Yes we understand that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has not opened yet officially so this review may seem a bit early. However, keep in mind that new attractions are previewed weeks before their official opening and that goes for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Guests who love Star Wars will get a kick out of this attraction. You’ll finally be able to join the ranks of Han Solo and Chewbacca and fly the Millennium Falcon on your own mission! The story for this new attraction is based around you helping Hondo deliver “merchandise” in exchange for him doing some work on the Millennium Falcon. Of course things aren’t as easy as you’d hoped as you make your delivery.
The set-up of the attraction includes 6 guests filling into 6 positions of the Millennium Falcon in order to make the run. There are 2 pilots, 2 gunners and 2 engineers. The pilot positions include one who’s in charge of the Falcon going up and down and the other side to side and hyperspace. The two gunners are exactly that. They are in charge of shooting down anyone who stands in the way of making your run. Finally, the 2 engineers in the back are in charge of fixing anything that goes wrong with the Falcon during your mission.
Now you may be wondering how this all works while you’re trying to enjoy the attraction. The flight deck does has a screen in it similar to the one found on Guardians of the Galaxy or Star Tours (without the 3D). It can get a little messy with watching the screen while performing your job. Of course your mission “could” fail if you don’t fulfill your jobs properly so pay attention.
The engineers in the back simply push buttons as they light up so it’s not that complicated. The gunners positions is probably the coveted position for this attraction though everyone will want the opportunity to pilot and punch the Falcon into hyperspace. You’ll definitely want to ride this attraction several times to experience it from different positions and views. Once won’t be enough.
Our personal review of this attraction is a 4.5 out of 5. While the attraction is fun, it’s a little weak for where Disney is at with their technology. We actually enjoyed the attraction queue more than we did the actual ride mostly due to all the cool things you see while you’re standing there. We won’t ruin it for you as you must experience it for yourself but the Hondo animatronic is INCREDIBLE. That is something Disney did right. It’s the most fluid and lifelike looking animatronic we’ve seen.
Over-all we think guests will enjoy this D-Ticket attraction as we’re calling it because we think Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be the E-Ticket attraction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. And yes, Flight of Passage is still our highest rated attraction to date.