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Captain Rex

In 1987, Star Tours opened in Disneyland, California, replacing Adventures Through Inner Space in Tomorrowland (Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida later got their own version of the ride upon the opening of the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney's Hollywood Studios). It was one of the first partnerships between Disney and Lucasfilm, foreshadowing Star Wars's eventual acquisition by The Walt Disney Company. The ride, set shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi, had passengers climb aboard a Starspeeder 3000 piloted by rookie droid Captain RX-24 "Rex" (voiced by Paul Reubens), as a seemingly peaceful flight to Endor leads to a galactic misadventure. It made use of hydraulic flight simulators to create the experience of being in a real starship.

In 2011, the original Star Tours was closed in all parks except Disneyland Paris, and replaced with its sequel Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. It features a similar premise of an interstellar tour flight gone wrong, but takes now place between the prequel and sequel trilogy films and has C-3PO as the hapless pilot instead. Star Tours 2 is unique in that it has a branching storyline, with a total of 96 different combinations of ride sequences, allowing for a different experience almost every time. It too uses hydraulic flight simulation cabins, including filmed scenes now in 3D. It finally opened in Paris, in early 2017. While Captain Rex was removed from this version, the Disney Imagineers haven't forgotten him, and instead incorporated him into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.


Tropes relating to the original Star Tours include:

  • Actor Allusion: The RX-24 model was developed by Reubens Robotics Systems. This is a reference to Captain Rex's voice actor, Paul Reubens.
  • Badass Adorable: Captain Rex. He takes down the Death Star, and it's his first flight.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The Star Speeder's front view port is nowhere near as slanted as it looks from the outside.
  • The Cameo: The safety video had several alien characters from the franchise, among them Chewie and Teek from Star Wars: Ewok Adventures.
  • Canon Discontinuity: When Lucasfilm de-canonized the original Expanded Universe, this ride was among the things rendered non-canon. Interestingly, Captain Rex would actually return to canon in Star Wars Rebels, with Reubens reprising the role. This was later reversed (possibly only unofficially), as Rex was incorporated into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and described as having been a Star Tours pilot before coming to Black Spire Outpost.
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  • Comet of Doom: In more physical sense than usual. After missing Endor's moon, the Starspeeder is intercepted by comets and struggles to dodge them. At one point it even goes inside a particularly large one, smashing its way out.
  • Continuity Snarl: Why or how there is a third Death Star makes little sense, yet it cannot be either of the previous two Death Stars because R2-D2's location is accounted for in both battles. Nor why it still has the old design flaw from the first Death Star, since it was amended with the second.
    • The third Death Star has since been retconned into a hastily repurposed habitation sphere/worldship from Coruscant's orbit used by the Imperial Remnant as a means of distracting the Rebel Fleet while enacting other plans.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Captain Rex ends up flying through the maintenance area on accident and almost crashes multiple times.
  • From Bad to Worse: It starts with many near-crashes in the spaceport, leading to a deadly encounter with comets, followed by the Imperial fleet and the Death Star...
  • I Meant to Do That: In a possible Shout-Out to Pee-wee's Big Adventure, after your ship has left the spaceport via a crazy dodge-and-weave through the maintenance bay, Rex says, "I meant to do that — a little shortcut! Ha-ha!"
  • Running Gag: Rex states "I have a bad feeling about this!" when entering the enormous comet.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: There's a queue announcement for one Egroeg Sacul.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the announcements in the queue is for an illegally parked speeder, license THX1138.
    • A droid in the queue tells visitors to "Take a picture! It'll last longer!". Particularly apropos, given the voice actor behind RX-24...
    • The Mighty Microscope from the preceding attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space is seen on the hanger on the bottom left just before you head out into space.
  • Talking Lightbulb: Captain Rex
  • Urban Legends: A common rumour is that the technician that the ship nearly crashes into at the ride's conclusion was actually a cameo by George Lucas. It wasn't - it was actually an Industrial Lights & Magic modelmaker by the name of Ira Keeler.
    • Another common rumor that Mark Hamill was the voice of the unseen supervisor telling C-3PO and R2-D2 to "get back to work" in the queue. Though the owner of the voice is still unknown, it has been confirmed that it was never Hamill doing the voice.

Tropes relating to the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue include:

  • The Ace: Subverted with Captain Ace. Despite being more experienced and professional sounding than Rex, he completely forgets about his own flight and doesn't return to the Starspeeder before it's scheduled for takeoff.
  • Accidental Hero: C-3PO wasn't meant to pilot Starspeeder flight 1401, he was just in the cockpit to perform repairs, only for the autopilot to engage with him still stuck inside it.
  • Adaptational Badass: R2-D2 has always been a tough little droid, but depending on the randomly-generated scenario seen here, Artoo can potentially win a podrace on Tattooine, survive a massive space battle over Coruscant or a close encounter with an AT-AT on Hoth, evade and defeat Boba Fett, and open fire on Darth Vader.
  • Alternate Timeline/The Multiverse: The ride sequence is randomized. During a ride, you will experience four out of the thirteen different segments, with some segments offering slight variants. This makes the ride highly repeatable and constantly surprising. Even though guests can experience 96 different journeys, the main priority (delivering the Rebel spy to safety) is accomplished no matter what the sequence is. The Rebel spy's identity is chosen by the cast member operating the ride vehicle from among the guests on the attraction, and their picture is presented during the ride. Sometimes, no guest is chosen as the Rebel spy, and a generic photo is used. There are eighteen random segments of the film (four opening segments, four primary destination segments, six hologram message segments, and four ending destination segments). When combined, they allow 384 different possible ride experiences.
  • Ascended Extra: In the first Star Tours, C-3PO just appeared in the queue to the flight and in the opening and closing safety videos. In this iteration, he's the pilot of your vessel, though not by choice.
  • Ascended Meme: The 2017 update added an alternative version of the "meeting with Darth Vader and the Empire" opening that has him replaced by Kylo Ren and the First Order. Ren is flanked by stormtroopers wielding Z6 riot control batons, much like Nines, and one of them even performs some sick spins.
  • Audience Participation: A random audience member seated in the cabin will be selected as a "Rebel spy" that the Empire is chasing the Starspeeder for, with their photo appearing onscreen.How it works 
  • Big Good: One of the Rebel Alliance's leadership appears in a transmission to the Starspeeder, telling them where to deliver the Rebel spy. Depending on the flight it can either be Yoda, Princess Leia, or Admiral Ackbar. As of 2015, this can also be BB-8 acting on behalf of the Resistance (presumably), and the conversation mostly consists of him and R2-D2 beeping and chirping at each other, with C-3PO translating. Updates for The Last Jedi added Poe Dameron and Maz Kanata as possible Resistance contacts.
  • Blue Orange Contrast: In a meta sense. The Starspeeder 3000 has blue stripes, but the previous 1000 model was given orange stripes, to make the two visually distinct.
    • The cast members also wear blue and orange uniforms.
  • The Cameo: As of 2015, the ride includes a comm-screen cameo from Finn. 2017 added similar cameos for General Hux and Poe Dameron.
  • Call-Back: In the queue, a number of RX-24 droids (the pilot from the original ride) can been seen in crates. They're all marked as defective.
  • Call-Forward: On occasion C-3PO says a few lines from the original ride. If you get the Tatooine pod racing scene, he'll say, "I've always wanted to do this!", and if you get the Naboo scene he'll yell, "Brakes! Where are the brakes?!" The Hoth section will also have a Rebel pilot ask "Star Tours, what are you doing here? This is a restricted area", which was also asked of Rex when his flight stumbled upon the Death Star.
  • Captain Obvious: C-3PO has a tendency towards this. Justified as some audiences may not have seen all of the films, meaning that his commentary is necessary for them to understand what's going on.
  • Continuity Nod: Captain Rex makes a cameo in the line queue, labeled "defective" and offline. Occasionally he will briefly boot up and say one of his lines from the original ride.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • The Naboo and Coruscant sections borrow from Episodes I and III respectively, meaning Separatist ships are attacking the planets long after the CIS was supposedly dissolved. Presumably they're hold outs, though it doesn't explain why the Empire is using outdated ships (complete with Republic symbols painted on the hulls). The dialogue also implies the Rebels have taken some older ships as well and set up bases on the planets. Though this isn't explained either.
    • Then there's the battle on Hoth when the ride takes place before Episode V. Apparently the people making the ride originally wanted a sequence with wampas and tauntauns so as to not cause continuity problems, but George Lucas insisted they add Imperial walkers. He suggested that the Rebels and Empire skirmished on the planet before the Rebels returned, thinking the Empire wouldn't look there twice. Of course this runs into the "When was Hoth discovered?" issue that's turned up in a number of works, but that's a Continuity Snarl in its own right.
    • Becomes even worse with the added new material from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which has 3PO and R2 participating in the Millennium Falcon chase on Jakku with Finn and getting a holo-message from BB-8, characters and situations that are over three decades away.
    • Comic-Book Time: With the recent inclusion of characters, events, technology and locations from the Star Wars sequel trilogy, the original update of the ride has seemingly abandoned the initial premise of being a prequel set just before A New Hope and can now take place at any point from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi.
  • Cosmetically Advanced Prequel:
    • The Star Tours facility, ships, and droids are all much shinier than than in the previous version. The original walk to your flight involved passing through a grungy droid workshop; less than a decade earlier it's a pre-flight security catwalk much like at an airport. Captain Rex has a radial-symmetrical body; his predecessor Captain Ace has a humanoid design with more plating. In addition, the Starspeeder of this version features built-in weapons, while the future Starspeeder model appears to lack them.
    • However, the actual flight itself zigzags this trope. Original series vehicles like X-wings, AT-ATs, and TIE fighters are featured, as are prequel series vehicles like droid starfighters, ARC-170s, and Venator-Star Destroyers. Some of them are meant to be holdouts from the Clone Wars, but apparently their tech hasn't been updated in the past twenty years.
  • Dodge by Braking: Used in the Kashyyk sequence.
  • Hidden Weapons: The Starspeeder 1000's twin laser cannons are not normally visible, but flip out from the bottom of the vehicle.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Geonosis / Death Star portion, Boba Fett corners the Starspeeder and deploys a seismic charge. C-3PO panics, but R2 just fires it right back at Fett, blasting the Slave I out with its own bomb.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: C-3P0 is in the captain's chair, but R2-D2 appears to actually do most of the flying, as well as being in control of the weapons and navigation systems.
  • Inherently Funny Words: G2-4T likes saying "churro" because he thinks it's funny.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The ride ends with the passengers landing at the Rebel coordinates on another planet, but exiting the ride has them back at the Star Tours spaceport. C-3PO points this out as the ride concludes, wondering how they're supposed to get back to Star Tours.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: G2-4T may mention that he once short circuited, causing him to repeat himself every 20 minutes.
  • Medals for Everyone: The Geonosis / Death Star ending concludes with the Starspeeder arriving at the Rebel Alliance's fleet, landing aboard a cruiser. A small crowd of Rebels applauds you as you land, and Admiral Ackbar declares "You are all heroes of the Rebellion!"
  • Oh, Crap!: C-3PO's reaction to running into Darth Vader.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: During the podracing part, C-3PO exclaims "I've always wanted to do this!". It's a neat homage to the first ride, but it's also at odds with Threepio's usual adventure-fearing characterization, particularly his oft-mentioned hate of flying.
  • Running Gag: After escaping from the space port, C-3PO cries "I have a very bad feeling about this!"
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the pre-flight film, a trio of pit droids try to clean the Starspeeder's windshield, failing unsuccessfully with a ladder and getting into fights. A passing crew member then demonstrates he can just wirelessly activate the windshield wipers. The furious pit droids promptly berate each other and storm off in a huff.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Mighty Microscope from Adventure Thru Inner Space is seen once again in a corridor on the left in the unfinished Death Star just before you reach the reactor core.
    • In the queue, a G2 droid is tasked with scanning passengers bags for illicit items. As each bag is put through the scanner, a plethora of shout outs are seen, referencing various Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars characters and items.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • Depending on your sequence combination, Darth Vader can appear both at the beginning and towards the end of the ride, which means he personally took off after the Starspeeder in his own TIE fighter to pursue the Rebel spy across the galaxy.
    • One of the jet troopers in the Vader opening was changed to be Boba Fett, and Fett appears in the Death Star closing as well, meaning that he qualifies if you get that sequence as well.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: If you get contacted by Poe Dameron as your mid-flight contact, this may be his response to Threepio asking if this secret mission is sanctioned by Resistance command.
  • Tempting Fate: During the pre-flight film, as the Starspeeder 1000 is lifted to the takeoff pad, a mouse droid falls into the chasm below. Its astromech droid friend gazes down to see if it survived. Fortunately, he doesn't fall in too.
  • Trailers Always Lie: Before it opened, Disney released a teaser promising three new destinations: Bespin, Moon of Endor, and Alderaan. The footage was existing footage from the films overlaid with a Starspeeder. None of the destinations ended up in the ride.
  • Updated Re Release: What this is to the original version of the ride. Additionally, in 2015, new content from The Force Awakens was added onto the ride (in addition to a handful of tweaks to the existing footage), making Jakku one of the possible destinations and making BB-8 one of the possible messengers. A 2017 update for the ride introduces a Crait sequence in order to promote The Last Jedi; this sequence ends on Baatu, the setting for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (AKA Star Wars Land) opening in 2019.


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