You’re putting star tours on a pedestal it honestly never was.The ride had R2D2 and C3P0. It did not have "many characters from the series". Batuu also has many references to the original trilogy, and has Chewie.
Don't get me wrong - I love Star Tours - but the same complaints that can be said about Batuu can be said about Star Wars, with maybe the exception of the music. Sub in Chewie for C3P0, and you have basically the same character representation of characters from the original trilogy - more on Batuu actually, as you have Yoda playing a large role in Savi's.
The fact they took Star Wars and put it in a simple motion simulator was a punt by George and Disney from the start.
So if the bar is there...what are we even saying?