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Bright Suns! Walt Disney Imagineering panel at Star Wars Celebration 2023 just announced some exciting Star Tours news. The panel featured Imagineers Ann Morrow Johnson and Asa Kalama, as well as Matt Martin from Lucasfilm as they talked about how Star Wars comes to life at Disney parks. This was the first Celebration in Europe since 2016, so it was nice reconnecting with Star Wars and Disney fans from this part of the world (and beyond).
During the panel, there were several exciting announcements related to Star Wars and Disney parks beginning with the attraction that started it all for us in this galaxy far, far away …
In 2024, Disney is going to add more stories and characters to Star Tours at three of our destinations around the world – Disneyland Park in California, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and Disneyland Paris in France. Since it debuted at Disneyland in 1987 as the first Star Wars attraction in a Disney park, Star Tours has traveled to new places as this galaxy of stories expanded. Continuing that tradition next year with all new adventures … but no more details were given out yet.
And speaking of Starspeeder pilots, be sure to check out the new playlist from DJ R3X that was just released, featuring more of his favorite tracks you may hear when you visit Oga’s Cantina on Batuu. Turns out R3X may just be a better DJ than Pilot.
Disney also announced a new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser playlist that will launch next month on streaming platforms to celebrate May the 4th. This soundtrack includes songs from galactic superstar Gaya, who performs aboard the Halcyon starcruiser as part of that amazing, fully immersive experience.
There is also a special 12-inch vinyl pressing of Gaya’s music, so be on the lookout for that.