Video: The original Star Tours has a place in the heart of many Star Wars fans — although following its revamp back in 2011, it's now impossible to experience Disney's first foray into the world of Star Wars rides in person. At least this amazing fan-made project lets you rekindle a few of those memories.
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Part of a series of experimental VR projects to recreate classic Disney park rides, Gregory Noacco has recently made his 4K recreation of the original Star Tours available as a 360-degree YouTube video, and it's a delightful blast from the past.
Sure, as a simple video — even one you can pan around in like this — you can't quite recapture the feeling of being flung across the galaxy far, far away by R2-D2 and RX-24 as you would have in the ride all those years ago. But it's a real joy to go back and experience the original attraction otherwise, seeing all the sites and even the actual set dressing of the StarSpeeder lovingly recreated.
You can download versions of this video and Noacco's other ride recreations at his website, for use through VR apps on phones and for the Oculus Rift headset.