English Language Brochure for the Star Tours ride at Disneyland Tokyo.
Tokyo Disneyland Offers Excitement of Star Wars in Popular Attraction
Ultimate thrill adventure from the creative forces of Disney and George Lucas
Star Tours, the ultimate thrill adventure from the creative forces of Disney and George Lucas, takes you into the exciting universe of the Star Wars film trilogy, George Lucas’s world-famous, space-fantasy adventure.
George Lucas has been a long-time Disney fan who grew up with Walt Disney’s classic films and made frequent visits to Disneyland in California. As he had always wanted to do a project with Disney, George Lucas was eager to cooperate in bringing his Star Wars characters to the Disney parks.
To make Star Tours a reality at the Tokyo Disneyland park, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. was quick to join forces with Disney and George Lucas. Star Tours represented an ideal way for Matsushita Electric to put across its theme, “Human Electronics — High Technology That Enriches the Heart.”
Time warp to the future and journey to a galaxy far, far away!
The time is distant to the future of Star Wars after the successful Rebel Alliance has vanquished the evil Empire and brought the stability of peace to the galaxy. The Star Tours Travel Agency has converted a former rebel spaceship hangar into its newest starport and terrain departure point for tours of the universe. -
Star Tours is proud to have in its employ C-3P0 and R2-D2, the famous droid duo portrayed in the Star Wars films. C-3P0, the gold-colored interpreter droid, has put his skills to work communicating with Star Tours passengers and other droids. Short, barrel-shaped R2-D2 serves as the navigator on many Star Tours flights and helps with the maintenance of the Starspeeder 3000 fleet used by Star Tours.
Star Tours boasts the latest in “cosmic tour buses:” the sleek, 40-passenger Starspeeder 3000. This advanced type of spacecraft is flown by droid pilots and navigators, so problems due to human error have been eliminated, guaranteeing safe and pleasant tours of the galaxy. These spacecrafts depart regularly from the Tomorrowland Starport for such popular destinations as the Moon of Endor, home of the cuddly Ewoks featured in the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi.
Impressive Spacecraft Hangar Starting Point for Galactic Tours
Most airline passengers never see the hangar where the planes are serviced, but Star Tours has combined their passenger departure lobby with their hangar to impress their passengers. In the Hangar, you can observe two actual Starspeeder 3000s which have just come off the assembly line.
Photo: Spacecap Droid has dandy red cap and bowtie.
Photo: C-3PO and R2-D2 at work on a Starspeeder
Close Encounter with C-3P0 and R2-D2
In the Maintenance Bay, additional servicing is done on the Starspeeders. You can watch the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 trying to make some last minute repairs. As you can tell from their conversation, they haven’t changed from the movie — still disagreeing, but still friends.
Sector 2 for Droid Repair and Maintenance
As you walk through the Starport, you notice that the only other humans around are your fellow passengers. Just about all the employees of Star Tours seem to be droids and Droidnostics is no different. The foreman of repairs is a droid. The workers doing the repairs on droid navigators and other equipment are droids themselves. There are even a pair of droid birds and droid mice roaming around the sector.
Final Boarding Gate for the Endor Express
When you pass through the Boarding Concourse entrance, you will be greeted by Star Tours crew members — the first humans you’ve met so far. On the right and left are three boarding gates each for the tours to the Moon of Endor.
Photo: Flight instruction given on monitor
Photo: Six boarding gates for the Endor Express
On Board the Starspeeder
Light Speed for the Moon of Endor!
Once on board the Starspeeder, you are advised to fasten your seatbelt securely. Your pilot, RX-24 or Rex for short, informs you that this is his first flight and he just can’t wait to show his stuff.
Photo: Quarantine inspection at Baggage Claim
Photo: Interior of the Starspeeder 3000
You’re Safely Back, But There’s More to See
Although you may not think you can, you somehow manage to walk off the Starspeeder on your return. You’re safely back, but there’s still more to see at Star Tours. In the Baggage Claim area, you can watch the Pana-Robo Droids, P-6 and S-4, inspecting incoming astrocultural freight under the supervision of an R2 droid. Nearby is the Tourscan display on which Dan Android introduces other Star Tours vacations. And the Star Map shows you Star Tours’s universe.
Points of Interest Missed by First Time Passengers
Look for These Droids and Other Special Details Found Only at Star Tours
Check Point 1 - Starspeeder 3000 Spacecraft
In the Tomorrowland Starport Hangar, you can see two of Star Tours’s Starspeeder 3000s. One is having its ion starspeeder 3000 engineservicedbytheAssemblyDroids, beingserviced F-23 and F-24. Check out the vertical lift moving behind F-24.
Check Point 2 - Monitors & Announcements
Be sure to look at the monitors located around the Hangar. These moni- Monitors give latest tors give flight information and weather flight information forecasts for the various Star Tours vacation destinations.
Check Point 3 - Baggage Conveyor
Bags checked in by other Star Tours passengers are loaded onto the baggage. Check out conveyor by Spacecap Droids. Notice the the unique stickers. unique and amusing baggage labels on the bags as they go by.
Check Point 4 - Complaining Droid
The Maintenance Droid, F-22, is supposed to be repairing a fan, but mainly he just complains. He complains about the droid factory where he used to work and about kid droids today. He complains about everything, particularly about his mother-in-law.
Check Point 5 - The Status Board
Photo: Status Board display
Made up of 105 liquid crystal panels each measuring 30 x 30 cm., the Status Board shows scenes of popular Star Tours destinations such as the planet Hoth with its unusual Taun-Taun creatures. Notice the scenes of the Cantina (famous from Star Wars') on the desert planet Tatooine. Announcements are made in three languages: English, Japanese, and Ewok.
Photo: F-22 at work complaining
Check Point 6 - Mon Calamari Supervisors
From the Control Booth, these Mon Calamaris direct various aspects of Starport operations. They are from the same planet as Admiral Ackbar who appeared in Return of the Jedi.
Photo: One of the furtive Mouse Droids
Check Point 7 - Starspeeder Fueling System
In the middle of the Maintenance Bay are spark jars, part of the special fueling system for the Starspeeder 3000s.
Check Point 8 - Max the janitor Droid
A PanaRobo developed by Matsushita Hard-working Max Electric, Max keeps Droidnostics clean.
Being made in Japan, Max never lies down on the job. But from time to time, he does blow out some carbon dioxide to relax.
Check Point 9 - Scurrying Mouse Droids
The Mouse Droids scurry about among the droid parts and equipment. You have to keep a sharp lookout to spot them.
Check Point 10 - Comical Droid
G2-9T is plugged in to “FM Droid,” the station that plays Top 40 droid music. Although his job is to repair the R5 unit, he spends most of his time singing along with the music or chatting with the passengers going by. G2-9T gives you a hint that your flight on Star Tours may not be quite what it seems.
Photo: The skinny one on the right is G2-9T.
Check Point 11 - Worker Droid and Problem I.D.A.
The worker droid, R2-D7, operates the I.D.A. (Inventory Droid Assistant) to bring replacement parts from inventory to Droidnostics. For an unintelligent machine, the I.D.A. seems to have a mind of its own. Poor R2-D7 has a hard time getting it to work.
Photo: R2-D7 and the stubborn I.D.A.
Check Point 12 - Moving Droid Parts
These detached parts can be found moving by themselves after you turn the second corner of the passageway. There is a right hand in a basket on the left side of the passageway. Over your head is a right leg jutting out. Then in another basket is a left hand. Most people pass by without noticing these spooky parts because they are distracted by the talking and noise of the other droids.
Check Point 13 - G2-4T and the Bird Droids
As foreman of the Droidnostics Center, G2-4T is responsible for getting all the other droids to do their work. He has made friends with a pair of Bird Droids who have built their nest nearby. Passengers walking by can’t see them, but there are silver-colored eggs in the nest. There’s even a fake egg that one of the Bird Droids brought back by mistake. Attention to detail, even of things not visible to guests, is what makes Star Tours so special.
Check Point 14 - Riding Conditions on the Starspeeder
Although the riding conditions on the Starspeeder 3000s are the same, the ride differs depending on where you sit in the cabin. Those who enjoy the feeling of sharp acceleration are advised to sit in the front row for a closer view of all the action. For those who like a lot of vertical and horizontal motion, the rear of the cabin is best. The seats in the very back row are higher off the floor than the others, so you can’t plant your feet as firmly on the floor and that means a wilder, more exciting flight.
Check Point 15 - Customs inspectors
PanaRobos, P-6 and S-4, are quarantine inspectors for Star Tours customs. Watch how carefully they check the astrocultural freight. If the pesticide spray doesn’t do the trick, these high-tech officials resort to an old-fashioned fly swatter!
Check Point 16 - Tourscan for Future Planning
Dan Android, the PR droid for Star Tours, introduces other tours on Tourscan. A running weather report is given for the various Star Tours destinations. If the Star*Link booth isn’t occupied by a droid, you can use it to make an intergalactic call; however, we recommend using the Stellaphones on the ground level across from Star Tours to make local Earth calls.
Check Point 17 - Panasonic Antenna for Intergalactic Calls
The Panasonic antenna on the highest point of the Starport roof is for intergalactic communications. The many droids and aliens at Star Tours tend to keep it busy.
Profiles of Star Tours Characters
Well-known from the Star Wars films.
Now responsible for final check of Starspeeder 3000s and communication with passengers.
Barrel-shaped droid famous from the Star Wars films. Assists C-3PO with final Starspeeder check and serves as navigator on the Endor Express.
Rookie pilot nicknamed Rex. Gives passengers the thrill ride of their lives.
Works in the Hangar doing maintenance on fans.
Works in the Hangar doing final assembly of Starspeeder 3000s.
Works with F-23 in the Hangar.
Handles baggage for passengers. Easily spotted by his red cap and bowtie.
Not droids, but beings from the same planet as Admiral Ackbar in the movie Return of the Jedi. Control aspects of Starport operations.
Worker droid repairing R5 droid. Loves to chat; hates to work.
Keg-shaped droid damaged on routine flight. With G2-9T doing the repairs, who knows when he’ll be back on the job.
Worker droid operating the I.D.A. to bring parts to Droidnostics.
Short for Inventory Droid Assistant. A machine of no intelligence but with definite aversion to heavy work.
Droidnostics foreman. Has tough time getting the droids to do their work.
Janitor droid in Droidnostics. A PanaRobo from Matsushita Electric. Keeps things spic and span.
Living near G2-4T. Diligently looking after their eggs, but will they really hatch?
Furtive creatures living in Droidnostics. Favorite food: nuts, bolts and other parts all thickly coated with machine oil.
Quarantine Section droid supervising the droid inspectors.
Quarantine inspector droid working with P-6. Uses magnifying glass and fly swatter to eliminate bugs.
Carries out astrocultural inspection with S-4. Sprays insecticide on suspicious freight.
PR droid for Star Tours seen on Tourscan. May be distantly related to movie star Dan Aykroyd.
A visiting droid making an intergalactic call home.
Seen on Star*Link monitor. A typical droid beauty???
Great Gifts at "Cosmic Encounter"
“Cosmic Encounter” is a gift shop in T omorrowland at T okyo Disneyland which sells a complete line of “Star Tours” merchandise that is available only at this shop. Some hot sellers include children’s T-shirts (¥1,200), sweat shirts (¥3,000), and polo shirts (¥3,000). Also popular are waist pouches (¥2,200) and wallets (¥1,700)
with the Star Tours logo. From the exclusive stationery selection, a pencil with a spinning Starspeeder (¥250) would make an ideal gift for a young school friend. If you’re looking for something in pairs, mugs (¥600 each), glasses (¥300 each) and Star Tour towels (large: ¥1,200/small: ¥600) are all reasonably-priced yet fun to share with someone special.
Only in Tokyo: "Meet the World"
Educates While Entertaining
Among the many attractions that beckon you at Tokyo Disneyland, there is one which cannot be found at either Disneyland in California or the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It is “Meet the World,” which presens a distinctively Japanese show.
“Meet the World” offers enjoyment somewhat different from that of other attractions. With “Japan’s Relations with the World” as the theme, a three-dimensional show combining original film and “Audio-Animatronics” fully entertains both children and adults and also makes them think.
The 20-minute “Meet the World” is divided into four parts. Part 1 is about the birth of Japan and its history to about the 7th century. Japan’s connections and relations with China and Portugal are treated in Part 2. Part 3 is about Japan’s special culture in the Edo Era, the Black Ships and the Meiji Era. And Part 4 shows Japan today and its future.
Instead of the stages revolving, the spectators’ seats are on a turntable which revolves around the stages for the respective parts.
And there is no admission charge for “Meet the World,” which you can enjoy and, at the same time, learn about Japan’s history.
Photo: Original Character Goods specially designed for "STAR TOURS."
Photo: Cosmic Encounter shop for StarTours goods.
TOKYO DISNEYLAND INFORMATION - Know Before You Go!
Mail It from Tokyo Disneyland
Drop a letter in one of the mailboxes in the Park and it will be stamped with a special Disney design. At the “House of Greetings” card shop you can purchase stationery and write at the writing corner in the shop.
At Tokyo Disneyland, the Sakura Bank is ready to serve you. Business hours and operation are the same as those of banks outside the Park. Cash dispensing machines are available from 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Film Printed in Three Hours
Take pictures in the Park during the morning and have the film printed before you leave the Park later in the day. The prints will have a special Disney illustration on them. The Photo Express service is available at nine shops, including the Camera Center in World Bazaar. Disposable cameras are also available.
> Public Telephone
The color of public telephones is different from land to land. You can make an international call at the telephones located next to the Guided Tours Lobby. Also a variety of intriguing prepaid telephone cards with Disney illustration are on sale.
> Storage Lockers
There are four storage locker areas near the Main Entrance of Tokyo Disneyland. Fees are ¥400 for extra large lockers, ¥300 for large, ¥200 for medium, ¥100 for small.
> First-Aid Facilities
There are four first-aid facilities — Central First-Aid in the World Bazaar and three other facilities near Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
> Lost Children
Lost children are cared for by friendly cast members at this center equipped with picture books and various games. If your child becomes lost, please check at this center.
Even if you have visited Tokyo Disneyland many times, the Guided Tour will delight you with new discoveries. The Guided Tour takes 2 hours to 2 and a half hours. Fee: ¥500 per guest. Sign up for a tour in English at the Guided Tours Lobby, in World Bazaar.
> Promenade Gifts & Promenade
If you have forgotten to buy something for your family or friends during your stay at the Park, don’t worry. You can buy popular Tokyo Disneyland items at Promenade Gifts and Promenade Gifts East located on either sides of the Main Entrance. They are open from an hour before the opening of Tokyo Disneyland itself until 30 minutes after its closing.
Rental Video Cameras
You can rent a video camera at the SpacePort inTomorrowland to record your visit to Tokyo Disneyland. Rental fee: ¥2,500 a day. Tape is also available at ¥600 (VHS: 30 minutes). A driver’s license or any other photo I.D. is required.
Access to TOKYO DISNEYLAND
Official Hotel Shuttle Bus
A free shuttle bus service is provided between the Official Hotels of Tokyo Disneyland and the Park at intervals of 5-10 minutes
Remember Our Video Camera Rental Service!!
After traveling all the way to Tokyo Disneyland, you suddenly realize that you forgot your video camera.
Don’t panic, because video camera rental service is available at the “Space Port” in Tomorrowland. You can rent a Panasonic NV-S9 “Single Hand Movie,” the latest in video cameras, for just ¥2,500 a day (excluding cassette tape). Cassette tapes and adaptors are also sold at the shop.
Just remember to show some photo identification when renting.
Published by: Planning Office for Tokyo Disneyland Relations, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.