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Spoiler Alert!

This post contains pictures and details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland.  Stop reading now to avoid spoilers!  Here is a picture of the newly restored Sleeping Beauty Castle to keep you from seeing the Star Wars stuff.  Turn back now!

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle

Now that the spoiler alert is out of the way, we can proceed.  And, I must say, we can enjoy this pre-park opening picture of the castle.  But more on that later.

First, I’ll tell you the story about how three people in Missouri, who had no intention of being part of the new land madness, fell into the perfect opportunity to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at about half of the land’s capacity the first week of June.

A long time ago…

Our story really begins in January as my husband and I worked on the set for my high school’s production of Beauty and the Beast.  We had just been to Walt Disney World the previous June, and we generally have found ourselves in an every other year pattern so we can find time for other destinations.  Then, I started throwing around the idea that we may want to go to Walt Disney World for the 50th-anniversary stuff in 2021.  That would throw off the pattern.

But what about Disneyland?  Kristin and I had never been to California, and Jeff hadn’t been since he was a child.  We could see LA and San Diego, too.  And hey, what if we flew instead of taking our yearly road trip?  So while Jeff sawed some plywood, I booked us three seats on Southwest for May 29th.

Changes to the Plan

At some point in the spring, I read that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was opening around the time of our trip.  Oh no!  We purposely booked in the early summer thinking we would avoid the crowds for that.  In fact, that same strategy had worked for us to avoid Toy Story Land in Disney Studios the year before.  The plane tickets were already booked, so we decided we’d give it our best go.

Then the word came out about the reservation period from May 31- June 23.  I wondered if I could get a reservation.  Since we were already going, I thought I may as well try.  I logged in as soon as I could on that fateful reservation day, and I had my pick of the four days we planned to do Disney.  We ended up choosing our last day, and we figured the first reservation slot of the day would be the least crowded.

So, as you can see, we really didn’t plan on this amazing experience initially, but everything worked out well.  I don’t think it could have gone any better for my family.  Add the lower crowds to the parks in general as a side effect of Star Wars opening, and the unseasonably cool temperatures in Anaheim, and it was wonderful!

Now, I know not everyone will have the benefit of visiting during the reservation period, but I hope our experiences can help you plan when things do get busier, and probably for years.  We joke that we may never see Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  But remember, knowledge is power.  I hope this helps.

Our First Disneyland Day

On our first Disneyland day, we happened to have a Magic Morning reservation to get into the park an hour early.  While we waited at the turnstile for our turn to enter, we watched the Star Wars people enter.  We arrived at 6:15 am to try to be towards the front of the crowd, and the Star Wars people were already going in.  We learned we should arrive early for our 8:00 am reservation.

During our Magic Morning, the Star Wars guests lined up at Rose Red Tavern to enter the land.  As we hopped from ride to ride, we could see the benefit of getting there early to be at the front of that group.  Lesson learned.

Arriving Before the Park Opens

Our day was not a Magic Morning day.  We arrived at the turnstile at about 6:15 am.  Several cast members are along the route to guide your way through a near-empty park.  I would suggest getting there early after the reservation period ends to be as close to the front of the crowd as possible.  Who knows when that will be?  I’m sure Disney will announce when the line will be allowed to begin.

We did get to see an empty Main Street.  It wasn’t too busy during Magic Morning, but this is even more empty.

Main Street Disneyland

Check this one out.

Main Street DisneylandWe were led to Launch Bay to get our wristbands, and then we were led to Tomorrowland near the Matterhorn to wait to be led to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, also known as the planet Batuu.  There was counter service breakfast available.

Entering Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

We waited for about 45 minutes, and then the cast members led us to the opening of the land.  At 8:00 am, there was a countdown, and we were off.  They did need to scan our wristbands once more, so that can slow you up a little.  Just be aware if you’re going in during the reservation period.  Here is the Facebook Live video I took of the countdown.

Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

I know it looks crowded and chaotic in the video, and it was at first, but after a few minutes, people spread out to do their things.  One of our priorities was getting into Oga’s Cantina.  I’d been reading, and I knew to get in, one of us needed to get in line to make a reservation.  Currently, the line forms to the right and there is a flag person to help you find the way.  When you get to the end of the line, there are several cast members who are available to take guests names and phone numbers for a text to return.  Here is another Facebook Live video I did while I waited in line.  I got in line, and Jeff and Kristin explored a little.

Here’s some more video of the area via Facebook Live video.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Soon I was signed up, and I had a text that said our return time was in 30 minutes.  Wonderful!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

It’s hard not to just stand around and gawk at everything.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Of course, the Stormtroopers are there!

Stormtroopers at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Riding Millinieum Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Another priority, of course, was riding the only ride open at this time–Millinieum Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.  We looked up at the wait time at the ride, and it said “15 minutes.”  We should have enough time to ride and then get to the cantina.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

The queue for this ride is amazing, as if there’d be any doubt.  So many details.

Card game in Smuggler's Run Queue

The line wraps around, up and down, for a while.

Card game in Smuggler's Run Queue

You can see the Millennium Falcon out of some windows.  Big Thunder Mountain is in the distance.

 Smuggler's Run QueueSoon, a few people at a time are let inside this show room where the mission is explained.

Mission room Smuggler's Run

Your party receives a boarding pass, and then you go to a holding room with a few other parties.  Our group of three was lucky enough to be a crew by ourselves!  Also, about this time, our Oga’s text came.  It said we had 15 minutes to report.  I tried to not be a little anxious about that and enjoy the experience.

Chess table in the holding area of Smuggler's Run You can walk freely around the holding room and pose for a picture at the chess table until your boarding pass is called.  It didn’t take long!

Inside the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride

Since our crew was a party of three, they said we could sit anywhere in the room. Jeff wanted to pilot, and Kristin didn’t care as long as I sat next to her.  So we became gunners.  Our flight was pretty doomed with one pilot and two gunners without the best aim, but it was fun.  The intensity is similar to Star Tours.

Inside the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride

We somehow made it, and the ride revealed to us that we shot with 34% accuracy.  We probably won’t be recruited for the Resistance anytime soon.

Having Drinks in Oga’s Cantina

Oga's Cantina Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

After we rode Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s run, we knew we needed to make our way back to Oga’s Cantina. We waited in another line, and they told us we would be standing at an available space at the bar.  Another party near us asked for a booth, and the cast member said it would be another 20 minutes.  That’s not a bad wait, but we just took the standing area.  We found a place to stand near a standing table, and checked out the menu.

Menu at Olga's Cantina

Here is the back.

Menu at Olga's Cantina

It’s worth noting that there were larger menus around, too.  We decided to share two drinks since they are a little pricey.  The atmosphere is pretty fun while you wait.  The droid DJ-R3X keeps the music going.  We heard the Star Wars Cantina Band music play once, and the crowd went wild!  Here is another Facebook Live video of the cantina.

DJ-R3X in Oga's Cantina

The details inside are amazing!  You may think you should skip this because of the line, but I’d reconsider if possible.  If you want to build the Lightsaber at Savi’s, then Oga’s Cantina will be difficult to get in.  You do want to make that reservation as soon as you arrive because during the reservation period, they’re cutting off the line.  Who knows what will happen after June 23.

Creature in Oga's Cantina

Soon our drinks arrived, both of them non-alcoholic, but you can get alcoholic drinks in the cantina.  Since we wanted to try blue milk while we were there, and blue milk was on the menu, we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and give it a shot.  In Oga’s, the drink is called a Blue Bantha. Here it comes with a yummy cookie on top that had pecans on it. I think.

Blue Bantha in Oga's Cantina

The drink was pretty good, and my picky family gave me the cookie.

Cookie on the Blue Bantha at Oga's Cantina

The other drink was…interesting.  From what I remember, it’s called a Carbon Freeze.  It’s served with dry ice, so it arrives “smoking.”

Carbon Freeze at Oga's Cantina

The fizz makes the “berries” move all over the place.  The drink was pretty good and definitely fun!

After we finished the liquid, we were left with these balls in the drink.

Carbon Freeze at Olga's Cantina

We tried them, and they’re kind of like candy grapes. They have a liquid filling.  Jeff was impressed with these coasters, so we took a couple home.

Oga's Cantina Coasters

Exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

We didn’t stay in Oga’s Cantina too long.  Other people wanted to experience it, and it wasn’t like we were sitting at a table.  Plus, we had more Batuu to explore!

Marketplace Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

We headed off to the marketplace.

Porg at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

The marketplace area is a great place to shop for your Star Wars gear.  First up, Kristin had been wanting a porg, so we went to the creature stall first.  The porg is kind of like a puppet that allows you to manipulate the wings and its sounds.

Porg at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

To add to our collection of Star Wars popcorn buckets, Jeff thought we needed this mouse droid.  It’s filled with colorful “space popcorn,” but it tastes like kettle corn.  I thought we needed the Star Wars Coke bottle shaped as a thermal detonator.  Here’s all of our loot, including the porg in its creature box, or as Kristin calls it–the cage.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Coke Mouse Droid

You can shop for various items at many of the stalls in the marketplace.

Marketplace Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Maybe you need a new robe?

Marketplace Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Since we already had blue milk, we didn’t go to the milk stand.  If you can’t get into Olga’s, you can try it here.

Milk Stand Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Building a custom lightsaber at Savi’s workshop gets the most attention at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but you can also shop for legacy lightsabers at the Den of Antiquities.  You should certainly poke around here.Den of Antiquities Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeAlso, don’t forget to check out the Droid Depot, even if you aren’t building a droid.  You can enter from the opposite side of the shop away from those in line to just observe the goings-on.

Droid Depot at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Here is a short video of Droid Depot.

Characters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Since Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge immerses you in a story; the characters interact in character instead of posing for pictures.  Even the cast members who aren’t necessarily a specific character will interact with you as if you’re really in Batuu.  When I asked where the restroom was, the cast member pointed me in the direction of the “refresher.” One sweeper worried about me detonating my Coke bottle.  Ha!

Stormtroopers engaged with guests constantly.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Stormtroopers

We also caught a glimpse of Rey far away from the First Order section towards the forest area.

Rey at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

We didn’t see Chewbacca on this day, but we’ve met him before.

The End of Our Story

Towards the end of the third hour of our reservation time, we took inventory of what we still wanted to do.  We weren’t starving, so we didn’t feel the need to eat lunch in the land, although Ronto Roasters has some fun theming.

Ronto Roasters at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

We took in a few more of the details before the next reservation group would overlap ours.

Droids Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

The little touches everywhere truly are amazing.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

We finally made our way past the forest towards Frontierland; the next reservation group entered soon after.  Along the way, we saw the queue for the yet unopened ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

We also passed some space ships, including this Jedi Starfighter.

Jedi Starfighter Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Soon we were walking out the exit past the Brown Bear Restaurant.  I’m still amazed that we were lucky to have this experience.  Jeff says it was a childhood dream come true, and I think a lot of people in our generation can say that.  Even Kristin had fun, though her Star Wars knowledge is limited and more focused on the newer movies.  If you have a chance to go during the reservation period, definitely do it!  I’d even go after the reservation period; we were prepared for huge crowds before the reservation system was announced.  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is something you should experience!

Click here to read about our experience at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Pary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World!

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28 Comments

  1. Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef Reply

    Wow, what fun, Disney sure knows how to make magic happen!!! Great tips and thanks so much for sharing all of your great photos, we’ll check it out when we get up that way 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I am not a crazy fan of Star Wars like I know some people are, so without reading your article I would probably not consider going there. But I loved it after reading your post. So will definitely put it on my must-visit list now.

  3. Oh so Jealous. We went a month BEFORE it opened to avoid the overall crowds. I hear it is actually not bad but wonder once the reservation times are done and back to general admission. I think I will give it a year or so if my kids can deal, haha. Disney always goes above and beyond.

  4. I’m not a Star Wars fan but this look so fun!! Thanks for the info

  5. How fun! My son has been a Star Wars geek for so long. I don’t even know when it all began or when he saw his first movie, but he’s been hooked! He was the youngest person in our area to ever ‘earn’ entrance into the local Star Wars fans club. This is definitely something I’d love to do with my family.

  6. Oh my gosh! This is so cool. My boys hate going to Disneyland but maybe they will go now!

  7. What an amazing adventure! I have a husband and two teens who are Star Wars fans — they would just love this place. I’ll have to admit, with all that detail, I’d love it too!

  8. I love all things Disney and this new attraction looks like it was awesome! I think my favorite part with the cookie on the top of the drink. Maybe all drinks should have cookies attached, wouldn’t you agree! Ha, ha!

    • Stacey Reply

      I could definitely get behind that cookie initiative.

  9. My husband and brother in law would absolutely love this! They are both Star Wars fanatics! Your photos are awesome!

    • Awesome post! Armed with your tips, I’ll know exactly what to do now when I’m there in August.

  10. Disney always comes up with creative and fun ideas and this one is no exception! We are Star Wars fan and we would love to visit. It must be overwhelming to see it all!

  11. This is awesome. I am headed down to WDW for the opening in August. I am so excited to see and experience everything!

  12. Why do I live so far away?!?!? Seriously feeling out here. I’m a hard core star wars fan.

  13. So awesome!!! You’re pictures are wonderful, so I can only imagine how incredible it must be in person!

  14. Oh how my boys would love this! Great post with lots of photos. They look amazing.

  15. This looks like a fun day. I love when there are such wonderful pictures with the posts!!!

  16. That looks so incredibly fun!!! I am not a super Star Wars fan, but everyone in my family is! I know that we would have a wonderful time, and thanks for the tips on arriving so early.

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