Disney to Close Original Star Wars Rides By September 8

There was a great disturbance in the amusement park force this weekend, as Disney revealed that the closing dates for its 20-year-old Star Tours ride would be July 27 (Disneyland) and September 8 (Walt Disney World).

But don't fret too much, young padawans, as the Star Tours rides are set to be replaced with a much grander, much more modern 3D pod racing version in May 2011.

Still, even though Star Tours was pretty dated, it will be sad to see the original go. Glad I got to experience it once a few years ago before it's gone for good. [Gadling]