On this day in 1989, Disney World's version of Star Tours officially opened at the Disney-MGM Park. It was the first attraction to open in the park's new back lot annex area. A simulator ride, it is based on the successful Star Wars franchise of movies (created by George Lucas).
Disney World's version was the third to debut - a Star Tours opened in Disneyland in January 1987 and then in Tokyo Disneyland in July 1989. (A fourth Star Tours later opened in Disneyland Paris in April 1992.) Designed by teams from both Disney and Geroge Lucas, each of the 40-seat flight simulators (the same ones used by the military to train pilots) features a thrilling video to enhance the experience.
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