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Star Wars: Last Tour to Endor and Cosplay

The Event that Rocked Disney World

By Robert T. Trate     August 18, 2010
Source: Mania.com

 

Star Wars Celebration 5 happened this weekend at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. A short distance away Walt Disney World was having their own Celebration in saying goodbye to an old friend, Star Tours. Their Star Wars theme ride that took you to that galaxy far far away is closing September 8, 2010. With Celebration 5 in town it only seemed right to go all Star Wars this weekend. Mania was there to cover the “Last Tour to Endor” and see just how many Star Wars enthusiasts would turn up.
 
Star Tours

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Star Tours needs the change. After 25 years of REX’s “first flight” it does seem incredibly dated. The outside of the attraction is still brilliantly detailed and a wonder that takes you back to being a child and seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time. The ride itself is not nearly as thrilling as Space Mountain which is older and just on the other side of Disney World. When Star Tours 2 opens in 2011 it will ignite the fire in the Star Wars fans to come to Disney all over again.
 
R2-D2 and the Star Speeder 1000

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R5-D4 and G2-9T in Star Tours

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The Star Tours AT-AT

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Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom

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Besides the amazing fireworks show, which concluded the events activities, by far the best event during the Last Tour to Endor was “Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom”. Many of us have seen the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Many of us know that if you see it twice it really diminishes your original experience with it. It is the same show over and over again. It has to be because people’s lives are in danger, well to a point any way. “Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom” took the idea that two fans would combine Indiana Jones and Star Wars to see what would happen. It was by far everything you would think it would be. Boba Fett appears to collect Solo and finds Indy instead. Disney took their stunt spectacular to a new and exciting place and completely made you feel like a kid again. It was as if your toy chest exploded and your imagination was allowed to run wild. Though never in your wildest dreams did you think Leia would refer to Vader as her Dad nor watch Indy and Vader duel it out with lightsabers. Capping the experience was Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Jamie King’s (voice of Aurra Sing on The Clone Wars) participation as extras. Though the coup de gras was watching all of this with George Lucas in the audience.
 
Indy and the Golden Lightsaber

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X-Wing Vs The Nazi Wing Plane

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Stormtroopers Vs Leia in the Wing

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Star Wars The Last to Endor Cosplay

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Despite the heat, 98 degrees, many of the Cosplay Star Wars fans turned up. It created some interesting pictures as Biker Scouts kicked back with drinks and girls wearing a Slave Leia outfits were appropriately dressed. Even the Dark Lord of the Sith needed to have a fan with the heat. Though by far the best outfit was a young lady dressed as Bespin Leia. Hands down she was perfect.
 
Slave Leia (Blonde)

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Starkiller Light Side and Starkiller Dark Side

 

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B-Wing Pilot and Ice-cream Man

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Ahsoka Tano at the Death Star Disco

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Biker Scout Off Duty

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Endor Leia and Imperial Officer

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Darth Maul and his Fan

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Captain Rex

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Lady Stormtrooper Red Squad

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Darth Revan and Anakin Skywalker Duel

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Orange County Convention Center Death Star T-Shirt

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Clone Trooper

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Biker Scout on Speeder Bike

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Slave Leia (Brunette)

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Kit Fitso

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Bespin Leia

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Last Tour to Endor with Little Han

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Check out Robert’s breakdown of the Star Wars Celebration Figures here on Mania as well as his Top 100 Star Figures of all time.
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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Chopsaki 8/18/2010 11:50:19 AM

Bespin Leia might not be showing much skin but she's cute as hell. I think Darth Maul holding a fan illustrates why not too many people are walking around in wookie costumes heh. Star Tours 2 is gonna rock.

Hobbs 8/18/2010 1:00:43 PM

I did the star tours thing when I was about 20 years old and thought it sucked.  Thought it was out dated at that time especially with Back To The Future ride kicking its arse.  I'm suprirsed it took this long to retire it. Now they need to retire that Indiana Jones stunt thing. 

Tevii 8/18/2010 2:28:38 PM

Rather than the whole room on tour like the original, they need individual rooms for Pod Racer rides. That would be SICK!!!!!!!

krathwardroid 8/18/2010 3:13:26 PM

I haven't seen Star Tours. Maybe this new one will be worth the wait.

Chopsaki: Yes, I agree. It's not what you see, but what you don't see. She's my favorite of the three Leias.

Tevii: I think individual Podracing is a good idea.

themovielord 8/18/2010 3:18:21 PM

Yeah it should be individual; cars like the Days of Thunder ride at Kingsdominium (?). I saw a pic already and it looks to still the be the star speeder...

Squid 8/18/2010 3:23:04 PM

The reimagineered Star Tours is going to be very interesting.  3D screens, 4D effects in the cabin, and a unique ride film every time you ride (or, at least the vast majority of the time!)  The timeline of the "tour" will be inbetween the two trilogies and rumor has it you will not see Bespin, Alderran, or Endor in the ride.

The ride film is supposed to be divided into three parts... beginning, middle, and end.  Each part has several different versions and the computer will pick one version from each part to make a whole ride film.  So, let's assume there's five different films for each part... that's 125 different variations of the film you could see, each with their own in cabin effects.

Hopefully the Starspeeders will be upgraded as well, making the ride smoother.  The queue is expected to have new dialogue and possibly some new effects and characters added to it as well.  There has been no word on what the outside of the building will look like when it reopens.

ultrazilla2000 8/18/2010 3:25:30 PM

I've never seen the Star Tours AT-AT before, when did that thing go up???  That's freaking awesome!   Last time I was there was summer of 2007 I do believe...

HudsonTaco 8/18/2010 4:01:27 PM

Ultrazilla - Did you ride the one at Disneyland or Disneyworld? The AT-AT is only outside of the ride in Florida.

Loved this ride, when I was 9, the outside was great also you got so close to R2 and C3P0 and they talked and argued with each other, I was in heaven. I also rode it again when I was 19 and still loved it but yes compared to Back to the Future and Star Trek the expirience it was very dated. I am sad to see it go and would love to ride it one more time but I will not make it. Can't wait to make it out to try number 2.

themovielord 8/18/2010 4:01:39 PM

Yeah it should be individual; cars like the Days of Thunder ride at Kingsdominium (?). I saw a pic already and it looks to still the be the star speeder...

Miner49er 8/19/2010 3:22:29 AM

When are they going to do the Star Tours Holiday Special ride overlay? They do Christmas ride overlays for Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World. Why not a Holiday Special overlay for Star Tours?

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