Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened at Disneyland (and will open at Disney World on August 29, 2019). But, you might not know all the ins and outs of the new land.
If you’re looking for an overview of Galaxy’s Edge (so you can be conversational with your Star Wars-obsessed friends and family, or sound extra cool when you’re talking to your boys ;) — definitely download my free Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge cheat sheet.
But, if you want a little more info, read on. Below you’ll find the entire Galaxy’s Edge guide from my Ultimate Guide to Disneyland. It’s got info on rides, shops, food, souvenirs, and more, gathered from hours of internet research to give you just the best of the best info. (That Ultimate guide has a section just like this for every land in Disneyland and California Adventure — it’s a 14-page PDF full of Disney goodness!)
Read on for details on Galaxy’s Edge — and if you like what you see, be sure to grab the whole Ultimate Guide to Disneyland so you’ll be an expert on every land in the park!
A Boymom’s Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland
(An excerpt from my Ultimate Guide to Disneyland)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the brand new land at Disneyland – the biggest expansion EVER for the theme park! On June 23, 2019, Disneyland began allowing guests to enter the land via virtual queue – sort of like MaxPass. Once you enter Disneyland, you can check the Disneyland app to see if the land is “Open” (anyone can visit) or closed, in which case you’ll tap “Join Boarding Group” and get notified later (via the app — make sure notifications are turned on!) when it’s your turn to enter.
You’ll have 2 hours to return to Galaxy’s Edge once your boarding group is announced. There are also electronic signs around Disneyland to let you know which boarding groups are currently entering. Hopefully this will help keep crowds at manageable levels!
What is Galaxy’s Edge?
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is set in the Black Spire Outpost (you might recognize this name from a brief mention in Solo: A Star Wars Story) on the planet Batuu, "a thriving port of rogue traders, droids and strange creatures."
Star Wars fans will still likely recognize many of the characters roaming around – Chewbacca, Rey, Kylo Ren and lots of Storm Troopers frequently walk through the land, so it’s a natural & fun way to interact with them. Galaxy's Edge will even sound familiar -- a new soundtrack was created especially for this new land by renowned composer John Williams.
There are two rides in the new land (more info on those below) – only one, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, is open now. Rise of the Resistance is scheduled to open later this year. Other major attractions in the land include awesome food & drink options, unique shopping opportunities, and the chance to fully immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy.
All the cast members are in on the fun too, and have been trained to speak in Batuuese (saying things like “Bright suns” for good morning, and “Til the Spires” for farewell). You’ll also see unfamiliar lettering on everything from Coke bottles to buildings – that’s Aurebesh, a writing system in the Star Wars galaxy, and you can translate it with the Play Disney Parks app.
Speaking of, you’ll use the Play Disney Parks app A LOT in this land – you can translate messages, hack data ports, find hidden details, learn more about the environment, and go on special missions. Be sure to download Play Disney Parks before you go, and don’t forget a mobile charger to keep your phone battery running.
What rides are best for kids in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
FOR LITTLE KIDS: Both of the new rides have height requirements, so the littlest visitors won’t be able to ride. HOWEVER, there’s still plenty to see at Galaxy’s Edge! Most involve spending money, though. :) Be sure to check out the Toydarian Toymaker shop for toys & playful souvenirs (sooo many cute stuffed toys & figures), or visit the exotic fuzzballs from across the galaxy (check out the animatronic ones inside the cages!) at the Creature Stall.
FOR BIG KIDS (& BRAVE LITTLE KIDS): Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (height min: 38" – Rider Switch & Single Rider available). Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (height min: 40") is set to open later in 2019.
On the Millenium Falcon ride, you board the ride from the lounge of the famous “hunk of junk.” Each cockpit seats 6 people (in separate bucket seats – you won’t be RIGHT next to your companions, but pretty close) and resembles a super-amazing Star Tours ride, where you’ll be bouncing & flying around on a ride through space. Every person in the cockpit has a special job to perform – you can be a pilot, co-pilot, engineer or gunner – and flying the ship is really up to you and your crew. I’ve heard it can be pretty intense – prep your riders accordingly. You can also trade roles if someone in your group is willing. While none of the jobs are TOO difficult, I’ve heard engineer is the easiest and pilot / co-pilot is the most intense.
FOR BABIES: Enjoy browsing the shops & restaurants of Galaxy’s Edge with your baby.
Where will my kids want to eat in Galaxy’s Edge?
Food picks: Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (Star Wars-themed dishes – you can mobile order here ahead of time!); Ronto Roasters (exotic meats roasted over a podracer engine); Oga's Cantina (futuristic adult & non-alcoholic beverages that must be consumed in the cantina); Kata Saka's Kettle (an alien-themed popcorn stand); and a Milk Stand where you can get Luke Skywalker's favorite blue or green (non-dairy) milk.
A note on Oga’s Cantina – this place is literally an intergalactic bar, and so far it has been drawing the longest lines! You’ll need a mobile reservation (via the Disneyland website) to enter here, too, and I recommend doing that as early as possible when reservations open at 7:00 am. Oga’s Cantina serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; kids are allowed inside, but seating is very limited. While there are a few tables, most people stand up at the bar. Strollers are not allowed inside; if you’ve got a baby with you, your best bet is to wear him or her in a carrier.
FYI — if you have a reservation for Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s Workshop (below), you do NOT need a boarding pass if the land gets crowded. You can enter via the Fantasyland entrance one hour before your reservation time.
Tell me about souvenirs for kids in Galaxy’s Edge.
The shops of Galaxy’s Edge are part of the experience too! Two specialty shops let you build your own Star Wars creations – the only way to enter the creation area is if you’re paying for the hands-on souvenir:
· Savi’s Workshop, where a specialized Gatherer guide helps you customize your own legendary lightsaber. (Each one costs $199.99 + tax; this experience is limited to the builder and one guest – at least one person must be 14 years or older). Similar to Oga’s Cantina, you should make a same-day Savi’s Workshop reservation as early as possible via the Disneyland website and then you can enter the land an hour before your building time.
· Droid Depot, where you can build & activate your own droid! Pick from an R2D2 lookalike or a BB-8 lookalike – you choose all the pieces, assemble and then activate it. Droids come with a remote control so you can “drive” them around at home – they also interact with things in Galaxy’s Edge, so carry them around with you in the park! (Each droid costs $99.99 + tax; this experience is limited to the builder and one guest – at least one person must be 14 years or older.)
And, in addition to Toydarian Toymaker and the Creature Stall (mentioned above), there’s also these fun shops open to everyone:
· Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – Fun souvenirs from around the galaxy, like Kyber Crystals and Holocrons, busts of famous Jedis and Sith, patches, Padawan hair braids and lots more.
· Black Spire Outfitters – Clothing and accessories so Star Wars fans of any age can dress in awesome Star Wars-inspired attire (although no actual costumes are allowed for anyone over the age of 14!).
· First Order Cargo – Gear and products from the First Order, aka the Dark Side…but if you’re a rebel, there’s always the remotely-located Resistance Supply, a “secret” shop (located near the west entrance to the land) for members of the Resistance with more awesome souvenirs