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Thea Awards 2020

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement: Attraction

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Disneyland Resort, CA, USA

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, set in the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, is a fully interactive adventure where guests have agency and input, and their performance as a team determines the outcome. This flight simulation attraction combines numerous bleeding-edge technologies seamlessly and invisibly to immerse guests in an intimate, story-driven, adventure like no other in theme park history.

Weequay pirate Hondo Ohnaka recruits guests for a clandestine run to get resources for Chewbacca to obtain some much-needed replacement parts for the Millennium Falcon, aka the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” They board the ship and enter the main hold and lounge, where they can even take a photo sitting at the famous Dejarik (holochess) table! But that’s just the precursor to the mission. They are next assigned into flight crews of six — two pilots, two gunners and two flight engineers — taking their positions within the Falcon’s iconic cockpit.

The Falcon is screen-accurate in every detail, both from the outside as the queue wraps around and above its massive exterior, as well as inside its signature hallways and iconic cockpit, from which guests steer the famous craft through Star Wars space thanks to cinema quality, real-time visuals and responsive controls. Immersive spatial audio and in-cabin lighting effects complete the illusion of piloting one of the most famous spaceships in all of movie history.

This is a crowning achievement of our industry. Guests are empowered to live their own Star Wars adventure, quite literally taking the story into their own hands, as the attraction authentically brings to life one of the most iconic experiences in pop culture.

Photo courtesy Disney, used with permission.

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