Early this morning, Disney revealed more details on the exciting attractions coming to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge later this year at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The new land will feature two star attractions; one placing guests inside the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and the second right in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
“Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a level of guest participation in a ride that we haven’t done,” says Robin Reardon, portfolio executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “When you step into that cockpit as the only flight crew of the only Millennium Falcon for the day that’s going on that mission, that’s a pretty amazing leap in terms of storytelling from the very beginning. And the payoff and participatory nature of the experience are, so far, unparalleled.”
Judging by some of these photographs, it appears that after entering the attraction of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, you'll step aboard the ship and see the famous chess-room perhaps in the pre-show area. Once on board, Disney has stated that the attraction will feature a different mission each time you ride. The cockpit will seat up to 6 guests, and you'll actually get to take control of the famous spaceship. That's to say this could be a much more sophisticated experience than other space travel rides such as Mission: Space where pressing buttons don't really effect the outcome of the experience.
Imagineers have previously stated that how well you fly the Falcon will actually be noted somehow to you personally. Perhaps by the use of MagicBands, you may develop a reputation of being an ace pilot and actors within the land may try and recruit you for another mission. Or if you crash the Falcon, a Bounty Hunter may come looking for you while touring the rest of Black Spire Outpost. This isn't some marketing blurb, somehow interactions with live actors will seamlessly integrate into your individual experience.
The land's second attraction, Rise of the Resistance, will place guests in the middle of an epic space battle aboard one of the First Order's Starships. Disney has claimed this is, 'one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.' At a previous D23 event, it was confirmed that this attraction will feature a trackless ride system. Similar to the ones used at Pooh's Hunny Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. If you haven't been lucky enough to experience these attractions, you're in for a real treat. These free-moving ride vehicles can travel around an open room offering unique views and perspectives of set pieces. And in this case, when you try and doge two giant AT-AT walkers that will be a thrilling experience.
These ride vehicles will be piloted by some sort of droid and you'll pass through intimate corridors before entering a large hangar bay with hundreds of Stormtroopers. The climax of this whole experience will be when you come face to face with Kylo Ren (It sounds like Adam Driver himself participating in shooting scenes for this attraction). It is unclear how much of this attraction will feature screens and physical animatronics, but Disney promises that this will be, "...more than just a ride. It’s a cinematic immersive experience.”
Today we also get an interesting look at costumes that Cast Members will wear around the land, including various Resistance costumes, First Order uniforms and villager costumes for the inhabitants of the nearby marketplace.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge promises to be an epic addition to Disney Parks that will no doubt brings hundreds if not thousands of Star Wars fans to Orlando and Anaheim. Are you planning to visit Black Spire Outpost later this year?