The arrival of a new Star Wars movie has lately meant a new scene would be added to Star Tours. That was actually the whole idea behind Star Tours: The Adventures Continue which moved the ride from film to digital projections. It would be easy to add new scenes and use some randomization in the rest to provide different ride experiences nearly every time you ride (over 50 combinations).
We now have confirmation that a new scene is indeed coming to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will feature a scene from the planet Crait, which will be visited for the first time in a Star Wars film in Episode XIII – The Last Jedi. If you saw the two trailer from earlier this year you saw the planet with its dry salt dessert and red plumes behind Resistance fighter ships.
Look at minute 1:55 in this trailer from earlier in October:
The new sequence will first appear at the two domestic parks on November 17, then in Disneyland Paris on November 22 and Tokyo Disneyland on December 15!
Last time they added a new scene, Disney set the sequences so guests were guaranteed to get the scene from the new movie for a few weeks. That wasn’t in the announcement this time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney did it again.
So far the only Star Wars movie not to get a new scene in Star Tours has been the first Star Wars story – Rogue One. This makes sense to me as, while this particular story is told within the timeline of the main Saga movies, it is separate from them and isn’t really a Space Opera, it’s more a heist movie.
We’ve also been told that the movie in the Launch Bay Theater will soon be updated with behind-the-scenes footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi too. No official date has been set yet.
The question remains, what will happen to Star Tours after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens? What would you suggest Disney do?