If This Footage Is Any Indication, Disney’s Millennium Falcon Roller Coaster Is Going to Be Amazing
For those who’ve dreamt of making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, or dodging hordes of TIE fighters from behind the controls of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy: your time is here. Test footage has surfaced of the new Millennium Falcon ride – which will open as part of Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction – and it looks every bit as awesome as you suspect it might.
The ride is cloaked in secrecy. But it seems as though fans will sit in coaster-style seats and zip through a virtual Falcon run, dodging Star Destroyers and such as though you were actually in the famed bucket of bolts. It’s the result of a partnership between Walt Disney’s Imagineering, computer technology company NVIDIA, and Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite. So, by all accounts it should be pretty incredible. Here’s the leaked footage:
“We’ve all seen [the Millennium Falcon] on screen,” Disney creative executive Scott Trowbridge wrote in a blog post last year. “But until you climb through that hatch, walk through her hallways, sit inside the cockpit, power her up and actually fly her yourself, it’s not quite the same.”
Trowbridge’s description hints that the ride might not be a stock roller coaster affair. And, as you can hear the presenter say in the video above, the footage will be rendered in 4K, so it’ll look super sharp as well. One thing we can be sure of already is that the lines are going to be massive for this spotlight attraction.
The two new Star Wars parks are slated to be unlike anything Disney has done before. Fans won’t journey to the same old Jakku or Dagobah system. At the 2015 D-23 Expo, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said the park will exist on “a never-before-seen planet, a remote tradition port, and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.” While there’s no word on the actual planet, you can expect serious verisimilitude: Aliens and droids will freely roam and all employees will act as inhabitants of the region.
If you’re looking for a Millennium Falcon fix in the meantime, you can always go check out Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is slated for release on May 25.