Some new detail about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge dropped today. One of the coolest things about the new Star Wars–themed land is that we’re going to be able to experience what it is like to take control of the Millennium Falcon and have an adventure over or around Batuu, the in-universe location of the themed Star Wars Land at both Disneyland and Disney World. How the visuals of the Falcon ride itself would work was scarce. There were rumors that you would have your own score and it would keep track of your experience which would then have ramifications in the park itself which is divided into thirds (Resistance, Underworld, and First Order). How that ride might look was completely abstract until today when some solid details dropped via the NVIDIA blog. It was also confirmed that the ride is being produced by ILMxLABs.
The new Millennium Falcon ride you’ll be able to ride and control when Galaxy’s Edge opens up in 2019 sounds like a really high-end video game experience. The ride is going to be powered by Nvidia video cards connected via SLI so the power of the GPUs will stack, if I understand it correctly. That with a multiple projectors is going to essentially give us a very realistic experience of flying the Falcon. From the sound of things, this will be a lot different than say Star Tours because your experience will be tied to how you perform in the cockpit rather than having an on-rails experience like we have on Star Tours 2. In essence, this allows us to take control of the Falcon.
The blog post reads:
Walt Disney Imagineering teamed with NVIDIA and Epic Games to develop new technology to drive its attraction. When it launches, riders will enter a cockpit powered with a single BOXX chassis packed with eight high-end NVIDIA Quadro P6000 GPUs, connected via Quadro SLI.
Quadro Sync synchronizes five projectors for the creation of dazzling ultra-high resolution, perfectly timed displays to fully immerse the riders in the word of planet Batuu.
There was also a presentation that reiterated the details a little more clearly:
Walt Disney Imagineering strives to create amazing guest experiences at Disney Parks worldwide. Partnering with Nvidia and Epic Games, Imagineering has developed new technology to drive one of the key attractions at the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening in Disneyland Resort, CA and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, FL. Come learn more about how we took advantage of the newest in Nvidia hardware and the technical modifications that we made for the Unreal Engine which will allow 8 GPUs to render at unprecedented quality and speed.
It sounds like we’re going to have the most badass flight simulator we can imagine for the Falcon in 2019. How cool is that? I hope to see you guys there when it opens because I plan to practically live there for the first few weeks that park opens.
Check out the full blog post here.
Thanks to Universal Core for the heads-up!