Millennium Falcon Experience at Northern Kentucky University 2018
Report by: Liz W
Photos by: Paul W.
Recently the Official Star Wars site announced that there would be an exhibit called the Millennium Falcon experience heading to some locations across the U.S. The first stop for this exhibit was the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University. On April 28th, 2018, we were fortunate enough to get a first hand look at this exhibit from CC friend Paul and his wife Liz. Make sure to read Liz’s review and the photos from their coverage.
Who could imagine that stepping inside two drab, gray shipping containers in the busy parking lot of the BB&T Arena could transport you into another galaxy, far far away? From skilled hands and impassioned minds of fellow Star Wars fans, the public has been invited to board the legendary Millennium Falcon at Northern Kentucky University.
The free walk-through exhibit is a promotion for the new Star Wars franchise film, Solo, out on May 25th. The Cincinnati area is one of five places in the country that have been given the opportunity to explore the hold, galley and cockpit of Han Solo’s smuggling ship, as if walking onto the set of the new film. Staff will assist all participants in getting their photo along side the caf maker in the prestine white galley, lounging on the orange and white seating by the hologame table, or piloting the Falcon through the stars. Once inside, you are given free reign to snap as many photos as you like and chat about the construction with staff and fans alike. The detail and design is so convincing that you actually feel like you have escaped into the beloved Star Wars universe.
Our favorite part of the walkthrough was the impressively detailed cockpit. The buttery leather seats tempt you to relax as you sit before the flashing controls of the ship, and look out through the iconic transparisteel window. The console is built on a sliding track, so you can easily be seated, pull the console towards you and grab the control yoke to ready for takeoff.
Lines are long and winding, but as with most Star Wars-centric events, the time passes quickly as you chat with fellow fans. There are free, timed-entry tickets provided on a first come, first serve basis. However, you will still need to wait in line once you have a ticket for your chance to enter. The entire walkthrough, from entry through the domed hallway to the exit beside the cockpit, can take you up to 15 minutes, however the longer wait in line is completely worth it.
We would like to thank Paul and his wife Liz for providing us with the report and photos of the Millennium Falcon Experience exhibit we greatly appreciate it.