Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

For those who are curious about the NEW ride at Disney, here you go. At this time, Star Wars Land has only ONE ride and WAS it worth the wait?

Hey Fans, this week has been a bit crazy. Between the opening of Galaxy’s Edge and Dorian…life at Disney has been a bit of a roller coaster. The opening week of Star Wars Land wasn’t as crowded as expected and many were able to explore the land in peace, thanks Dorian. I am a bit jelly over this. Of course the big draw to this NEW land was the Millennium Falcon ride and as someone who has ridden it 5X so far, here is what I have to say about Millennium Falcon, Smugglers Run.

Millennium Falcon!!
The Wait:

So I think the biggest worry for this ride, this experience, is the wait and is the wait, as in the line, worth it. Basically how long would you wait for this ride? Many, many people have waited hours and hours before for a ride. This is just not something I understand. Perhaps its because I have kids or have other things to experience, but not sure I could or would wait longer than about 60+ mins for any ride (especially with kids, as a mom). As far as the Falcon goes and with it being NEW…I was willing to wait about 1.5 hours. Luckily I didn’t have too, the most we waited was 60 mins and that was per the kids. They decided after riding it at Rope Drop that 45-60 mins was the most they would wait for this attraction. And I think that’s a good number, especially considering the bathrooms aren’t easy to come by.

The queue:

So to touch on my last point, bathrooms…I want it noted that once you enter the building, the front main entrance to the ride…you are kinda locked in. We didn’t see a cast member again until we were ready to see Hondo (READ On). So if anyone has to use the bathroom, you are stuck; no one to tell, no where to go and really no place to exit. And if you do exit, how will you get back into the line. GO TO THE BATHROOM FIRST, lol!! So the line goes back and forth, in and out of the ride queue, there isn’t much to see when outside, other than the backside of the falcon, which is very cool. But you are weaving in and out until you get inside. Once inside you enter a hanger like area with random droid parts, a staged table of sabacc, pilot lockers, etc. Its on theme and fun to look at. You go back and forth inside this area for a while, climbing higher and higher until you reach another doorway.

Once in this doorway, you are again seeing the backside of the Falcon, but higher up. Being able to see the Falcon so close is amazing. The details and colors will blow your mind. I once had to paint a decent sized model of the Falcon and I remember painting all those areas, those colors, those aged and distressed markings. AMAZING!! After this doorway, you are close. Soon you will finally see a Cast Member at another entrance, this is when you get filed into a room to meet Hondo. He welcomes you, explains the situation, you see Chewie and get a lowdown of the mission. Then you are filtered into another hallway before given your positions. Pilot, Gunner or Engineer. SEE VIDEO…

The Falcon:

Once you have your job and color card, you wait in the center of the Falcon, the same area where Chewie was playing his Cyber Chess Game, Same area where Luke got his first Jedi Training Lessons. Get your camera out fast for a quick pic as soon you will be flying the Falcon. Make sure to look for Luke’s Training helmet and get a pic around the “Chess” table. Position rundowns: Pilots “fly” the Falcon complete with Light Speed and trying NOT to crash. The Gunners shot everything and anything. And the Engineers fix the systems by pressing the right buttons at the right time. All 3 jobs work together to complete a favorable outcome; not to die and to collect as many bottles of coaxium as you can.

The Ride:

Once your RIDE COLOR is called, you are off. You quickly get in your seats, buckle up and you are off. Lights are going off like crazy and depending on your job, you just react and push. After riding it 5Xs, I can say that what you do or don’t do DOES matter. The ride is different, shorter or longer depending on the skills of your team. I also found that flying with pilots who crash less (aka NOT my kids), the ride was more smooth, lol. As a Gunner I was pressing buttons like crazy and as Pilots, my kids crashed often and even didn’t push the lever to Light Speed quick enough…this all mattered. In the end, we still made it make safe and got at least 1-2 containers of coaxium, which was Hondo’s goal. Being in the Falcon and flying to Lightspeed was amazing!! It was a Family HIT!

The Skinny:

Ride it, enjoy it. It’s the worth the wait. At least the 60 mins or less we rode it for. After doing it a few times, we might have waited less, but since its still so new…we weren’t being too picky. For motion…I found it was best to NOT be a pilot, to not look at the screen and just concentrate on my flashing buttons. I was very pleased that I didn’t get sick, but also knew that looking up and out would have changed that outcome. Its similar to Mission Space, but not as intense for the motion. Its almost like Star Tours was BEFORE the 3D glasses, but with buttons and levers to press. As far as the wait for the land itself, it was a FUN ride…but I am waiting to see what Rise of the Resistance is like. I do wish I was able to fly more or control more within the Falcon ride, but I get it; Disney needed to make it appropriate for littles too. After seeing my son have a hard time reaching the levers, I realized this.

How about you? What did you think? Have you ridden it yet?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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Disney’s Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge

Headed to Disney and wondering about Star Wars Land? READ and Learn the skinny on the situation and what you will find.

Hey guys, talking about one of my favorite topics and one that has my clients a little overwhelmed. What is Star Wars Land aka Galaxy’s Edge, do I really need to see it and how can I maximize the magic? First its currently ONLY opened at Disneyland, but the Walt Disney World opening is just weeks away and waiting has been a LONG time coming. For those who aren’t HUGE Star Wars fans or for those who want the simple breakdown – this is the post for you.

Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge
Inside:

One thing people are wondering is, what exactly is Galaxy’s Edge and what’s inside. Well for starters, its a planet/place like no other, its Batuu. Its a place where the First Order (the Dark Side) has taken over and if you are lucky you will spot some members of the Resistance (the Good Side). Storm Troopers, Kilo Ren, Ray and Chewie walk around and are living life in Batuu as if its REAL. They have special signage, greetings and have NO clue about what Disney is. Its completely immersive and very much a Planet like Endor or Tatooine. Bright Suns and Rising Moons Everyone 😉

The Rides/Shops:

Currently only ONE ride is open, will be open, at Galaxy’s Edge and that’s the Millennium Falcon. Yep, you heard me…you might get the chance to pilot the Falcon and even…if super lucky…put it into hyper drive. The second ride, Rise of the Resistance is still to come later this year (Dec 5th for Disney World and January 17th 2020 for Disneyland) as the tech behind the ride is SO new and advanced, it needed more time. There are several shops in G.E., ONE being a place to design and build your very OWN lightsaber and your own robotic droid (aka BB Unit or R2 unit). Several other shops with “costumes”, creatures, plush, pins, games, etc to be found as well.

Food:

First there is the Cantina which is the HUGE draw for this planet. Of course, food isn’t really on the menu, but pre-mixed beverages are. Along with, of course, the entertainment and the fact that you are in a Star Wars Cantina. There is also a Blue/Green Milk stand (Dairy-Free), space worthy popcorn and Docking Bay 7 which is the quick service food location. NOTE: You will NOT find your usual Disney treats on this planet, as Disney doesn’t exist in Star Wars. BUT try some Star Wars treats and Enjoy!

The Skinny:

For those who want the simple breakdown…here you go. The Lightsabers are $199+ EACH and you have to purchase BEFORE you build or even enter the workshop. Droids (which are super cute and interact with the land) are $100+. Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop (lightsabers) and the Droid Depot are expected to be SO popular that Disney is having people make reservations to experience these attractions. The Blue/Green Milk is getting mixed reviews, but worth a try. The food is getting rave reviews but its also not your typical food, think food from another planet. AND since Disney doesn’t want this land flooded with people and lines, Disneyland has developed a “Boarding Group” pass that only allows a certain number of people into Batuu at a time. With this plan, I haven’t seen the line for the Falcon Ride to be longer than 45 mins which is a LOW wait time for a NEW ride. Disney World has yet to address any ride passes or Boarding System.

WDW:

I can’t say this enough, NO ONE knows what this is going to be like once its opens at Walt Disney World. It could be beyond crazy OR they could instill a last min “boarding group” pass plan that gives guests a waiting queue to enter the land, thus reducing line wait times. NO fastpasses are available or exist or will be developed for the land, especially at this time. But a boarding group could be the “fastpass” answer for this. Its working great at Disneyland. I am hoping WDW will follow suit and is paying close attention to how its working at its Californian counter-part.

For now I am helping my clients create custom plans for this regarding their personal needs and desires. As a HUGE Fan, you couldn’t keep me away but for others, it might be something to save for next time. It’s a personal choice and something I am talking about daily with my clients. Stay tuned as I will be posting more and more about this. Especially as I build my very own R2 Unit in a few weeks in Disneyland 🙂

Mahalo for reading and following along. I would love to custom plan you a Disney Vacation – let me know – Nina