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Disneyland's revamped Star Tours thrills fans

May 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fans lined up by the thousands early Friday morning to get a sneak preview of the revamped Star Tours ride, and they said the popular attraction was well worth the wait.

Two thousand lucky fans, some lining up as early as 3 a.m., were treated with a Star Wars-themed band and photo-opportunity booths along the line.

The ride has been in operation since the 1980s, and while still wildly popular, it was due for a makeover. The ride was renovated with some new fan-pleasing features.

The revamped ride includes new destinations, new storylines and new characters. The biggest change - Star Wars aficionados can enjoy all of this in high definition 3-D.

"It was fantastic. It was well worth the wait. We were here this morning at about 3:45 and it was a good time," said fan Matt Mellon.

The storyline is said to change with every ride, offering fans unique scenarios.

"It's 100 percent better. There's things flying at you with the 3-D. It's something special," said fan Tony Reger.

The ride does not officially open to the general public until June 3.

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