Soon Star Wars fans of all ages will be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon as part of Disney Parks' latest attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. For 40 years, many a Star Wars fan has dreamed of flying through a galaxy far, far away at the controls of the Millennium Falcon, with a noble Wookiee companion at their side.
Now, that dream is very close to becoming a reality, at least within the confines of what can be accomplished with technology on 21st century Earth. Disney Parks recently unveiled a first look at their Millennium Falcon attraction and now new details have been revealed of what exactly fans can expect from the adventure at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
A recent post on the Disney Parks Blog revealed a stunning detail about the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park. Namely that one of the new attractions will allow aspiring smugglers everywhere to go inside The Millennium Falcon and take it for a spin! The news came from Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive with Walt Disney Imagineering. Trowbridge spoke of a recent meeting with fellow Imagineers Robin Reardon and Chris Beatty as well as Doug Chiang from Lucasfilm.
"We talked a lot about authenticity – how we are building a real place in the Star Wars universe and how we are working hard to get the details right. One of my favorite examples is the Millennium Falcon. We’ve all seen her on screen, but until you climb through that hatch, walk through her hallways, sit inside the cockpit, power her up and actually FLY her yourself, it’s not quite the same."
Trowbridge also highlighted other upcoming attractions besides the Millennium Falcon. Among these were a life-size fleet of X-Wing Fighters and an open air-market inspired by the avenues of Tatooine. One of the shops will be a toy store run by a Toydarian, selling classical hand-made artisanal toys which will only be available at this unique store.
First announced in July 2017, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge may be the most highly anticipated amusement park currently in development. Ground was recently broken on the 14 acre complex, which will be located at Walt Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California.
Depicting a remote galactic outpost, the new Galaxy's Edge land is but one of several new attractions planned for Walt Disney's California resort. The expanded park will also include a Toy Story Land (due to open in 2018) and Pandora: The World Of Avatar, which is based on the film by James Cameron and due to open in 2019.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be open to the public sometime in 2019.
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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