When Star Tours first opened, Walt Disney Imagineering touted its ability to re-program the attraction as a major selling point. For 22 years, however, guests embarked on the same journey to Endor. In 2011, however, the company finally re-launched the attraction with a variable ride engine with over 40 different possibilities.
With the release of the new Star Wars sequel, new locations and adventures have been added to the ride, just four years after its initial release.
The negotiations between The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm for the updated Star Tours sparked further discussions about possibly making a deal that would result in Lucasfilm getting acquired by Disney. In 2012, the formal deal was announced. The world of Star Wars and Indiana Jones would officially become part of The Walt Disney Company.