Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is rumored to receive an update in the near future that will coincide with the upcoming film Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. The rumor suggests that guests will experience new scenes during the ride just as they did around the openings of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
While no timeline has been attached to this rumor, it seems fairly credible as it matches how Disney has cross promoted its Star Wars products in the past. You may recall that Disney most recently added a special ending to all of the ride profiles where guests would land on the planet of Batuu at the end of their journey, a scene that promoted the future opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
One of Star Tours’ best features is the fact you don’t really know what ride sequence you’ll have during your visit. There’s a huge combination of possibilities when the ride is using all of its available profiles. However, those profiles are usually restricted when a new scene is added to the attraction. Guests should expect to always see the rumored new scene/scenes shortly after the update is completed.
What does this mean for Star Tours’ long-term future at Hollywood Studios?
Realistically, this shouldn’t impact Disney’s plans for the attraction. This update can be considered a quick promotional tie-in that doesn’t alter any of the speculated plans for Star Tours. Those plans have ranged from a change to the ride’s theme all the way to a total demolishment in favor of something new. Disney will eventually address how disjointed it feels to have a Star Wars attraction outside of the land dedicated to the property. Util then, the ride will still receive updates to help promote related Star Wars films.
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