Though Star Wars takes place in a galaxy far, far away, this galaxy is lucky enough to have Star Wars:
Galaxy’s Edge, a land where you can live your own Star Wars adventure. Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is truly an out of this world experience.
Galaxy’s Edge is next level when it comes the overall feel and theme. The park includes an actual Millennium Falcon – how cool is that?! You will also find roaming characters like Rey, Chewbacca, Stormtroopers and, if you’re lucky, you might even see Kylo Ren. There is even a rebel spy who may need your help hiding from the First Order. Disney really put a lot of effort into this land’s experience, and it shows.
If you don’t already know about the Play Disney Parks App, download it now. I bring this up because it’s become one of my favorite things to do in Galaxy’s Edge. The app allows you to hack nearby droids and scan cargo to see what’s inside. It’s a small touch but who wouldn’t want to hack the Millennium Falcon?
Speaking of the Falcon, let’s talk about the rides. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a great attraction. This ride is interactive, and there are three different jobs that you can fulfill. However, do note that the cast members will assign you your job upon entering, so you may not get what you want the first time around. You will either be a driver, a gunner or an engineer. I’ve only been the gunner and it’s tiring but I thought it was fun! I’m hoping to be a driver in my next visit.
The second ride, and in many opinions, the best ride to ever exist, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a one-of-a-kind attraction. I was finally able to ride recently, and I can say that I agree with everyone else. This ride is unlike any other. Disney put everything they had into this attraction. The technology, the scenes and the reveals are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I won’t share too many details about this attraction because you really need to experience it for yourself, but I can say that I was mind blown.
Oga’s Cantina is one of my favorite parts of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You will need a reservation to enter, and understandably so, as it’s very small inside. Once inside, they have a really creative menu of drinks, with the crowd favorite being the Fuzzy Tauntaun (Cîroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, Simply® Orange with Tangerine, Pure Cane Sugar and “Buzz Button Tingling” Foam) which turns your lips numb! And we can’t forget about DJ Rex, who is spinning the best galactic jams while you sip delicious cocktails, or mocktails. My personal favorite is the Hyperdrive which is a non-alcoholic beverage consisting of POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry puree and Sprite.
There are plenty of food options available throughout Galaxy’s Edge, from popcorn to more filling, quick-service options. Docking Bay 7 is where you will find breakfast, lunch and dinner options with a quick-service style. I personally have not eaten here yet, but I hear the food is good. I typically dine at Ronto Roasters, which has one of the best food items on property – the Ronto Rap (Roasted Pork, Grilled Pork Sausage, Peppercorn Sauce and Tangy Slaw wrapped in Pita Bread). There’s also a breakfast Ronto Wrap (Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Pork Sausage, Shredded Cheddar and Peppercorn Sauce wrapped in Pita Bread) which is also delicious.
But wait, there’s more. There are two guest experiences that are truly unique. The first is Savi’s Workshop where you get to build your own lightsaber! It’s an intimate hands-on experience and everyone that has done it has said it’s truly amazing. It has a hefty price tag ($200) but if you have always wanted your own lightsaber, do it. The second is the Droid Depot where, if you haven’t guessed it already, you get to make your own Droid! This is something I really want to do. I already have a name picked out and everything. This experience costs $150 but the Droid is remote controlled and reacts to the environment, which is pretty dang cool if you ask me.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has something for everyone, from the hardcore fans to the casual park-goers. Shops filled with Star Wars memorabilia and delicious food await you at this one-of-a-kind theme park experience. It’s definitely something to visit.
Jess is an adventure-seeking, theme park loving, star gazing, geek from New Jersey who moved to Florida to never be bored. She is constantly outside, and you can usually find her at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando when she’s not working.