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A Family's Guide to the Wonders of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

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Enjoy This Family Guide to the Wonders of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at now at Disney!

Calling all Star Wars fans! By now you must have heard about one of the latest and most impressive additions to the Disney theme parks?

We are talking about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and it really is a dream come true for anyone (and we mean ANYONE!) who has ever wanted to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe!

If you have ever wanted to feel like you are IN a Star Wars movie - this is an absolute must for you. Just like visiting Hollywood Studios makes you feel like you are strolling through California in the 1950s, and just like taking a trip to Animal Kingdom can transport you to the peaks of Asia and the markets of Africa, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is phenominal. 

Located in both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Galaxy's Edge is a fully-realized world that transports visitors to the remote planet of Batuu. Here, you can explore the bustling marketplace of Black Spire Outpost, take a ride on the iconic Millennium Falcon, and even build your own lightsaber or droid. There are so many great rides, attractions and various ways to be entertained, you'll definitely need to be visiting again!

But what makes Galaxy's Edge so great for Star Wars fans? Here are just a few reasons:

It's an immersive experience like no other.

From the moment you step into Galaxy's Edge, you're transported to a different world. The attention to detail is incredible, from the weathered walls of the buildings to the exotic creatures roaming the streets. You'll feel like you're truly on a distant planet far, far away.

You can interact with characters from the Star Wars universe thanks to their groundbreaking interactive technology.

One of the coolest things about Galaxy's Edge is the chance to meet characters from the Star Wars movies and shows. From Chewbacca to Kylo Ren, you never know who you might run into. And if you're looking for a truly immersive experience, try the "Rise of the Resistance".

Set in the world of Star Wars, this ride takes you on a journey to join the Resistance in their fight against the First Order. From the moment you step into the queue, you are fully immersed in the story. You can see droids and Resistance fighters working alongside you as you make your way through the Resistance base.

Once you board the ride, you are in for a wild ride! You'll be dodging blaster fire, running from Kylo Ren, and even flying in a simulated X-wing battle. The technology used in this ride is truly impressive, making you feel like you're actually in the Star Wars universe.

But the best part? This ride is family-friendly! Even young Padawans can enjoy the adventure, without any scary moments or intense drops.

So pack your bags, grab your lightsaber, and make your way to Disney World for the ultimate experience - the Rise of the Resistance. May the Force be with you!ride, which puts you right in the middle of a battle between the Resistance?

Be a pilot, or an engineer, or a navigator with Smuggler's Run!

Look no further than Smuggler's Run at Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge! This immersive ride puts you and your team in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, where you work together to complete a smuggling mission.

Before boarding, each member of your group is assigned a role, such as pilot, gunner, or engineer. Once you're in the Falcon, it's up to you to work together to fly the ship, shoot down enemies, and successfully complete the mission.

The attention to detail on this ride is incredible - you'll feel like you're really piloting the iconic ship from the Star Wars franchise. And the best part? Every ride is different, depending on how well your team works together and how successful you are at completing the mission.

So gather your family, prepare for takeoff, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on Smuggler's Run. May the Force be with you!

The attention to detail is mindblowing.

Whether you're in the Cantina and you can see the gently breathing creature and it's "eggs" that end up in your drinks, or you're in the market and see the adorable "living" creatures in the cages, and even the dishevelled look and feel of everything down to the toilet blocks and the rubbish bins, Disney have really outdone themselves on creating a completely immersive and HUGE land, making you feel you really are on the outer rim, exploring planets far away in our galaxy!

Disney is great for created themed areas which can completely immerse you, and this is one of them, and it's a place that pay homage to the Star Wars franchise in the most amazing way.

So kids, are you ready to visit a galaxy far, far away and spend your family day out at a remote outpost, interacting with the first order as you enjoy delicious food, marvel at the entertainment and in our opinion, one of the best areas to visit in all of the Disney parks?

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge FAQ

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is located in Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida.

There are several thrilling rides available in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge that are perfect for fans of all ages. The first ride is called Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, where you get to fly the iconic Millennium Falcon spaceship and complete a daring smuggling mission. The other ride is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which takes you on an immersive journey through a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Both rides are incredibly immersive and give you a chance to feel like you are a part of the Star Wars universe. Additionally, there are plenty of other fun activities to do in Galaxy's Edge, such as building your own droid or lightsaber, trying out galactic food and drinks, and shopping for cool Star Wars merchandise. You can also drink in the Cantina!

The wait times for rides in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge can vary depending on the popularity of the attraction and the time of day. It's always a good idea to check the wait times on the Disneyland app or website before heading to the park. During peak times, lines can range from 60 minutes to over 2 hours, so it's important to plan accordingly and use strategies like arriving early or utilizing Lightning Lane options. Despite the potential wait times, the immersive and thrilling experiences of the rides in Galaxy's Edge are definitely worth it for fans of the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge offers a variety of merchandise for fans of the franchise. Visitors can purchase customizable droids, lightsabers, and even build their own custom lightsaber at Savi's Workshop. There are also unique clothing and accessory options, including Jedi robes, pilot jackets, and creature-inspired headbands. Other popular items include Star Wars-themed toys, plushies, and collectibles. Guests can even try blue or green milk, a beverage that is inspired by the one seen in the Star Wars movies. With so much to choose from, visitors are sure to find the perfect Star Wars souvenir at Galaxy's Edge.

The opening hours for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge may vary depending on the season and day of the week. It's always best to check the official Disney website or app for the most up-to-date information. Generally, the park opens early in the morning and closes late at night, allowing plenty of time for visitors to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe and experience all the attractions, shows, and dining options. So, make sure to plan ahead and arrive early to make the most of your visit to this exciting and magical place!

There are many food and snack options inspired by the Star Wars universe. You can try the iconic Blue Milk or Green Milk, which are non-dairy and have fruity flavors. There are also savory options such as the Ronto Wrap, which is a roasted pork sausage wrapped in pita bread with slaw and a zesty sauce. For a sweet treat, you can indulge in the Outpost Mix, a popcorn mix with sweet and spicy flavors. There are also various themed drinks such as the Jedi Mind Trick, Carbon Freeze, and more. So, if you're a Star Wars fan, you'll definitely find something to satisfy your cravings at Galaxy's Edge.

There are no specific age restrictions for visitors to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. However, young children may not be able to fully enjoy all of the experiences available, such as some of the rides and interactive elements. Additionally, some attractions may have height restrictions for safety reasons. It is always a good idea to check with the park beforehand to ensure that all members of your family will be able to participate in the activities.

One of the most popular events is Star Wars: Galactic Nights, which takes place at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. This special one-night-only event features exclusive shows and presentations, character meet and greets, and other special experiences that are not available during regular park hours. Visitors can see behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the Star Wars films, watch a panel discussion with Star Wars actors and crew members, and even participate in a Star Wars-themed dance party. Another special event is Star Wars: Rival Run Weekend, a race event held at Walt Disney World Resort. Participants can run through the park dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters, and earn special medals for completing the race. There are also special Star Wars-themed parties and shows held throughout the weekend.

Lisa Downs Written by
Lisa Downs

Lisa has been a content writer for Family Days Out for nearly 10 years, and a keen travel writer for nearly 20. She loves experiencing the best of a city, discovering the many things to do and immersing herself in the culture, and sharing these experiences with others through her writing.

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