The following is a report of the Last Tour to Endor party hosted by Lucasfilm and Walt Disney world in conjunction with Star Wars Celebration V. Information was reported by EUCantina staff from the event, via Twitter or email.
The Last Tour to Endor event began at 8:00 PM on Saturday, August 14th. There was a whole range of stuff to do: Star Tours, performances, dances, and much more. In addition to the Star Wars-themed events, Disney World opened select rides for the five-hour event.
Star Tours: Fans were able to experience Star Tours for one final time before the ride shuts down. While it doesn’t officially close until mid-September, the Last Tour to Endor event was essentially the going away party. All six bays were open, and while there were hundreds if not thousands of people there, the wait was usually around 5-10 minutes. While the ride was supposed to shut down at 12:50 AM, the staff kept it open for people who’d attended Indiana Jones and the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom. EUCantina’s staff were lucky enough to secure a seat on the final ride to Endor. Everyone was excited, including the Star Tours staff who joined the people on the final flight. It was almost impossible to hear the ride over the cheering and laughing. When it was over, the staff congratulted those aboard and we excited the ride… forever.
Indiana Jones and the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A mash-up of famous franchises, this performance showcased famous scenes from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Each scene contained a mix of characters from both films, as well as special effects and comedic dialog. The Maker himself, George Lucas, was on hand to view the second of three showings. Other celebrities like Dave Filoni, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, the cast of The Clone Wars, and more were seated in the VIP section during various showings. For the third performance, which EUCantina attended, James Arnold Taylor and Tom Kane were pulled from the crowd (obviously not at random) to assist with the show. The so-called “fan film” was capped with a surprise appearance by Luke Sywalker himself, Mark Hamill. In the end, it definitely made up for the 90-minute wait in the heat and humidity.
Tatooine Traders: The Star Tours store was open for business, letting fans purchase Star Wars collectibles of all sorts. Including an exclusive Last Tour to Endor t-shirt and Star Speeder 2000 vehicle. Sadly, the line for the store was very long and they sold out fast.
Everything Else: Other events at the Last Ride to Endor included a spectacular midnight fireworks show (missed by those at the third performance of Indiana Jones and the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom), the Star Wars dance performance Hyperspace Hoopla, dancing area, and miscellaneous fan-favorite Disney World rides.
The Last Tour to Endor was a fitting send-off for Star Tours.