Disney's Star Tours Press Kit Video
Just like with movies, Disney sent out Star Tours press kit videos to newsstations across the country. However, in my opinion, this press kit is a little more detailed than a movie press kit video. It has more footage, more interviews, and runs longer than all movie press kits I've seen. In any case, the Star Tours Video Press Kit has interviews with Disney's Michael Eisner, George Lucas, and C-3PO. It lasts about an hour long, but a large part of the tape is the opening ceremony, and a stupid play with actors dressed as Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and Vader, dancing around enacting some scenes.
The Star Tours TV
In late 1986, Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) and Ernie Reyes Jr. (that annoying kid from Surf Ninjas and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II), hosted 'A Vacation In Space', promoting the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. C-3PO and R2-D2 also made appearances. The show takes a peek at how Star Tours was made, and also at the history of spacetravel and space-flicks. At the end, Ernie Reyes Jr. and Gil Gerard actually go on the ride, giving away some teasers of the ride itself. However, most notably, at the beginning of the special, R2-D2 and C-3PO do a rapsong (I'm not kidding - I will put up a .wav file of this soon to prove it), which ends up being the highlight of this 15 minute 'commercial'. These days you can actually take "Vacations in Space", well sort of. You can enjoy Star Wars Weekends and experience Star Tours at Disney World. These Star Wars hotspots are in the vicinity of nice and cheap hotels so you can bring the whole family. For an exotic getaway, you can experience Tatooine in Tunisia. Stay in Ocean City Hotels or stay within the vicinity. You won't find any 15 minute commercials with droids rapping about these places now, but they are still Vacations in Space.
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