Disney just unveiled new footage of the highly anticipated rides coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited themed area opening in Anaheim and Orlando.
The Mouse is about to hit hyperspace and he wants you to come along for the ride.
Ever since the Star Wars franchise has been taken over by the Disney Empire, no rebel alliances have launched a counterstrike when it comes to launching product fare related to the sci-fi adventure film saga. The latest entry into the mass-marketing blitz was last week's announcement that two rides that have endured a trip from a galaxy far, far away are slated to hit two of Disney's most popular theme parks in the U.S. sometime in 2019.
Fortunately, some folks got a sneak peek of the rides, which will be added to the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge amusement area at both Disney theme parks locations, starting with Disneyland in the summer and Walt Disney World sometime this fall. One ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will encourage ride fanatics to choose from three roles available on the deck of Hans Solo's beloved renegade vessel.
It's on this ride that visitors can sit in the famous cockpit and operate the controls from propulsion to weapons. Disney is currently working with artificial intelligence gaming company INVIDIA to develop the technology that matches real-time events with what's being flipped or switched on the ship's control panel.
The other ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, places participants right in vulnerable territory, between warring factions of the malevolent First Order and determined freedom fighters who form the Resistance. Visitors start their adventure on a Resistance troop transport vessel and wind up in a hangar bay of a star destroyer right in the middle of battle.
Both rides will be located on identically-created Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge sections at the Disney parks in Anaheim and Orlando. Each will be 14 acres in size and besides the rides, the area also has a cantina and oodles of role-playing attractions, although Walt Disney World will be adding a Star Wars-themed hotel.
The Galaxy's Edge theme will be designed in a setting called the Black Spire, a renegade outpost on the planet Batuu, a haven for smugglers, criminals and other notorious spacefaring adventurers on the edge of enemy territory. It's also a sanctuary for those trying to hide from the malevolent forces of the First Order.
Whichever role you pick when you show up at either park, be prepared to engage, regardless of whether the Force or the Mouse is with you.