Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the giant Millennium Falcon inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. It’s a giant ship! And it’s not a trap. So what is the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Ride about? Once onboard you can experience one of three positions on the crew – Pilot, Gunner, and Engineer. Here’s my experience as Gunner and Engineer on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Ride
Good news – there’s a Single Rider line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run! And with each ride fitting 6 people, I can see the Single Rider need to be plentiful.
The queue line is long in Smugglers Run, but you get to see so many details! It’s incredible. You can catch most of it in the video below of a walk through of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
There are other photo opportunities while you wait to be called.
My Experience as Gunner on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
When I first went, nobody in my group had ever ridden Smugglers Run yet, so we were all newbies. With this attraction you all need to work together. If I couldn’t be the Pilot (it’s the coolest job), I was happy to be a Gunner.
First of all, it’s exciting to be in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. However, the seats are placed in rows of two behind each other. I couldn’t see the control panel of the pilots, so for little kids, this may be a challenge. You can still see the screen and Tie Fighters being shot, etc.
If you can see my Gunner instructions, it says, “Tap the square buttons to fire blasters; tap the round button to fire missiles.” When I was in there, I would hit both buttons, but honestly, I couldn’t see what I was hitting. So I just sat back and fired away, not really knowing my purpose.
Later, I found out the pilots are supposed to move the ship while we fire, and there needs to be communication amongst the group. That didn’t happen during my group. So make sure, you’re communicating with your pilot! It’s hard, because you just want to enjoy the experience and take it all in.
At the end Hondo Ohnaka gives you credits depending on the condition of your ship, so hopefully your ship isn’t too damaged!
Being Engineer on Smugglers Run
I returned to Disneyland a few months later and got in the Single Rider line. I was chosen as an Engineer, and like Gunner, it’s a lot of hitting buttons. I actually enjoyed Engineer a little better, because even though I was in the last row of the Millennium Falcon, the button would light up, I knew I would hit that one, and then sometimes the Falcon would make some kind of movement, so I felt like I was doing something. I’m not exactly sure what, but hey, it was something!
So whatever role you get, it’s still a cool experience to be on the Millennium Falcon, but Pilot is definitely the one to be, although it is a lot of pressure! I think my little ones would be just fine being Gunner or Engineer on Smugglers Run and hitting the lit up buttons on the side.
I also got to experience Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at night which is different scenery than during the day. Your story and screen will be in the dark. I really liked the differences, and the fact that every ride will be a new experience every time.
Does Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Make You Motion Sick?
I’m pretty sensitive to having motion sickness, especially with 3-D and Virtual Reality rides. If I go on Star Tours, then I just close my eyes the whole time. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is definitely not on the Star Tours motion sick level. You don’t need glasses for this ride, hallelujah! I’d say Flight of Passage also makes me more motion sick.
Smugglers Run was mild, and I think it depends on your pilot as well. If your pilots make the ship move or crash more, then my stomach was getting a little queasy. I would just have to focus my eyes on something else.
Is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Worth It?
As the only attraction currently in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, then absolutely yes! I think the more I ride, the more I’ll understand of the different roles. The Pilot role is definitely the coolest. Who hasn’t dreamt of sitting in Han Solo’s seat and piloting the Falcon?
However, for kids, I think they’ll love the experience no matter what. As an adult, I was wanting to be more involved, but I’m very excited for Rise of the Resistance.
I was giddy just being able to walk through Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. If you know everyone in your group, then I could see it being more fun as you all work together and feel a connection.
There are photo ops galore as long as you can quickly snap a picture amongst the crowds. The eye candy of the Falcon is worth it alone.
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