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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge –
Guide to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is an
anchor attraction inside the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening
today, May 31, 2019, at Disneyland Park in California and Aug. 29, 2019, at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.* It combines immersive
storytelling with interactive gameplay to make guests the
protagonists of their own Star Wars adventures in a way never before
undertaken by Disney Parks.
Lovingly described at various times as a “piece of junk” or “bucket
of bolts,” the Millennium Falcon is the most famous of all Star Wars
starships. On Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests 38 inches or
taller climb aboard the Falcon in all her ramshackle glory and
settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the
galaxy.” They could just discover the ship has a few surprises left
in her, because the Millennium Falcon may not look like much, but
she’s got it where it counts.
Following the events of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Chewbacca
brought the Falcon to Black Spire Outpost for repairs at this
spaceport on the edge of the galaxy. In exchange for some
much-needed replacement parts, Chewie is loaning the Falcon to Hondo
Ohnaka, a smuggler who is now making good use of the ship that made
the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. It is at this point guests
enter the story of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Who Is Hondo Ohnaka and What Does He Want?
- A fan-favorite miscreant from
the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” animated
television series, Hondo is a Weequay pirate always looking for
the next big score.
- Hondo is running a “legitimate
business” out of the spaceport, called Ohnaka Transport
Solutions. When guests meet Hondo in Millennium Falcon:
Smugglers Run, he tells them he has more cargo than he can
handle and needs extra flight crews to make some runs for him –
especially crews that won’t ask too many questions about the
cargo or how Hondo acquired it!
Step Aboard the Falcon
- When guests accept Hondo’s
offer, they enter the Falcon via an access hatch on the ship’s
starboard airlock. Once aboard, they spend some time in the
ship’s main hold and lounge, where they can sit at the famous
Dejarik (chess) table or poke around at other equipment in the
Three Roles to Play – One Goal
- When it’s time for the mission
to begin, guests strap themselves into the Falcon cockpit in
groups of six. Each person is assigned one of three critical
roles to complete their mission, and guests know it’s their turn
to act when buttons light up in the cockpit:
- Pilots (2) – Work together
to steer the ship – the left pilot controls horizontal
motion, the right pilot controls vertical motion – avoiding
obstacles that could cause damage
- Gunners (2) – Use blasters
and missiles to defend the Falcon and its precious cargo
(switching to manual targeting creates an even greater
- Flight Engineers (2) – Keep
the Falcon from falling apart on its mission by managing the
ship’s systems, repairing any damage the ship encounters and
take control of the “special modifications” Hondo installed
for these unusual missions
- Industrial Light & Magic (the
visual effects division of Lucasfilm) collaborated with Walt
Disney Imagineering to create the gaming platform and
interactive media for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
- Guests begin their adventure by
powering up the Falcon and making the jump to lightspeed. From
there, Hondo Ohnaka (with occasional input from Chewbacca) helps
guide guests along their mission.
- If the Falcon sustains damage –
such as smashing into obstacles or taking enemy fire – and is
not properly repaired, the ship’s handling is affected.
- At the end of the mission, Hondo
informs guests how well they accomplished their objectives.
Authenticity in the Details
- Walt Disney Imagineers worked
with Lucasfilm to ensure authenticity in every detail of the
Millennium Falcon – down to the hoses, pipes, switches and even
the stickers on the exterior hull. Imagineers visited Pinewood
Studios in the United Kingdom to study Falcon film sets and
pored over archival Lucasfilm photographs of the ship.
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
marks the first time Hondo Ohnaka has been seen in any form
other than an animated on-screen character. Walt Disney
Imagineering consulted Hondo’s creator, Dave Filoni, in
designing the smuggler’s physical look, ensuring the essence of
his character was authentically captured in his
Audio-Animatronics figure inside the attraction.
- Over time, the Millennium Falcon
has undergone many modifications. For this mission, Hondo
altered the control sticks for the pilot and co-pilot and
supplemented the Falcon’s arsenal with a harpoon, among other
- If guests’ mission aboard the
Falcon doesn’t go quite as well as planned, the ship’s hallways
will show damage as they leave the attraction.
*Reservations required to visit Star
Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from May 31 to June 23 at Disneyland Park in
California. Theme parks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its
experiences are subject to capacity.
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