The end of summer will grant us access to a galaxy far, far away… thanks to the highly anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The themed 14-acre land (opening in stages in Orlando starting on August 29, 2019) will be the largest ever created by Disney and promises to transport theme park visitors to Batuu and beyond. With new attractions, galactic food, cosmic character meet-and-greets and more, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is igniting out-of-this-world excitement.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened earlier this summer at Disneyland Resort in California and we admit we’re jealous! But it won’t be long until the Florida-based themed land opens too. Go ahead and start daydreaming about your galactic experience with these epic details:
This innovative park area is a re-creation of the planet Batuu, which is set in the village of Black Spire Outpost. Buckle up for the first attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. On this interactive simulator, each rider will be responsible for a task while in control of the Millennium Falcon. Your teamwork will be reflected in the attraction itself, similar to other rides that keep score. Collaboration is sure to spark the fun factor!
You’ll have to wait a pinch longer to try Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening later this year. This one is set as a walk-through and trackless attraction with dark pathways, media presentations inclusive of animatronics and exhilarating visual effects. Guests will be in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. An official opening date has yet to be announced (and we’re waiting far more patiently than Chewbacca ever would).
Several dining options are planned for Galaxy’s Edge, all of which are right on brand. The Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, for instance, will be a counter-service restaurant designed as a traveling diner run by Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs. The fictional character will fill his pantry with exotic ingredients found during his galaxy travels to create unique dishes. Both indoor and outdoor seating will be available here.
Thirsty? Oga’s Cantina is where you will want to go for drinks – alcoholic or nonalcoholic. And yes, Oga’s menu even features cold Blue Bantha, colored milk served with a Bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookie. Pair a hot cup of coffee or tea with the Mustafarian Lava Roll or Rising Moons Overnight Oats. Or, brave the Spiran Caf, a unique adult beverage concoction of Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee, orange marmalade, Gosling’s 151 Rum, vanilla whipped cream and citrus zest. As you sip, sway to the beats of DJ R-3X, aka Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours.
For more cool dairy, stop at Milk Stand which serves both blue and green milk. The vibrant beverages are made of coconut and rice milk with fruity flavors. This stall will have you feeling like a galactic local. More snack options will also be found at Kat Saka’s Kettle. The signature item will be Outpost Popcorn Mix, a bright blend of sweet and spicy yumminess.
At Ronto Roasters located in Black Spire Outpost market, you might catch a glimpse of a roasting ronto, the massive beast native to the planet Tatooine. Here you’ll order an array of barbeque favorites and wraps.
Savi’s Workshop will be a must-do stop as this shop will have the option to create customized lightsabers! This is not your ordinary store… expect to be ushered in by “gatherers” who will show you parts and pieces from all over the galaxy. With their help, you’ll make a one-of-a-kind lightsaber. This operation is kept secret from the First Order so be cautious!
Another customizable experience will be available at Droid’s Depot at Black Spire’s Outpost. This space will be stocked with everything you need to construct your own droid whether you want a BB-series or an R-series unit. You’ll also have the chance to purchase premade and premium droids, model kits and accessories. For other trinkets, pop into either Creature Stall or Toydarian Toymaker.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiques will be a hidden gem housing rotating antiques and unique finds. The eclectic goods will come from many different planets and eras. Make sure to look high and low in this shop, as you never know what you will stumble upon. Everything is carefully curated and selected to impress.
If you want to dress the part, Black Spire Outfitters is set as the Galaxy’s Edge appeal store. Whether you are looking for a robe or some casual garb, this shop features stylish selections suitable for all worlds. Find additional choices at Resistance Supply and First Order Cargo.
Can’t Wait? Have Galactic Fun Now
Fear not! Star Wars fans planning to visit Hollywood Studios prior to the opening of Galaxy’s Edge have plenty of spectacular opportunities to discover right now.
Star Tours is a virtual 3D experience that changes each time you ride it! Board your Starspeeder 1000 and prepare for take-off. C-3PO will take over control after an early departure and then the adventure really begins. Ride it over and over again for unpredictable and daring flights.
Little ones can prepare to be a Jedi with Jedi Training. Young recruits learn how to use the Force as well as lightsabers. Be sure to practice those skills because you’ll be put to the test shortly after training by facing Star Wars villains. This experience is open to children age 4-12; prior registration (which begins at park opening at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost) is required.
Star Wars Launch Bay celebrates all things Star Wars and features character meet-and-greets daily. Come face-to-face with Chewbacca, BB-8 and Kylo Ren in the Animation Courtyard! Check the My Disney Experience app for times. You can also see concept art and real movie props along with replicas created specifically for Star Wars Launch Bay. They even have a short documentary about the talented team behind the evolving story of Star Wars.
For food options, check out the Backlot Express to feast on Dark Side Chicken and Waffles. Nosh on other Star Wars treats and drinks too, like BB9-E and Kylo Ren cupcakes. This is a great place to fuel up before Jedi Training as it is right next to that encounter.
Each night, you can become a part of the Star Wars story during the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular night show. Get right in the middle of a dynamic light show with laser projections and pyrotechnics. The fireworks heroic finale is one that will have you humming the Star Wars theme song all night long.
Prepare for Your Star Wars Adventures
Here’s how you can plan ahead for out-of-this-world fun…
The Force is strong and so are staycation benefits! Five of Hilton’s properties hold official Walt Disney World hotel status, including Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs Area, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area. Guests staying at these hotels can take advantage of magical benefits, including Extra Magic Hours. Following the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney Resort hotel guests can enjoy the limited-time program expansion of Extra Extra Magic Hours from September 1 to November 2, 2019. That means even more park access to experience all things galactic.
The Star Wars: Datapad on Play Disney Parks app also launches on August 29. Definitely download this mobile tool for special engagements. The app can translate galactic languages, find hidden items and more.
Florida residents can take advantage of limited-time summer ticket offers. Choose the 4-Day Get Your Ears On ticket to visit any four days through August 28, 2019; or, better suited for guests waiting for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, get the 4-Day Florida Resident Flexible Date Base ticket which requires first day use on or before December 31, 2020.
More details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be released in the coming months. Stay tuned!