#DisneyMagicMoments: Strap Yourselves In for a ‘Ride & Learn’ Aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Jeremy Schoolfield

One of my favorite scenes of any Star Wars film is
when Han Solo takes the Millennium Falcon into the asteroid field in
“The Empire Strikes Back” (celebrating its 40th anniversary this
year, by the way). As a kid, I’d watch the Falcon gracefully dodge those
asteroids – avoiding TIE fighters at the same time – and dream of being
onboard the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”

That dream came true last year with the debut of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. In this groundbreaking attraction, you walk those iconic curved hallways and then strap into the cockpit to take control of the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

I must’ve had some galactic dust in my eye the first time I entered
the Falcon – I’m sure that’s why my vision went all watery and
blurry for a moment, right? Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is an
amazing, immersive attraction that gives you a Star Wars experience like
never before. That’s why I’m so thrilled to share this latest video in our
“Ride & Learn” series, so you can take a virtual trip on this “bucket of
bolts” and discover some fun facts about the attraction along the way. Check it
out!

Still want to know more? Of course you do! Here are a few extra
fun facts about Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run:

  • The Millennium Falcon, docked in the
    Black Spire Outpost spaceport inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, measures
    more than 100 feet long.
  • Hondo Ohnaka, who leads you on your journey, is
    a fan-favorite miscreant from the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars:
    Rebels” animated television series. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
    marks the first time he’s been seen in any form other than an animated
    on-screen character.
  • You enter the Falcon through an access
    hatch on its port side. As you explore the ship’s main hold, you may spot all
    sorts of iconic Star Wars items, including the helmet and remote Luke
    Skywalker used in his first lightsaber training! Keep an eye out for some Porg
    nests, too …
  • Industrial Light & Magic (the visual
    effects division of Lucasfilm) collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering to
    create the gaming platform and interactive media for the attraction.
  • 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 and its hallways
    will show damage after you land.
  • 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 Star
    Wars
    film productions in the United Kingdom to study Falcon sets and pored over archival Lucasfilm photographs of the
    ship.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this flight aboard the Millennium Falcon and maybe learned a little something along the way. Keep checking back with us here on the Disney Parks Blog for more #DisneyMagicMoments!

Michele Atwood
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