The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run flight simulator coming to Star Wars: Galaxy Edge this summer will only have enough capacity to allow about half the people that visit Disneyland on a typical day to ride the highly anticipated new attraction.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will accommodate up to 1,800 riders per hour when the new 14-acre themed land opens in summer 2019 at the Anaheim theme park. That works out to as many as 28,800 daily riders on Disneyland’s busiest days.
Disneyland attracted 18.3 million visitors in 2017, for an average of 50,100 visitors per day, according to a report by the Themed Entertainment Association. Disneyland attendance is expected to spike immediately following the grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge.
The ride capacity numbers for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run come from a tweet by New York Times reporter Brook Barnes after he rode a test version of the attraction at a Walt Disney Imagineering facility.
“I tried a test version of the Millennium Falcon ride as part of reporting,” tweeted Barnes, posting a photo from inside the cockpit of the ride. “Built in a CA warehouse. I must say, pretty amazing. You’re in the cockpit with only a few others. But they will have enough pods to handle 1,800 people/hour.”
Sam Gennawey, author of “The Disneyland Story,” an unofficial history of the Anaheim park, said “1,800 riders would be ideal, but that rarely happens.”
A theoretical 1,800 riders per hour would put Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run near the middle of Disneyland E-Ticket attractions in terms of ride capacity. Pirates of the Caribbean (2,800 riders per hour), Big Thunder Mountain (2,200) and Haunted Mansion (2,100) would be on the higher end, Gennawey estimates. Space Mountain (1,600 riders per hour), Matterhorn Bobsleds (1,500) and Star Tours (1,300) would be on the lower end, according to Gennawey. Indiana Jones Adventure, with an estimated 1,800 riders per hour, would be the closest comparison to the anticipated ride capacity of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
The new E-Ticket attraction will put riders in the cockpit of the iconic ship as they battle Imperial tie fighters during a mission to bring back a pile of loot to a vengeful space pirate. The flight simulator will use real-time video rendering technology that responds to the way riders manipulate 200 cockpit controls.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle