Punch it Chewie! Before you get into Disney vacation mode, here is some information about Galaxy’s Edge to help in your Star Wars land planning.
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For two long years, we’ve waited for the Star Wars Land Disney teased to us at D23 in 2017. Now Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is open for previews, and the official opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place on August 29. If you are one of the lucky guests who plan to visit planet Batuu, You may be concerned about crowds and excited about riding the brand new attractions. Before you get into vacation mode, here is some information you’ll need for proper Star Wars land planning. But before you go, you can download and print these helpful Disney Packing Lists so you know what to bring.
Star Wars Land Planning Info for Hollywood Studios
Black Spire Outpost
The setting of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. It is an as yet unseen location in the Star Wars movies but may make an appearance in Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. This outpost is where the Millennium Falcon ended up after escaping the battle of Crait.
The area is set up like a giant playset which is fitting considering Toy Story Land connects to it, and Batuu is visible from Slinky Dog Dash. However, once you are inside, it is a fully immersive experience that transports you to another galaxy. Imagine the Resistance camp on one side of the land and the First Order on the other side. Both are fighting for control of the outpost, which features unique shopping and dining, as well as one of a kind experiences such as droid building and lightsaber customization. The big draws of the land are Oga’s Cantina, The Millennium Falcon and Savi’s Workshop.
Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios is nearly identical to the one at Disneyland. The space takes up about 14 acres. However, to have the intended experience, the land must not become too crowded. Disneyland tried several measures to protect their version of Batuu from becoming overcrowded. They turned out not to be necessary, but Hollywood Studios may see more problems with crowding since they have not issued any blackout dates or created a reservation-only system.
Two draws to Galaxy’s Edge are particularly limited. Savi and Son Salvage is a front for the workshop where Gatherers guide you in building your lightsaber. Oga’s Cantina is a low capacity bar. Both experiences required a virtual queue at Disneyland and may be challenging to get into when Galaxy’s Edge opens at the end of the month.
Oga’s Cantina is the local watering hole in Black Spire. It’s inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope. The bar has minimal seating and a two-drink maximum to keep guests circulating. Premixed cocktails and mocktails are drawn from a tap as are the wine, cider and beer options. In the Disneyland version of Galaxy’s Edge, this is the only place where alcohol is served. In Walt Disney World, all Galaxy’s Edge Locations will serve alcohol. Even the Blue and Green Milk come in alcoholic or nonalcoholic varieties.
Extra Extra Magic
From September 1-November 2 Hollywood Studios will offer resort guests Extra Extra Magic Hours. This daily opportunity creates access to the park from 6-9 am before the park officially opens to the public.
Rise of the Resistance
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is the only attraction Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open with. However, it will have two ride experiences. Not only do the cockpit controls affect the motion simulator in real-time, but there are also versions of the attraction for daylight and nighttime in Black Spire. The most significant attraction Rise of the Resistance will not open in Hollywood Studios until December 5. For visitors to Disneyland, it will be another month of waiting before the Rise of the Resistance opens up there on January 17.
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