Disney’s blockbuster new Star Wars theme park allures will be opening up in 2019, but you can sample two of them right now in this Christmas gift of a trailer.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run looks a lot like a next-gen take on the classic Disney ride, Star Tours. Attendees apparently take control of different crew postures, is dependent on where they’re sitting in the ride’s mock-up of Han Solo’s ship.
That’s how it’s been pitched, anyway. The few seconds we see in this trailer proposes a somewhat looser experience. Riders sit in an elongated version of the Falcon’s cockpit, but the interactivity is seemingly limited to smacking button-laden panels set into each wall.
Then there’s Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which looks like a Superstar Wars-themed PeopleMover( kind of like the age-old Tomorrowland journey ). Guests clamber into a vehicle that wheels them through a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” — that’s the park’s official epithet, though it’s hard to call it anything other than “Star Wars Land” — will open to guests in the summer of 2019 at California’s Disneyland. A Walt Disney World opening in Florida will follow a few months later, in the autumn of 2019.