James is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of "Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs".

Posts tagged with ‘Star Wars’

Starspeeder Space Hangar on Flickr.Tomorrowland
Tokyo Disneyland
This week: The Tokyo of Tomorrow(land)
As I’ve mentioned before, Star Tours is a big feature of Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Opened 1989, I’m assuming the design was finalized when the then-new Star Tours was at the height of its popularity in California and the Tokyo design was adjusted to treat this as a huge E-ticket with space for the accompanying crowds. While the Tokyo version of the ride itself is identical to the other versions, everything else about it just seems to have a grander scope, beyond the usual Tokyo-plussing. For example, the queue features an additional room before the familiar C3PO-droid room-loading room set-up: the huge hangar area pictured here. While only a single room, it has a scale and grandeur not showcased in other versions of this attraction, really helping to drive home that you are in some sort of space hangar. The queue also features many more random droids and animtronic figures, feeling more lively and “lived-in” than any other version I’ve been to.
When I was visiting, Tokyo’s Star Tours was still operating as the original version and not the revamped version that recently opened in California and Florida. It was cool to see the original one last time and to hear Rex speaking Japanese. Tokyo Disneyland is currently in the process of converting the ride to the newer version.
I know this gets said fairly often about Tokyo’s attractions, but it’s especially true here: Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours is the definitive version of the attraction, without question. It will never impress or delight you more than it will in Tokyo.
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Starspeeder Space Hangar on Flickr.

Tomorrowland
Tokyo Disneyland


This week: The Tokyo of Tomorrow(land)

As I’ve mentioned before, Star Tours is a big feature of Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Opened 1989, I’m assuming the design was finalized when the then-new Star Tours was at the height of its popularity in California and the Tokyo design was adjusted to treat this as a huge E-ticket with space for the accompanying crowds. While the Tokyo version of the ride itself is identical to the other versions, everything else about it just seems to have a grander scope, beyond the usual Tokyo-plussing. For example, the queue features an additional room before the familiar C3PO-droid room-loading room set-up: the huge hangar area pictured here. While only a single room, it has a scale and grandeur not showcased in other versions of this attraction, really helping to drive home that you are in some sort of space hangar. The queue also features many more random droids and animtronic figures, feeling more lively and “lived-in” than any other version I’ve been to.

When I was visiting, Tokyo’s Star Tours was still operating as the original version and not the revamped version that recently opened in California and Florida. It was cool to see the original one last time and to hear Rex speaking Japanese. Tokyo Disneyland is currently in the process of converting the ride to the newer version.

I know this gets said fairly often about Tokyo’s attractions, but it’s especially true here: Tokyo Disneyland’s Star Tours is the definitive version of the attraction, without question. It will never impress or delight you more than it will in Tokyo.

Twitter: photojames
Instagram: jdhilger

Star Tours Hangar on Flickr.Tomorrowland
Tokyo Disneyland
Tomorrowland has a unique feel in Tokyo Disneyland. It feels a lot like a 1980s Tomorrowland that was never refurbed but instead just constantly plussed. None of the neon alley feel of the Magic Kingdom nor the failed retro future of Disneyland in Anaheim. Tomorrowland in Tokyo is also a lot more vertical, often placing you on the 2nd story of buildings, which is something not seen as much in the American parks.

Star Tours Hangar on Flickr.

Tomorrowland
Tokyo Disneyland


Tomorrowland has a unique feel in Tokyo Disneyland. It feels a lot like a 1980s Tomorrowland that was never refurbed but instead just constantly plussed. None of the neon alley feel of the Magic Kingdom nor the failed retro future of Disneyland in Anaheim. Tomorrowland in Tokyo is also a lot more vertical, often placing you on the 2nd story of buildings, which is something not seen as much in the American parks.

Emperor Josh on Flickr.San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego, CA
This is Josh: friend, fellow doctor, and newly appointed Galactic Emperor.

Emperor Josh on Flickr.

San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego, CA


This is Josh: friend, fellow doctor, and newly appointed Galactic Emperor.

Out With the Old… on Flickr.(Old) Star Tours Exterior
Disneyland
Anaheim, CA

Out With the Old… on Flickr.

(Old) Star Tours Exterior
Disneyland
Anaheim, CA

Tatooine
"Well, if there’s a bright center of the universe, you’re on the planet that is farthest from."

Tatooine

"Well, if there’s a bright center of the universe, you’re on the planet that is farthest from."

nerdology:

bryanwashere:

Irvin Kershner the director of the greatest Star Wars movie of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, is dead at the age of 87.
May the force be with him…

I like to think he just faded away.

nerdology:

bryanwashere:

Irvin Kershner the director of the greatest Star Wars movie of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, is dead at the age of 87.

May the force be with him…

I like to think he just faded away.

Yub Nub!

Star wars opening done completely in CSS/HTML →

(Only works in Safari for Snow Leopard or the iPhone.)

Impressive: the text is even selectable as it goes. This progression of HTML will start pushing Flash away from web sites, making it mostly for games, methinks.

Star Wars burlesque. March 16. Bordello in LA. Get on it.

Star Wars burlesque. March 16. Bordello in LA. Get on it.

The Adidas Star Wars 2010 sneaker line. Brilliant. Some of these are just too gimmicky, but a surprising amount are subtle enough to be completely wearable without feeling like it’s Halloween. I know which ones I like but I’m not telling. My taste doesn’t typically involve the whole “sneaker-scene”, so the fact that I’m on board should say something.

They really should have got these out in time for Christmas: they would have made a mint.

tfail:

“Fuck Wars” - Jabson Rodrigues
Heyo!

Speechless.

tfail:

“Fuck Wars” - Jabson Rodrigues

Heyo!

Speechless.