Lots of Switches Were Flipped in the Millennium Falcon Across the Star Wars Films

Just look at all the wonderful buttons.
Just look at all the wonderful buttons.
Photo: Lucasfilm

Let’s be honest. If any of us got to sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, we’d exhibit no chill. We’d press every button and flip every switch imaginable, consequences be damned. And while Disney is letting fans do that in their theme parks soon enough, the notion raises the question, “Just how much does that happen across the Star Wars films?”


Star Wars Kids is here with an answer. The ultra-fun YouTube channel just posted the latest video in its “Star Wars by the Numbers” series, and it counts every single button pressed and switch flipped in the Falcon throughout every Star Wars movie. And seriously, it’s way, way more than you’d imagine. Check it out.

For those of you who just straight skipped over the video, or gave up, the total number is 355, with The Empire Strikes Back accounting for the biggest chunk and The Last Jedi the least. Though, that last one is particularly sweet.

Oh, and again, if you want to have your own hands-on experience, you’ll soon be able to at Disneyland and Disney World, thanks to the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride. Every single button and switch works, and it’s glorious.

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Entertainment Reporter. NYU Cinema Studies Alum. Formerly Premiere, EW, Us Weekly, and /Film. AP Award-Winning Film Critic & CCA member. Loves Star Wars, posters, Legos, and often all three at once.



The ergonomics of the cockpit have always struck me as horrific. Why do we have essential controls on the overhead panel? Even worse, why do we have stuff on a side panel that requires one of the pilots to get out of the seat?!? Or is this thing meant to be operated with a flight engineer? ;)