Disney just unveiled two new rides coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited themed area opening at Disneyland in summer 2019 and at Walt Disney World a few months later in the fall. Announced by Bob Chapek, Disney’s chairman of parks, experiences and consumer products, the two rides are the “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance,” and will accompany the Star Wars-themed luxury hotel in the parks. But will these rides beat the famous original Star Wars Disney attraction; Star Tours? Here’s how two of the rides will shake out.
On the Millenium Falcon ride, guests can take their turn manning the iconic aircraft alongside Hondo Ohnaka and Chewie. There are three different roles to choose from as they navigate the ship safely through the galaxy.
The ride that sounds more like Star Tours is the Star Destroyer ride, only instead of having a tour ship blown of course, guests are “taken hostage” as soon as they step on board. “When your rescue team arrives, you’ll end up in a full-scale battle between the First Order and the Resistance, facing off with none other than Kylo Ren himself,” Chapek explained, adding that it’s “the most immersive ride we’ve ever built.”
The announcement, made at D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event, also revealed that both rides (along with the entire Star Wars section of the parks) will have an exclusive soundtrack created by composer John Williams. Disney released a sneak peek of some of the songs, performed and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, below.
There aren’t very many details to the rest of Galaxy’s Edge yet. But based on the description provided by Disney, it will be out of this world. “This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen,” the company says. “From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.”