Galaxy’s Edge will be opening on August 29, 2019, and Star Wars fans everywhere are counting down the days to this iconic moment! We had the privilege of visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge twice before the opening this week which was absolutely incredible! We were able to do and see everything and ask tons of questions to find out as much as we could about this new land opening up as part of Hollywood Studios. We are so grateful we were able to enjoy it before the crowds arrive next week; however, we also know we’ll be there many times after it opens because Robert is such a big Star Wars fan and wants to play the Play Disney app (info on that below).
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This is a very in-depth and detailed post about all of the incredible things to do and see in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. If you do not want to know about something, feel free to skip over that section as there are many spoilers in here to help everyone be prepared for their visit to Batuu.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is everything everyone has said and more. This interactive ride seats six people, each with a position on the ship: two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers. You sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and “fly” on your mission to get the coaxiam you need. Because the ride is interactive, the pilots really are flying the ship, so depending on how good (or bad) your pilots are will determine how rough your ride is. The pilot position is the funnest but also the hardest. Robert did great flying, but it took me a couple tries to figure it out. I personally preferred the gunner position. The gunners shoot the other ships as everyone tries to get the coaxium. Pro tip: if you hold the button down, it shoots the whole time so you don’t have to keep pushing the button. I wish I had known the first time I went on Smuggler’s Run! The engineer position is the easiest and requires less work than the other positions. Because this one is the furthest back, this is also the best seat for anyone who thinks they might get motion sick.
We don’t know how long the line will be for this ride when it officially opens, so be ready for a long wait. Have water with you, a snack, and fully charged phone. One thing fun you can do while you’re waiting is download the Disney Play app (more on this below). This app has games, trivia, and more on it, and it interacts with the queue in Smuggler’s Run. We really enjoyed playing this while we waited in line and made the time go by faster.
When you get to the front of the line, you first go into a room where Hondo explains what he needs you to do. From there, everyone is given a position (pilot, gunner or engineer). You can request a certain position, but you may have to wait one more turn for this. You then head down the corridor into the heart of the Millennium Falcon where you wait for your color to be called for your group. There are a few fun things that could happen in here, but I won’t spoil that for you. Once your color is called, you walk into a small hallway where you watch a short clip from Hondo about your flight. It’s then time for the ride!
Everyone takes their seat and buckles in. When the ride begins, listen for the instructions Hondo gives. Throughout the ride, he will tell each position what they need to do (buttons to press, levers to pull, etc). Each ride is different. We rode six times, and sometimes we got one container of coaxium, and others we got more. Sometimes our pilots were great, and sometimes I was driving. We also had times where we didn’t quite make it all the way back from lightspeed, so we had to go through an extra scene going back. The ending can be slightly different as well based on if you have to wait to leave. It truly is amazing how different the ride can be each time you go. Plus, each position is different, so it takes a minimum of three times to ride it just to try each one.
For those wondering about motion sickness, this ride is somewhat of a combination of Star Tours and Flight of Passage. It’s more interactive than both, but the simulation concept is the same.
There is a single rider line, but keep in mind, you probably won’t get to ride with anyone you’re with, even if there’s only two of you. The single rider line cannot request a position because you’re the extra person, so if you really want to be a pilot, you have to go in the main queue. It’s worth the wait, and once you’ve ridden in the position you really want, you can go in the single rider line just to ride it again. The queue is not as immersive in the single rider line either, and you cannot play the Disney Play app in the single rider line which we were sad to find out.
Building a Lightsaber
This was one of the most emotional experiences in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which was so unexpected for both of us. We knew it would be amazing, but we weren’t prepared for how immersive and real everything would be. Each guest building a lightsaber may have one person with them. The room is small, so they did not allow exceptions for this even with kids. At least one person of the two must be at least fourteen years old, but there’s no age limit on building a lightsaber; however, they do recommend being at least five years old. The lightsaber build is $199.99 plus tax per lightsaber, and no discounts can be applied.
When you first arrive to check in, they’ll show you a brochure with all of the lightsaber options and ask which one you’d like to build. There are four options: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, and Protection and Defense. While we were choosing which lightsaber hilt we wanted, two storm troopers came up and asked what we were up to. The cast member replied, “Buying scrap metal.” The entire theme of the Savi’s Workship is that they’re selling scrap metal in their shop because lightsabers aren’t allowed on Batuu. Everyone stayed in complete character the entire time, always referring to our purchase and package as “scrap metal.”
Once a group of 14 has all checked in and paid, a few instructions are given before walking into Savi’s Workshop. The entire shop is detailed in every area as a workshop, so be sure to look around when you go in. Each builder gets a station where they will build their lightsaber.
Our guide spoke about the importance of the lightsaber, its meaning, and the jedi who have used them in the past. It was amazing to listen to. Then each builder got to choose their kyber crystal which is the heart of the lightsaber and decides what color your blade will be. The builders were then given a kit based on which hilt design they chose with each piece having two options from which to choose. The cast members help guide and show how the pieces fit together to build the hilt of the lightsaber, but the builder actually gets to do the building.
Note: There is a chance your pieces may not fit together properly for your lightsaber when building: just let the cast members know so they can get you a new set. We had this happen, and they were very quick to get Robert a new set that fit together perfectly.
Once all the builders have chosen the parts they want to use and have built the hilt of the lightsaber, everyone places their hilt in the holder in front of them. Our guide talked a bit more before the hilts were placed into the Crystal Stabilization Chamber. We then heard a message from Yoda before the builders went to their stabilization chamber and activated their lightsabers all at once. It was the most amazing experience to witness. I wasn’t even building a lightsaber, and I got chills. The builders all held up their newly-built lightsabers at one time in the dark which was beautiful.
After everyone “deactivated” their lightsabers, there was one final farewell before everyone started exiting. Each builder was given a case for their lightsaber that so far has been very sturdy and held up well. If you’d like to carry around just the hilt of the lightsaber, there are clips you can purchase in the store right around the corner for $20 plus tax.
Oga’s Cantina is a lively bar with a wide variety of drink options, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The music is played by DJ Rex who did a wonderful job the whole time we were there. 90% of guests will have to stand as seating is extremely limited, so you’ll want to be prepared for that if you’re expecting to rest your legs for a bit. We were lucky enough to get a seat because we had a larger group and a scheduled time.
The drinks we got were colorful and really good. Everyone enjoyed the one they got. We also got the Oga’s Obsession (Odwalla lemonade, cotton candy flavor, blueberry popping pearls, and dried fruit), which can be served with alcohol or without. It was extremely sweet and a little strange, but everyone liked it. It’s better shared because it’s so sweet. There are other food options here as well that were not available when we went the first time, so we plan to go back to review those soon.
Ronto Roasters is a small quick service station near the market with a very limited menu. There are two options for breakfast (one of which can be found at Docking Bay 7), two options for lunch and dinner, and three specialty drink options. They do also sell soda and water.
We got the Ronto Morning Wrap (egg omelet, grilled pork sausage, shredded cheese, and peppercorn sauce wrapped in a pita) and loved it! I’m not normally a sausage person, but I really liked this breakfast wrap a lot. The combination of flavors was so good. Make sure you get the sauce with your bite before judging whether or not you like it. This is also only available until 10 a.m., so you’ll want to head here before shopping if you want to try it. The Ronto Morning Wrap is $12.49.
We got the Ronto Wrap and Nuna Turkey Jerky for lunch. The Ronto Wrap (roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce, and tangy slaw wrapped in a pita) was so good which is crazy that we liked both wraps so much! The Nuna turkey jerky comes in sweet or spicy. We got the sweet one, and it was good jerky. The Ronto Wrap is $12.99, and the jerky is $7.49.
Docking Bay 7
Docking Bay 7 is the quick service restaurant in Galaxy’s Edge. It can be found over by Smuggler’s Run, so you can plan to eat before or after you get off the ride. The food is all named like it’s from another planet, but it’s very normal food that tasted really good.
We had both breakfast and lunch there. The lunch and dinner menus are the same. For breakfast we got the Bright Suns Morning (three-cheese egg bite, pork sausage, purple potato hash, and mini Mustafarian lava roll). We also ordered the Mustafarian Lava Roll by itself. The breakfast platter was okay but nothing special. We don’t plan to get it again. The lava roll was good but different. It looks like a cinnamon roll, but there’s no cinnamon in it, and it has a slightly spicy taste to it. Robert really liked it, but it’s different than what you’d expect.
The Bright Suns Morning breakfast was $10.99, and the roll was $5.99. The dining plan does work for most meals and snacks in Batuu, so if you’re on the dining plan, this is a huge benefit. Breakfast is only served from opening to 10 a.m., so if you want to try their breakfast, you’ll want to go early as it doesn’t last long.
Lunch starts at 10 a.m. and the same food is served the rest of the day. The menu isn’t huge, but what we ordered was delicious! We had the Fried Endorian Tip-Yip (crispy chicken, roasted vegetable potato hash, and herb gravy), and Braised Shaak Roast (beef pot roast, cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, and mushrooms). The chicken was our favorite of the two. It was so good! The pot roast had a lot of flavor, but was slightly dry. We’re looking forward to trying the ribs next time we’re at Batuu.
Building a Droid
We have not personally done this yet but are hoping to be a part of building a droid in September with a family member. The whole shop looks like random droid parts everywhere, and it really is a custom experience. You can choose between an R2 unit or BB unit. No one is allowed near the conveyor belt of droid parts unless you’re building a droid or with someone building a droid (each part can have two people: one builder and one observer). You choose your droid parts from the conveyer belt (there’s a variety of colors and shapes) and then head to the work station where you build your droid. Once your droid is built, it can move and make noise. They looked so cute roaming around Batuu.
The droids are $99.99 plus tax (or 99.99 credits as they say on Batuu). The whole experience is 15-20 minutes once you pay and wait in line. They weren’t accepting reservation times when we went since it was a preview, but hopefully the reservations will help with crowd levels and wait times. You are allowed to wait to build a droid even if you don’t have a reservation, but it will be a longer wait.
Play Disney App
The Play Disney App now has a section for when you’re on Batuu where you can earn credits, do “jobs”, scan for missions, translate the writing throughout the land, and so much more. It’s a great way to pass the time while you’re waiting in lines or just enjoy more of Galaxy’s Edge. The app gets you wandering around seeing things you may not have otherwise seen and is fun for everyone. We both played it and had different characters we chose with different missions.
If you do decide you want to try the Play Disney App, there are a couple things you should know. One, be sure to download the app before you get to Batuu as it takes a lot to download it and signal isn’t great. Two, the app drains your phone battery like crazy, so make sure you have a charger with you or you may have a dead phone before the end of the day. Three, the app works everywhere except the single rider line on Smuggler’s Run, so if you’re hoping to scan some of the special bar codes or complete a mission for that part, you must go through the standby line to do so.
There are a ton of shops and stores all over Galaxy’s Edge. The Market has the most shops in it and is really cute to just walk around and look at all the theming and amazing merchandise they have there. Everything you buy is in credits because that is the official currency on Batuu, so when you go to pay, instead of saying, “That will be ten dollars,” they say, “That will be ten credits.” It’s so great how much work went into making literally everything feel like you’re on another world.
The shoulder porg we got is not found on Batuu because they don’t like porgs there. There’s too many of them; they get into everything; and they’re a nuisance. Tons of cast members stopped us mentioning we needed to keep an eye on our porg since they already had too many running around everywhere. It was a lot of fun. Shoulder porgs can be found at Tatooine Traders which is the store outside of Star Tours. He was $20 plus tax, and our Annual Passholder discount did apply.
There are no meet and greets on Batuu because everything is as if you really are on the planet, so Star Wars characters aren’t “famous” and shouldn’t have their picture taken with random strangers. However, you will still see Star Wars characters randomly roaming throughout Batuu. We saw Storm Troopers, Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, and Vi Moradi. Chewbacca we saw the most, but Vi Moradi interacted with more of the guests than the others. They do such a great job staying in character as they roam throughout Batuu.
The PhotoPass lines were a decent length when we were there for the Annual Passholder preview, but that is partly due to the fact that even the PhotoPass photographers on Batuu are in character. One had a guest explaining what a fan was to them. Another asked about our scrap metal (lightsaber). They stay in character completely which is so impressive, but because they do, their interactions take longer with each guest than normal PhotoPass lines.
You can find PhotoPass photographers throughout Galaxy’s Edge, but their main locations are near the ships. When you first walk in, there’s a PhotoPass photographer by the first Star Wars ship. They have a special Magic Shot they can do that we really liked. There’s a PhotoPass photographer by Docking Bay 7 facing the Millennium Falcon as well as a few down by Millennium Falcon. We also found one over by Oga’s Cantina, but we weren’t sure if that was a regular location for them.
If you would prefer not to carry your merchandise around Galaxy’s Edge, you can have it sent to your Disney resort or to the front of the park for pickup. This is true for any merchandise in the parks, including lightsabers and droids.
We love how cute the Coca-Cola bottles are, and they are a great souvenir to take home with you. The ban on these on airplanes has been lifted, so whether they’re empty or full, you can take them with you with no issues. Also, these do count as a snack credit.
If you are flying to and from Walt Disney World and purchasing a droid or lightsaber, be sure you have room for them in your luggage or can take them with you as a carry-on. Most airlines do allow a lightsaber to count as a carry-on item. The lightsaber in the carrying case is around 40″ long, so depending on the size of your suitcase, it may not fit in there. You can also remove the blade from the hilt to pack it better and make it smaller if you need to. It can be a risk packing these in your suitcase as there’s the chance it could get crushed while being thrown around at the airport. Be sure to protect your new expensive Star Wars merchandise during your traveling.
Be sure to read our blog post about what you’ll need to plan ahead of time and what you should plan to bring for your visit to Galaxy’s Edge. This is especially helpful for those coming Opening Day and the weeks right after.
We absolutely love all the incredible details the Imagineers put into creating Galaxy’s Edge as well as the experience of building a lightsaber and riding Smuggler’s Run, and how immersive everything is in every area: cast members, food, merchandise, language, play app, and decor. However, ultimately Galaxy’s Edge is a giant shopping center for Star Wars fans. Unless you’re planning to ride Smuggler’s Run, take pictures or play the Disney app, the only things to do require you to spend money. The food is good and worth trying, and the shopping areas have a wide variety of really cool merchandise, but you do need to plan to spend money here for almost everything. It will help once the second ride, Rise of the Resistance, opens because there will be two attractions in Star Wars Land, giving guests something else “free” to do while on the planet of Batuu.