Planning your first trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? There is so much to see and do in the newest expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may not know where to begin- Follow these tips and use the force as you plan your next visit:
1. Stay at a Disney resort if possible
Staying at a Disney resort comes with so many benefits, like early access to FastPass+ reservations, Extra Magic Hours, and more. If you’re staying onsite, you’ll have an easier time going to and from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to visit Galaxy’s Edge (whether you opt for Disney’s complimentary transportation or use your own vehicle) and you’ll be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. Limited to guests staying at Disney resorts, Extra Magic Hours allow you early entry into the parks or the ability to stay after they’ve closed to day guests on select nights, and these off hours can come in handy if you plan to explore Black Spire Outpost.
2. Eat around Batuu
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge comes with a host of interesting eats all around the newest land in the park. Whether you’re seeking out Blue Milk or a wrap from Ronto Roasters, there are so many delicious eats to be found around every corner. Some of the foodie options around Batuu may even surprise you– the overnight oats for instance that come with many of the breakfast entrees may seem like a standard item but they are infused with dragonfruit and are super tasty!
3. Research costs in advance
The one downside to tasting your way through Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the cost, as the eats here tend to be more expensive compared to your average quick service meals at the Walt Disney World Resort. Moreover, some of the exclusive experiences here will run you upwards of $200, like the Droid Depot for instance, so it’s best to do your research ahead of time to get an idea of what you might be spending. And be sure to read the fine print- if you do not cancel and do not show up to a Droid Depot or Lightsaber workshop reservation you may still be charged the full fee.
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4. Stop at Oga’s Cantina
Oga’s Cantina is so worth the stop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to see DJ R-3X and settle in with a specialty cocktail. The atmosphere here is so much fun with this droid spinning some catchy tunes and the menu features a variety of cocktails, a beer flight, wine, and some non-alcoholic options. Read the menu closely before you order- some drinks are truly out of this world! The Fuzzy Tauntaun for instance features Buzzz Foam which leaves a tingling sensation on your lips as you sip it.
5. Don’t miss the details
Galaxy’s Edge is one of the many areas at the Walt Disney World Resort that you would be doing a disservice to if you simply rushed through to get to the ride. The land is totally immersive and extremely detailed, so regardless of what the crowds are like during your visit we recommend slowing it down to take it all in. There are so many details you’ll be able to pick out from the movies, and the characters roam free here interacting with the world that’s built up around them so it is truly something to see.
6. Not a single rider? Choose the regular line
The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run currently comes with a standby line and a single rider line. If you’re thinking of breaking up your group to ride as single riders to save some time though, think again. Whether or not the single rider line will save you time here is entirely dependent on the party sizes of all of the other guests, which is impossible for you to predict. Your best bet is to only ride as a single rider if you actually are a single rider- if the wait times will be similar you may as well ride with your family!
7. Visit multiple times (during day and night)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes on a whole new look at night that is truly not to be missed. Without dissuading you from visiting first thing in the morning (when the crowds may be somewhat lighter), we do want to share a reminder to visit at night. Much like Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the entire land lights up and transforms at night. Even if you just pass through on your way to Fantasmic, be sure to see Galaxy’s Edge in all of its forms.
8. Learn the lingo
The residents of Batuu have some phrases that you may not be familiar with, but don’t worry they’re easy to learn! If a Cast Member says “bright suns” for instance, they are wishing you a good morning. “Til the Spire” may be loosely translated to “see you soon”. There are numerous phrases that you may encounter or overhear during your visit, and with some quick context clues you should have no problem piecing them together.
9. Know the rules
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge follows the same rules as the rest of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and all Disney theme parks for that matter, but there are couple that may be even more important to mention here. For one, guests are not allowed to extend lightsabers for safety reasons. From social media posts it seems like the quick photo opp here and there is usually okay, but given that this is a park rule we would caution against wandering around with an extended lightsaber. Adult guests are also not allowed to dress up in costume, so if you DisneyBound this is a great place to wear some Star Wars inspired looks!
10. Watch the movies
Our last tip for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is simply to watch the movies! While this new land takes place within the most recent trilogy, there are so many Easter eggs and hidden details we’d really recommend watching all of the films. You’ll get so much more out of your experience the more familiar you are with the story, so a Star Wars marathon may be in order before your trip.