Many people have wondered what will come of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, the 28-year-old motion simulator that got a refresh in 2011, once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens just down the road in Disney’s Hollywood Studios sometime in 2019. The new, ultra-immersive Star Wars land, after all, will be specifically placed during the sequel trilogy of the cinematic saga (which began with 2015’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens and will continue with next month’s Episode VIII: The Last Jedi), and Star Tours breaks the illusion of continuity or setting by skipping around all three time periods from all three trilogies. While this may not seem like much to the average guest, to Disney’s storytellers – who are going so far to sell visitors on the idea that they’re really in that galaxy far, far away that they’re going to be making a first-of-its-kind hotel right on theme-park property – that’s something notable and potentially problematic.
Now we have an idea of how the company is going to circle that square, at least for the time being: it’s going to use the current attraction in order to help set up the next.
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