Little detail has been released on the specifics of the two attractions being featured in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Although we have watched impatiently as construction continues, many have begun to speculate as to what the rides will actually be like. Today we have possible details on how the Millennium Falcon attraction will operate.
But first, let’s go over what we do know about this attraction. Disney has stated that this attraction lets guests take the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission. They will the opportunity to pilot the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace.
From Disney, “how you perform on the mission holds even bigger stakes: perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina.” This makes us believe that somehow guest’s MagicBands will keep track of your performance and characters wandering through Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will interact with you based on that information.
Above is an aerial shot from @bioreconstruct of the Millennium Falcon attraction at Hollywood Studios. You can see two circles have already been completed with two more being constructed on the right side of the photo. Click here for more aerial photos of the construction progress
A close up of the two more completed circles. Many have speculated that this will be a similar set up to what Mission: Space is, which is a centrifugal motion simulator. Basically it’s a multiple-arm centrifuge that exposes riders to forces up to 2.5Gs (when choosing the more extreme Orange Mission).
Another potential possibility is that Disney is using the Omnitable ride system patented a few years ago. Let’s take a look at the patent images for a better understanding:
The Omnitable Ride System would be quite the opposite of the Mission: Space format as it would be a slowly rotating experience around the turntable. The idea would be that guests would be loaded into pods equipped with simulator screens.
The simulator pods are attached to arms that could raise and lower the guests to enhance the experience but also to enable the load/unload process.
The above image gives a good visual on how this would be a continuous loading attraction. The outer loop would be the for experiencing the attraction and the inner loop would be for loading/unloading. Think of how Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom loads and unloads and that should help you picture it.
So what do you think, pretty cool right? Once again, this ride system has not been confirmed by Disney yet but it looks extremely likely. Stay tuned to Chip and Company for more details as we get them!
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