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Who is Hondo Ohnaka?

Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon attraction – Smugglers Revenge – has met with mixed reviews since opening a few years back. What hasn’t been mixed is the reaction to Hondo Ohnaka.

Voiced by legendary voice actor Jim Cummings, Hondo appears in animatronic form in the attraction’s preshow and help’s set the stage for what you’re tasked to accomplish on your Millennium Falcon flight run. There’s a high likelihood, however, that you’ll be so engrossed with Hondo the animatronic that you won’t remember any of his instructions once you’re strap in. No matter. In a day and age where animatronics are becoming far and few between, Hondo is an absolute bright spot in Galaxy’s Edge.

And as impressive as Hondo the animatronic is, I think I would’ve been more impressed had I known anything about Hondo the character prior to riding. It turns out, Hondo’s big moment in Star Wars lore came during the Clone Wars where the pirate managed to capture Count Dooku, Obi Wan Kenobi, and Anakin. While his influence as a pirate king would diminish with the rise of the Galactic Empire, he would go on to liberate a planet, write a book, and create a shipping company on the planet Batuu…

…where we happen to run into him.

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