Comments for Spoiler-FILLED review – Star Tours: The Adventures Continue report featuring full ride binaural audio

16 Comments

  1. katie

    Hey Ricky, thank you for the spoiler filled review to keep those of us entertained who dont get the chance to go to dsney often! My question is about the holograms. Did they take footage from the filmsor did they get an acctress to play theprincess? thanks again!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Great question. Princess Leia definitely looks like Carrie Fisher, but I’m not sure if it’s a stunning CG recreation of her or mouth-modified video. Either way, the soundalike does a great job and it’s 100% believable that it’s really her.

  2. Lockedawg

    Ricky,
    Thank you so much for the spoiler filled review and the ride audio. It will be a long time before we will be able to get out to a park to actually ride StarTours and this takes the edge off!

    Thanks again for letting me live vicariously through you when it comes to Walt Disney World!

  3. Roddy Barros (MKCustodial)

    I really couldn’t understand what Rex says in that clip. :p

  4. Aaron

    Hi Ricky,
    Thanks for this review! I’m the blind fan from the UK.
    Also, thanks for the descriptions, they really helped me imagine things. The death star scenario has some really cool music, I like how they used the asteroid field track. In fact, I like how all the music is used.
    What interests me though about this particular attraction is the randomness, and when the actual randomisation occurs in the system. I’m wondering if the scenes are queued (randomly) when the ride first starts, or if they’re chosen on the fly by the pc, as and when they’re needed? If it’s the latter, then that’s an impressive thing that Disney have pulled off.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      If given the chance, I will ask about the system behind the randomization. It seems like a rather trivial operation though. I’m not sure if each of the 54 combinations are pre-assembled and played back at random for each flight or if each scene is truly separate and the computer seamlessly assembles them on the fly during (or just before) the ride.

  5. Evan

    Great review!! My wife and I just got to DHS to begin our two year anniversary. Given I had turned of all twitter and facebook we had to check if it was opened for soft openings in person and to our great surprise it was! we walked on at 3:30 and we had a blast.

    we started off with vader then hoth then Coruscant (awesome), then we had princess lea as our hologram.

    just thought I’d share.

    Again great reveiw!

  6. kevin

    what was the sea monster battle like?

  7. Rob C

    So bummed out! I was there on Friday, May 13 and checked back often throughout the day hoping for a soft opening. There were cast members parked outside the attraction all day, but it never opened. Then I find out the next day that soft openings were happening! Bummer!

  8. Jon

    Just got ba k from Disneyland on the 21st they opened It up and everyone was allowed to ride all afternoon 50 min wait but it was awesome.first time vader then sea monster which was too cool then ship through the window. Second time was pod race and hoth which was great as well. A classic is back for the next generation. Nice for us old kids and youngsters too

  9. Fred

    “This droid is the device that allows the 3D imagery seen during the ride, according to the story.”

    Sorry Ricky, but that is incorrect. The IC-360 robot’s function is to give passengers a view of things outside and around the Starspeeder.
    For example, during the podrace the IC robot shows a view from above the speeder, showing how a pod racer is stuck on top. This image is shown on the small TV moniter inside the speeder.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Aha! Sounds like I misunderstood what Aly San San said in the queue video. Thanks for the correction!

  10. Just found this page after listening to your podcast about the Star Tours soft open and was hoping to listen to the rest of your full ride binaural recordings, but it appears that they have been taken down? Each time I click the links it just takes me back to this page. Any suggestions?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Be sure to let the page load fully before clicking on the links. They will play in an embedded audio player. If that doesn’t work, try a different web browser.

      1. Thanks so much for the help. I got it to work. Awesome audio! 😀

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