Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Disney’s newest land expansion at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. No matter which park you frequent, both lands are exactly the same meaning these touring tips can be applied to both versions of Galaxy’s Edge.
We’re talking all about both new attractions, both interactive experiences, all of the dining, and how to get a coveted boarding pass for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance!
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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Tip 1 – Arrive Early or Just Before Park Closing
For the least amount of wait you’re going to want to get to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run right when the park opens or right before the park closes.
The attraction does not offer FastPass+ so arriving during this time will give you the least amount of wait and still be able to enjoy the rest of Batuu.
Tip 2 – Pay Attention to the Attraction Story of Smugglers Run
The story of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is that you’ve been recruited by Hondo Ohnaka to go on a mission for him and return he’s giving you galactic credits.
As with any Star Wars story things go awry and you’re going to need to get out of some dodgy situations.
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Tip 3 – Know What to Expect from the Millennium Falcon Ride
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a simulator that reacts to your gameplay. There are three positions riders can take:
Based on what each person in the cockpit does is how well you will do on you mission. If you have any sensitivity to motion simulators you might want to skip this one.
Hipster Power Tip: On your first ride you should wait in the stand-by queue. This really does help set up the storyline of the attraction and you’ll get some great views of the Millennium Falcon and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
After your first ride hit up the single rider line for a super minimal wait. Your group will most likely be split up but it’s worth it for just a few minute wait.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Tip 4 – Know When Rise of the Resistance Opens
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World and will be opening on January 17 at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort.
The attraction is less of a ride and more of an overall Star Wars experience.
Tip 5 – Pay Attention to the Storyline of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Rise of the Resistance puts you in the middle of the action when you join The Resistance to fight The First Order. Things don’t go exactly as planned when you get captured and taken into a First Order Star Destroyer to be interrogated by Kylo Ren.
You’re going to need to use the Force to escape his clutches as you zip through the ship to escape back to the hidden Resistance base.
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Tip 6 – Know What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Ride
Rise of the Resistance is filled with twists and turns. There are quite a few moving pieces to this attraction, the first being the transport pod that you start off in.
The feel is similar to Star Tours as a motion simulator but you’re standing up and told to hang on to a handrail. Your next point will take you onto a trackless ride car through the Star Destroyer then to the big finale!
Hipster Power Tip: Even if you have motion sickness you should be okay on this attraction. The simulation parts are small and not at all jarring like they can be on Star Tours or Soarin’.
How to Get a Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass
Walt Disney World
At Walt Disney World you’re going to need to download the My Disney Experience App to gain access to securing a boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Once you’re inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios click on the “Join Boarding Group” button on the app and it will redirect you to tell you what boarding group number you are.
You should get a push alert when your boarding group is called and you have two hours to return to the front of the line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Hipster Power Tip: You will need to scan your park ticket and finger to get a boarding group and they are limited. To guarantee access arrive early to the park to be there about one hour before the official park opening.
The process is about the same at Disneyland though since the ride is not open as of writing yet there’s no way to know for sure how boarding groups will work precisely.
You will need to download the Disneyland app and have scanned your park ticket into Disneyland park to gain access to the boarding groups.
Hipster Power Tip: At both Disneyland and Walt Disney World you can get your boarding pass and leave the park to come back once your boarding group has been called.
You have two hours between when your boarding group is called and when you need to return so no need to rush.
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What to Expect in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
What is the Droid Depot
The Droid Depot is first off, an interactive experience where travelers to Black Spire Outpost can build their own custom droid. You can choose from an R2 unit or a BB unit in multiple colors.
The second part of the Droid Depot is a shop for droid accessories and those fun BB-8 headbands you’ll see around Galaxy’s Edge.
Is Building a Droid Worth The Money?
In one word, yes. For the standard droid with no extra accessories or carry bag it wiliest you back $100, and discounts do not apply.
The whole experience takes about 30 minutes to pick your parts, create your droid, activate it and check out.
Once your droid is built you can race it around Galaxy’s Edge with other droids and listen to it beep and boop and watch light up as it interacts with the land around it and other droids.
Hipster Power Tip: Make a reservation for the Droid Depot through the My Disney Experience or Disneyland App to be sure you’re able to get in without a wait.
What is Savi’s Workshop?
Savi’s Workshop is where guests can build their own custom lightsaber with the help of a few expert gatherers.
Here you can channel your inner Jedi or Sith and feel the power of the Force as you choose parts and what color you want your saber blade to be.
Is Building a Lightsaber Worth the Money?
Potentially. The lightsabers are $200 and come with a carry bag. They are less of a toy and more of a collectors or cosplay item.
It is quite fun to choose your own parts and saber color, but this might be something that’s better for older kids or adults.
Hipster Power Tip: Reservations for Savi’s Workshop are highly recommended since space is limited. You can make reservations for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World through the Disneyland or My Disney Experience app, or online.
What is Oga’s Cantina?
Oga’s Cantina is the spot to be for drinks inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The bar is themed to be like one of the many cantinas you see in the Star Wars films.
The drinks that are served inside are all themed to Star Wars and even though they are a bit expensive they are worth every penny. Inside you’ll also find a familiar droid. R3X from Star Tours is the new DJ at Oga’s.
What do I Order?
Oga has a bit of everything on her menu from mixed drinks to beer, and even non-alcoholic for young padawans.
If you’re asking us what to get, we highly suggest getting the Fuzzy Taun Taun or the Outer Rim.
The Fuzzy Taun Taun is a space version of a fuzzy naval, but the foam on the top of the drink will make your mouth and lips numb.
The Outer Rim is a galactic spin on a margarita and is our favorite drink on the menu.
Hipster Power Tip: Oga’s Catina is mostly standing room. If you require a seat for a specific reason be sure to tell the host or hostess outside of the Cantina so they will reserve a seat for your group.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
What is Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo?
For travelers looking for a place to sit down and enjoy a meal you’re going to want to go to Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.
The quick service dining establishment is right next to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and is offering up some pretty creative choices for breakfast lunch and dinner.
What do I Order?
Breakfast is only served for a very limited time, but if you make it before the service cutoff, you’re going to want to order the overnight oats.
Not only is the breakfast super filling, it’s a fun twist on a traditional breakfast.
The oats come mixed with fruit and topped with boba.
For lunch and dinner, you’ll see the same menu. The one thing on this menu you’re going to want to order is the plant-based Felucian Garden Spread.
The plant-based meatballs come with a super yummy hummus and grilled pita bread.
Hipster Power Tip: Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo accepts mobile order. You can do this through the parks app to have a limited wait for food during high traffic times.
What is Ronto Roasters?
At the end of the Marketplace inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge you’ll find Ronto Roasters.
This little quick service stand is the spot to be for our favorite galactic snack, the Ronto Wrap!
What do I Order?
There are a few options at Ronto Roasters, the first is the traditional Ronto Wrap, which is made with a pork sausage, sliced pork, slaw, and a spicy sauce all enveloped by warm bread!
For travelers at Disneyland there is an option for a vegan Ronto-less Wrap which features a plant-based sausage, spicy kimchi slaw, pickled cucumber, gochujang spread and wrapped in warm pita!
Hipster Power Tip: Ronto Roasters can have a long line when the land opens to get their breakfast wrap, or late in the afternoon as guests want a snack. Use mobile order at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland to cut down on your wait time.
What Characters are in Galaxy’s Edge?
Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge you won’t find the typical lines to meet characters. They are free roaming throughout the land and will stop to take photos and chat as long as a line does not form.
You’ll find Rey, Chewbacca, Vi Moradi, Kylo Ren, and Stormtroopers inside the land at various points throughout the day.
How do I Meet my Favorite Star Wars Characters?
Part of the fun of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is that you don’t know what’s going to happen.
In the past we’ve had Rey recruit us for missions in the land, we’ve rubbed elbows with Chewie, and even held our own with Kylo Ren.
To meet the characters, you’re just going to have to be at the right place at the right time.
Hipster Power Tip: When you see a character have your camera ready before you go up to them. Most of the time they will stop, but not for long.
Have you had a chance to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge yet? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
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