I’m not ready for my first glimpse of the Millennium Falcon. But when I turn a corner at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the dedicated theme park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, there she is: Han Solo’s starship, the most famous piece of junk in the galaxy.
I’ve been a Star Wars fan for more than 40 years. As a kid, I spent hours piloting my toy Falcon through imagined perils, with action figures of Han and Chewbacca rattling around inside. As an adult, I’ve written several Star Wars books, contributing to the vast lore and mythology that surrounds the ship. I arrive for my first visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge knowing the Falcon is its centrepiece. Having watched YouTube walkthroughs, I even know she’s waiting around that particular corner.