Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Review – Disneyland Park – June 15th, 2019

Preston: I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time! After it being announced in 2015, FOUR YEARS AGO, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at the Disneyland Resort this past Friday, May 31st. I was lucky enough to be able to secure an opening day reservation for the land earlier in the month when they became available. This trip report is going to cover EVERYTHING in Galaxy’s Edge. From Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, to Oga’s Cantina, to the Droid Depot, and everything in between.

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It is written all over the place saying that reservation are required until June 24th.

The process of redeeming the reservation for Galaxy’s Edge was very simple. Just head to Star Wars: Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. Have your QR code ready and a government-issued ID as well. Good to go from there! Our reservation time was from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. You can go to redeem your reservation at the Launch Bay up to two hours before your time begins. So, we got our wristbands right at 3:00 PM, as soon as we were able to.

At 4:30, thirty minutes before our reservation, we headed over to the Galaxy’s Edge entrance! Disney is using the Critter Country entrance to Star Wars Land as the ONLY entrance during the reservation period. Even though the reservation period didn’t begin until 5:00, they WILL let you into the holding area (the Critter Country entrance) THIRTY minutes before. Alas, the 4:30 arrival for us at the entrance was perfect timing. TONS of people waiting here!

Finally, right on time at five, we were let in. The walk from the Critter Country entrance was a very long one.

Even though at this point you are in the land, you are not yet in the Black Spire Outpost. The story of Galaxy’s Edge is that you are on the planet of Batuu, a planet that has become widely forgotten with the new advanced hyperspeed technology. Batuu used to be a spaceport to stop mid travel but is no longer needed.

On Batuu is the Black Spire Outpost, which is where the meat of the land is. The Black Spire Outpost includes Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, the Cantina, Savi’s Workshop, Droid Depot, and much more. The only thing that is in the land that is not considered part of the Outpost is the upcoming attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the ResistanceBecause Rise of the Resistance isn’t open yet, almost everyone in the land at any given time was on the right half of the land. We’ll talk more about Rise of the Resistance later.

My favorite part of the land: THE MILLENIUM FALCON!!! I think I took about 100 photos of it alone during my visit. It is incredible how much detail Imagineering put into it.

Let’s head over to the Cantina. That was the very thing we did during our reservation period. We ended up waiting for around 45 minutes. Not terrible!

Inside Oga’s Cantina is unlike anything Disney has done before. First off, it is all standing room only, other than around ten booths. Be prepared to be in for a while if you want to hunt down a booth.

Captain Rex is back! He is in charge of the tunes in Oga’s, as he is now the DJ.

Here’s the drink I got: it is called the carbon freeze. It has Powerade lemon-lime, wild strawberry, with blueberry and green apple popping pearls. I’m only 18, so I can’t order alcoholic drinks, unfortunately.

It was good, but if I’m being honest, the only reason why you go to the cantina is for the ambience. Let’s get one more shot of Rex before we go 🙂

Next thing up, the main attraction (for now), Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run! Smuggler’s Run was an awesome attraction that is very unique. It is a simulator ride.

While riding, you can have three positions: pilot, engineer, or gunner. If you do not do your job correctly, the Falcon WILL crash, and you WILL see the damage! Here’s the view from the queue!

The ride is a lot of fun! You can fit six people in each vehicle, and I will say that this will be 10x more fun for you if all six of the people in your ship are all in your party.  Engineer is my favorite position!

Let’s talk blue milk. To counter Wizarding World’s Butterbeer, Disney has created blue and green milk for the land. The name is deceiving, however, because the two beverages actually contain no dairy.

I got to try both of the two options and I actually really enjoyed both of them. The blue milk tasted like bubble gum to me and the green tasted fruity and delicious! If I had to pick one of them to get again, I would probably pick green.

I was lucky enough to see the fireworks from Galaxy’s Edge as well and it was incredible!

The perfect end to a perfect day 🙂

Before we’re done, I wanted to talk about Rise of the Resistance for a minute. Rise of the Resistance is not yet open. Disney has said that it will open “later this year”. While not all the details have been released, it is looking to be probably the most advanced attraction Disney has ever created. It’s rumored to have two preshows and a free fall drop (within the show building) around forty feet. If I had to guess when it is going to open, I would probably say towards the end of August, right around Disney’s D23 Expo. Here is the entrance to the ride.

Overall, Galaxy’s Edge is a fantastic land. I really do look forward to its future. The atmosphere is great and the experiences within the land are truly unbeatable. Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be a great secondary attraction when Rise of the Resistance opens.

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