By Megan of @MinglingWithMickey and Chase of @Imagineerinsta
Attention all Resistance fighters and First Order sympathizers, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland® Park! We stepped foot inside the land and to say it’s immersive is an understatement. As any Star Wars fan knows, the Star Wars universe is vast and detailed, and that’s just what guests are getting when they walk into Black Spire Outpost, the village Galaxy’s Edge is based on.
As we toured the new land we found some time-saving and all-around important to know before you go tips for getting the most out of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Whether you’re going during the reservation-only period from May 31 through June 23, or going when Disneyland® will be implementing a virtual queue starting June 24, you’re going to want to read on to make the very best plan to conquer Galaxy’s Edge like a Disney pro.
Mobile order as often as possible
Mobile ordering throughout Disneyland® is a huge time saver, but it’s even more so inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Since the land is so large at fourteen acres it can hold a lot of people, but that does not mean the line for restaurants and drinks is going to be short. There are five dining locations on Black Spire Outpost and three of them are going to offer mobile ordering, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, The Milk Stand, and Ronto Roasters.
By mobile ordering, you can essentially skip the regular line to order and pay for your meal or drinks from the Disneyland® app. This is a huge time saver if you’re a Disney foodie and wanting to try as much as possible. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo will be the one place that mobile order will save the most time no matter when you’re visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge since they are serving full meals and allows guests the opportunity to sit for a moment to take in all they’ve experienced so far inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Ronto Roasters definitely seems to be the most talked-about dining location and the Ronto Wrap has been the must-get item on Batuu. And while it’s not absolutely necessary to mobile order your blue or green milk since the lines aren’t super long it does save a few minutes.
Determine the right entrance for you
There are three entrances into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, on in Frontierland, one in Critter Country, and one in Fantasyland. While the first few weeks and months of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will likely have a designated entry and exit point, eventually guests will be able to go in and out of all three points. Depending on what you want to do first is where you should enter into the new land. If you’re wanting to grab a drink at Oga’s Cantina you should enter at the Fantasyland entrance for the quickest route. If you’re wanting to explore the marketplace consider entering through Critter Country. And if you’re like us and couldn’t wait to get on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run you should enter through Frontierland to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours and Magical Mornings
For now, guests at Disneyland® will not be able to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during Extra Magic Hours or Magical Mornings. But that does not mean you cannot line up to get into the new land during this time. If you truly want to take advantage of the time you spend on Batuu you’re going to want to use the extra hour of precious park time to get in line to be one of the first to get into the land or get your name on the virtual queue starting June 24. That extra hour of sitting to wait to get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge could be the difference between you waiting 45 minutes or waiting four hours to build your own droid.
Consider exploring the land before getting on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
During the reservation-only period from May 31 until June 23 consider exploring the land before getting on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Not only will this allow you to get a better feel for everything you’re about to experience, but it will also help you prioritize what to do once you get off of the attraction. The wait time for the ride also goes down towards the end of each hour, so you’re essentially saving valuable time by waiting to ride.
Even after the reservation-only time period, guests might want to explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before getting on the attraction. Why? With so many things being low occupancy, including Oga’s Cantina and some of the shops in the marketplace, these areas will fill up first. Oga’s Cantina has been reaching occupancy in less than 15 minutes and we expect that to continue through the following months as more people are able to go explore Batuu. If you really want to experience Oga’s Cantina get there early and check in to their virtual queue system which will send you a text when you can get back in line.
Also note that even after the reservation only time period Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not offer Disney’s FastPass+ system which includes Disneyland®’s MaxPass service. The best time to ride the attraction is going to be as close to the end of the night as possible when people are watching fireworks and leaving the park.
Skip interactive experiences for now
Because of capacity and possibly having a limited time inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the best way to get the most out of your time on Black Spire Outpost is to skip both interactive experiences for right now, unless you can get one of the coveted in-land reservations, which are subject to change and capacity. The Savi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsaber experience has a maximum capacity of 14 guests at a time, which is not much considering how expansive the land is.
The Droid Depot allows guests to build their own BB-series or R-series droid, making for a fully customized droid that can interact with different elements throughout the land including other droids! This experience is also limited capacity, but there might be reservations available once you get into Black Spire Outpost.
Both of these experiences are going to be around long after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. If you’re planning on a return visit to Disneyland® and Galaxy’s Edge consider skipping the interactive experiences for your first visit and do them on a later visit to get the most out of your time inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While we were visiting Black Spire Outpost the lines for both of these experiences were well over two hours and sometimes closer to four. As the initial hype of the land dies down so will the lines making it easier to get to do these two experiences without a huge wait.
With these tips, being strong in the Force and a bit of luck you’ll definitely make the most of your time inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and do as much as possible!
May the Force be with you.