We just got back from Disney World a few weeks ago. It was our first time visiting Galaxy’s Edge. They had just opened up the week before! We were scared that it might be kinda crazy, but the day we were supposed to leave Hurricane Dorian hit. We were delayed a week and that seemed to have made a big difference in the travel crowds because they were really manageable around this time. Galaxy’s Edge LOOKED AMAZING. It literally felt like you were walking into another world. It felt as if you were walking into a Star Wars movie. My husband was over the moon with this experience, he’s been a HUGE Star Wars fan since he was a little boy.
One thing we did was take advantage of the Extra, Extra Magic Hours for Hollywood Studios. Disney World is offering this from Sept 1. – Nov. 1.
They are from 6AM-9AM! I know what you’re thinking. That is way too early with kids, but we did it. We woke up early and we got to the park (NOT AT 6A), but we did make it by 8AM and the park was somewhat empty! We wanted to take advantage of riding the Millenium Falcon at this time and we did, in fact, we did it TWICE! We let our girls rotate co-pilot seats. 🙂
This ride was so neat. It puts you in the pilot’s seat of the Millenium Falcon. You go in as a group, there are 6 seats and you have the option of different flight crew roles that you do participate in during the ride. You can either be a pilot, a gunner or an engineer.
Ine more tip – get Disney’s Memory Maker Photo Pass! It’s so worth it for getting in the photos, especially if you’re like me and are always the one behind the camera. Memory Maker photographers set up in all the best spots. That’s where we took this awesome family photo in front of Millenium Falcon.
There were lots of kiddos in Star Wars costumes, which are totally adorable. But if you are over 14 years old, costumes are NOT ALLOWED! Sorry, all you Star Wars dads.
There are some really great photo ops for Star Wars fans. There are some full-size airships that create a really cool photo backdrop, including an A-wing, Transporter and of course the big kahuna – Millenium Falcon.
We had heard about the build your own lightsaber before we went and it was really packed! This is located at Savi’s Workshop. You do have to purchase a $200 lightsaber in advance so I wouldn’t say this is for kids because the lightsabers are not plastic toys. The handles are made of metal and contain a kyber crystal of your choice. There are lots of options to customize as well! Don’t forget that you NEED to have a reservation at Savi’s Workshop and do not expect to just walk up and make a lightsaber.
The experience we had at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge was amazing! To be honest, we had heard stories about how it was so crowded that you needed a virtual boarding pass just to get into that land. But we didn’t experience any of that!