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We've only just had our first look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi thanks to the first trailer, but that doesn't mean Disney doesn't already have bigger plans for the worlds that we will be visiting in the new film. We know that much of the action in The Last Jedi will surround a new planet called Crait. Now, Star Wars fans will be able to get a closer look at the new location later this year, as the planet is being added as a potential destination on the Star Tours ride at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Both Disney Parks are currently undergoing their largest expansion in history as a dedicated Star Wars Land is under construction at both Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland in California. However, you won't need to wait until 2019 when the new parks open to get your first taste of brand new Star Wars material. According to iO9, It was announced at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this weekend that the planet Crait, seen in the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, will become part of Star Tours later this year. The exact time that the addition will be made was not announced, but it will likely be near the end of the year to coincide with the release of the new film. Disneyland has been running a promotion called Season of The Force for the last couple of holiday seasons. If that continues this year then the new segment could very likely be added then, meaning it would arrive at some point in November.
Star Tours was completely redesigned at the beginning of the decade from a ride that took you to a single location, which was supposed to be Endor, to one that randomized each ride. Every ride has four segments to it, and each segment has multiple potential choices, meaning that even if you ride Star Tours multiple times on the same Disney vacation, you're unlikely to get the same experience twice (though I always seem to get the pod racing one every time).
Of course, since we know very little about Crait, beyond the image of several landspeeders dashing across its surface, we have no idea exactly what the ride could end up doing on the planet, though racing alongside those same speeders certainly feels like the sort of thing we could see, unless there's an even more impactful sequence on the planet we haven't seen yet.
Some recent rumors regarding the future plans for Disney Parks have indicated that Star Tours may not survive a future Tomorrowland renovation at Disneyland, with the new Star Wars Land in place, and on the other end of the park, that not too surprising. Still, it will be several years before the ride goes away and it's nice to know that it will continue to receive attention, even if it's on the way out.