EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING THE STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
I had the chance to go to the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge preview, and even though I am not a huge Star Wars fan, I am so glad I got to see this amazing land. I do understand the hype around it and now get why all the Star Wars fans were raving about this place before even seeing it.
The 14 acre-spanning land is opening in Orlando on August 29th, but it has already been open for a couple of months at Disneyland in California. The galaxy far, far away has a lot to offer, and I put some tips together after seeing it myself to help you get the best out of your visit – especially since it will most likely be pretty busy when it opens. The decor and overall attention to detail on the walls and in the restrooms all over the land are incredible.
Without any further ado, here is what you need to know:
Go on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
There is only one ride in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, so obviously you will want to get on it. I am not a ride person and I actually enjoyed it. I wasn’t expecting it to be as interactive as it was. When you arrive on the ride, they will give you a card with a color and a “job.” There are the pilots, gunners, and engineers. The spaceship is for 6 people, and it is fun to do it with your friends and family.
Pro Tips: Try to be the pilot on the right, since that is the person who will do the most. You should definitely try to be the pilot if you’re more adventurous, since being in front of the ship will give you more sensation. I was the gunner – it wasn’t bad, but if I had to do it again, I would try to be the pilot.
If the line is long (which will probably be the case), go as a single rider, since it will saveyou a lot of time.
Check out all the Shops
You might not want to buy any merchandise, but you definitely need to go inside the shops. The decor is amazing, and the merchandise sold is pretty amazing.
My favorite one was the Droid Depot. You can actually customize your own droid. You get a list of parts you need to pick from the conveyor belt line. Once you choose which pieces you want to use, you then head to the workstation where you attach all the parts together with the tools provided. You can also purchase a personality chip for your droid. I don’t know anything about Star Wars or the droids but right at this moment I almost wanted to get one. However, the price for a droid is $99 if I am not mistaken, which is a bit high.
You can also go to Savi’s Worshop to build your own lightsaber. Be aware that you might need a reservation. Make sure you check before going there. You get to choose the theme of your saber: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, or Protection and Defense. Then you need to pick your kyber crystal; the colors available are red, blue, green and violet. The customization of your lightsaber doesn’t come cheap! The price of the saber is $199.99.
If you are looking for unique merchandise, head to the Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. You will find a lot of unique products, from jewelry, kyber crystals, lightsabers… Just browse around because the shop looks amazing!
If you want more Star Wars merchandise, you can go to the Resistance Supply, which is located at the entrance of the Batuu world, and the First Order Cargo in the back.
I did find the shops a bit small, and I am wondering how crowded they will be when it is open to the public. I imagine it will be very busy and very difficult to circulate in the shops.
Pro tip: Make sure you don’t need any reservations to go to Savi’s Workshop or the Droid Depot.
Eat and Drink
You have different options for food and drinks.
You can go to Kat Saka’s Kettle for snacks, the Ronto Roasters for meat wraps and grilled sausages, or you can go to Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. This is where we went to grab lunch. You have a bit more options, and seating both inside and outside is available. I really enjoyed it.
I got the Felucian Garden Spread,which was so good. It is a vegetarian option with a plant–based kefta and herb hummus with tomatoes and cucumber relish. It is served with pita bread. It was delicious.
I had to try one of the desserts as well, and I picked the Oi-Oi Puff, which is a raspberry cream puff with a passion fruit mousse.
The Milk Stand is very popular, although I didn’t try the blue or green milk because I saw on Instagram that people were disappointed and it wasn’t really good, so I decided to pass on it.
One thing I wish we would have tried was Olga’s Cantina. Unfortunately, we didn’t make a reservation and the line was very long. I would have loved to try their cocktails. They are a bit on the pricey side, but I think the overall experience makes it worth it.
Pro tip: Make sure to make a reservation if you are planning on going to Olga’s Cantina. Reservations are available on the app from 6:00 AM through 9:30 PM daily, starting on August 29th, the day of the land’s official opening.
Download the Play Disney App
Once you get to the Batuu land, the Play Disney App will transform into your own Star Wars Data Pad. You will be able to navigate through the park with special tools that will allow you to interact with door panels, scan cargo boxes, translate signs, and understand the Aurebesh languages. You even have a special mission in the Millenium Falcon Ride. The app is perfect to help kill time while waiting in line for the attractions, stores, and restaurants.
Now you are prepared to visit the land in a galaxy far,far away! Enjoy your time and please let me know what you think about it.