Welcome, fellow Star Wars fan, to the magical world of Disney! If you’re a fan of the epic space saga, then you’re in for a real treat at Disney World. With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you can now immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe like never before. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just enjoy the movies, there’s something here for everyone. From thrilling rides and interactive experiences to delicious galactic cuisine and unique shopping opportunities, Disney World has truly created a Star Wars experience that is out of this world! So grab your lightsaber, hop on the Millennium Falcon, and get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a magical world that transports visitors to the golden age of Hollywood while also immersing them in the thrilling universe of Star Wars. The park is home to a number of Star Wars-themed attractions, including the Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours. As a super Star Wars fan, let me take you on a tour of these amazing experiences and give you a taste of what you can expect when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Star Wars Launch Bay
First up is the Star Wars Launch Bay, a one-stop-shop for all things Star Wars. The Launch Bay is an interactive exhibit that showcases props, costumes, and models from the Star Wars movies, along with other unique artifacts and memorabilia. Visitors can also take part in special meet-and-greet sessions with popular characters from the films, such as Chewbacca, BB-8, and Kylo Ren.
These are traditional Disney meet and greets with PhotoPass Photographers and great one on one time with your favorite characters!
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
Next up is the thrilling Star Wars attraction, Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, which is a simulated flight through the Star Wars universe. This ride is a must-see for fans of the movies, as it takes visitors on a wild adventure through some of the most iconic locations in the Star Wars universe. The ride features 3D visuals, stunning special effects, and even smells and sounds that make you feel like you’re really flying through space.
The Star Tours attraction has recently been updated to include scenes from the latest Star Wars movies, including “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker.” The ride is also unique in that it offers multiple different storylines, so guests can experience something different every time they ride.
What is Galaxy’s Edge?
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is one of the most immersive and exciting experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and it’s a must-see destination for any super Star Wars fan. When you enter the land, you’re transported to the remote planet of Batuu, a world on the edge of the galaxy that’s full of adventure and excitement.
Details in Galaxy’s Edge
The theming and attention to detail at Galaxy’s Edge is truly remarkable. Everywhere you look, you’ll see incredible set pieces, intricate costumes, and unique props that make you feel like you’re truly on another planet. And the cast members at Galaxy’s Edge are fully immersed in the Star Wars universe, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling like you’re truly part of the story.
Disney PlayParks App
The Disney Play Parks app is a must-have tool for any guest visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This app provides guests with a variety of interactive experiences and games that allow them to fully immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe.
To use the app in Galaxy’s Edge, guests can simply download it onto their smartphone or mobile device and connect it to the park’s Wi-Fi network.
Once connected, guests can access a variety of interactive games and experiences within the app, including the ability to scan objects and decipher hidden messages throughout Galaxy’s Edge using the app’s translation features. The app also includes a feature called “Datapad,” which allows guests to complete missions and earn credits that can be used to purchase virtual goods within the app.
In addition to these interactive features, the app also provides guests with important information such as ride wait times, park maps, and restaurant menus. This can help guests plan their day more efficiently and make the most of their time in the park.
Overall, the Disney Play Parks app is an essential tool for any guest visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Whether you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe through interactive experiences and games or simply want to stay up-to-date on wait times and other important park information, the app is a must-have for any Star Wars fan or theme park enthusiast.
Attractions in Galaxy’s Edge
While Galaxy’s Edge is all about details and immersion, there are of course 2 major attractions. This is the home of Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run and the infamous Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Star Wars Rise of the Resistance
No trip to Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be complete without experiencing Rise of the Resistance. This attraction is one of the most technologically advanced and immersive rides ever created, and it’s a must-see for any super Star Wars fan.
Rise of the Resistance takes you on a thrilling adventure through the galaxy as you join the Resistance in their fight against the First Order. The ride combines elements of a thrilling dark ride, a motion simulator, and even a walk-through experience, creating an unforgettable journey that’s full of surprises and excitement.
The ride begins as you board a transport ship that’s intercepted by the First Order. You’re then taken captive and transported to a Star Destroyer, where you’ll face off against Kylo Ren himself. The visuals and special effects on this ride are truly stunning, and the level of immersion is unmatched by any other attraction at Disney World.
Ride Without The Wait!
Star Wars Rise of the Resistance is one of the most popular attractions in Walt Disney World, and that means it has a long wait time. The average wait time is about 2 hours, (though the longest recorded wait time was 7 hours!!!!) but you can ride this attraction with almost no wait!
Individual Lightning Lanes are available for purchase for Star Wars Rise of the Resistance. See more about Individual Lightning Lanes and other ways to ride this attraction without the wait here.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Get ready to operate the biggest hunk of junk in the galaxy! One of the highlights of Galaxy’s Edge is the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride. This immersive attraction puts you in the pilot’s seat of the iconic starship, as you and your crew work together to complete a daring smuggling mission.
The attraction seats 6 where 2 people are pilots, 2 are gunners, and 2 are engineers, but let’s be honest, the pilot is the best position! The ride is incredibly realistic, with stunning visuals and a thrilling storyline that will leave you breathless.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run on Genie+
The other Star Wars attraction in Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, is available for Lightning Lanes on Disney’s skip the line feature, Genie+!
Characters in Galaxy’s Edge
One of the most exciting aspects of visiting Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the opportunity to interact with characters from the Star Wars universe. As you explore the land, you’ll encounter a variety of beloved characters from the films, including Rey, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and even stormtroopers.
These characters don’t just walk around the land – they actively engage with guests, creating an immersive experience that’s truly unforgettable. You might find yourself being interrogated by a group of Stormtroopers, or having a conversation with Rey about the Resistance. And if you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to take a photo with your favorite character.
Dining in Galaxy’s Edge
No trip to Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be complete without trying some of the delicious food and drink options available in the land. Three popular dining options include the Milk Stand, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Kat Saka’s Kettle, and Oga’s Cantina.
The Milk Stand
The Milk Stand is a small kiosk that serves up Blue Milk and Green Milk, two iconic drinks from the Star Wars universe. Blue Milk was first seen in the original Star Wars film, and Green Milk was introduced in The Last Jedi. These dairy-free drinks are refreshing and perfect for a hot day in Florida.
Mobile Ordering is available at The Milk Stand!
PRO-TIP: Grown ups can enjoy their Blue and Green Milk with a little something “extra”. You can get the Blue Milk with rum or the Green Milk with tequila!
Docking Bay 7
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is a quick-service restaurant that offers a variety of unique and delicious dishes inspired by the Star Wars universe. The menu includes items like the Braised Shaak Roast, Fried Endorian Tip-yip, and Smoked Kaadu Ribs. The theming of the restaurant is also top-notch, with the interior designed to look like a working hangar bay.
Mobile Ordering is available at Docking Bay 7!
Kat Saka’s Kettle
Kat Saka’s Kettle is a food and beverage stand located in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This stand offers a unique Star Wars-themed snack called Outpost Mix, which is a sweet and savory popcorn blend with a hint of spice, but to us it tastes like spicy fruity pebbles. The stand’s location in the heart of Galaxy’s Edge allows guests to enjoy a snack and beverage while fully immersing themselves in the immersive and fantastical atmosphere of the Star Wars universe.
Finally, Oga’s Cantina is a must-visit spot for any Star Wars fan. This immersive bar serves up a variety of specialty cocktails, beers, and non-alcoholic drinks in a lively and bustling atmosphere. The bar is run by Oga Garra, a mysterious alien with ties to the criminal underworld. The theming of the bar is outstanding, with unique decorations and a live DJ spinning tunes from across the galaxy.
It’s worth noting that reservations are highly recommended for Oga’s Cantina, as the bar is very popular and tends to fill up quickly. But even if you can’t snag a reservation, there are plenty of other great food and drink options available throughout the land.
PRO-TIP: Reservations are pretty easy to snag if you don’t mind enjoying an adult beverage in the morning! We often find reservations available right at park opening.
Experiences in Galaxy’s Edge
Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t just about riding attractions and dining on Star Wars-themed food – it’s also about immersive experiences that allow you to create your own personalized souvenirs. Two popular experiences are Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot.
At Savi’s Workshop, guests can build their own custom lightsabers. This experience begins with a brief show that sets the scene and introduces you to the lore of the Jedi and the Force. You then select your preferred lightsaber hilt from a choice of four themes: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, and Protection and Defense. Once you’ve made your selection, you’ll move on to a workshop where you’ll build your lightsaber with the help of a guide. The end result is a fully functioning lightsaber that you can take home as a unique and personalized souvenir.
The Droid Depot is another interactive experience that allows guests to build their own droids. Here, you can choose to build either an R-series or BB-series droid. You’ll start by selecting the components for your droid, including the body, head, and legs. Once you’ve assembled your droid, you can activate it and watch as it comes to life. You can even customize your droid with personality chips that give it unique traits and behaviors.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
Another highlight of Galaxy’s Edge is shopping at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. This shop is filled with unique and rare Star Wars merchandise, including lightsabers, costumes, and collectibles. The shop is also filled with Easter eggs and nods to the Star Wars universe, such as a mural featuring a variety of iconic characters and artifacts.
Whether you’re building a lightsaber, creating a droid, or shopping for Star Wars memorabilia, the experiences at Galaxy’s Edge are all about immersing you in the world of Star Wars. These activities are highly popular, so it’s recommended to make reservations in advance.
If you want to participate in building a lightsaber at Savi’s or building a new droid friend at droid depot, be sure to make a reservation! These are very intimate experiences, and not many people will be there with you at one time.
Reservations can be made through My Disney Experience up to 60 days in advance of your trip. Our biggest tip is to be flexible with your dates and times if these experiences are important to you.
PRO-TIP: Can’t get a reservation? Reservation stalking apps like Mouse Dining and Stakeout also work for Disney experiences, like building a lightsaber at Savi’s! Just put in what days and times you would like and it will track the available reservations. When one opens in your window, the app will alert you so you can hop onto your My Disney Experience and snag it! Good luck!
The Galactic Starcruiser is the newest addition to the Star Wars experience at Walt Disney World. This two-day immersive experience takes guests on a journey through the galaxy aboard the Halcyon, a starcruiser that promises to be unlike any other Disney experience.
What is the Galactic Starcruiser?
Guests will be greeted at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal, where they’ll check in and be transported to the Halcyon via a launch pod. Once aboard the Starcruiser, guests will become part of the story and will have the opportunity to interact with characters, participate in activities, and explore the ship.
The Halcyon is designed to be an immersive and interactive experience, with each guest’s journey being unique to their choices and actions. Guests can choose to join the Resistance, work for the First Order, or simply explore the ship and take part in activities like lightsaber training and droid racing.
Cabins on the Galactic Starcruiser
Accommodations aboard the Halcyon are in the form of cabins, which are designed to look like the sleeping quarters on a Starcruiser. Each cabin is equipped with a window that displays the view of space outside the ship, making guests feel as though they are truly traveling through the galaxy. But be warned: They are small!
Dining on the Galactic Starcruiser
Dining aboard the Halcyon is an experience in itself, with guests enjoying meals in the Crown of Corellia Dining Room, which features panoramic views of the galaxy. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of different planets, which includes things like Bubble Grilled Cheese and Blue Shrimp.
Cosplay on the Galactic Starcruiser
While aboard the Galactic Starcruiser, guests will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe by participating in cosplay and face painting services through Image Design. These services are provided by experienced professionals who will help guests transform into their favorite Star Wars characters.
Image Design is available for both adults and children and allows guests to dress up in full costumes that match the Star Wars universe. Guests can choose to dress up as their favorite characters, whether it be a Jedi, Sith, bounty hunter, or rebel fighter. The costumes are highly detailed and designed to make guests feel as though they are truly a part of the Star Wars universe.
Image Design’s face painting services are optional and are not included in the price of the Galactic Starcruiser experience. However, for guests who want to fully immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe, these services are a fun and unique way to do so.
See our full review of their services here!
Perks of the Galactic Starcruiser
Guests who book a stay on the Galactic Starcruiser will receive more than just an immersive and unforgettable experience aboard the Starcruiser. In addition to their two-day journey aboard the Halcyon, guests will also receive several perks and benefits that make their entire Star Wars experience even more enjoyable.
Firstly, guests will receive a one-day ticket to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is included in the price of their stay on the Galactic Starcruiser. This allows guests to visit the park and experience all the other Star Wars attractions, such as the Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours, and the other rides and attractions available throughout the park.
Secondly, guests will also receive a meal voucher for lunch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is included in the price of their stay. This voucher can be used at any of the quick-service restaurants throughout the park, allowing guests to fuel up and continue their Star Wars adventure without worrying about the cost of food.
Finally, guests staying on the Galactic Starcruiser will also receive a Lightning Lane reservation for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This ride is one of the most popular and highly sought-after attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and a Lightning Lane reservation allows guests to bypass the regular queue and experience the ride with minimal wait time.
The Galactic Starcruiser experience is set to be an all-encompassing journey that immerses guests in the world of Star Wars. Reservations are already in high demand and have sold out in the past. While this experience is one of the more expensive experiences on Disney World property, keep an eye out for sales and discounts! Disney has offered discounts to annual passholders, Disney Visa Card holders, and more for the Galactic Starcruiser.
In summary, the Galactic Starcruiser is a new and unique way to experience the Star Wars universe. From the immersive story to the interactive activities and the futuristic accommodations, this two-day journey aboard the Halcyon is an experience like no other. Whether you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan or simply looking for a new and exciting adventure, the Galactic Starcruiser is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
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I am a mother of three that has refused to grow up. Adulting is for the birds, so I go to Disney World every chance I get for that magical escape from reality. I believe that Haunted Mansion is the best ride in all of the Disney Parks, and I am fervently in team Happily Ever After for fireworks spectaculars, (sorry, not sorry, Enchanted). Finally, I hope I never grow tired of skipping down Main Street, USA, and my dream come true would be “friends with” the Fairy Godmother in my old age.
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