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Currently one of the most popular rides in the park, Star Tours is based on the highly successful Star Wars movie Series. In the best Disney tradition, it features a superb pre-show, the line takes you past a full-size StarSpeeder 3000, undergoing systems checks in the maintenance bay. Announcements worthy of any good spaceport occur at intervals, and commercials for StarTours travel to other destinations air on a giant screen overhead (there's also a call for Mr. Egroeg Sacul, which is George Lucas backwards). In the Droid repair room, overhead baskets carry droid and robot parts.
On the ride, itself, the jokes (corny and otherwise) are everywhere. Rex, your "RX" pilot droid, is voiced by Paul Ruebens, (aka PeeWee Herman), he also supplied the voice for the alien craft in "Flight of the Navigator." When your Starspeeder screeches to a halt at the very end, look at the man in the booth straight ahead who dives for cover. That's George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars world and thus, Star Tours.
The ride carries you on a voyage through space, inside a giant comet and into battle with a full blown death star (and of course, you get to fight along side the best the rebellion has to offer).
Smack dab in the middle of the first Star Wars craze, the second "mountain" attraction came to Walt Disney World with the opening of Space Mountain. Each park in turn has built its own version. A roller coaster in the dark, it is far more exciting and stomach turning than it would be in the light. With stars and galaxies projected all around you, the effect is pretty good, you really feel like you are zooming through space. A new state of the art sound system helps to make this ride even more exciting.
Operating outside the entrance to Space Mountain is Starcade a two level arcade that is said to be one of the best in the world. Another attraction that requires additional payment, it still takes quarters, and will often be a place to drop of the teenager who is too sophisticated for the rest of the park.
Meet The World
A show that is unique to Tokyo DL, it offers a review of history and interaction with foreign cultures from a Japanese viewpoint. It is very interesting, especially for overseas guests.
Grand Circuit Raceway
A great thrill for little kids, you ride along a series of roads and highways. It's not much for adults, but for a kid going 10 miles an hour is a pretty big deal. There is a matching autotopia in Fantasyland, although it is only opened during the more crowded times of the year.
Standing near the entrance to Tomorrowland, this ride offers whirling orbs and planets around which the rocket ships travel. Similar in design to the Dumbo ride in Fantasyland, it will probably be a fairly crowded ride due to the fact that the ride only seats a small number of people.
This show was the original of the Timekeeper at WDW, it boasts Circle-Vision 360 film, Audio-Animatronics and in-theatre effects. The Timekeeper has created the worlds first (and only) time machine and along with 9-EYE a flying robot camera is about to demonstrate it. , allowing guests to view Mozart play his violin, Leonardo (Da Vinci, not DiCaprio) work on his latest creation, and so on. The show is in Japanese, but headsets provide translation to most major languages.
Based on the popular Walt Disney World attraction Honey I Shrunk the Kids, this 3-D spectacular takes you into the world of inventor Wayne Szalinski. After a brief pre-show designed to bring guests into the theme (they view a film highlighting the fictional inventor's new company).
Inside the theater, you don 'protective' (actually 3-D) goggles, and the show begins. After being 'accidentally' shrunk, you go through the thrill of encountering a huge dog, gigantic kids, and (for the weak of heart) an army of mice. This effect is helped by a series of 'tails' that are installed under each guests seat, and adds to the effect.
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