At last year’s D23 Expo in September Jay Rasulo (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman at the time) announced that Star Tours would be shutting down in October of 2010 so that work could begin on a new Star Tours attraction.  The new Star Tours will have scenes  from new worlds (like a pod race sequence on Tatooine) and will be in 3D.

Disney officials have decided they need more time to get the attraction ready so Star Tours will now close about 3 months earlier than originally planned on July 27th

Star Tours will be closed for nearly a year while construction crews and Disney Imagineers prepare an all new Star Tours experience for park visitors.

This will only affect the Disneyland Star Tours.  The “Last Tour to Endor” event in connection with Star Wars Celebration V at Walt Disney World’s  Hollywood Studios will still take place as planned.