Admiral Ackbar‘s status in the Star Wars universe has risen from cult character to corporate spokesman. Witness the above promo for the newly revamped Star Tours 3D ride at Disneyland, opening today. The fishy-looking admiral is the star of the spot, with Darth Vader as kind of his sidekick. Darth Vader: Admiral Ackbar’s Sidekick. I’m trying to comprehend the crazy awesome ridiculousness of that, but I don’t think I have enough midichlorians.
The new prequel to the original Star Tours has 52 different simulations, and many of them are not prequels-based. In the second video, you see some of the possible outcomes, like ending up face-to-ship with Vader. That opportunity is worth a little motion sickness, methinks. Of course, if I waited for 2 hours to ride it and ended up in Naboo, I’d be pretty pissed.
This ride takes place between Episode III and IV, with C3p0 taking over piloting duties for the Paul Reubens voiced REX, but don’t fear Disney nerds. You can visit with the bumbling bot in “Droid Customs” before the ride, getting used to his programming for the first time, I assume. (io9)