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Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World

by Tad on November 11, 2019 62 Orlando   Video

Bright suns, travelers! We have had a toadally awesome time exploring all that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has to offer, which you can read all about in our guide below. Around every corner of the land, you'll find incredibly immersive details, wild space adventures and galactic thrills that put you in the middle of your very own "Star Wars" story! And get ready for a brand-new attraction! Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open Dec. 5, 2019. Are you ready to come face-to-face with stormtroopers, AT-AT Walkers and Kylo Ren himself? Keep reading for all of the exciting details! 

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'Sup. Tad here to bring you the full rundown on the most exciting land to ever hit this galaxy, or at least the galaxy known as Walt Disney World Resort.

As you Force-sensitive frog fans know, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World officially opened Aug. 29, 2019! The new land inside Disney's Hollywood Studios opened with one of its two rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, in operation. The other headlining attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is set to open Dec. 5, 2019.

Since the land's opening, we've made several trips to Batuu, and I can confidently self-proclaim myself as a galactic expert. I'll be sharing all of the important "deets" and my tips about the new land. That way, you'll have everything you need to know in order to prepare for your own visit! 

The land officially opened at Disneyland Resort on May 31, and we've made repeat visits there since then so that frog fans are covered for their West Coast trips. The 14-acre land at Disney's Hollywood Studios offers the same experiences as its Disneyland counterpart.

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Kids in Costumes

Now I may not be as wise as Yoda or as strong as Luke (that's Skywalker to all of you), but I can tell you Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge toadally rocks. As if that wasn't enough, Walt Disney World is building a high-end, highly immersive Star Wars-themed hotel (opening date to be announced) that will take it to the next level. For now, I've put together this awesome guide that includes everything about the land, the rides, the restaurants ... plus, the most important subject — the best time to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World! Be sure to bookmark this post, because I'll be updating it as we continue to explore Batuu. So, my fellow Padawans, let's hop to it!

Overview  | Getting in to Galaxy's Edge | Rides | Characters | Restaurants, Food & Drink | Shopping | Tips | When to Visit

Overview and Location of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Millennium Falcon

If the name is any indication, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is literally on the edge of Disney's Hollywood Studios, opposite the park's entrance and adjacent to Toy Story Land. There are two entrances to the land. You can enter either through Toy Story Land or Grand Avenue (by Muppet*Vision 3D). However, if the land is at capacity, you'll make your way to the Grand Avenue entrance and exit through the Toy Story Land entrance.

Guests will find themselves in the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. This once-thriving settlement is now home to smugglers, rogue traders, droids and other strange creatures trying to stay out of sight of the First Order. The remote outpost takes its name from the petrified spires that were once ancient, towering trees surrounding the river valleys and plains. As a fellow traveler, you'll be able to visit a street market, shop in the food stalls and enjoy treats like Blue Milk or head over to Oga's Cantina for a drink.

If you’ve ridden Star Tours — The Adventures Continue recently, you’ve gotten a peek of Batuu during the safe landing in the end scene. Want another look at Black Spire Outpost before you visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge? Check out the comic book series of the same name that debuted in April. Toadally cool!

Getting in to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Disney World - My Disney Experience Boarding Group

Guests will need valid theme park admission to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. When Batuu is at capacity, a virtual queue will be in place to access the land. You can join a Boarding Group using the My Disney Experience app once you've entered Disney's Hollywood Studios or by visiting a Guest Experience kiosk. There are signs at various locations throughout the park to check in on your group's status and estimated entry to the land.

If you have a reservation to one of the land's experiences, you can enter Galaxy's Edge one hour before your reservation begins without joining a Boarding Group. Oga's Cantina, Savi's Workshop and Droid Depot reservations are available up to 180 days out on the My Disney Experience app or at DisneyWorld.com (you'll also find the experience-specific reservation links throughout this article if you click on the experience's name!)

While reservations aren't required, they are highly recommended, as there is limited walk-up availability. Cancellations can be made up to the day before the reservation without penalty, but no-shows will be charged.

Disney’s FastPass+ service will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World Attractions

Of course, the star attractions of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World are the rides. Being one of the pilots on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is basically a life-changing experience. I can hardly wait until Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens on Dec. 5, 2019!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Hondo Ohnaka in Millennium Falcon Queue

Ready to ride the fastest ship in the galaxy? Not so fast! Before you board, you'll walk through a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon. This is one queue you don't want to skip! Can you imagine climbing through the hatch and walking through the hallways before you finally arrive to take a seat inside the cockpit? I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it! Try not to get too distracted because there is a mission. Space pirate Hondo Ohnaka of "Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels" fame has cut a deal with Chewbacca for use of the Falcon. He will lead you on a secret mission to bring back the loot as you hurl through hyperspace.

You'll be part of a six-person crew and can take a turn in one of three different flight crew positions — pilot, gunner or flight engineer! I've tried all three, and I gotta say being the pilot is toadally rad. Near the end of the queue, a cast member will hand you a color-coded card with your role assignment. It is given randomly, but you can try to switch with another person in your crew before you board. The left-side pilot controls horizontal movement, while the right-side pilot steers the ship up and down. They have to work together to fly the ship. The gunners, who sit in the middle row, hit buttons to fire and shoot the lasers and guns. The flight engineers fix any damage to the ship. Depending on how the team works together, they could sit back and relax ... or be constantly repairing the ship. We went on three times, and each mission was entirely different!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run uses real-time video technology that will respond to the way you use the cockpit controls. Disney creative executive Scott Trowbridge told the New York Times, "It's a personalized intergalactic ride — live your own 'Star Wars' story. If you crash into a wall, that's what you'll see out the cockpit window."

Here's the TLDR: You'll see the real-time results of your mission, so make it count! FastPasses will not be immediately available.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - Opening Dec. 5, 2019

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Rise of the Resistance entrance

It's hard to top that, but Disney is billing Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever built! This trackless dark ride puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Less is confirmed about this ride than Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but we do know you'll board an Imperial Star Destroyer with 50 animatronic stormtroopers waiting in formation. Think you have what it takes to face off against Kylo Ren? You'll soon find out! FastPasses will not be available upon the ride's opening. We gotta say, though, the exterior of the ride looks very promising!

Characters of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World

One of the things I loved about the land is meeting some of the colorful characters and exotic creatures hiding out and making deals in Black Spire Outpost (just keep a lookout for First Order soldiers)! Besides this green frog, you'll see aliens, droids and humanoids. You may also spot some familiar faces, including Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Rey! I also enjoyed running into Vi Moradi. Watch out for her, because she keeps a low profile! The Resistance spy has blue hair and wears an orange jacket.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Characters - Vi Moradi

But what really brings the land to life are the Batuu residents — the cast members. They are dressed as villagers, Resistance members and First Order soldiers. They've been trained to interact with guests, and each person has a backstory. So, don't be shy to chat with them. You'll learn all about their life on Batuu! While they're in character, they may be confused if you ask questions like, "How do you get to The Tower of Terror?" Instead, ask them where they live, why they're in Black Spire Outpost or what they think of the Resistance and the First Order showing up.

Before you go, brush up on the language of Batuu! You'll hear the residents use these common phrases:

  • "Bright suns" = "Good morning"
  • "Rising moons" = "Good evening"
  • "Refresher" = "restroom"
  • "Hydrator" = "water fountain"
  • "Credits" = "money"
  • "Datapad" = "cell phone"
  • "Only the ancients know" = "I don't know"
  • "Til the Spire" or "May the Spires keep you" = "Goodbye"

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Food & Beverage

There is a galaxy of new food and drinks to discover at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World.

Oga's Cantina

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Oga's Cantina

Local Black Spire Outpost watering hole Oga's Cantina will be the it-spot for adult drinks, mocktails and other beverages. It doesn't have too many snack options, but the Batuu Bits had a mix of sweet and spicy bites. The cantina offers mostly standing room only, with Captain Rex, formerly of Star Tours — The Adventures Continue fame, playing DJ. It has a fun vibe with the funky alien music playing in the background. Sometimes the bartenders even sing along!

You can now make a reservation online! Reservations will be available for dates up to 180 days out. A credit card deposit of $10 per person is required for each reservation at Oga's Cantina. Cancellations can be made up to the day before without penalty; however, any no-shows will be charged. Guests should make reservations for the number of people in their party, as they would for any dining experience. There is a one-drink per person drink minimum and a two-drink per person maximum at Oga's Cantina. Guests will be limited to 45 minutes in the Cantina. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol; valid photo ID is required. Seating is not guaranteed upon entry and separate parties may be seated together.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Kids Meal at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

This will be the place for exotic tastes and flavors procured by one Chef Strono "Cookie" Tuggs, who has traveled the galaxy far and wide after his time at Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana. Menu items include beef pot roast, shrimp noodle salad, smoked pork ribs, fried chicken and vegetarian kefta.

Ronto Roasters

Former smelter droid 8D-J8 will be turning the spit on tasty meats at Ronto Roasters. A recycled podracing engine does the roasting for this dining experience. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a morning wrap, a Ronto wrap (roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in a pita bread) and jerky (comes either sweet or spicy).

Milk Stand

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Milk Stand

Get your farm-fresh blue milk (or green!) from this stand direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. The frozen concoctions, made famous by Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope," are quite refreshing and unlike any milk you’ve ever tasted. Unlike Disneyland, the Milk Stand in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios also has alcoholic versions of blue and green milk.

Kat Saka's Kettle

Munch on the Outpost Mix, a blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn. Mommy Frog really enjoyed the unusual flavors. She thought it was similar to kettle corn, but not as sweet.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Merchandise at Walt Disney World

It's been well-reported that Disney Imagineers made trips to Istanbul and Marrakesh for inspiration in creating Black Spire Outpost's marketplace, a collection of shops and merchant stalls. More animatronics serve as shop keepers, like the Toydarian presiding over the toy store. As you're walking through the marketplace, it really feels like you're somewhere else in the galaxy, with a one-eyed Dianoga lurking in the water fountain (sorry, hydrator) and other alien critters in the Creature Stall.

Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities

Wheeler-dealer Ithorian Dok-Ondar presides over rare and unique items and antiquities from across the galaxy. This is where you can find additional kyber crystals and holocrons.

Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Savi's Workshop

It doesn't matter whether you're a grown frog or youngling — you will get emotional during this experience. Boy, I sure did. Inside Savi's Workshop, you will be able to customize your own lightsaber under the guidance of one of the Masters, who have extensive knowledge in Jedi lore. But keep this on the down-low! Outside of the workshop, you should refer to lightsabers as "scrap metal" so the First Order does not suspect you.

Building a lightsaber in Savi's Workshop costs $199.99 per person, plus tax. Reservations are now available online. Reservations will be available for dates up to 180 days out. A credit card deposit of $199.99 will be required for each reservation. Custom lightsabers are non-refundable. Cancellations can be made up to the day before without penalty; however, any no-shows will be charged. The number of guests on the reservation should reflect how many people will be building and purchasing a lightsaber. Guests may bring one additional person with them to observe the building experience and the accompanying guest(s) should not be part of the guest count on the reservation. This experience takes approximately 20 minutes.

Droid Depot

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Droid Depot cast member

Get ready to build your own astromech droid! Some of the most lovable companions in the Star Wars universe are droids. Who wouldn't want to bring home their very R2-D2 or BB-8? Pick pieces and parts off of a conveyor belt to construct either an R-series or BB-series of your very own ... then watch as they interact with elements throughout Galaxy's Edge! (You do have to keep them in the box, though.)

Building a droid costs $99.99, plus tax. Reservations are now available online. Reservations will be available for dates up to 180 days out. A credit card deposit of $99.99 is required for each reservation to custom-build a droid. Custom droids are non-refundable. Cancellations can be made up to the day before without penalty; however, any no-shows will be charged. The number of guests on the reservation should reflect how many people will be building and purchasing a droid. Guests may bring one additional person with them to observe the building experience. The accompanying guest(s) should not be a part of the guest count on the reservation. This experience takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Note that using a remote-control device to operate a droid while at the theme parks is prohibited, and the droid will need to be carried during a visit to the parks.

First Order Cargo

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - First Order Cargo

The First Order is taking up shop in a spaceport hangar bay on the outskirts of town. Look for gear, uniforms and other supplies.

Resistance Supply

Stock up or resupply! You'll find Resistance uniforms, pins, jackets, tools, training supplies and more.

Street Market Stalls

Galaxy Edge Disney World - Toydarian Toymaker

Toydarian Toymaker - This "Star Wars: the Phantom Menace" character presides over this stall that sells toys, including adorable plush versions of your favorite characters.

Creature Stalls - You'll find unique "critters" to take home.

Black Spire Outfitters - Clothing fit for space travelers to commemorate their adventures.

The Jewels of Bith - Accessories, trinkets and other treasures.

Tips for Visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Now that we've got a few visits inside the new land under our belt, we'll share some hopful tips on how to make the most out of your experience on the planet of Batuu.

Look out for details

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World detailsThe land is super immersive, and there are tiny details everywhere you look. When you're checking out the shops in Black Spire Outpost, look at everything from the ground and up to the ceiling. There could be something in those nooks and crannies! One of Mommy Frog's favorite details were the tracks found on the sidewalks. You could see where droids and alien creatures have trudged through Batuu. Meanwhile, my favorite view is through the window of the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run queue, where you can look down and see the incredibly detailed top of the ship.

Listen to the sounds

No matter where you are in the land, you'll hear ambient noise. Whether it's droids beeping or the Millennium Falcon sputtering, there's always something to listen to. Take the time to use all of your senses as you travel through the land. If the crowds are high and the lines are long, you can spend a good amount of time between looking at the details and listening to sounds.

Interact with the characters 

Galaxy's Edge Disney World - Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers

I know I've already mentioned it before, but I'll say it again. Possibly the most immersive aspect of the land are the characters, which includes the cast members! Stormtroopers may confront you, and ask what you are doing on your data pad, or Vi Moradi could try to recruit you to join the Resistance. We've even seen Chewbacca pick out unsuspecting travelers from the crowd to compete in a Wookiee roar contest. Also, don't froget to strike up a conversation with the residents of Batuu!

Go at night for a different experience

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World at night

Just like Pandora over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the land completely transforms when the sun goes down. Blue lights behind the Millennium Falcon make the land glow in the night sky. The barbecue pit at Ronto Roasters turns a fiery red. And of course, you HAVE to bring out your lightsaber to see it all lit up ... a perfect photo-op!

Visit in the evening

For the first few months of opening, there were Extra, Extra Magic Hours that brought folks in early to experience the land. The lowest waits for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run have been in the evenings, even now that Extra, Extra Magic Hours have ended. Check out Batuu at night an hour or two before park closing.

Save memories with PhotoPass opportunities

Galaxy's Edge Disney World - PhotoPass Location

You'll probably never froget seeing the Millennium Falcon for the first time. Capture that memory with a photo! There are PhotoPass locations throughout the land. Two are near the Millennium Falcon — one is up the stairs by the doors of Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, while the other is across from Oga's Cantina. For a pretty rad Super Zoom Magic Shot video, visit the photographer near First Order Cargo to snap a some photos of yourself from a unique angle above the planet.

Get creative and dress up

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - Costumes

Younglings 13 and under are welcome to wear costumes, which includes masks, as long as they provide unobstructed vision with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen at all times. Frogs who are 14 and older cannot wear full costumes or masks, but they can come in style! Wear outfits that are inspired by the First Order, the Resistance, smugglers or droids. If you want to fit in with the Batuu residents, stick to earthy colors and focus on natural materials with a rugged, handmade look. Armor, stormtrooper uniforms and Chewbacca look-a-likes aren't allowed so you aren't confused with the roaming characters.

When to Plan Your Visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Disney World - Chewbacca in Hiding

Fall and Winter 2019

Since Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge made its debut at the end of summer, it's likely that this will be a busier Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season at Walt Disney World. Many vacationers who are set on experiencing the land soon after it opens will likely set their sights on the holiday season, especially with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening Dec. 5. (We can't blame them.) If you're among these folks and you haven't yet booked your trip, we recommend you get a hop on it! And we do recommend you plan to stay on-site at an official Walt Disney World Resort hotel (lucky for you, we offer discounts on Walt Disney World hotel rooms).

Disney’s FastPass+ service will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Early 2020 and Spring 2020

We anticipate that this late fall opening will mean a busier 2020 in general, especially during the early part of the year through spring break. While this is generally one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World, it will be busier than usual. This doesn't mean it's a bad time to go; it just means higher-than-normal crowds. This will be true for late spring, as well, although we think mid-April to May — especially weekdays —will be a pretty good bet.

Summer 2020

Most Star Wars families will schedule their visits to Walt Disney World during summer 2020. It may be busier than normal, but it should be manageable. Again, if you're already getting the itch for a vacation during this time, we recommend you hop on hotel reservations and stay on-site. Booking for Walt Disney World Resort hotels generally opens a year in advance, so start checking this May and June to book online.

No matter when you plan to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World, we continue to bring you our best tips and advice so you can experience this exciting new destination with the least amount of time in line.

So don't stress and stay cool (remember what Yoda says: "There is no try") while you wait for what I think is the biggest opening in the history of Walt Disney World.

Disclaimer: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens Dec. 5, 2019.

Have you visited Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World? Planning a trip to Batuu? Drop us a line in comments and let us know what you're most excited about!

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Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Oct 24, 2019 at 8:21 p.m. Gurneen Sidhu Says...

Is there any way to find out if the land is at capacity BEFORE you enter the park. I don't want to use my ticket that day unless i can get on a boarding group. We arrive in the afternoon so cant go in the morning. We will be there at Xmas.

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Oct 24, 2019 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gurneen,

If you download Disney World's My Disney Experience app, there's a spot on the home page that tells you the status of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge — whether it's open or if you need to join a boarding group (but you won't be able to unless you're at the park!)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 7, 2019 at 2:28 p.m. Mary Says...

Hi,

I've enjoyed reading your articles,they are very helpful. We will be at HS on Saturday 10/12. There are 7 of us, sounds like only 6 can get in the ship at a time. Are there other ships? Not sure how we do the virtual boarding for 7? Thinking we'll have to split up somehow?? Also, should we plan to be there at 6am? Staying at Boardwalk villas....

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Oct 7, 2019 at 11:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

That's correct; the ride seats 6, so your party will need to split up. We'd suggest determining who would like to ride with whom ahead of time (4 and 3? 5 and 2?) and then let the ride attendant know your separate party numbers. Extra Magic Hours begin at 7, so we think arriving at 6 sounds perfect! Have a great time!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Oct 3, 2019 at 8:43 p.m. DC Says...

My family and I will be visiting WDW the week of 12/8. Our first full day will be at HS. I am able to set my FastPass selections starting 10/9. Should we plan to do GE at rope drop and then use our fast passes in the afternoon at HS? Or HS first and GE in the afternoon. I'm nervous about what time to reserve for our fp selections because I don't know if the park will still be opening early that week (6am). I would assume they will be since Rise of the Resistance opens up the week prior. This will be the only day that we will be at HS. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Oct 4, 2019 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DC!

We'd suggest rope dropping Galaxy's Edge and scheduling FastPasses for the remainder of Hollywood Studios for mid-afternoon. The Galaxy's Edge rides won't have FastPass available at that time, and we think the crowds will just ramp up as the day goes on. That said, if you are able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (or even Extra, Extra Magic Hours if they become available), we'd definitely try to take advantage! Be sure to get there about an hour before EMH is slated to begin for the biggest leg up on the crowd (and we'd say hit Rise of the Resistance first). Even if the park is opening early, you'll find that there's a ton to do in Galaxy's Edge! If you find yourself with free time before your FastPass windows, you can use it for a late lunch break, or catch a show to rest your legs :) Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 24, 2019 at 8:22 p.m. Tina slocombe Says...

Hi we have reserved a place for my son to build a lightsaber at savis would like to know if he is able to build two lightsabers at the same time ?

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Sep 24, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Since this is a timed experience with set building stations fit for one, we'd instead recommend getting two reservations at different times (it can be tricky doing one in the time allotted, let alone two!)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 19, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. Angela Says...

We are visiting Hollywood Studios for one day with our 10 and 13 year old boys and would like to do either the Lightsaber or Droid building experience. Do you have a suggestion for which one we should choose?

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Sep 20, 2019 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Both are super fun, but this largely depends on what your kiddos are into! My sister and I love running our droids around the house and thought the way that they interact with the land is super cool; the lightsaber experience is really neat, and we sometimes have lightsaber fights at home, too. Keep in mind that either way, you'll likely have to do some carrying (the lightsaber has a carrying case but is an awkward shape; the droid is a little heavy).

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 16, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Lindsay Ballagray Says...

Family of 3 (2 adults, 7yo) headed to HS Dec. 9 for the morning/ early afternoon and again on the Dec. 11 for the afternoon/ evening. Opposite times are in Epcot. Not interested in Star Wars. Which park/ times am I better to book FP?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

We'd suggest booking your FastPasses for the morning so that once your initial three are used, you can continue to book more. That said, we'd recommend booking your FP in advance for Hollywood Studios on Dec. 9 and Epcot on Dec. 11; all three of your advance FastPasses will need to be booked in the same park, but once those are used up, you can continue to book more FastPass reservations one by one in any park if you have Hoppers. Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 13, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. sheryl young Says...

My grandson found a Star Wars baton and shield set at the gift store while we were there. Unfortunately, I didn't buy it then. Is there any way to purchase that item now?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sheryl!

Most of the merchandise available on Batuu is unfortunately limited to purchase on-site. It may be worth checking out the Disney Store though!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 13, 2019 at 12:51 a.m. Ana Vorpagel Says...

We were at Galaxy's Edge on September 1st. Hurricane Dorian kept the crowds manageable. We hopped in line during the extra, extra magic hours at 810 am and it was about a 45 minute wait, though the estimated wait was 60 minutes. When we first arrived around 630am, the line was 120 minutes long.

All I can say is WOW! What an incredible experience from start to finish. NOt just smuggler's run, the entire Star Wars area was just mind-blowing. I wish I had done my research and read this blog prior to our visit so we could have noticed all these details that you have included in this post. I can't wait to go back!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are so hoppy to hear that you loved it, Ana! We definitely agree :) Thanks for sharing!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 6, 2019 at 7:49 p.m. Joe Says...

Something a little unclear to me here-- we have an appointment at Savi's Lightsaber shop at 4:30pm. The instructions we received says don't check-in more than 15 minutes early. It's unclear whether that means don't check-in at Savi's or Galaxy's Edge. We want to check out the Cantina and also Smuggler's Run... do we do that *before* our appointment at Savi's or after, or? If we show up to Galaxy's Edge an hour before our Savi's appointment, is there even time to do these things before the light saber appointment? I'm a bit unclear on these type of logistics! (Thank you)

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Sep 6, 2019 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

We'd suggest heading to Galaxy's Edge an hour before your appointment to get into the land early (this will also allow you to bypass any virtual queues in place if the land is at capacity, saving you a wait to get in). If you have time based on the standby wait, we'd try to hop on Smuggler's Run, but otherwise, it's a good opportunity to hop around the land and see all of the details (and there are SO many!). You can also check out the marketplace at that time. We would save the Cantina for after your appointment so that you don't end up having to limit your experience in Oga's :) Hope this helps!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 2, 2019 at 1:55 a.m. Annette Says...

Hi there. We are travelling over the Christmas holiday this year 2019. Will be in Orlando the 29-4 and wanting to go to WDW. Any tips for what parks when, for example is the evening better at the parks that close early? I have looked at the parks calendar, and am excited but nauseating nervous. Any tips will help. Thank you

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Sep 3, 2019 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette!

The holidays are a little different, so we're glad you asked! Since it tends to be such a busy time, we highly recommend heading over at park opening each day to get a head start, taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours if you're eligible. Be sure to take a peek at our Crowd Calendar for recommended parks each day of your visit! Then, if you use up your FastPasses or crowds get to be too much, you can always head back for a swim, nap, early dinner or even hop over to Disney Springs for some more fun. Our best advice is to pack your patience and to have a Plan B ... and of course, to have a great time! We have more information about visiting during the holidays here and a list of events going on here that you might find hopful.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Sep 1, 2019 at 9:54 p.m. Dave Says...

Have the rules changed on deposits being required for the Cantina and the lightsaber workshop?

I booked reservations for both for a trip my family’s taking in February 2020, but I haven’t seen a charge levied against the credit card associated with my Disney account yet.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

This is a tricky one! The policies surrounding deposits have not changed, but we also noticed we didn't have our deposit taken when we visited for our reservation (though our visit was happening within a month of the reservation we made, so it's possible yours will show up closer to your visit). If it's showing up in your plans and/or you have your confirmation number, we wouldn't worry about it :) We'd suggest to go in expecting the deposit so it's not an unwelcome surprise, but if it doesn't hoppen, no need to fret.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 24, 2019 at 5:21 a.m. Carrie Says...

Visiting Disney World Oct. 15-20th. Going to Micky's Halloween Party Tuesday night. Staying @ Pop Century. Question: Better to try to get on Smuggler's Run on the Wednesday or Thursday? Only concern for Wednesday?...being more tired staying till midnight at the Party the night before then trying to get up so early to get in between 6 am and 9 am. lol

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

Crowds will be comparable, and remember that Extra, Extra Magic Hours will be available every day at Hollywood Studios from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.! That said, we'd pick which day works best for you (though it might be worth sleeping in on Wednesday so that you can hop up early again on Thursday!). Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 21, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. Neil Says...

We are visiting for 3 weeks in May 2020 and hoping that crowds shouldn't be too bad by then.

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Aug 20, 2019 at 5:39 p.m. Vicky Says...

We will be there the week after Thanksgiving, we already made reservations for Savi's and the Droid Depot, even for 12/05/19. Would you recommend HS on that day, 12/05? We do plan on doing HS already one day before 12/05 so that we get to experience rest of park before anyways, but my husband really wants to go on 12/05 for that ride opening as well. Any tips would help! Thanks, and btw we went last year Christmas week as well, not again lol! But your website helped tremendously!!! And we did great despite the 10/10 crowds!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicky!

Your day should be pretty full with Galaxy's Edge that day! While the Droid building only takes about 30 minutes, as does Savi's, the ride queue, plus exploring the land itself, will likely take up a big chunk of your day. There is SO much detail packed in everywhere! If you'd like to snag a few FastPasses since you'll already be in Hollywood Studios, that's toadally fine - but we'd also say to have a plan B in case you can't make your FastPass reservations :) Otherwise, it may not be a bad idea to hop to another park to avoid the crowds once you're done.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 13, 2019 at 5:55 a.m. Emma Says...

Hi. We are coming to wdw for a two week stay tomorrow. We were absolutely gutted when we discovered star wars was opening on the 29th. We leave on the 28th ????. Do you know if theres any chances of a soft opening?

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Aug 13, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

Oh no! Not that we've heard of, unfortunately. Are you an annual pass holder? Passholder previews are hoppening this week, so you may be able to check to see if any openings have become available for the preview!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Aug 3, 2019 at 7:43 p.m. Kate Says...

Our family is visiting WDW in early January with 7 and 5 yr old girls. They have never seen Star Wars and won't care at all about Galaxy's Edge, and we're not sure they're ready for Tower of Terror. But they do love Toy Story movies and Disney Jr programming.

We have 4-day base tickets - is it worth using a day to visit to Hollywood Studios?? Or should we plan 2 MK days, 1 Epcot, 1 Animal Kingdom?

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Aug 5, 2019 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

We'd definitely recommend hopping over to Toy Story Land and the Disney Junior area with your kiddos if you've got the time :) While it may not take up a full day at Hollywood Studios (i.e., open to close), it should take up a good chunk of time and would be well-worth it if they're fans. Have fun!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 30, 2019 at 6:54 p.m. maddie Says...

Hi, our final day in Disney is the 30th August and we would love to see Star Wars however we think our only oppurtunity will be opening day as we fly home around midday on the 30th. What time would you recommend arriving at Hollywood Studios in order to see Galaxys Edge on the 29th? Thanks

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Aug 2, 2019 at 1:04 a.m. Michaela Says...

Park opens at 6 a.m. 8/29-8/31 to all guests, per WDW website. I've seen recommendations to arrive at 4 a.m. Way too early for me, but if you're up for it, more power to you!

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Jul 23, 2019 at 3:02 a.m. Yvette Says...

Stopping in WDW a few days 8/28-8/30 and planned HS for 8/29 not realizing it’s opening day for Star Wars. Kids more into TS and Disney jr...should I change park days?

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Jul 24, 2019 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvette!

We'd suggest changing Hollywood Studios day to 8/28 if you're able. If you have to stick with the 29th, just be prepared for crowds and be sure to take advantage of EMH if you can!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 22, 2019 at 10:52 a.m. Agustina Says...

Hi! Wi will go to HS the first days of October, and im sooo scarres about the crowds

Do you know if there will be virtual lines or something like that?

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Jul 22, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Agustina!

So far, there's no word about a virtual queue, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 18, 2019 at 7:32 p.m. Tiffany Says...

We already had a trip planned the first week of December. We are totally excited that we will be there for opening day of Rise of the Resistance...but a little scared too. Should we go opening day? The other days are closer to the weekend so I think it may just get busier. What would be your plan of attack? Our travel dates are Nov. 30-Dec.8

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Jul 22, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

We toadally understand all of those emotions, but we agree with you! There will be crowds, but we do think that would be the first day (Dec. 5) is probably the best for you if it’s a must-do during your visit. Let us know how it goes! Crossing our froggy fingers for you :)

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jul 16, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. Aaron Downey Says...

We are going on Friday the 11th of October and Monday the 21st October and will hope to attend extra extra magic hours. Do you think the Monday will be our best chance at getting in and going on Smugglers run? I'd hate for my son to miss it. Being from Scotland we only get the chance every 5 years or so and he would love to do Jedi training etc, Thanks

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Jul 16, 2019 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron!

We think both days will be busy, but that Monday would be your better bet :) Fingers crossed for you and your Jedi!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 25, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Beth Says...

Will any of the rides be wheelchair accessible?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

Millennium Falcon requires a transfer from the wheelchair, and the ride seat does not have arm rests. We have yet to hear about the second ride, Rise of the Resistance, but we have our eyes and ears open for more accessibility information!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 30, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Carl Middleton Says...

Hi

we will be staying in Disney world when galaxys edge opens( previously booked).

would you know when Disney world will confirm on how the process will work on how to gain entrance on the first few days? I am looking at gaining entrance on Friday august 30. what are the chances?

thanks

carl

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May 30, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carl!

Unfortunately, all that we know right now is that there won't be a reservation system like Disneyland is employing now. They may opt for a virtual queue similar to Disneyland's plan after June 24, but we don't have those details just yet. We'll let you know as soon as we know more!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 31, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. carl middleton Says...

Thanks Tad! I,m sure it will be amazing and I can,t wait!!

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May 24, 2019 at 1:17 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello,

My husband and I are planning a trip in December from the 9th-16th for our 30th birthday. Do you think he crowds at that time will be higher?

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May 24, 2019 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Historically, early December has been a great time to visit! The holiday crowd hasn't arrived just yet, but this year it may be a little more crowded than usual due to Galaxy's Edge. We still think it's a good time for a trip :) Hoppy birthdays!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 4, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. Gerry McGeown Says...

I’m coming to Disney October I have tickets for the other parks. Do I need to purchase tickets to get into the Star Wars parks. ?

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May 6, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gerry!

Galaxy's Edge will be in Hollywood Studios, so as long as you have valid admission to Hollywood Studios, you're all set! Disney World will not be doing a reservation system like Disneyland did to start.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Apr 16, 2019 at 3:11 a.m. Lisa Says...

Hi!

We are looking at a trip in mid-November (the week following Veterans day) with our kids 10 and 6 yo. At that time, do you expect crowds to be as big as when Pandora opened (3h+ wait time for the rides)? We really want to see the new Star Wars land, but we don’t think our kids could wait that long for one ride! Many thanks!

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Apr 17, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

I was a young tadpole not too long ago, so I know what a bummer it is to have to wait in line. We do think crowds will be as long or longer than the Pandora rides. We will put together our best tips on how to lower wait times as soon as we can though!

Stay cool!

Tadpole

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Mar 18, 2019 at 9:48 p.m. Nicole Bryant Says...

Do you have any details on when to make reservations to go to Star Wars - Disneyland the week of June 16? We purchased the 3-day park hopper here on Undercover Tourist - would love to get in on those reservations too!!

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Mar 18, 2019 at 5:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

No information has been released just yet on how to make a reservation, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 15, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. Kerry Gooch Says...

We are going the first week in September and are planning a 9/4 visit to DHS. We plan on rope dropping to try and get in early but am wondering what it will be like. Will there be a wait just to get in the land?

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Mar 18, 2019 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

We don't yet have all the deets on how entry will work, but yes, we expect big waits to get in!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 12, 2019 at 2:10 a.m. Amanda Scott Says...

Would love your advice/opinion. We are planning a trip the first 2 weeks of December. I have always wanted to see the parks at Christmas.

From what I had read, there were rumors of Stat Wars opening mid-late December. I wanna see it, but preferably not within the first year, so that was great for us! Now with it opening in August and who-knows-when for Phase 2, what kinda of crowds are we looking at here? I really do NOT want to spend thousands of dollars and be miserable with hours and hours of waiting. We get a disability pass, but I dont think that will make much of difference here. Am I right? I know there will be overflow to the other parks. I am seriously concerned. Would you reschedule? Of course I dont want to wait to go back. The last trip was 2016. ???? Help!

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

We expect this to be a busier than normal holiday season with the opening of Star Wars. The phased opening should help disperse crowds a little better, but let's face it, many people are and were already planning holiday trips with Star Wars in mind. Now, I do think you will be able to still have a great time, and the DAS will help, but I would anticipate more elevated crowds than normal. Whether to cancel is toadally your decision.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. RadTech1 Says...

With this new opening of Star Wars in Disney World on Aug 29th- would you suspect higher crowds in Universal Aug 27 & 28th? We have a trip to Universal planned and according to your crowd calendar those are two great times to go. Wondering if this would change?

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rad,

It likely would have some impact on crowds, but I would not expect it overall to be too bad and not bad enough to change the trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 9, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. TJ Says...

With the much earlier than expected opening at WDW how does this affect the crowd calendar for September? We had planned a visit mid-September which is what we did last year but now this could throw a wrench into those plans. Thoughts?

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Mar 11, 2019 at 4:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi TJ,

We have adjusted the crowd calendar based on the revised opening dates. There are still good dates expected in September, but they will be busier than initially anticipated.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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