Though all eyes are on Epcot right now as this park goes through a major reinvention and we're looking forward to learning more about the upcoming Star Wars Hotel, one park that has almost completed its transformation is Disney's Hollywood Studios, which began its new vision last year with the opening of Toy Story Land, and will continue growing over the next year, with the following three new rides, that will be opening soon!
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run (August 29, 2019)
It's hard to believe, but we're only a few weeks away from the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios! However, when it opens, it will only have one attraction open: Millennium Falcon, Smuggler's Run. This new attraction is a flight simulator ride that allows guests to “take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission”.
Interestingly, guests who experience this attraction won’t just be tagging along for a ride (like they currently do on Star Tours) but will actually be piloting the Millennium Falcon themselves! Guests will be able to turn, bank and even fire weapons in this simulation-style experience.
Because of the massive interest that will undoubtedly accompany this attraction, Disney has announced that they will not be offering FastPass+ reservations for this attraction when it opens, and we don't expect this to change very much while this attraction is the only one open in this part of the park. But luckily that won't be for very long...
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (December 5, 2019)
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios before the end of the year, on December 5, 2019, just in time for the busy holiday season! This attraction will be a more traditional dark ride experience, and will be using some amazing technology to bring the world of the First Order to life
According to the several sources, this attraction will have a whopping total of 305 animatronic figures and droids, almost a third of which are expected to be Stormtroopers. In addition, this attraction will have 18 different show scenes that involve 5 different ride systems, making it one of the most (if not the most) technically advanced rides at a Disney park ever.
The entire Star Wars: Ride of the Resistance experience is said to be a half hour long, with three pre-show segments happening before the ride itself, which is said to be less than ten minutes long.