The entrance to Star Tours in Tokyo Disneyland. Photo by Inside the Magic on Flickr

In 1987, the original version of Star Tours opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. The motion simulator ride based on the Star Wars franchise featured Captain Rex, a droid that attempted to fly guests to the planet Endor.

In 2011, Disney debuted an updated version of this ride: Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. The new ride uses advanced 3D technology, randomly chosen alternate scenes, and frequent updates with new characters and locations as new Star Wars films come out.

The new version also exists at other Disney Parks around the world: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Park, and Disneyland Paris.

Queue Details

  • A video screen displays advertisements from across the galaxy in the first queue room. One of these ads is for ILM: Interstellar Lightspeed Manufacturing. ILM is a nod to Industrial Light and Magic, a company formed by George Lucas to create the unique special effects for Star Wars. ILM has gone on to become a leader in the industry and is now owned by Disney. This hidden detail is exclusive to Star Tours Tokyo.

A hidden message within an advertisement in the queue of Tokyo’s Star Tours.

  • Captain Rex can still be found in the new version, this time labeled as HHG-RX. The droid is in the queue hitchhiking with two other droids, a tribute to the infamous Hitchhiking ghosts of the Haunted Mansion.

  • The droid found during the boarding pre-show is Aly San San. She is inspired by Attack of the Clones‘ waitress droid, WA-7. In the US versions of the ride, this character is voiced by actress Allison Janney which has a “glitch” to provide safety information in Spanish. In this version of the ride, the droid is voiced by a Japanese actress with her “glitch” being part of Janney’s English spiel. You may recognize Janney as the voice of Peach in Pixar’s Finding Nemo (2003) as well as Doofenshmirtz’s ex-wife Charlene in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.

Better listen up, Aly San San means business. Photo from the US version of the ride.

The waitress droid, as seen in Episode II. Image ©Disney/Lucasfilm

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