Disney World 2019 preview: Star Wars and much more

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The biggest news at Disney World for 2019 – really, the biggest theme park news in years – will be the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. But wigged-out Obi-Wannabes will need to heed Yoda’s advice: Patience you must have. The land isn’t expected to open until the fall, after the prime summer season. But there are many other cool things on the way to Mickey’s Florida mega-resort in the coming year.

The Mouse has been doling out details about the Star Wars lands it has been developing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland (the California Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open in the summer) in dribs and drabs, and the full picture has yet to come into full focus. At the Destination D event held for members of Disney’s D23 fan club in November at Disney World, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney parks, experiences and consumer products, nearly broke the Internet when he revealed the names of the two Star Wars attractions.

Find your inner Chewbacca

First up: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Disney sure loves to use colons for the names of its lands and rides). The Imagineers will turn the controls of the legendary starship over to visitors. Each flight crew will include six members, including pilots, engineers and gunners. They will be able to make like Chewbacca and fiddle with the cockpit’s switches and dials as they engage on a mission to collect a bounty while evading TIE fighters. The story and the interactive experience, which will take place in a ride vehicle that will be able to rotate 360 degrees, will vary depending on the passengers’ actions.

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