Star Tours - Prt I An underwater adventure with Captain Nemo would have needed an attraction with a motion base, but the technology wasn’t advanced enough in the 1970's. ; When Michael Eisner joined Disney in 1984 he was already friends with George Lucas from his Paramount days and "Raiders of the Lost Ark". ; Lucas was eager to develop a park attraction, and Disney had been developing their simulators. ; A "Star Wars" based motion attraction was the obvious answer to both parties. ; There was one particular attraction Disney was looking to replace. ; "Adventure Through Inner Space" had opened August 5, 1967. ; By the mid 80's, however, it was looking quite dated. ; So it closed on September 2, 1985 and plans were formulated to fit "Star Tours" in its place. The "Star Tours" space had to accommodate a new queue, preshow, four simulators and an exit area. Design work was well underway by mid 1985 with a projected November 1986 opening. ; Once the plot was agreed upon, the ride mushroomed into a 20 minute extravaganza. ; It was reduced to 3 minutes 10 seconds, then increased to 4 minutes to avoid too short of a ride. ; Originally pilot RX-24 was verging on the psychotic, but was reprogrammed to be a rookie pilot. ; He was meant to be inexperienced, not scary. Meanwhile, the model shop was busy making the sets (with help from Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic) ready for shooting. ; "Star Tours" was shot on 70mm film at 30fps for clear, flicker-free images. ; The film, along with its effects, came with a $6 million price tag from ILM. ; Full-sized props were built by Disney Imagineering, as were the attraction's animatronics and supporting cast. ; The roof of the show building needed to be unexpectedly raised for the simulators motion. ; Whilst this was being done it was discovered the building itself needed serious reconstruction. ; The simulators were also proving difficult to synchronize to the audio tracks. ; The ride music was changed costing $100,000, and then the buildings facade needed updating. ; Total costs rose to $30 million, then the overrun budget of $33 million, and the opening date slipped back. "Star Tours" finally opened at Disneyland on January 9, 1987, four months before the Star Wars 10th anniversary. ; The ride was a smash hit. ; Plans were originally announced for a version to be built in the Magic Kingdom, but instead opened at WDW's Disney MGM Studios on December 15, 1989. ; "Star Tours" at the Studios opened five months after Tokyo Disneyland's version, which opened July 12, 1989.