The orlando Sentinel have obtained video footage of the new Star Tours queue. Take a look at the video below.
The video shows the first room of the queue only. The old Starspeeder has been repainted with a new red and white scheme with C3PO and R2D2 still in place. The old departures board has been removed a new, larger LCD screen is in its place showing the departure screen released on the Disney Parks Blog a few months ago, along with scenes from some of the new destinations we have seen as artwork.
Dwayne Bevil from the Orlando Sentinel has posted an article giving us more detail on the attraction
In today’s newspaper, we published details from our tour of the revamped Star Tours at Disney World, which officially opens Friday, May 20, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That story was for the broadest audience – not everyone’s a Disney or Star Wars fan, editors tell me – so today I’m circling around with a few deeper details that might appeal to those fan bases. Consider that a spoiler warning.
•In retrospect, it might not be clear from the article that I did get to take one ride on new Star Tours (You’ll note Disney isn’t calling it Star Tours 2). Also on board were Imagineer Kathy Rogers (a great explainer) and a handful of Disney World execs and folks who have been doing work on the attraction.
Our trip included the launch scene with Darth Vader in 3-D (he used the Force against us), a pod race on Tatooine, a visit to watery Naboo and a dramatic ending. Your trip will, no doubt, vary some as the ride will feature 54 combinations of scenes. Of course, this will make the repeat-rider factor go up. (Relief for Toy Story Mania, please?)
What stands out for me was the crisp clarity of the film, almost breath-taking. It’s like going from your grandpa’s crappy TV to today’s big-screen HDTV … and in 3-D. The three-dimensional tricks were fairly standard fare yet effective, especially the break-through-the-glass finale.
•The motion was well-timed with the film’s action, smooth sailing when appropriate, bumpy when it needed to be. It’s the same ride system as before but each planet visited has its own unique maneuvers and experiences, Rogers assures.
•Another stand-out impression of the entire attraction is how jam-packed with Star Wars characters it will be. For big fans, it will be somewhere between a “Where’s Waldo” and Hidden Mickeys. And some of them are aimed at big fans. One of my fellow riders was happy to spot the semi-obscure Sebulba from “Episode I ” in action.
•But there’s a new “real people” element to it as well. One passenger is singled out — on screen — as a “rebel spy” after entering the StarSpeeder 1000.
•The 3-D “flight glasses” are black and sleek. I felt a bit Terminator in them, but mostly I was glad they weren’t the bendy yellow variety from “Honey I Shrunk the Audience.”
•In the security area (the second part of the queue), a bot called G290 scans luggage and interacts with guests. Higher up, G240 scans humans, and you’ll be able to see a thermal-scan version of yourself on screen. (Fun side activity: Grab the cold hand rail, then hold your hand up to the camera.)
•Film length is 4 minutes and 20 seconds, just as before, “down to the frame,” Rogers said.
•The queue area has been refurbished, but if you were expecting the building to be gutted for a new layout, you’re going to be disappointed. There’s new paint, technology and other elements to observe, but the layout of the path to the loading area is unchanged.
•In the coming weeks, there will be scores of secret/significant sightings from within the attraction. Here’s one to get you started: What’s the (Disney) significance of it being Flight 1401?