More Details about ‘Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run’ in Disneyland Revealed

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The famous “chess room” is one of several areas Disney guests will discover inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before taking the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy. (Photo by Joshua Sudock, Disney Parks)

When Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31 in Disneyland, park guests will be able to live out a childhood fantasy — to be able to pilot the iconic Millennium Falcon.

Now more details are surfacing about what guests can expect when the highly anticipated attraction opens next month.

The OC Register had the opportunity to interview Mark Diwas, a Disneyland employee who is part of the “test-and-adjust team” working with Imagineering.

“It feels very real with all the show lighting on and all the sound effects and background music,” Diwas said. “This has been a dream of many Star Wars fans for over 40 years now. People have been wanting to fly the Millennium Falcon for that long. People are going to be so amazed and in love with what they are going to be able to do.”

The most exciting part, according to Diwas, will be when guests can make the jump to hyperspace.

The biggest thrill of the journey: The pilots will get to make the jump to hyperspace by pulling back on the Falcon’s throttle lever.

“Wait until you do it for real,” Diwas said with a smile.

During Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago, it was revealed that guests leaving the attraction would see damage to the Falcon’s corridors based on how well they piloted the ship.

From Slashfilm

But the remarkable part of the experience is that once the ride is over, the story continues. Kalama describes how your path out of the cockpit through the “iconic hallway” will look different based on how you fly. “If you had a clean run, it’s going to be pristine in pristine condition. If you banged into everything that there is to bang into, lights are going to be broken, sparks will be flying, you’re going to hear coms about the damage you’ve done.”

Two different routes have been made based on the quality of flight, as can be seen by the graph below. And more so than walking through a damaged hallway, guests who fly badly will face the wrath of Hondo Onaka, who is a “phenomenal boss but he doesn’t take too kindly to people bringing back his ship in rough shape.”

Below is the graph they were talking about. (But according to insiders on WDW Magic, they are incorrect.)

Fans will have to wait until May 31 (Disneyland) and August 29 (Walt Disney World) to experience Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run for themselves.


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