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Star Wars Land, officially known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is probably the most exciting thing to happen in the world of theme parks since Harry Potter world opened at Universal Studios. As we edge closer to to the big opening weekends, Disney is revealing more and more information.
This post will focus specifically on Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World, but will glean information from the experience at Disneyland since that will open first. Cue the confetti and hold onto your children, it’s about to get crazy.
Clearly, this cannot be a true comprehensive guide until Star Wars Land opens, but will be regularly updated with all the information that is released between now and then. Once there is enough information, I will include a section on strategy for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Updated July 11, 2019).
The majority of the images included in this post are artist renderings and press release photos copyrighted by Disney.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates
The first surprise came when Disney announced that Galaxy’s Edge will open well ahead of the rumored late fall opening. The official opening weekend at Disney World is August 29, 2019, while those in California get the excitement of a May 31, 2019 opening.
This announcement took everyone by surprise, including everyone who deliberately scheduled an early fall trip in order to avoid all of the extra crowds for Galaxy’s Edge.
On opening weekend (August 29-31) Hollywood Studios will open for all guests at 6:00a.
Disney is very up front that access to Galaxy’s Edge will be limited by capacity. What this means is there is no guarantee that you will be able to enter Star Wars Land if it should close for capacity. While Disneyland has instituted a reservation system to give people specific times to access Galaxy’s Edge, Disney World has not done so yet.
Extra, Extra Magic Hours for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
In a move of sheer brilliance, Disney announced that there will be Extra, Extra Magic Hours for most of the Disney World parks for the first couple of months after park opening (September 1-November 2, to be exact). This will be offered for a limited time only, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets extended at least once.
I suspect these extra hours will be 100% necessary throughout the parks in order to offset the sheer quantity of people who will flock to Disney World in order to be some of the first to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Extra Magic Hours are only available to guests staying at Disney World Resorts or Disney Good Neighbor hotels. This will provide those guests with a massive advantage over anyone staying off-site.
- Hollywood Studios – daily from Sept 1-Nov 2, Extra Magic Hours from 6a-9a. This will include access to Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, and other select attractions
- Magic Kingdom – daily from Aug 29-Nov 2, Extra Magic Hours from 7a-8a
- Animal Kingdom – daily from Aug 29-Nov 2, Extra Magic Hours from 7a-8a
- Epcot – will have standard hours with Extra Magic Hours offered on select days
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Rides
Perhaps the two things that EVERYONE is most excited about in Galaxy’s Edge are the rides. We have long heard descriptions of the ride and the immersive technology which will be used. These rides will perhaps be the most sought after rides ever.
Millennium Falcon is slated to be available on opening weekend at Hollywood Studios. However, Rise of the Resistance will not be available until some later, undisclosed, date. Rise of the Resistance is the more technologically advanced of the two and presumably needs more time to be completed.
Millennium Falcon (Height Requirement: 38″)
Millennium Falcon allows guests to pilot the most famous aircraft in Star Wars lore. Each guest will have a designated role such as pilot, gunner, or engineer. The role of the guest will give them tasks to complete throughout the ride.
The choices that each guest makes will determine the ultimate outcome of the ride. Disney identifies this as a thrill ride with small drops.
Rise of the Resistance (Height Requirement: 40″)
Unfortunately, anyone going to Galaxy’s Edge for opening weekend will forgo the opportunity to ride Rise of the Resistance. My best guess right now is that it will open closer to the original estimates for Galaxy’s Edge to open, late fall.
Because of the technology and immersive nature of the ride, Disney wants to make sure they have everything in peak performance before they release it to the masses.
July 11, 2019 – Disney just announced that Rise of the Resistance will open at Disney World on December 5, 2019. Not so coincidentally, that happens to be Walt Disney’s birthday.
According to Disney Parks Blog:
When it opens, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will blur the lines between fantasy and reality and will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests will be recruited to join Rey and General Organa at a secret base. Along the way, they will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. With the help of some heroes of the Resistance, they break out and must escape the Star Destroyer, protect the secret base, and stay one step ahead of Kylo Ren.Disney Parks Blog
Disney is touting Rise of the Resistance to be the most advanced and immersive ride to ever exist in a Disney Park.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!
FastPass for Galaxy’s Edge Rides
As of right now, Disney has declared that there will be no FastPasses available for Millenium Falcon. With everyone relying on standby lines, the potential for an astronomically long wait is high.
Disney has not yet revealed their plan for how to control access to the rides at Disney World, but I have to believe they have some sort of plan. If not, people will potentially spend half of their day standing in one line.
Unlike at Disneyland, the Disney World website for Galaxy’s Edge specifically states that special access for resort guests will not happen. So, we wait with baited breath to see how they plan to manage access to the land and the rides.
Play Disney Parks App at Galaxy’s Edge
Details released so far have shown just how significant the Play Disney Parks app will be to the overall experience of Galaxy’s Edge. While the offerings at other rides and lands through the parks have been added into the app, this is the first instance of integration between the app and the land is so intertwined.
If you didn’t already need a plan to make sure your phone stays charged throughout the course of a day in the parks, you will definitely need one now! Make sure you know everything you need to know about phone charging in the Disney parks.
Full Immersion into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The Play Disney Parks app becomes a significant tool in the immersive experience of Galaxy’s Edge. Shortly after you arrive in Batuu (enter Galaxy’s Edge) your Play Disney Parks app will turn itself into a Galaxy’s Edge Datapad.
This datapad will give guests the freedom to interact with droids, take on jobs, and so much more. In this way, each guest will be able to shape an individually crafted experience within Galaxy’s Edge. Each choice that you make will change the ultimate outcome of the experience.
Each guest will have the choice of whether they want to join the Resistance, support the First Order, or remain on their own as a scoundrel.
Disney has identified the following ways you can use your app to within Batuu:
- Translate galactic languages—both written and spoken.
- Discover precious cargo and digital goods as you scan objects all around the spaceport—including items hidden inside space-shipping crates and containers.
- Tune into communications sent by the planet’s many residents to uncover stories and secrets throughout the land—and unscramble transmissions being sent from far, far away.
- Use the Play Disney Parks app to hack into the land’s many devices, control panels and droids.
Dining in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
There are 5 different options for food inside of Galaxy’s Edge, ranging from restaurants to popcorn stands. The overall concept for the food offered in Galaxy’s Edge is a farm to table style dining experience. The residents of Batuu are reliant upon making delicious food sourced from their surroundings.
Oga’s Cantina is considered to be unique/themed dining in a lounge setting. The menu consists primarily of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with a smattering of small plate options
The story behind Oga’s Cantina is that it is run by Oga Garra, the boss of the Black Spire Outpost. The boss herself is not often around, as she is traveling around the universe collecting payments, but she supplies visitors with her famous drinks. These drinks are crafted using “otherwordly” methods to make them truly unique.
There is also music provided in the form of DJ R-3X, also known as DJ REX. DJ REX is a former pilot from over at Star Tours who wanted a new job.
Oga’s Cantina Menu
Concoctions with Alcohol
- Spiran Caf – Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee, orange marmalade, rum, vanilla whipped cream, and citrus zest
- Bloody Rancor – vodka, chile liqueur, spicy Bloody Mary mix, and rancor bone
Afternoon and Evening Specialties
- Fuzzy Tauntaun – peach vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice with tangerine, pure cane sugar, and “buzzz” foam
- Jedi Mind Trick – grapefruit and rose vodka, falernum, blue curaçao, white grape juice, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters
- The Outer Rim – silver tequila, açaí liqueur, lime juice, pure cane sugar, black salt, and exotic fruit purée
- T-16 Skyhopper – vodka, melon liqueur, kiwi, and half & half
- Dagobah Slug Slinger – reposado tequila, blue curaçao, citrus juices, ginger, herbs, and bitters
- Jet Juice – bourbon, chile liqueur, açaí liqueur, white grape juice, and lemon juice
- Yub Nub – pineapple rum, spiced rum, citrus juices, and passion fruit
- Bespin Fizz – rum, yuzu purée, pomegranate juice, white cranberry juice, and cloud swirl
Concoctions without Alcohol
- Black Spire Brew – Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee, honey, falernum, passion fruit, and citrus
- Moogan Tea – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, chocolate milk, vanilla, and cinnamon
- Tarine Tea – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, peach, huckleberry, and mint
- Blue Bantha – Blue Milk served chilled with bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookie
Afternoon and Evening Specialties:
- Cliff Dweller – citrus juices, coconut, hibiscus-grenadine, and Seagram’s Ginger Ale
- Hyperdrive (Punch It!) – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, and Sprite
- Jabba Juice – Simply Orangewith pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearls
- Blue Bantha – Blue Milk served chilled with bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookie
- Blurrgfire – lemonade, pomegranate juice, and habanero-lime
- Carbon Freeze – Powerade Lemon Lime, wild strawberry, blueberry, and green apple popping pears
- Oga’s Obsession – lemonade, cotton candy flavor, and blueberry popping pearls with a bursting dried fruit mixture
Beers on Tap
- Gold Squadron Lager
- White Wampa Ale
- Gamorrean Ale
- Bad Motivator IPA
Cider on Tap
- Spice Runner Hard Cider
Wine on Tap
- Imperial Guard
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is characterized as “fast-casual” which translates to Disney’s park lingo of Quick Service. Similar to Satu’li Canteen in Animal Kingdom, the food served here is much different from the standard burgers and fries. Docking Bay 7 will serve food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The story behind Docking Bay 7 is that a famous chef in the Star Wars Galaxy has parked his transport space craft on the roof of a hangar on Batuu to provide food for the weary travelers. It is the equivalent of an intergalactic food truck.
Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs gathers fresh ingredients from all over the universe and presents them to guests for their enjoyment. Diners have a choice between dining inside the Docking Bay 7 hanger or outside on a shaded patio.
Right now, Disney World’s website states that dining plans are not taken at Docking Bay 7, but time will tell whether or not that changes before opening weekend.
Tip: The allergy friendly menu is already listed for Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo! There are only limited options listed for Gluten allergies, but at least they are prepared to serve people with food allergies with ease right from the start.
Docking Bay 7 Menu
- Smoked Kaadu Ribs – sticky pork ribs served with a blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw
Fried Endorian Tip-yip – crispy chicken served with roasted vegetable potato mash and herb gravy
- Yobshrimp Noodle Salad – chilled shrimp served with marinated noodles and vegetables
Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad – marinated chicken served with mixed greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and green curry ranch
- Felucian Garden Spread (lunch only) – plant-based “kefta” served with herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, and pita
- Braised Shaak Roast (dinner only) – beef pot roast served with cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, and mushrooms
- Ithorian Garden Loaf (dinner only) – plant-based “meatloaf” served with roasted vegetable potato mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauce
- Oi-oi Puff – raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousse
- Batuu-bon – chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custard
All Meals include choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Water
- Yobshrimp Noodle Salad (Disney Check) – chilled shrimp served with noodles, vegetables and sweet orange dressing
- A Taste of Takodana (Disney Check) – black bean hummus served with edible soil with nuts, chilled dipping vegetables, and multi-grain crisps
- Fried Endorian Tip-yip – crispy chicken served with macaroni & cheese and seasonal vegetables
Specialty Beverages without Alcohol:
- Moof Juice – Simply Fruit Punch and Simply Orange with chipotle-pineapple
- Phattro – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, Odwalla Lemonade, and desert pear
- Batuubucha Tea – Suja Pineapple Passionfruit Kombucha
Ronto Roasters is the main attraction in the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace. It’s wily creators have taken an old pod racing engine and turned it into a BBQ pit to cook delicious goodies. Specifically, Ronto Roasters are a pita wrap filled with grilled sausage and roasted pork.
Droids are on hand to turn the mechanical spit which hosts a large side of roasting Ronto. A Ronto is a large animal native to the planet Tatooine.
Ronto Roasters Menu
- Ronto Wrap – roasted pork and grilled sausage with peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in pita
- Nuna Turkey Jerky – choice of sweet or spicy
- Tatooine Sunset – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, Odwalla Lemonade, melon, and blueberry
- Sour Sarlacc – Minute Maid Limeade, raspberry, and spicy mango
- Meiloorun Juice – pineapple, Simply Lemonade with blueberry, white cranberry juice, lemon juice, and desert pear
The milk stand offers up either blue or green milk served in the form of a frozen beverage. Luke Skywalker himself was seen drinking blue and green milk in two of the Star Wars movies. The milk itself is a frozen mixture of rice and coconut milks, making it entirely plant based.
Milk Stand Menu
- Blue Milk
- Green Milk
- Bubo Wamba Family Farms Novelty Drink Vessel
Kat Saka’s Kettle
Kat Saka’s Kettle is a food stall within the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace which serves up Outpost Mix. Outpost Mix is a popcorn mix that combines sweet and savory flavors into one bunch of deliciousness.
This is also where you can buy the specialty bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, Dasani, and Sprite.
Kat Saka’s Kettle Menu
- Outpost Popcorn Mix – colorful blend of sweet and spicy flavors, popped in coconut oil
- MSE-6 Series Repair Droid Souvenir Popcorn Vessel
- Specialty Bottled Beverages – Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dasani
The Disney Dining Plan at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
It was initially believed the the Disney Dining Plan would not be accepted immediately when Star Wars Land opens. However, it has been confirmed during the Annual Passholder previews that this is not the case!
There is signage throughout the land marking various items with the Disney Dining Plan snack credit symbol. Of not, the Blue and Green milk is worth a snack credit. This is a potentially good use of a snack credit as one of these drinks costs $8.
The specially designed Coke bottles are also considered a snack credit. When looking at face value, they are a good use of a snack credit since the price tag is $6. However, it is simply a small bottle of Coke which is mainly good for the photo op.
Additionally, Cast Members are reporting that both Docking Bay 7 and Ronto’s Roasters are accepting Quick Service dining credits!
Merchandise at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
It’s not an official land at Disney World unless there is tons of merchandise for you to spend your money on! Some of the items for sale will be truly unique, custom made souvenirs. However, with this comes a sometimes massive price tag.
From the descriptions provided by the Disney website, it sounds like simply browsing the shops of Galaxy’s Edge can be a unique and entertaining experience all in itself.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities you will find collections of rare goods acquired from all over the galaxy. The selection will include everything from, “…jewelry, to ancient tools, to rare kyber crystals, to statues—and even a collection of famous lightsabers.”
Black Spire Outfitters
This shop sells a variety of garments and gear to help outfit every galactic traveler. It will offer clothes to suit a variety of needs throughout the galaxy. Frankly, I can see this one being a HUGE hit…
This stall is run by Bina, who enjoys supplying her customers with unique creatures found throughout the galaxy. Of course, all of these creatures can be purchased for the right price.
All I know is my kids are going to put a hurting on the Creature Stall.
Toydarian Toymaker sells all manner of handmade and artisan “playthings”. All of the items are made by Zabaka the Toydarian. You can even spot her sillhouette through the frosted back window of the shop as she crafts more toys.
First Order Cargo
If your heart leads you to make allegiance with the First Order, than a trip to First Order Cargo might be necessary. In this shop you can find various uniforms and gear which are necessary for all who wish to join the First Order.
Conversely, if the Force compels you to join the Resistance, than you must stop by Resistance Supply to suit up with the appropriate gear. Here, you can also meet others loyal to the Resistance and join them again the First Order.
Savi’s Workshop – Custom Built Lightsabers
I predict this store will be massively popular for everyone who enters Galaxy’s Edge. Who doesn’t want the opportunity to custom build their own lightsaber?
There are four different themes to choose from which will determine the look of your lightsaber. The themes are Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, and Protection and Defense. The Gatherers will then help you select the Kyber crystal which powers your lightsaber.
Each lightsaber theme comes with the following options:
- 1 hilt
- 4 sleeves (pick 2)
- 2 emitters (pick 1)
- 2 pommel caps (pick 1)
- 2 sets of activation plates and switches (pick 1 set)
- Carrying Case
Whichever parts from the kit aren’t chosen by the guest will be returned to the supply box back into Savi’s shop. The Gatherer will then help attach a 36″ blade.
Each custom lightsaber will cost $199.99 plus tax. Annual Passholder and other discounts will not be applied.
In what will likely be another hugely popular place to be, the Droid Depot allows guests to custom make their own droids in either the BB or R series units. Once the type of droid is chosen, each guest is provided with a basket and a blueprint for that unit. They will travel through the various parts stations to select which parts they would like for their droid.
Finally, at the build station, guests will use their blueprint and parts to construct their droids. The final step is to pair the droid with a remote control and have it activated.
Each droid costs $99.99 plus tax. Annual passholder and other discounts will not be applied.
However, if money is no obstacle, you can customize your very own replica of R2D2! This custom droid will only cost you $25,000! This R2 model droid is a life size replica of the most beloved droid in the galaxy.
Star Wars Hotel
As of right now, Disney has released little to no official information regarding the Star Wars Hotel, other than the fact that it is in the works. We do know that permits have been filed which provide some clues and speculation, but nothing official.
However, it is now officially under construction, which is at least a step in the right direction!
I am beyond excited that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule. The more time for them to work out the kinks before our next big trip, the better! However, I feel bad for the people who scheduled their trip in the early fall on purpose to miss the crazy that Galaxy’s Edge will bring.
I think that the chosen opening date was very deliberate. August 29 is a time when most of the kids in the country are either just starting school, or are about to start school. This makes parents less likely to pull their kids from school for a trip to Disney World.
Crowds at this time are ridiculously low for this very reason. I
As I said, the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland will likely be an indicator of how the opening at Disney World will go. I will keep you updated on any news that is released on the Grand Opening at Disney World.
What I do know for sure, if you want to book a stay at a Disney resort this fall, I would do it now. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Just do it.
Are you planning a Disney World vacation? To get started, read up on the beginner’s guide to Disney vacation planning. Learn more about Advanced Dining Reservations, as well as, the Disney Dining Plan. Also, start learning all about the Disney World FastPass system, as this can become your best friend during your trip. And once you’re ready, read up about what to pack for your Disney vacation.
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