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Disney’s Star Tours ride getting a Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker upgrade

Coming to a space port near you on Dec. 20

a star tours ship rushes towards the ocean moon of Kef Bir Disney
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Star Tours — the Disney ride that takes park goers across a galaxy far, far away — will get a Rise of Skywalker update come Dec. 20. This isn’t the first time the Star Wars attraction has received a revamp to update it with existing canon.

The original version of the ride was introduced in 1987, and was the first Disney ride to feature a non-Disney licensed IP. It took place during the events of the original trilogy and prominently featured the forest moon of Endor.

In 2010, an updated version debuted at Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, with revamped versions coming to Tokyo and Paris Disneyland in 2012 and 2016. Subtitled “The Adventure Continues”, the revamped Star Tours originally took place in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, allowing for destinations from the prequels to be used.

The ride subsequently has gotten many sequences from the sequel trilogy added — as well as the destination of Batuu, the planet where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set. As it stands now, the ride does not take place in a set timeline. Because of the way it unfurls, with four opening segments, four primary destination segments, six hologram message segments, and four ending destination segments, there are 384 possible combinations of events.

The setup, however, remains the same: visitors are now space tourists, boarding their spaceship to a predetermined destination. But since this is Star Wars and the Skywalkers keep causing drama, chaos ensues.

The Rise of Skywalker update will integrate the ocean moon as seen in the trailers, revealed to be called Kef Bir. Disney has not revealed what else will be coming to the ride, but Rise of Skywalker — out the same day — should give us a clue.

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