Joe Darthmaz brings you a full ride-through of the Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run attraction at Galaxy's Edge from Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Portions of the exterior and interior queue are featured as well.
Much has been said and written about the quality of this attraction since it debuted at Galaxy's Edge in Disney Parks on both coasts. Some of the more negative comments were along the lines of...
"It is just a simulator ride..."
"It's a modern Star Tours..."
"We waited for years, for this?!'
A case can be made for all of the above comments. However, as a lifelong Star Wars fan, who struggles to not get dragged down by today's constant search for what is wrong with everything and everyone, every minute of every day, I really enjoyed it immensely. And that was after waiting almost ninety minutes.
Walking into that section of Galaxy's Edge and being faced with (what I can only imagine is) a life-sized Millennium Falcon was almost enough for me. Getting to experience a recreation of the interior of the ship, only made me happier. The fact that the ride was enjoyable sealed the deal.
Would I have preferred that the entire land be set in the time of the original trilogy? Yes. However, the addition of Hondo, one the best characters to come out of the Clone Wars animated series, was a phenomenal move. Hondo is your guide and "employer" on your Smuggler's Run journey. Having just the right blend of charm, humor, and sliminess, Honda fills the role very nicely.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a journey aboard the most loveable piece of junk in the galaxy, courtesy of Joe Darthmaz. Afterward, you can decide if you agree with some of the attraction's detractors or those like me, who are thrilled to have an attraction like this to enjoy.
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