As the much anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge tiptoes ever closer, it seems that every week we are learning new details about this incredibly immersive land coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
As recently, it was DSNY Newscast dropping details on the development of the Millennium Falcon ride from the Disney side of things.
But for today, it’s MakingStarWars.net augmenting what we know about the upcoming attraction from the Star Wars universe.
However — on these new notes — Jason Ward warned, “While we love spoilers, not all fans do so let’s not upset anyone that doesn’t want to know these details and potentially ruin the experience for anyone. Be cool!”
So, as we maintain our cool, we also dive right into some of the fun details he outlined:
- The ride will open with Hondo Ohnaka, owner of Hondo Ohnaka’s Transport Solutions sending your crew on a mission to Corellia.
- Before you enter the ride, you will see the Falcon outside. As you go in and have some sort of encounter with Hondo you board the Falcon from underground on Batuu. We assume the idea is that the ship lowered underground to let you board that way.
- Your crew will then blast off and head toward the planet Corellia for one of three randomized missions.
- The Falcon crew will consist of six riders. Each rider will have a specific job on the attraction itself.
Jason also reported three separate mission scenarios:
- Mission Scenario One: Hondo gets you involved in a race on Corellia that he’s sure you can’t lose with the Millennium Falcon.
- Mission Scenario Two: Hondo sends you to the First Order Shipyard on Corellia, possibly on a mission for the Resistance.
- Mission Scenario Three: Your crew will have to steal some piece of cargo but the cargo is guarded by a giant monster similar to The Maw from “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and you’ll have to evade the creature like the mythic heroes stealing the treasure from the sleeping dragon. Spoiler: The dragon wakes up.
There’s plenty more detail to be had in the full article, but I also wanted to have Ward, a true Star Wars guru, explain Hondo Ohnaka’s special role in the Saga:
Hondo’s arc is pretty interesting. When we meet Hondo in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he’s at his prime, pirating, ripping off people and even arming an early form of the rebellion on Onderon. Then when we see him in Star Wars Rebels he’s sort of like Beckett in Solo. He’s past his prime and mostly down on his luck and dressing without the luster of a true pirate captain. By the time of the sequel trilogy, Hondo is running Hondo Ohnaka’s Transport Solutions. It sounds like Hondo may have been rewarded for his good deeds during the dark times. However, for all we know the company is just a front and Hondo is still up to his old mischievous ways.
Meanwhile, there’s word on the “motion” of the Millennium Falcon.
“We’ve heard that there are concerns about motion sickness and they’re [fine-tuning] the hydraulic system (if that’s the correct terminology). A source said the movement is awesome and it makes Star Tours 2 look like the Peter Pan ride,” added Ward. “I would imagine any new ride has to deal with not wanting to make the guests sick. I personally cannot imagine it is as intense as anything at Six Flags Magic Mountain (fun fact: Magic Mountain was the code name of Luke Skywalker’s Ahch-To set from The Force Awakens).
Finally, there’s also word on advertising which could be coming soon, as well, as it seems there’s been work on some advertising for Galaxy’s Edge, as well:
Recently a commercial was filmed for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge centered around “early access” to the land… BB-8 was there with lots of people in “earth clothes” as well as people dressed for Batuu. To me, it sounded like the boarding Star Tours videos where you had a mixture of tourists with Star Wars extras.
I think this is the video that Jason was talking about:
All of this has me even more fired up for 2019. I can’t get enough of this stuff, how about you?