Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now open at the Disneyland Resort and opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World on August 29th. For guests planning their visit to Batuu at Disneyland, we have some Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge tips to ensure you have the best experience. Since these immersive lands are nearly identical you can utilize most of our planning Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge tips for both resorts!
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1. Make Reservations for Oga's Cantina and Savi's Workshop
This tip is just for the Disneyland Resort as we don't know yet how Walt Disney World will handle their Oga's Cantina and Savi's Workshop experiences. Both of these experiences have been extremely popular at Disneyland creating large lines during the reservation period which prompted Disneyland to make both of these reservation only.
You can make reservations to both experiences up to 14 days in advance of your visit via the Disneyland website and app. Disneyland is also saving some spots for same day reservations which will begin at 7AM on the day you want to go and reserve your spot. A credit card guarantee is required and there are no cancellations for same day reservations. The standard $10 per person fee will be charged for missed reservations for Oga's Cantina while a missed reservation for Savi's Workshop will result in being charged the full fee for the $199 lightsaber. So make sure you're committed to these experiences when you reserve them! For guests that made reservations in advance, you have 24 hours prior to the experience to cancel without a fee.
While this may seem like a hassle at first glance, this is just a great way of ensuring your spot for these popular experiences so you can plan your day and not feel like you have to dash there right at opening!
2. Don't Rope Drop Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Speaking of dashing to Batuu right at rope drop, don't do that! If you follow any recent Disney visitors on Twitter you've seen the huge crowd that assembles at rope drop for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge every morning. Even though the crowds at the park have been historically low, the people visiting all still line up to head right to the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Ride at opening.
We recommend rope droping other key attractions at Disneyland by following our morning Disneyland strategy and coming back in the afternoon once the crowds have moved on. Since so many people rush straight to Batuu that leaves the other popular rope drop rides (like Peter Pan!) a little less crowded.
3. Know How to Access the Land Prior to Your Visit
At Disneyland they have put together a Boarding Pass option for when the land hits capacity- similar to the way FastPass works. If the land status reads ‘closed' on the Disneyland app or signs then you just reserve your spot in the queue for entry via the Disneyland app. Once enough people have left the land, you will be notified and given two hours to enter. Note: being in a Boarding Group doesn't guarantee you access.
The good news is that Disneyland hasn't had to use the Boarding Pass system much at all since the land opened but this could change with Halloween right around the corner!
4. Use Mobile Ordering
Using mobile ordering at Disneyland is a no brainer but especially so inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! Did you know that you can actually reserve your lunch in the morning so you know it will be ready at a certain time for the food options on Batuu? On busy days using mobile ordering is a lifesaver for saving time.
5. Disney Bound for Added Fun
Disney Bounding is a popular way for adults to mimic the outfits of popular Disney characters while still adhering to Disney's ‘no costumes for anyone 14 years and older' rule. If you search ‘Disney Bounding' on Pinterest or Instagram, you'll find plenty of examples.
The Disney Parks Blog recently published an article with tips on advice for Star Wars Disney Bounding so guests can avoid breaking any rules. Disney Bounding can be a great way to immerse yourself in the land and get in the spirit.
6. Take Advantage of Great Photo Ops
There are plenty of Disney PhotoPass photographers inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ready to take your picture. You can usually find one by the Millennium Falcon and by the TIE Fighter. You can even request themed Magic Shots to your photos like porgs, monkey lizards, TIE fighters, or x-wings.
To read more tips about PhotoPass read our full guide to PhotoPass at Disneyland.
7. Read the Comic to Build Excitement
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has its own comic miniseries and is a great way to get in the spirit before your visit. The miniseries focuses on Dok-Ondar as one of the new characters you will see on Batuu. The miniseries helps tie in all of the new characters and references you can find in the land. Read our full review of the first comic from the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge miniseries.
The comics retail for $3.99 each and can be found (or ordered!) at your local comic book store, select locations in Disneyland and online on Marvel's comic store website.
8. Know the Lingo
You can read our full list of phrases in our Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge guide. The most common you will hear in the land is ‘Rising Suns' for good morning, ‘Rising Moon's for good evening, and ‘Til the Spire' for farewell. The cast members work hard at making this land completely immersive for guests and using the specific lingo of Batuu is one of the ways they accomplish it!
Another good one to know is ‘refresher' which stands for bathroom!
9. Ride the Falcon More than Once
The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run attraction has six available spots with three different roles: pilot, engineer, or gunner. The two pilots work together to fly the ship including the jump to hyperspace, the gunners fight off enemy ships, and the engineers work to fix any damages during the mission.
Each time you ride you can get a different position or ask other people in your group to trade so you should definitely fly more than once to experience them all.
The ride does offer Single Rider if you want to try to beat the waits in line. And keep your eye on the Disneyland app and watch for the wait time to drop under 60 minutes before you head to the queue.
10. Use the Disney Parks Play App
You can find entire devoted fan pages to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge already and the amount of cool things fans have discovered using the Disney Parks Play App is truly amazing. You can make steam gush out of the Millennium Falcon, encourage the Dianoga at the water fountain to say hello, and translate the language around the land.
You can read all about using the Datapad in the Disney Parks Play app in our Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge guide.
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