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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World

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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. That's right — I'm talking about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios! This awesome guide includes everything about the incredible themed land, including the rides, restaurants, characters and experiences that let guests create their own story within the "Star Wars" universe. So, my fellow Padawans, let's hop to it!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World

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

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Disney World - Black Spires and Millennium Falcon

Frogs have been traveling to Batuu, also known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, at Walt Disney World since Aug. 29, 2019. There is no special admission required to access Galaxy's Edge once in Hollywood Studios.

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).

From either entrance, watch as the landscape (including the ambient sounds) begin to change, welcoming you to someplace far, far away. 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 such as Blue Milk or head over to Oga's Cantina for a drink. While in Galaxy's Edge, you are living in the "Star Wars" universe — take a chance to fly the Millennium Falcon or narrowly escape from the First Order. There's even a new Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunter game through the new MagicBand+ that lets you search Black Spire Outpost for your virtual bounty. Talk about a space adventure!

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.

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. But Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance toadally rocked my world (or should I say, galaxy?) in the best way possible. You won't want to miss experiencing these epic attractions!

Note that while a Boarding Group was previously required to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, as of Sept. 23, 2021, the Boarding Group process has been paused and has not returned since for this particular ride during regular park hours. (In 2023, this ride was offered using the virtual queue system during Disney Jollywood Nights.) The high-demand ride can now be accessed via a traditional standby line or as an individual Lightning Lane selection through the Disney Genie+ service. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run offers a standby line, a Single Rider line and Genie+ access.

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 (or should I say, frogbumps) 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.

Want to be the lucky crew member to "punch it" to lightspeed? The right pilot gets the lever to make the jump!

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. Lily, however, loves pushing all of the buttons as the engineer. 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. Every mission that we've gone on has been different!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run uses real-time video technology that will respond to the way you use the cockpit controls. Here's the TLDR: You'll see the real-time results of your mission, so make it count! With the cockpit allowing six people, you will likely be matched with another party. If you have a larger group, you'll be split up. If you use the Single Rider Line, you'll usually end up as one of the Engineers. Smugglers Run is offered on Genie+.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance 

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

I thought it’d be hard to beat Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of my absolute favorite rides at Disney World. Disney hyped it up to be the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever built, and I can toadally understand why. It truly feels like you’re in a "Star Wars" movie! I promise I won’t spoil everything, but if you want to go in without any knowledge, skip ahead of these spoilers that set up the storyline!

The adventure begins when you meet BB-8 and a holographic Rey, who explains that a covert Resistance team led by Finn has infiltrated a First Order Star Destroyer and the post on Batuu is no longer safe. Lieutenant Bek steers the transport ship that you immediately board, but the ship gets attacked by TIE fighters and is overtaken by the First Order Star Destroyer.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Stormtroopers Inside Rise of the Resistance

Once you disembark from the transport ship, you come face to face with 50 stormtroopers — it's very intimidating! The cast members who play First Order officers order you into a prison cell where Kylo Ren threateningly demands the location of the secret base. But you’re able to escape with the help of the Resistance team onboard.

From there, you board the trackless ride vehicles operated by droids. As you maneuver your way through the Star Destroyer, you’re put right in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance fleet and the First Order! I'm not sure which moment was cooler — moving through the legs of the AT-AT walkers or abandoning the Star Destroyer in an escape pod.

If you just want the brief lowdown, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a game-changer. We think everyone in the family will love it. It's not too scary (it only has one swift drop), and it did not trigger Mommy Frog's motion sickness.

Rise offers a paid skip-the-line option as an individual Lightning Lane selection. While Boarding Groups are currently paused for this ride and have not returned, there could be times when the system may return to manage the queue such as Jollywood Nights (in which case, you'll want to hop here for the full details on how to join a Boarding Group).

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

@undercovertourist This is the way. 😍. The Mandalorian and baby Grogu have made their offical debut today in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! While they have been seen in Batuu West (Disneyland) for awhile now, they have not been spotted in Batuu East (Disney World) until today! Want the best chance of running into the cutest baby in the galaxy? Try looking in the marketplace at the top of every hour. 😏 #themandalorian #mandalorian #babyyoda #grogu #starwars #galaxysedge #batuu #disneynews ♬ original sound - undercovertourist

One of the things I love about the land is meeting some of the colorful characters and otherworldly 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 enjoy 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. Most of the characters can be spotted near the speeder garage across from Droid Depot, while Kylo Ren and his stormtroopers interrogate guests by their TIE Echelon near the Milk Stand. The characters are back to roaming around, so you never know who you'll see. Recently, we caught the Mandalorian and Grogu!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World – Chewbacca and Vi

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 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 and Beverage

There is a galaxy of new food and drinks to discover at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World ... and it's some of our favorite theme park food we've ever eaten! (Yes, really!)

Oga's Cantina

Oga's Cantina

Local Black Spire Outpost watering hole, Oga's Cantina, is the it-spot for adult drinks, mocktails and other beverages. It doesn't have too many snack options, but the Batuu Bits has a mix of sweet and spicy bites and the Happabore Sampler consists of cured and roasted meats, cheese and pork cracklings. While it is a watering hole, there are tadpole-friendly options available, including the nonalcoholic, cookies-and-milk-like Blue Bantha pictured below. I, meanwhile, opted for the Cliff Dweller, a refreshing juice drink that came in a souvenir Porg cup.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Oga's Cantina Blue Bantha and Outer Rim

The cantina offers mostly standing room only, with Captain Rex, formerly of Star Tours — The Adventures Continue fame, playing DJ. If you have tadpoles, read that again: with mostly standing room only, my little sister Lily tends to get pretty antsy (or complain that her frog legs are too tired to stand), so we usually only hang around for a short amount of time. I mention this not to steer you away from the experience (because it is toadally worth it, in my frogpinion), but to set realistic expectations! The cantina itself has a fun vibe with funky alien music playing in the background. Sometimes the bartenders even sing and chant along! The cantina's super-cool coasters are no longer in use ... but you may find some unused in your bag to take home with you as a souvenir ;)

You can make a reservation online! Reservations are available for dates up to 60 days out. A credit card must be on file to guarantee your reservation at Oga's Cantina. Cancellations can be made up to the day before without penalty; however, any no-shows will be charged $10 per person. Guests should make reservations for the number of people in their party, as they would for any dining experience. Limited, day-of walk-ups may be available — check with cast members outside the cantina early in the day.

Guests will be limited to 45 minutes in the Cantina. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol; a valid photo ID is required.

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 galactic 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, stir fry, smoked pork ribs, fried chicken and vegetarian kefta. (Again, while the tastes are alien enough to transport you to another world, they are down-to-earth enough to appeal to tadpoles — Lily loved the mac and cheese!) Mobile ordering is available at this location.

Ronto Roasters

Cheap Eats at Disney World - Ronto Wrap

Former smelter droid 8D-J8 turns the spit on tasty meats at Ronto Roasters. A recycled podracing engine does the roasting for this dining experience. It serves breakfast and lunch with a morning wrap and a Ronto wrap (roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in pita bread). After 3 p.m., you can find the Ronto wrap at Docking Bay 7.

You can also find a plant-based Zuchii wrap and Kyryll Pork Rinds. The Ronto wrap is still the Frog Family favorite, though! In fact, the Ronto wrap is my dad, Leap's, most favorite thing to eat at Hollywood Studios.

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. The Milk Stand is also available through mobile ordering.

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. It's also where you can get Cold Brew Black Caf. It's Joffrey's Coffee Cold Brew topped with sweet cream cheese and chocolate puffs — one of Mommy Frog's favorites! Plus you can get a spiked version too.

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

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – Black Spire Outpost Market

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 shopkeepers, such as 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.

Reservations can go quickly for the lightsaber-building experience at Savi's Workshop, which can be made 60 days in advance. Droid Depot still accepts walk-ins. (Psst ... there have been some reservations available after Hollywood Studios officially closes for both Oga's and Savi's, making for some awesome photos as you leave the park!)

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, as well as the popular legacy lightsabers which are replicas of popular "Star Wars" characters. It's worth a stop to take in the creatures within, including Dok himself.

Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers

Savi's Workshop - Lit up Lightsabers

It doesn't matter whether you're a grown frog or a 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 has extensive knowledge of 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. The experience costs $249.99, plus tax and reservations are available online starting 60 days in advance.

Droid Depot

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.) Walk-ins are accepted based on availability.

Building a droid costs $119.99, plus tax. Reservations are now available online, or by calling (407) 939-6690. A credit card must be on file to guarantee your Droid Depot reservation. Cancellations can be made up to the day before without penalty; however, any no-shows will be charged $119.99 per person. Custom droids are non-refundable. 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 to 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. There are also some fun droid backpack and carrier options! Learn more in our out-of-this-world guide.

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 ... that is, if you decide to pledge your allegiance to the First Order. You can even purchase the First Order Stormtrooper armor that's pictured above for a hefty price tag. Mommy Frog told me "hard no," but I'd rather be a Resistance rebel anyway.

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.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Porgs in the Creatures Stall

Creature Stalls - You'll find unique "critters" to take home, including the adorable porgs. Santhas, tauntauns and loth cats are also available. Be sure to say hi to the loth cat inside the cage!

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

Here are 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 was 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 

I know I've already mentioned it before, but I'll say it again. Possibly the most immersive aspect of the land is the characters, which includes the cast members! Stormtroopers may confront you, and ask what you are doing on your datapad, 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.

Expect the Unexpected

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World - Kylo Ren Show

We've been traveling to Batuu for a while now, and it's safe to say that we're still experiencing new interactions each time we go. All of the character appearances are still unscheduled, so we never truly know who we'll run into. Even if you're only at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a day, we highly suggest that you visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at least twice before you leave.

Play the New Batuu Bounty Hunters Game

Calling all space adventurers — it’s time to collect some bounty with Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters! Using the MagicBand+, you must track down a virtual bounty in Black Spire Outpost. Your band will turn green if you get closer to your bounty or red if you're straying further away from your bounty. When it turns purple, you've found it! You can then use the Play Disney Parks app to see what’s behind the hidden doors at Black Spire Outpost with the augmented reality feature. The local guild master Raga Bua then rewards you with galactic credits. Hop over to our toadally galactic guide for more details!

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! We also recommend riding Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at night, as you might notice your take-off and landing looks a little different, plus you'll also find the shortest waits at night for both of the popular attractions.

Save Memories with PhotoPass Opportunities

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – PhotoPass Magicshot

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 some photos of yourself from a unique angle above the planet.

Get Creative and Dress Up

Star Wars Disney Bounding group

Younglings 13 and under are welcome to wear costumes 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, 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-alikes aren't allowed so you aren't confused with the roaming characters. Learn more about DisneyBounding, a creative way to use real clothes inspired by characters' costumes!

Other Star Wars Experiences at Hollywood Studios

While Galaxy's Edge is the hub of all things "Star Wars" at Hollywood Studios, it's still not everything! If venturing outside of Batuu, take flight on a Starspeeder 1000 and explore other planets on Star Tours — The Adventures Continue. Did you know that there are more than 250 storyline variations? You never know where you may end up or who you'll run into. As of April 5, Ahsoka Tano, Cassian Andor and The Mandalorian and Grogu might intercept your travels.

At Star Wars Launch Bay, you'll find exhibits of costumes, models, concept artwork and even real movie props (or authentic replicas) from the "Star Wars" films. This is also where you can hug Chewbacca, meet BB-8 and face Darth Vader himself.

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

Related: 10 Out-of-This-World Tips for Visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, 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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