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Carlye Wisel
November 27, 2018

A trip inside the Millennium Falcon cockpit, ride names, and a sneak peek at Batuu: it’s all happening.

With Galaxy’s Edge opening at Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and Walt Disney World in late fall 2019, we’re just a few months away from Disney’s Star Wars-themed lands welcoming their first visitors, and these recent reveals are enough to have you saying “Chewie, we’re home” to anyone who will listen.

The 14-acre intergalactic themed lands opening on both coasts are finally starting to take form, and with announcements of the names of both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions and other new details announced at D23: Destination D conference in Orlando, Florida, it now feels closer than ever.

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Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

The much-hyped attraction which lets guests actually pilot the oft-reliable vessel, is set to be a high-flying adventure Han Solo himself would approve of. With 200 cockpit controls operated by only a few park-going passengers, the attraction is set to give an intimate experience similar to that of actually steering the fastest ship in the galaxy, based on details revealed in The New York Times. (It looks just like the real thing, too.)

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The second attraction takes park goers on an out-of-this-galaxy journey aboard a Star Destroyer where, according to the Times, they will be greeted by 50 audio-animatronic Stormtroopers. The ride will culminate in a face-to-face encounter with Kylo Ren, which is sure to send a shiver down one’s spine, even that far out in space.

World-renowned composer John Williams, who penned the iconic scores for past films, will be creating new music specifically for the new Star Wars-themed land as well, and new drone footage over the craggy mountain region of Batuu — the fictional planet Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge resides upon — all but confirms a visit will be as interactive and immersive as fighting the resistance alongside Luke, Rey, Poe, and Finn.

No news yet on when the Star Wars-themed hotel will be open — we’re estimating at least a couple of years — but other announcements at D23: Destination D dialed down on new happenings at Walt Disney World in the not-so-distant future.

Two nighttime shows will debut next year: Epcot Forever, an interim show to celebrate the historic park before an all-new show launches in 2020, will arrive in fall 2019. Wonderful World of Animation, a nighttime projection show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will start on May 1, 2019.

Mickey and Minnie will have a themed celebration — and costumes to match — at the Magic Kingdom from mid-January through September, which will satiate guests looking forward to riding Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The opening date for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction — and Mickey’s first-ever ride — was just announced to be during fall of next year.

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