Ryan and I received an invitation to explore Star War’s Galaxy’s Edge this past weekend. The park, located at Hollywood Studios, opens on August 29th to all travelers. The main entrance is located on Grand Avenue near Muppet Vision 3D. You immediately feel submersed into the Black Spire Outpost on planet Batuu upon entering the park, and ‘travelers’ are welcomed by supporters of the First Order.
If you were hoping to see a variety of props, you won’t be disappointed. The first section you come to features a variety of ships, droids, and cargo. The entrance for an additional ride (Rise of the Resistance) is located here; however, it doesn’t open until December.
We were surprised by the detail and vastness of this new area. There are a variety of shops and dining options. We didn’t have an opportunity to dine, but we explored many of the shops. You can build your own customized droid at the Droid Depot. Looking for a handbuilt lightsaber? Build your own at Savi’s Workshop.
There are a ton of photo opportunities, including Disney PhotoPass locations, throughout the planet. One of my favorite features is the live actors throughout modeling everyday in the galaxy. There are a couple of movie related scenes reenacted periodically, like Chewbacca inspecting the Millennium Falcon.
There are areas where casts members are fixing droids and landspeeders, as one would as part of daily life at the Black Spire Outpost. We witnessed a character who looked very much like Rey working on a landspeeder engine, complete with realistic sound and light effects.
Behind the Droid Depot, there are many leftover parts from droids that are out of commission.
Guests will weave in and out of shops and displays on their way to the Millennium Falcon. Travelers come around a curved section, and it’s ginormous. You can’t miss it! You can even walk underneath it in places, and it ‘attempts’ to take off. It does not move but makes a bunch of noise and lights up.
The ride everyone is excited about is the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. We waited about 45 minutes for our opportunity to ride. The next group of photos is from inside the ride queue. The photo below is of a hyperdrive that they (Gar & others) are in the process of fixing for the Millennium Falcon. Like many other props, this has some moving parts as well as light and sound effects when they fire it up.
The ride was neat, but you definitely want to be the pilot or gunner. The engineer role isn’t nearly as fun as the others and you sit farthest from the controls/screen. If you are prone to motion sickness, we don’t recommend this ride. It’s pretty rough. I’m glad we don’t drive around Earth on ships like these. Ryan said the queue was authentic and the level of interaction was an excellent touch. Pay close attention to the dialogue between characters.
Although we weren’t able to dine, we did grab one of these coke bottles. We were warned it could explode (not really). The bottle and font are pretty cool. Not the easiest to hold though.
I would most certainly recommend visiting this section of Hollywood Studios, whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not. I don’t know too much about the Force or Resistance, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Ryan grew up enjoying Star Wars and this did not disappoint.