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  1. Opened in 1989
  2. Disney's MGM Studios has decided to make Star Wars Weekends an annual event running every weekend in May. Unknown is if Disney will keep this event even after Wpisode 3 has been released. Star Wars Weekends, for those of you who don't know is a event ever Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May where cast and crew from all Star Wars movies where you can meet them and get autographs from them as well as take place in trivia and other things that deal with Star Wars. Also if you go to the Animation tour area there is a seperate line for "Behind the Force", a look inside the making of the movies and for this year they have hints on what you can exspect in Episode 2. Next year they might have hints for Episode 3.
    REPORTED: Indiana Jones 18 MAY 01
  3. R2-D2 and C-3P0 both have chairs right at the entrance.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 FEB 99
  4. The StarSpeeder 3000 is the same type of flight simulator used by the military in training pilots.
  5. Star Tours has been accepted into the Star Wars timeline! I know there are several continuity errors, it safe to say that the battle shown during Star Tours (despite the Death Star trench run) is the Battle for Endor. In 'Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina' in a story called 'One Last Night In the Mos Eisley Cantina', one quote describes the comm signals when the shield went down: "General Calrissian's voice broke up with static. "We're on our way!" Raw cheering voices. Human and Bothan. Mon Calamari and Bith. Even a droid who announced that it always wanted to do this." I thought it was odd that a droid wanted to go into battle. It was, for it was our malfuntioning friend Captain Rex from Star Tours!
    REPORTED: Scott M. Leonard 21 MAR 97
    The reference to Rex in the Book Tales from the Cantina. It's located on page 387, 4th from the last paragraph.
    CONFIRMED: Scott 16 JAN 98
  6. None of the Rebel Ships in Star Tours are destroyed. Only Imperial TIE-Fighters and the Death Star suffer that fate. This is true at the Star Tours in both Disneyland and Disney.
    REPORTED: Howie Muzika 05 JUL 97
  7. On a recent trip to MGM, I was in a group of friends, one who was in a wheelchair. When we went to ride the Star Tours Ride, we skipped the line. At the entrance to the building their is a ramp to the side that goes about the lines and brhind the control booth's that are sceen from the regular line. In the control booths the charicters have legs and feet, just to keep the illusion going.
    REPORTED: anon 22 NOV 99
  8. As the queue line takes you by the singing robot ("I've been working on the....), if you look further down the line, in the pile of junk, there is a robotic hand that wiggles occasionally...
    REPORTED: anon 23 JAN 98 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  9. The line weaves up and down a ramp past several robots. Towards the end of the line, where you near the simulation docks, you pass under one final overhang in the "Droid Rooms" scene. One of the Droids is a mechanical bird with glowing eyes. This Animatronic was originally one of the singing eagles in the Disney animatronic show, "America Sings", stripped of its feathers and showtune.
    REPORTED: Sam Moore 14 FEB 97
  10. The work crews shown in the docking bays and control rooms of the film are actually members of the ILM model shop staff.
    REPORTED: Ian 07 MAY 96
  11. There is a second waiting area with different boxes suspended from the ceiling. These boxes are are moving like they are cargo being loaded. A Cast Member told me that there are three initials on every box and a series of numbers. These numbers are the birthdates of the the people who helped design the ride.
    REPORTED: Randy Mercer 22 MAY 96
    Take a look at the boxes circulating over you in the second queue area, as you head up the ramp to your shuttle to Endor. They are all stenciled with letters and numbers, such as "PAD 61257" and "KMS 81850". These stand for the initials and birthdates of Imagineers who worked on the attraction. We also saw more initials/birthdates after the ride as you exit the ramp into the gift shop.
    CONFIRMED: John & Melanie Emmons 28 AUG 96
  12. While waiting in line at Star Tours, listen for an announcememt requesting a "Egroeg Sacul" (pronounced sock all) to respond. Sacul is Lucas spelled backwards. WAV Sound
    REPORTED: michael sturm 28 JUN 95
    The call is for "Egroeg Sacul," which is "George Lucas" spelled backwards.
    CONFIRMED: Marilyn Weigert 06 JAN 96
    CONFIRMED: Nathan Fellhauer 08 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: Frank Murphy 13 JAN 99
    CONFIRMED: Matt Tweedt 13 JAN 99
    CONFIRMED: Robbie 19 MAY 00
  13. In addition to there being a page for "Egroeg Sacul," there is also one for "Mr. Tom Morrow." Not only is this a play on the word "tomorrow," but Dr. Tom Morrow was the host on the Mission to Mars ride. I've also read that Dr. Tom Morrow is also in the Tomorrowland Transit Authority script.
    REPORTED: Melanie Emmons 16 MAY 96 CONFIRMED: Loren Jones 18 MAR 98
    Tom Morrow was actually the animatronic "operations director", for "Flight to the Moon" (1967-1975) in Disneyland. He, then, was transformed into Mr. Johnson when the attraction became Mission to Mars.
    UPDATE: TR Shaw 11 MAY 98
    The name Tom Morrow is used at the Alien Encounter, but it has been used for many years on the WEDway People Mover attraction. Just as you leave the Carrousel of Progress, a female's voice comes on the speakers and pages Tom Morrow. For everyone in the park it is a name resembling the word which symbolizes Tomorrowland, for me, it is the name of an old friend, Tom Morrow.
    UPDATE: Terry Sandford 29 NOV 98
    CONFIRMED: Matt Tweedt 13 JAN 99
    Tom Morrow also made a brief on-line, name appearance in Star Tours in Disney/MGM Studios. AND...in Disneyland, in the brand-spankin' new Innoventions exhibit you can finally see old Tommy-boy, as you are greeted by an entusiasic Mr. Morrow in the animatronic flesh. He looks like a close relative of the Transportarium's TimeKeeper.
    CONFIRMED: Joseph St. Angelo 13 FEB 99
    In Star Tours, and other attractions, you hear about Tom Morrow. On the Disney Channel, there is a special little show called "Imaginear That" and the host is Tom Morrow 2.0!!!
    UPDATE: anon 16 JUL 01
  14. When you are in the line for Star Tours there is a section were there is a singing robot working on another robot. If you look down at the floor under these robots there is a metal box that has 3D muppets written on it.
    REPORTED: Michael Crowell 02 AUG 99
  15. In the pre-flight saftey video on Star Tours, the passengers (excepting the Ewoks, Wookies, etc.) are all Imagineers and their families.
    REPORTED: Ryan L. Gravilla 06 JAN 97
    In addition to seeing Ewoks and Wookies you can also see Chubaka.
    UPDATE: Dan McCarthy 12 DEC 98 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  16. If you look at the right hand side of the view screen just before flying out the portal into space, you can see the microscope-like shrinking ray that used to be the entrance to "Adventures in Innerspace", the ride that Star Tours replaced.
    REPORTED: John Douglas 11 DEC 95
    CONFIRMED: Loring Fiske-Phillips 29 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: Eric B 22 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Richmond 27 OCT 96
    CONFIRMED: Brian Curran 11 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 20 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: anon 21 FEB 97
    When the robot driver makes a wrong turn out of the space port- you crash through a door, and swoop down and just as you're about to fly out of the building and into space if you look to the lower right part of the screen you can see they're crating up the Monsanto Microscope from "Adventures Through Inner Space". It's as big as life!
    CONFIRMED: anon 07 DEC 98
  17. There are lots of "hidden" Star Wars and other Lucas stuff in Star Tours though. For example, the license plate number read over the P.A. system in the outer queue area with THX 1138 in it. That was the title of one of Lucas' first movies.
    REPORTED: Mary Spence 05 JUN 95
    The License number reported in Star Tours must be THX 1138. That was a rather anonymous film by George Lucas in the early 70's starring Rober Duvall. It was about a society that was subservient to robots, and one man's rebellion after a computer error frees him from his robotic shackles.
    CONFIRMED: Marilyn Weigert 22 MAY 96
    CONFIRMED: crews 15 JUN 97
    While waiting in line, you hears the announcement, "Will the owner of the speeder with the license number THX 1138 please move their vehicle, you are in a no hover zone." THX 1138 is the 1st movie that George Lucas did (with Robert Duvall as THX 1138)...THX is also the name George gave to his great sound! WAV Sound
    CONFIRMED: Diamond Chad 18 JUN 97
    CONFIRMED: Frank Murphy 13 JAN 99
    CONFIRMED: Matt Tweedt 13 JAN 99 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  18. The people in the boarding video are Imagineers and their family!
    REPORTED: Toon Boy 26 JAN 00
    The two boys that take a picture during the pre-flight show are brothers and sons of an Imagineer. The one on the right (I believe in a blue shirt) is the older of the two and was originally cast to take the picture. However, he had quite a difficult time making the flash go off at the right time so the younger boy was told to take over. He, as luck would have it, got it right on his first take and was used in the final cut. To this day, they still bicker about how the younger boy's camera was different and thus much easier to use but I think that the older is just jealous. BTW, they are now 25 and 23 yrs. old!
    UPDATE: Kyle Duarte 10 FEB 01
  19. The voice of Rex, your robotic pilot, is provided by Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman.
    REPORTED: Dan Amrich 24 SEP 95
    CONFIRMED: jt august 07 OCT 96
    One other note about the pilot of the Body Wars vehicle: He also appeared in the movie Animal House. I believe his name was "otter" in that movie, and he was one of the beer guzzling, women chg frat members. Not exactly the guy I want to trust my life with in inner-space!
    CONFIRMED: Kyle Madorin 31 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Matt Tweedt 13 JAN 99
    The voice is Pee Wee Herman (told me himself). He has also done a few other gigs for Disney and goes there quite a bit.
    CONFIRMED: Jimi 10 OCT 00 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  20. The reason Rex doesn't work properly is because he has a red plastic strip attached to his torso that reads "Remove Before Flight" Ęthe strip is easy to see, but you have to be sitting right up close to be able to read it as it flips around during the trip.
    REPORTED: Brent Rogers 11 JAN 97
    There is a red tag reading:"Remove Before Flight" on the piloting droid, Rex, on Star Tours.
    CONFIRMED: Jeff Wunsch 07 MAY 97
    CONFIRMED: Nick Hall 25 JUN 97
    The red plastic strip that says "Remove before flight" is a good size. Once you notice it, it was easy to read for any seat.
    CONFIRMED: Judy Sarna 21 AUG 97
  21. In the Star Wars trilogy, there is one line that is said many times over by different characters. That line is "I've got a bad feeling about this." It is sort of a joke that runs through all three movies and is said right before the characters are about to get into trouble. Well, I was pleasently surprised when that line was used in Star Tours! It is said by Rex, right before your ship enters the big ice crystal. Another little Star Wars detail.
    REPORTED: Freddy Zanfardino 06 AUG 98
  22. The fuel tanker that your ship almost runs into at the end has on its side a hazardous materials sign and registration number. The registration number is Lucasfilm's phone number. The tanker also has the initials of the modelmaker who made the model.
    REPORTED: Ian 07 MAY 96
  23. The sequence in the film where your ship enters a giant ice crystal was changed from the original storyboard. The original idea was that as the ship reached the end of the ice tunnel, it would be blocked by a smooth ice wall in which the audience could see the reflection of the StarSpeeder as it got closer. The sequence was shot, but when the rough cut was viewed, it was decided that things happened too fast to understand what was going on. The tunnel was then simply made to end with no reflection of the StarSpeeder.
    REPORTED: Ian 07 MAY 96
  24. I finally saw the old "Journey into Inner Space" microscope in the loader bay.
    REPORTED: Pete LeMaster 10 MAY 93
    You can still see the famous Disneyland Mighty Microscope that the Inner Space ride vehicles entered at the begining of the attraction. It appears very briefly in the space station scene in the Star Tours film. Look for it in the upper right hand side of the screen as the robot guides the spacecraft through the inside of the space station.
    CONFIRMED: Cheryl Dobbs 07 NOV 96
    CONFIRMED: Freddy Zanfardino 06 AUG 98
    CONFIRMED: Matt Tweedt 13 JAN 99
  25. The name of the Red Leader you see on the smaller screen in Star Tours is Steve Gawley. He's a model shop project supervisor at ILM and he did the models for Star Wars. In the book "Industrial Light and Magic: Into the Digital Realm", he tells the story of how other ILM employees had been inserted into movies, but he never got the chance because he's bald and has a beard. But since the Red Leader has helmet and chin strap, they let him play the part.
    REPORTED: FMImperial 09 AUG 99
  26. When in the trench run of Star Tours, Red Leader fires off his proton torpedos. But when you look to your right on the small television screen, he obviously fails to engage or even use his targeting computer!!! I mean, who is this guy supposed to be??? Luke Skywalker?!?!!? This Red Leader is no way near the status of a Squadron Leader. This is a disgrace to anyone who remotely relates to the ever present strength which is the Force. Good day and may the Force be with you.
    REPORTED: Senkai Cirrus 06 SEP 01
  27. The footage from the scene in which the Death Star exhaust shaft is blasted and the X-Wing pilot says "It's a hit", supposedly meaning that the Death Star is about to blow up, is actually the footage from the first attempt by the X-Wing pilots to destroy the space station, an attempt which resulted in a miss, with one of the pilots saying "It didn't go in." The actual shot that destroyed the Death Star in Star Wars came from Luke, with only Han Solo covering him.
    REPORTED: Rob Teitelbaum 22 JAN 97
  28. During the video, at the very end there is a factual error. Only true Star Wars fanatics might see it. When the x-wings jump into hyperspeed, their wings (s-foils) are in the X position. X-Wings can only fire with s-foils open (X position) but can jump into hyperspeed ONLY with the s-foils closed.
    REPORTED: Josh Errickson 16 MAR 01
  29. The man at the end of Star Tours movie ride, in the control booth is George Lucas.
    REPORTED: Chris Fitzgerald 25 AUG 96
    That really is George Lucas at the end of Star Tours. I've seen it in plenty of books.
    CONFIRMED: Kurt Shimala 01 JAN 97
    Just as your ship is about to crash into the fuel truck, a guy in the control booth ducks down. The ship stops, the truck moves on and the guy stands up and picks up the phone. That guy is the one and only George Lucas
    CONFIRMED: Nathan Fellhauer 08 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: Derrick Rottler 18 MAR 97
    In a recent issue of Eyes and Ears, a castmember magazine, there was a section of myths about the parks. One of the questions answered was the George Lucas Cameo at the end of the Star Tours attraction. According to an Imagineer that worked on the ride, it is not George Lucas, but a technician that was working on the film shoot who just happened to be in the right place at the right time to be cast in that part.
    WISHFUL THINKING: Brian Pastor 01 APR 97
  30. If you want the most motion in Star Tours, ask to sit in the back row. You get more motion in the back as you do the front. If you have small children or get motion sickness, it is adviseable to sit closer to the front of the ride.
    REPORTED: Becky 18 JUN 97
    There's more motion in the back seat of Star Tours than the front seat.
    CONFIRMED: Rob Steere 25 JUN 97
    CONFIRMED: Kristy Lee 05 AUG 97
  31. Have you ever thought that it would be cool to be able to stand on the entrance/exit ramps of the simulator and watch the cabin do it's thing? Well, you can't, and not just because they won't let you. The truth is, the ramps actually raise up to the ceiling of the building when the simulator is running. The reason for this, is because the cabin's range of movement takes up the space from within a foot from each side wall, as well as from the floor all the way up to about 6 feet from the ceiling (which is where the ramps rest when retracted). This is all from the diagrams from Disney's patent for the ramps.
    REPORTED: Rob Steere 25 JUN 97
    Actually, if there are light crowds, ask a Cast Member to let you see the simulator in motion on the closed circuit video camera they have.
    UPDATE: TR Shaw 25 JUN 97
  32. Rex yells, "we're losing altitude!" There is no altitude in space, space is infinite.
    REPORTED: John Lambert 02 MAY 98
    Space is infinite as we KNOW IT, but you can be losing altitude if you have something to measure it against. I.E. Moon, Planet, Death Star, etc.
    UPDATE: firstno 28 SEP 98
  33. The film you watch while in the ride was made by Indutrial Light and Magic (ILM). The animated lasers were contracted out to a small effects animation house in Burbank, CA called Available Light Ltd. ILM animators were too busy working on their masterpiece "Howard the Duck." Available Light also has done animation for "Honey I Shrunk the Audience", and "Captian EO."
    REPORTED: Joseph Thomas 28 AUG 98
  34. Newer Disney rides have excellent contraptions for seat-belt detection. At Star Tours, the attendant opens a small hatch on the upper-right wall. Sometimes the attendant is blatant -- swings it wide open -- other times they keep it open enough for their vision. Underneath the hatch are rows of green LED's corresponding to fastened seatbelts. Un-lit LED's are unfastened.
    REPORTED: Cabel Sasser 12 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: Joy Hogley 17 APR 96
    CONFIRMED: B 12 JUL 96
    The LED system for checking seat belts on Star Tours is actually more sophisticated than simply on or off. I once rode in the front row and when the cast member opened the console, one of the lights was yellow. She then looked up to see if anyone was in that seat. I belive that there are also sensors to check if someone is actually in a seat, similar to those in automobiles.
    UPDATE: Joe Zero 27 AUG 00
    The Yellow Light is for Seat A8 (Row A seat 8, Front Row, 1st seat into the cabin from the entrence) is basicly there to help the cast member orentate quickly themselves to which seat is which. The lights simply tell if a person`s seat belt is buckled or not, nothing more.
    UPDATE: anon 10 DEC 00
  35. Sit in the back to get the most motion
    REPORTED: anon 27 SEP 99
  36. I was riding Star Tours back in 1996, and this person decided to take their child out of their seat in the middle of the ride... and I was sitting two people to the right, well the CM was in their in about 20 seconds and they kicked the people out of the ride, but at least they started the ride all over for us. Of course it didn't matter because when we got off when it was over we got back in line only to wait until they unloaded another one. If you go there first when the park opens in the morning, like 9 a.m., you can ride it as much as you want.
    REPORTED: Mike 15 OCT 00
  37. The full size Star Speeder and Barge have both been removed from the area to the left of the Star Tours entrance. A CM explained that the landscaped area was often set up with temporary stages for live shows, and that they'd have to remove and replace the ships each time. Apparently the constant movement had taken their toll and either the ships had been damaged beyond the point that they were willing to repair, or, it was just too much trouble to contantly move the large models. The CM said the models were to be "scrapped". A definite shame since they were supposedly originals used in the film.
    REPORTED: Mike 20 AUG 01

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