Friday May 20th marks a big day in Disney themepark history. It’s the official opening for the first 3D motion simulator attraction. Star Tours – The Adventures Continues. A lot of big names are expected (Anthony Daniels, George Lucas, Bob Iger to name a few) and the legions of fans are many. To add an extra level of craziness to the big event, it’s the first day of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
They’ve added a queue to the Streets of New York (excuse me, America) that looks like it could stretch for hours. At least they’ve provided shade, fans, and a big screen TV for some entertainment value. The stand-by queue will probably be a little longer than expected because they’re also doing fast pass today.
Which leads me to a small bit of excitement. I have two Star Tours 2.0 Fast passes for the first person who finds me in Disney’s Hollywood Studios today.
In the meantime, check back throughout the day as I’ll be adding photos and more details of the event to this post.
The park has prepared for a 6 hour queue. However as of 12:15 the wait was only 100 minutes in standby. That will likely be a lot longer tomorrow since it’s a Saturday.
The had a big screen on a truck for overflow crowds at the grand opening ceremony.
More images from the grand opening below the jump:
Even before the ceremony guests were queued up to be among the first to ride the attraction after its official opening.
This year Star Wars Weekends has a great stage.
I loved that the new ride has its own pre-roll. I think I caught it all on film, check later when I have video.
Anthony Daniels and C-3PO on stage at the same time. This led to a few funny moments.
George Lucas and Bob Iger made a great entrance and opened the ride in grand galactic style.
The ceremony was proceeded by a procession that featured the 501st Legion along with Disney’s cadre of Disney Characters.
A better picture of Anthony Daniels on stage
Bob and George entered with lightsabers drawn and defeated the darkside of the force.
One more shot of all the VIPs up on stage. And that does it for my coverage today. Look for lots more over the coming week.
I still have those fastpasses to giveaway if you can find me in the park today. Enjoy Star Tours without the Standby wait.
Now, if I can only make it to Naboo!