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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World – Planning Tips

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge At Disney World will be opening in just under a month and if you haven’t planned your trip to Disney World yet, now is the time to get your Disney Vacation on the books! 

Star Wars Galaxys Edge
(Disney Parks)

Planning your trip to Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World

While I was at the Disney Social Media Conference at Walt Disney World last week, we had the incredible opportunity to walk through the Galaxy’s Edge construction area and even though the new park area was not complete yet, it was already breathtaking!  I will definitely be counting down the days till the official opening and you should be too!  I promise you will be astonished by the design and elements that have gone into creating this land.

When in 2019 will Star Wars land open?

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will officially open on August 29th! It will be located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and packed with immersive fun to be had, from building your own lightsabers, feasting on your favorite galactic dishes, grab colorful apparel and souvenirs, and so much more. 

Where to Stay and How to Beat the crowds?

Hollywood Studios is going to be the most popular park for the foreseeable future.  It will be swarming with Star Wars fans, especially during the first few months, there is no way around that.  It will be crowded and wait times will likely be long, however, there are a couple of things you can do to help make the most of your visit to Batuu. 

First, stay onsite at one of the Hollywood Studios resorts.  You will want to arrive at Hollywood Studios before opening to get a prime spot in line and that means location will save you some early morning travel. 

Second, and most important, Stay on Walt Disney World property!  During other trips to Disney, staying on property can be negotiable depending on what you plan to do in the area, your family size, and your budget.  However, during the first 2 opening months of Galaxy’s Edge staying on-site gives you a huge advantage if you’re wanting to be one of the first to experience Batuu, with Extra Magic Hours!

Extra Magic Hours 

Between September 1 and November 2, 2019, Disney is offering on-site resort guests extra, “extra magic hours.  Hollywood Studios will be opening at 6:00 am, which gives you a whole 3 hours to explore Galaxy’s Edge before the park opens to off-site guests. 

Rides in Galaxy’s Edge

The first ride in Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will be ready for riders when the new land opens.  You will get to ride in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon acting as the pilot, engineer, or gunner in a daring mission into space.

Millennium Falcon
(Disney Parks)

However, this immersive land won’t quite be complete, because a second ride, The Star Wars Rise of Resistance will be making its grand opening in Galaxy’s Edge on December 5th.  In this ride, you will be asked to accept a secret mission to help the Resistance rise with the help of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and BB-8! 

Rise of The Resistance
(Disney Parks)

Additional Attractions At Disney’s Star Wars Land

Savi’s Workshop

Build your own custom Lightsaber and become one with the force! You can choose from four different themes as you are guided through the process of creating your personal lightsaber. Place your kyber crystals and watch it come to life. The perfect accessory to carry around as you explore the Star Wars land! Savi’s Workshop is now taking reservations here.

Custom Lightsabers Disney World
(David Roark/Disney Parks)

Droid Depot

Build your own droid at Black Spire Outpost’s industrial depot.  You can make reservations for this experience here.

Galaxy's Edge Droids

Datapad on Play Disney Parks Mobile App

We are huge fans of the Play Disney Parks Mobile App!  As a family who visits Disney frequently, there are often times we want to spend a mellow day in the park exploring, and Play Disney has so many options for keeping the kids engaged and entertained.  Make sure you have the app on your phone before you head to Galaxy’s Edge so you can check out the new Star wars: Datapad!

Once you’ve completed the main attractions, why not take some time to enjoy Batuu in a different way?  Explore this incredible planet using the Datapad, it will allow you to translate galactic languages, hack into the land’s devices, and so much more.   

Beverages At Galaxy's Edge
(Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

Dining Options in galaxy’s Edge

Oga’s Cantina – This watering hole will have unique drinks and snacks and is currently accepting reservations here.
Milk Stand – Grab your Blue or Green Milk to quench your thirst!
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – A quick-service dining option.
Ronto Roasters – An exotic meat stall serving up roasted pork wraps, grilled sausages, and other tasty treats.
Kat Saka’s Kettle – Sweet and savory popcorn treat

Star Wars Merchandise at Disney World
(David Roark/Disney Parks)

Shopping at Galaxy’s Edge

Creature Stall This unique shop is filled with creatures and critters from the galaxy.

Black Spire Outfitters – Find the perfect outfit to help you fit in during your travel in Batuu.

Toydarian Toymaker – Search for the perfect souvenir in this fun workshop

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities Shop for all your favorite galactic artifacts. 

Galaxy's Edge Merchandise
(David Roark/Disney Parks)

Are you ready to travel to Batuu?  If you are a Star Wars fan like me, I am sure you have been anticipating August 29th for over a year now.  So make sure to grab your hotel, dining, and experience reservations as quickly as possible before everything is booked up.  See you in Galaxy’s Edge!

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  1. Our family loves Star Wars and would love to visit a fun place like this! Love your pictures!

  2. We would love to surprise the kids with a trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World! So many attractions to see and do. You’ve hit on some great tips!

  3. My boys are huge Star Wars fans. This is a place that we need to put on our list to see.

  4. I am excited to experience riding the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run! That would be so awesome! We may make it to Disney next year, and I am so looking forward to exploring Galaxy’s Edge!

  5. My son is probably going to beg me to take hom here when he is older. He really loves Starwars so much!

  6. That looks like an amazing experience. I’ve never even been to Disney before. I’d love to go just to see this.

  7. I have to make sure that I take the family there. I was so excited to hear that they are opening one in FL!

  8. I am so excited about the grand opening of this new attraction! So looking forward!

  9. I had no idea this place existed. I think it looks so cool and I know a few Star Wars fans that would love it.

  10. I simply cannot wait! I haven’t even been to the California one yet and I’m only 7 hours away! I really need another trip to Disney World though so this will be on my list.

  11. Star Wars die hard fans are gonna get crazy in this. Now I know when would be the best time to visit. It’s going to be fun to go here.

  12. I am headed there in less than three weeks so this is great, thanks! Can’t wait

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