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May 24, 2013

Location: Backlot, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Throughout the years Disney has created some of the most memorable characters for audiences to love. From Mickey Mouse to the Genie to Tiana and Zazu, each character has a distinct personality of their own for fans to fall in love with in their own unique way. The same is true for the Disney parks. Several characters have made their way into the parks for guests to fall in love with all over again. Unlike the Disney films where people can watch their favorite characters over and over again, at times the characters within the parks will have their attraction close down for good, which unfortunately brings an end to their career as well.

Back in 1987, Star Tours debuted in Disneyland as a huge crowd pleaser. Due to its popularity it eventually made a home at Disney-MGM Studios in December of 1989. While the attraction wasn't as advanced as its current form, guests were treated to the lovable rookie pilot, Captain RX-24 or Rex for short (he's sure it's your first flight and it's his too).

Rex, voiced by Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens, took guests on a journey to the moon of Endor. Along the way guests wound up in an asteroid field and joined the Rebel Alliance's attack upon the Death Star. While he did nearly kill every guest aboard, the knuckleheaded droid did eventually return his passengers safely.

When Star Tours went under a major refurb to introduce Star Tours 2.0 many guests began to speculate if Captain Rex would be returning for the new attraction. Then the news came: this attraction would be taking place between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars Saga, which also meant before the original Star Tours attraction. This caused one slight problem: Captain Rex makes it very clear that it is his first flight. This unfortunately meant RX-24 would not be returning to the newly refurbished attraction. So what happened to Captain Rex?

Next time you are in the queue, take a look to your left just after entering the baggage room to see the following image:

Rex from Star tours

Here you can find Captain Rex with a sign which reads, "Defective!" Due to this storyline taking place before the original Star Tours Imagineers decided to incorporate Rex by showing that he had the potential to possibly be our pilot for this trip on Star Tours, but there were still a few things that needed to be worked out so we ended up with ACE.


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