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Labor Day brings the closing of several theme park rides and shows

By Robert Niles
Published: September 6, 2010 at 11:04 AM
Plenty of theme park attractions will be closing at the end of today's Labor Day holiday, so go get your last rides in today, if you are so inclined.

The most closures will happen at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, where the Maliboomer will make its last blast off today. Pizza Oom Mow Mow, S.S. Rustworthy and the Bountiful Valley Farmers Market also will close today, as Disney continues its billion-dollar-plus make-over of Disneyland's younger sibling.

In Central Florida, Katonga will be making its final show at Busch Gardens Tampa, to clear the way for the upcoming Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy show. And Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios is slated to close with a special sold-out D23 fan club event tomorrow, making today your possible last chance to experience the original version of Disney's Star Wars ride in the United States. (The Disneyland version closed in July.)

Please pay your last respects to these attractions in the comments. (Or get in your last shot if you weren't a fan.)

Readers' Opinions

From Will Chilcote on September 6, 2010 at 12:16 PM
WOOT!!! A closing of Star Tours means Star Tours 2.0 is coming soon!!! I can't wait.
From Anthony J on September 6, 2010 at 2:20 PM
Good riddance to all.
From 67.224.211.200 on September 6, 2010 at 3:32 PM
Not really a big fan of Star Tours in it's current state. Queue is good and i love the look from outside. But I'm a Star Wars fan, so I hope 2.0 will be great. Hope they don't mess this up...

-Francisco-

From Tyler Bell on September 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM
R.I.P Star Tours
From 84.56.106.182 on September 6, 2010 at 6:39 PM
The film and the themeing were great at Startours. Was the first simulator ride i ever saw as a 12 year old kid. Only the better imax simulators can top Startours.
From Anthony Murphy on September 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM
I actually like the Mailboomer and I am suprised they are not keeping it!

Many local parks are also closing during the week since many start school tomorrow!

From Rob P on September 7, 2010 at 12:19 AM
"To infinity and beyond" as Mr Lightyear might describe the passing of Star Tours.
It had it's moment in the sun and now it has to be retired due to old age and space fatigue. This once state-of-the-art simulator ride is going to that great galaxy in the sky. A sort of " attraction heaven" where the former glories can be relived eternally.
Anyway.........putting all that mush to one side..........Star Tours had , regrettably, outlived it's brief to thrill and entertain and was looking worn and tired. I , like many others out there, will mourn it's passing, sentimental souls that we are, but will also eagerly look forward to the updated incarnation.
This is "Au Revoir" and not " Goodbye".
From Joe Brown on September 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM
We are going to WDW in November and my 9YO is really ticked that Star Tours is closed. He actually said last week that he doesn't want to go now becasue of no Star Tours.
From 65.47.250.230 on September 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM
I'm sad that the Orignial Star Tours is closed, but I'm looking forward to the 2.0 version. We've made Star Tours a regular stop every time we go to DL. In fact my dad's company supplied some of the material for the themeing in the building so I've always felt a little tiny bit of connection with the attraction. the farmer's market at DCA waas also a regular stop when it was open to get some fruit or drinks. Since I'm involved in the agriculture industry I'm kind of sad to see that area go if only for the missed educational benefit for the city kids.
From 24.95.249.187 on September 7, 2010 at 1:37 PM
We rode the Maliboomer yesterday on its last day. The wait was over 20 minutes. They had only one tower operating; they had already dismantled most of the seats on the other two towers.

Today walls were supposed to go up all over DCA: the front entrance, portions of Paradise Pier, and over near Flik's Fun Fair to start demolition for the Cars Land entrance. We left last night so can't confirm how much went up today.

From Michael Grebo on September 9, 2010 at 1:06 AM
Im going to go off the path a little here and say old town in florida, it is a great place to unwind in a different way after a day at the regular orlando parks. You can grab a beer, do some karaoke, ride a ride and then walk through a haunted house. Is it the best place in the world no, but since you will most likely be traveling to disney anyway you might as well give this spot a shot. Also from what I remember the flying ride was the highest in the country, it is insane. This spot is what paradise island used to be but better in my opinion.

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