The excitement has been building for Galaxy’s Edge, the new Star Wars themed land at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. We have been promised an immersive land featuring heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away. There will be two new rides as well as entertainment and dining. One ride will be a dark ride featuring the New Order and the second is a Millennium Falcon ride.
In typical Disney fashion details are kind of sparse but some were included in a the Target exclusive release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Let’s take a look and see what we learned.
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The Back Story of the Millennium Falcon Ride
Hondo. a Weequay pirate from the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels is looking for someone to carry out a mission. As you might expect that mission is bringing back some loot. Along the way you can expect some trouble, of course. There will be hazards to navigate around and some interference from Tie Fighters.
What can you do on the Millennium Falcon Ride
Asa Kalama, the executive creative director of the Millennium Falcon Attraction, had this to say:
“You’re truly in control of the fastest and most iconic ship in the entire galaxy. And Hondo, he’s gone ahead and added a couple extra seats so he can get as many of those flight crews through as possible. There are 200 some odd buttons, knobs and switches on the inside of the cockpit and they all do stuff. If you’re the gunners in the center there and you don’t fire back on those TIE Fighters fast enough they’re going to riddle the hull with laser bolts, the engineers in back, it’s really up to them to keep the whole Falcon in working order so they’re back there furiously working away at their various systems.
If you bring back all the loot and there’s not a scratch on the ship and Hondo is really happy when you bring it back, you might find yourself with some extra Galactic Credits in your account, but do a poor job, you lose the cargo, you smash up the ship, you might come back owing more money than you started with, the bossman might not be too happy and when you roll across to the local cantina the bartender might lean over and say ‘hey, word on the street is your name’s been put on the list of a local bounty hunter, I’d watch out if I were you’ so how well you do on this mission really does have an impact on your overall, land-wide story.”
How will the Millennium Falcon ride work?
The new ride will have seven pods which will hold six guests. There will be hundreds of buttons to push each will affect the outcome of the mission.
Guests will have the ability to fire weapons, make repairs and fly the ship. The pilot has total control of the ship’s direction of travel. This is a vast improvement over the supposed controls on Mission: Space.
How will the Millennium Falcon ride affect the rest of my experience?
How you do on the mission will evidently affect your experience on Batuu (the planet that Galaxy’s Edge represents.) I am guessing that your score, for lack of a better word, is tied to your My Disney Experience account through your Magic Band. Exactly what difference it will make is still unknown.
Because your score affects the rest of your experience this ride will be one to do over and over (as if we would need a reason.)
Questions we still have about the Millennium Falcon Ride
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about ride.
In the preview of Galaxy’s Edge below you can clearly see the Millennium Falcon parked outside of any show buildings. One would assume that you would just walk up the loading ramp and into the adventure but that leaves some real questions.
For example, there is no queue line. Dreamers may think they will just walk up and get on board but even Disney is not that magical. So how will Disney handle loading and unloading? My guess is that guests enter a show building and then a different Falcon.
There are six seats on the ride. Not everyone can pilot the ship (arguably the most desirable job) so who gets the dream job? Can I request the pilot’s chair? Or is it random.
Speaking of six seats (and the seven pods mentioned above) that raises some very important questions. If only 42 guests (six seats times seven pods) can ride the attraction at any given time how long will the ride be?
If the ride is two minutes long (which would be very disappointing) and it takes a minute to load and unload (which would be a miracle) you are looking at a four minute turn over time. That means a ride capacity of 620 guests per hour. By comparison Peter Pan’s Flight has an hourly capacity of 800. So we have long wait times to look forward to unless there is something we do not know yet.
When does Galaxy’s Edge open?
Disney has not released any exact dates. Galaxy’s Edge opens in summer of 2019 at Disneyland and late fall at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
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