Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened August 29, 2019, with just one of the land’s two headliner attractions. That attraction: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which gives guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon.
On-board the iconic Millennium Falcon, guests receive a mission and take on three critical roles: Pilot, Flight Engineer, and Gunner. Each role has different tasks to complete: firing lasers, steering the “fastest hunk of junk in the universe”, and activating hyperspace. The outcome of your mission actually affects your other experiences within Galaxy’s Edge.
SPOILER ALERT: The following is a more detailed description with spoilers!
The setting: a village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu. Your mission begins here in a spaceport, where the 110-foot Falcon starts its engines and vents thrust gases while docked nearby in a maintenance bay.
The queue takes you into Ohnaka Transport Solutions, where you see communication equipment and cargo containers full of Stormtrooper armor. Eventually you make your way up to a second-story switchback on a catwalk. There you see “an animated blaster-riddled starship engine suspended from the ceiling” glowing red. As you weave through the queue, keep an ear out for the Ohnaka workers. You can see the Millennium Falcon from several different angles while waiting to board.
Time for your mission! You receive the details for your smuggling mission from an animatronic of the dreadlocked space pirate, Hondo Ohnaka and his droid R5P8.
Hondo is voiced by Disney legend Jim Cummings, who voiced the character in the Star Wars series (he’s also the voice of Winnie the Pooh, as well as many other Disney and Star Wars characters). The droid keeps everyone on schedule and fixes equipment in the command center. Then, you see the Falcon hover behind them on a video screen.
Smugglers (you) will then wait to board in the Main Room of the ship, where they can play hologram chess (remember: “let the Wookiee win!”) and take photos while waiting for Hondo to dole out pre-flight instructions and assignments. He does so via monitor, and now it’s time to jump into the cockpit!
Six riders get into the cockpit — two pilots in the front (they get the best view!), two gunners in the middle, and two engineers in the back. This is very interactive as switches, levers, and buttons make sounds when activated. The hangar bay is seen outside your windows, and it’s time for your mission.
You are battling First Order TIE Fighters. And don’t forget, there are different outcomes of the mission based on how well your team works together against the enemy.
After the mission, you return to Batuu and disembark — the Falcon will be “right where you left it.”
Your skills as a smuggler can follow you throughout Galaxy’s Edge. Characters in locations such as Oga’s Cantina may already know how well (or poorly) things went for you when you arrive for a “Yub Nub” cocktail.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened on August 29, 2019, at the Walt Disney World Resort. Check out this AllEars Rides video where we take you inside and give you plenty of tips to enjoy your time onboard.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run has been popular, but FastPass+ is not yet offered.
There is a height restriction on this ride. Riders must be at least 38 inches (97cm) or taller.
When the land reaches capacity, a virtual Boarding Pass may be issued via My Disney Experience. This is not a common occurance.