We are so excited about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance that opened December 5th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! We were there for the opening so make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get all the details.
Right before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at Hollywood Studios, we had the opportunity to experience it first hand and we have tips for you! It is an incredible, immersive experience. Watch our recap, Disney’s behind the scenes video, and read on for the story of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, dining options, attractions and the Play Disney Parks app.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Story
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the place where you will be in the middle of the action to live your own Star Wars story.
You will be on the planet Batuu visiting the Black Spire Outpost. It is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful – and notorious- characters. Keep in mind this is not a place for autographs and photos with your favorite stars. The best place for that is still Launch Bay. (keep in mind they don’t do autographs either way). At Galaxy’s Edge you may see some familiar faces and be able to grab a fast selfie but the storm troopers are patrolling and others like Chewbacca and Reyare trying to avoid them so they don’t want to draw attention to themselves.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Dining
While visiting the Black Spire Outpost you will definitely need to stop in for some refreshment at Oga’s Cantina. Musical entertainment is provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ. As quirky and talkative as ever, he’s still trying to do his best on the job. Listen to some unique music and taste the best drinks in the galaxy all while being surrounded by a colorful cast of characters. You never know what will happen at the cantina! Our favorite is a Fuzzy Tauntaun. It’s a fun drink that will have an unusual effect on your lips and tongue. There is also a meat and cheese platter not on the menu that is delicious and perfect for two people to share. Once you enter the Cantina you will be given a location but most likely won’t be a seat. You will be put at one of the bars or counters to stand.
Tip: You may find the longest lines at the Cantina so keep that in mind. Reservations are highly recommended at disneyworld.com/cantina
While visiting the outpost, you can also enjoy a meal at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is the chef at this intergalactic “food truck”. Cookie’s food shuttle, now docked on the roof of the hangar bay, has lowered a series of pods into the hangar, carrying precious cargo – Chef Tuggs’ finest ingredients gathered from across the galaxy. Guests may choose to dine indoors in the hangar bay or outside in a shaded courtyard of this fast-casual restaurant. Meals include items such as the Ithorian Garden Loaf and The Smoked Kaadu Ribs (which are very yummy but a little spicy).
Other dining options will include the Milk Stand, Ronto Roasters, and Kat Saka’s Kettle. You will want to enjoy the street market in the Black Spire Outpost and shop at the food stalls to try local delicacies too.
There will also be special Coke products created just for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I think these are soo cool. Please be careful about taking these home. If you want to we suggest making sure they are empty of all liquid and separate the bottles and the lids in your luggage so they are not together.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attractions
There are two attractions in Galaxy’s Edge. The first is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run which puts you behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy. Guests must be 38″ to enjoy this attraction. This attraction is open now.
The second attraction is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance that will put you in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Guests must be 40″ to ride this attraction. This attraction is now open at Walt Disney World and will open January 17th in Disneyland.
**In Walt Disney World you will need to arrive early at the parks and as soon as you enter the park, use the app to secure a boarding group. Our planners will be up to date on the current wait times and recommended arrival times so be sure to book your trip with us so we can help you out. **
My favorite part of the land isn’t even an attraction but it is playing with the Play Disney Parks app. Be sure to have it ahead of time because this will help you as you become galactic travelers and live your own Star Wars story in a galaxy far, far away. Look for different mission to complete, codes to scan, and more. This will help you earn credits as well as define your character as aligned with the First Order, The Resistance, or maybe you are just a scoundrel.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise
Here is information on the new merchandise coming to Galaxy’s Edge on both coasts. Favorites included our adorable Porg, a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard with its iconic laugh, a Resistance Rank Badge set, a Wookie bag and a variety of other items.
“Most of these products have never been seen before by any of our fans,” Devon Figge of Merchandise Events at Walt Disney World Resort said. “They’ll see the same product no matter where the come – so, they can visit us on either coast and live their Star Wars story.”
Here are the locations you will want to visit. **(Reservations can be made ahead and are highly recommended for Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot)
Savi’s Workshop** – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi. Keep in mind that on the Black Spire Outpost owning a light saber is illegal. This location is not well marked but if you look for the large blue flag on the wall it will help you find it. Just keep it hush hush if you are planning to visit.
Droid Depot** – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them. There are both B models (like BB-8) and R models (like R2D2)
First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.
Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.
There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:
- Toydarian Toymaker (toys)
- Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you)
- Black Spire Outfitters (clothing)
- The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland **Open Now**
Opening date was May 31, 2019!
Access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions will NOT be included in Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. There will not be FASTPASS service, including access via Disney MaxPass. This land will be subject to capacity restraints and other restrictions.
Currently, Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run is open now and Rise of the Resistance will open January 17th, 2020.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios **Open Now**
Opening date was August 29, 2019! Reservations to enter Galaxy’s Edge do not need to be made ahead at Hollywood Studios but park admission is required. Once you arrive at Hollywood Studios you can check the My Disney Experience app to join a boarding group to ride Rise of the Resistance. Be sure to check that right away. You will enter the land at the Grand Ave entrance (just past Star Tours by Muppets 3D). The land is open to everyone and Smuggler’s Run is currently open with just a standby line.
Galaxy’s Edge will be open during Extra Magic Hours that are offered to guests at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Hollywood Studios, as well as Galaxy’s Edge, will be subject to capacity restraints. This means a Disney package and ticket doesn’t guarantee entry. There will not be any FASTPASS options available for the attractions at this time.
Note: The only way to ride Rise of the Resistance is through a boarding group. You will need to get this as soon as you enter the park and everyone must be present and checked into the park to get one. Boarding groups may be gone by the time the park officially opens so be sure you have the latest information for recommended arrival times.
You can make reservations for the following experiences:
Oga’s Cantina – disneyworld.com/Cantina
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – disneyworld.com/SavisWorkshop
Droid Depot – Custom Astromech Units – disneyworld.com/DroidDepot
As a special treat and a tribute to the fans, hundreds of special videotaped Star Wars memories and personal stories captured at the “Fanfessional” booths during Star Wars Celebration Chicago are now being archived to eventually live inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
Plan your Visit
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