Two years ago I launched the Star Tours Pop Quiz to determine a fan’s ultimate version of the Disney parks ride. With 54 possible combinations of tour destinations, every fan will find one (or two or three!) that matches their Star Wars passion.
The previous quiz-takers in the 2012 and 2013 editions included Ashley Eckstein, Cat Taber, and my Fangirls Going Rogue co-host Teresa Delgado. This year, with a big contingent of podcasters heading the the second weekend of Star Wars Weekends, I quizzed a few of them: Jimmy Mac from RebelForce Radio; Aaron Goins, Teresa’s co-host on Star Wars Bookworms; and Sarah Woloski, co-host of Skywalking Through Neverland.
Star Tours Pop Quiz
What’s your favorite trilogy?
3. Do I have to choose?
What’s the Star Wars line you’d most like to say?
1. “It’s a trap!”
2. “You’re my only hope.”
3. “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Pick your favorite Star Wars furry friend:
Pick your side:
Now let’s see what Jimmy Mac, Aaron, and Sarah answered!
The last question determines which of the two scenarios – flee with the Millennium Falcon or face-off with Darth Vader – is your best opener.
Jimmy Mac: Rebel. The name of the podcast kind of gives it away, don’t you think?
Aaron: Easy. Good guys. I fully support the Rebellion and stay as far away from the Dark Side as possible. My Rebel Alliance tattoo says it all.
Sarah: Rebel. I’m inherently drawn to the good side. I am JediTink, after all. Can a Jedi with Pixie Dust be bad?
Not an Imperial to be found this year! For sharp-eyed fans fleeing with the Falcon, be sure not to miss the little glimpse of Han (shooting first, of course) when you stare past the droid’s introduction of the Rebel spy.
For the second phase of the ride, fans hyperspace jump to one of three locations – the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to battle clones on speeder bikes, the desert planet Tatooine for a podrace, or Hoth for some old school snowspeeder action. I used the corresponding animals from those planets to decide which option would fit our quiz-takers.
Jimmy Mac: Wookiee! (said with a roar)
Aaron: What, no Ewok option? I mean you have to go with Wookiee here. What better companion is there than a Wookiee? Plus the others seem like they would be smelly and eat all my food.
Sarah: He’s big, he’s furry, imagine being engulfed in a hug by a Wookiee!
Agreement across the board again, and naturally our quiz-takers let the Wookiee win. The best part of the Kashyyyk version is the riders’ screams when one of the giants gets up close and personal with the Starspeeder. It’s okay for first-timers who jump; we’ve all been there.
Once finished with your adventures on your first-visited planet, one of three Star Wars favorites – Princess Leia, Yoda, or Admiral Ackbar – delivers a secret message to your ship.
Jimmy Mac: “Do or do not. There is no try.” But no option for the Billy Dee quote of the week? Travesty!
Aaron: “Do or do not, there is no try.” Jedi Master Yoda has all the best lines in Empire. I would definitely want to channel his wisdom.
Sarah: “It’s a trap!” – I suppose, since there’s been so many creative ways of portraying this line. Though, I gotta say, I think my fav line is “I happen to like nice men.”
After the four incredible Yoda episodes in season six of The Clone Wars, the message from the little green troll has added meaning this year. But there’s no denying all the Ackbar-related humor we’ve enjoyed over the years, too.
After receiving orders to protect the Rebel spy, C-3PO and R2-D2 send the Starspeeder 1000 back into hyperspace, headed for one of three final destinations. Here’s where I had to take some liberties with the question, because the ride does, too. For Original Trilogy fans, the Geonosis ending is probably the one for you. Although the sequence starts at a Prequel Trilogy planet, you get to duel with Boba Fett’s Slave I, make a run on the Death Star, and conclude with the Rebel fleet. For Prequel Trilogy fans, the Naboo ending fits the bill. This is the one segment that utilizes 3D sight gags; everyone jumping in surprise adds to the fun. Finally, dropping into orbit for the Coruscant ending, the visuals harken back to the epic fleet battles from Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith that should satisfy fans of both trilogies. This Triple Zero ending also pays homage to the original Star Tours ride as it comes to a close.
Jimmy Mac: OT. Big love for Prequels and The Clone Wars, but RebelForce Radio is ready to see Star Wars Rebels bring us back to the classic Original Trilogy feel.
Aaron: As much as I love the Prequels I will have to go with the Originals on this one. Nothing beats the feeling I get when watching Han, Luke, and Leia set out on that amazing adventure.
Sarah: Do I have to choose? – While I love the chemistry between characters in the OT, the PT has its moments. Especially any time Obi-Wan is involved. Plus, I feel the 6 movies together make one incredible story arc.
Once again Jimmy Mac and Aaron differ from Sarah. But you can’t go wrong with any of these endings to the ride!
Let’s recap the Star Tours versions that might fit each of our quiz-takers’ tastes:
Jimmy Mac: Falcon opening – Kashyyyk – Yoda message – Geonosis ending
Aaron: Falcon opening – Kashyyyk – Yoda message – Geonosis ending
Sarah: Falcon opening – Kashyyyk – Ackbar message – Coruscant ending
Thanks to Jimmy Mac, Aaron, and Sarah for playing!
On Twitter, follow them at RebelForce Radio, avgoins, and SkywalkingPod. Aaron’s Star Wars literature podcast is Star Wars Bookworms, and he’s also on the Doctor Who podcast Bad Wolf Radio. Don’t miss Sarah on Skywalking Through Neverland. And Jimmy Mac will be at Star Wars Weekends this year for a special RFR fan meet-up:
Join us this Friday for the first-ever RebelForce Radio Disney Star Wars Listener Meet Up. It happens this Friday May 23rd at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando for week #2 of Star Wars Weekends! At 2:15pm, following the Behind The Force: Star Wars Rebels show featuring Tiya Sircar and hosted by Ashley Eckstein, meet us at The Streets of America near the Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. This will be a casual meet-up for us to say THANKS to you for supporting everything we do here at RFR. We will have Little Debbie treats and exclusive RebelForce Radio Star Wars Weekends magnets to hand out while supplies last. We will hang out for about an hour then everyone is welcome to join us in line for a ride on Star Tours! Be sure to wear your RFR t-shirt! Join Jimmy Mac, Steve Glosson, The Fangirls Going Rogue, and other notable personalities from the Star Wars fan community as we celebrate Star Wars Weekends this Friday May 23rd!.
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