Disney's Star Wars rides to go dark for updates

Disney is offering a bit more detail about its plans to revamp the popular Star Wars-themed Star Tours rides at Disneyland and Disney World, with an opening date sometime next year.

Here's the news on the official Disney parks website:

Scheduled to open in 2011, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney once again will combine to create an all-new Star Tours. When it reopens, it'll feature a new 3-D, immersive experience that'll take guests to familiar places in the Star Wars galaxy.

To prepare for the reopening, Star Tours will close at Disneyland Park on July 27 and at Disney's Hollywood Studios on September 8.

It's been previously reported that the new motion-simulation ride will feature the podrace from Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, as well as visits to other Star Wars worlds. Stay tuned!

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