Star Tours opened on January 9th, 1987. The "Cast Premier" was held January 12-16, 1987 - 7pm to Midnight. These are "Airline" style tickets, with Boarding Pass and Jacket.
Inside there is a boarding pass for each night of the Cast Premiere. That was nice of Disneyland to give Cast memebers one for each night. Then again, they probably had to work some of those nights so they couldn't use them all!
Here is today's ticket, we traveled to 1987 remember!
Here is a great full length video of Star Tours on YouTube.
Last today, lets pay tribute to a former occupant of the Star Tours attraction building. Adventure Thru Inner Space had a very popular run from 1967 to 1985, it was one of my childhood and teenage favorites. I went to the park one day in October 1986 (see my rainy day post) and I discovered it was closed, forever. That was a sad rainy day.
This great "Castle Paper" Adventure Thru Inner Space ticket is from early 1968, I bet the attraction still had that "New Attraction" smell. The message about not being accompanied by an adult is so weird to me!
According to Wikipedia, Star Tours II is in the works:
"In April 2005, at the Star Wars Celebration III, Star Wars creator George Lucas confirmed that a Star Tours II is in production. This new ride will apparently be prequel-oriented. In a concept release, the sequel is described as being based on the Pod Racer sequence in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The new ride system will consist of a glasses-free 3-D High Definition screen and an improved motion simulator."
Wikipedia (link) actually has some great information on Star Tours. I did not know it was originally going to be based on Disney's 1979 "The Black Hole". I can see why they changed that idea. I paid to see that movie and I still want my money back!