along the walls.  Again, the slow pace of the line was somewhat painful, but the presence of Star Wars songs made things bearable.  I didn’t even want to break out my iPod because I was enjoying the music so much.

Once we got inside the second indoor area, things got much better.  It was the same queue area as for the previous version of Star Tours, but it was impressively decorated.  A huge monitor rotated between planetary advertisements, arrival and departure times, weather reports, and more.  The information was listed in multiple languages, and there were enough planets mentions to get even the biggest Star Wars nerds excited.  Playful banter between R2D2 and C-3PO also added to the entertainment.

Star Wars weather report displayed in the Star Tours queue area.

Cloud City on Bespin: Cloudy.

There was one more short/quick area before we finally reached the loading zone.  There was a brief “flight safety” video before the doors opened to our Starspeeder 1000.  Now I don’t want to ruin any surprises of the ride, but there are a few things I can tell you without any spoilers.  There are multiple planetary destinations that you can visit, including Coruscant, Hoth, Kashyyyk, Naboo, Tatooine, and a strange moon.  The ride generates your tour randomly with different beginning scenes and ending scenes, combining for over 50(!) possibilities for your flight.  Talk about replay value.

For me personally, I left my tour with a bit of a headache.  I can watch 3D movies just fine, and I can go on ride simulators without any damage.  Perhaps the combination of both was too much for me?  Or maybe the awesomeness just made my head explode?  Or, quite honestly, it may have just been the fact that I wasn’t feeling great to begin with.  I’ll give the ride another shot before I make a final decision on that.  The ride had a similar structure to the previous installment of Star Tours, but it didn’t feel repetitive or old.  The visuals were great, and the simulation really provided a feeling of being inside the starspeeder.

Star Tours display showing arrivals from various planets

As you can see, Star Tours takes passengers to many planets around the galaxy.

Despite the extended wait and the slight headache, I was extremely pleased with Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.  Disney did a fantastic job of incorporating plenty of Star Wars details into the queue area, giving off the feeling that visitors are really in the Star Wars galaxy.  To be completely honest, the main waiting area was my favorite part of the experience, and that no dig against the ride itself.  There was such a rich depth of detail that made me want to not leave.

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