On this day in 1987, Disneyland's Star Tours attraction opened in Tomorrowland. A simulator ride based on the popular Star Wars movies, it replaced the attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space.
Star Tours first saw light as a proposal for a simulator attraction based on Disney's 1979 The Black Hole. But due to the unpopularity of the film, the attraction was shelved. The idea of a simulator attraction though was kept alive when Disney teamed up with George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.
At a cost of $32 million (nearly twice the cost of building Disneyland in 1955) Star Tours opened on January 9, 1987 to Disneyland guests - many of them dressed up as Star Wars characters! In honor of the event, Disneyland stayed open for a special 60-hour marathon starting at 10 am on January 9 until 10 pm on January 11.
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