AT D23 EXPO 2017, DISNEY PARKS CHAIRMAN BOB CHAPEK ANNOUNCES NEW DETAILS OF ATTRACTIONS PLANNED FOR STAR WARS: GALAXYÕS EDGE -- Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek shared new details and a glimpse inside the two attractions planed for Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge coming to both Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. in 2019.
New Details Released for the Millennium Falcon Ride Coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
A 13-minute bonus feature in the Target-exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray has given us more details on the upcoming Millennium Falcon attraction.
According to the video, the ride will be able to accomidate 42 guests at a time in seven pods that seat six each. As we’ve long speculated, riders will be able to interact with the environment and the pods will be able to rotate 360 degrees.
Here’s what Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director of the attraction had 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.”
As for the story of the ride, you are sent on a mission by Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate from Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, to “bring back all of the loot”.
Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge had this to say about the story:
“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.”
Riders will also be able to explore the main room aboard the Millennium Falcon. Here, riders will be fully immersed in the space thanks to interactive tangible objects.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019 at both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.