On a panel during the Star Wars Galactic Nights after-hours, hard-ticket event, Imagineers talked about what's coming in the new Star Wars lands, which will debut in 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland in California. Much of the focus was on the Millennium Falcon ride, on which visitors will be able to take control of Han Solo's iconic spaceship.
Disney has recreated the hallway on the ship, as well as the cockpit, which visitors will be able to enter on the ride. The Orange County Register revealed last month that the Falcon ride will feature multiple turntable rooms, each of which will be a Falcon interior, boosting the capacity of the ride over the what would be a very low-throughput attraction with only a single spaceship available to fly for each group of visitors that comes through the ride. Here's the inside of the attraction, now under construction.
Disney's team said tonight that the Millennium Falcon ride will feature multiple missions for visitors to complete as they fly the Falcon, so each ride will be different. Trowbridge earlier said that visitors' performance on those tasks in the Millennium Falcon ride will be tracked and may influence how characters elsewhere in the land react to you. It's relatively easy to see how Disney might pull this off in Florida, where Disney is using visitors' MagicBand wristbands to facilitate interactive experiences on attractions. But Disney doesn't use MagicBands in California (at least, not yet), so it remains to be seen how Disney will pull off this interactivity on the west coast.
The Millennium Falcon won't be the only iconic spaceships on display in Galaxy's Edge, which is set on the new planet of Batuu in the Star Wars canon. Imagineers are building full-size X-wing fighters for the land, Trowbridge said.
Disney also is testing blue and green "milk" beverages that will be offered for sale in Galaxy's Edge. And Chris Beatty from WDI said that the design team traveled to marketplaces in Istanbul and Marrakech for inspiration in creating the marketplace of shops that visitors will find on Batuu.
The marketplace will sell in-universe toys and other souvenirs, rather than the Disney collectibles and souvenirs one finds in other retail locations throughout the parks.
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