Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge
A few months ago, Disney announced that Galaxy’s Edge would be opening earlier than originally expected. The only catch was that you would have had to make reservations to visit before June 24th. I had also read if guests made a Disney hotel reservation, they would receive a guaranteed reservation for Galaxy’s Edge. Steph and I decided we didn’t want to leave our reservation to chance, so we booked one night at the Paradise Pier resort. About a week after booking our reservation we received a second reservation for Galaxy’s Edge. We didn’t get to pick our reservation time and we received the time slot of time of 8am- 12pm. It wasn’t an ideal time but we were still excited for the experience. Once Disney opened reservations for the public, we were able to get another reservation of 8pm-12am.
When our 8 am reservation came on the 23rd we got into the park at 8:05 am. I love Disneyland but I am not the best morning person. We were directed to Tomorrowland to get wristbands to enter Galaxy’s Edge. We then walked across the park where a cast member scanned our wristbands. One cast member had directed us to enter through the entrance near Hungry Bear but another cast member directed us to any entrance. We picked the entrance near thunder mountain and were scanned right in. I cannot even explain how magical it was to see the thunder mountain rock transform into outer space rock.
Once we were in, we headed to the Cantina. I had heard from multiple people that it was extremely difficult to get reservations. I figured since we were the first group in it wouldn’t be as hard. Boy was I wrong… Reservations for the cantina were out by 7am. We were definitely disappointed but we still had our 8pm time slot so we knew we needed to come earlier. We didn’t let the disappointment last long in our 8am time slot. Steph and Roberto really wanted to build droids; so while they waited in line for that, Nate and I walked around. We hadn’t had breakfast and I was getting hangry. We stumbled upon Roto Roasters. The best part of this quick service restaurant was the breakfast menu! My order consisted of the Morning Roto Wrap, Rising Moons Overnight Oats, and Meiloorun Juice. It was all very good! The morning wrap was like breakfast wrapped in a pita! It had eggs, sausage, and delicious peppercorn sauce. I was a little nervous that it was going to be spicy but it had just enough spice! Writing this makes my mouth water! The Rising Moon Oats was beautiful. The color and the star fruit made it look out of this world but the taste itself was bland. It is a great concept but the fruit to oat ratio needed to be increased. The Meiloorun Juice was so refreshing! This juice is the perfect blend of pineapple and lemonade.
After we finished breakfast, we started walking around the market. The market area was a little tight because of the design of the stores and surrounding area; but it gave it the feel of a real market. There was merchandise everywhere but my favorite store was the creature stall. The creature stall was filled floor to ceiling with star wars creatures. I fell in love with the amazing little porg puppet. It was a little more expensive than I would have like but he made porg sounds and flapped his wings on command. When you purchased a creature the cast member placed your new pet into a box in the shape of a cargo cage (very similar to what build a bear does).
It had been about 45 minutes so I called to check on Steph. They were still in line and were nowhere near the door. Nate and I decided to go explore the other parts of the land. We came across Docking Bay 7 quick service restaurant. I decided to get a Mustafarian Lava Roll and a Moof Juice. The Lava roll caught my eye because it looked like a cinnamon roll. It tasted a little like a cinnamon roll but instead of doughy it was more bread like. It seems like Galaxy’s edge really has a thing for pineapple in drinks. I’m not mad at it! The Moof juice was a blend of orange and pineapple juices!
By the time we finished the food, Steph let me know that they were finished and we headed to the Smugglers Run Ride. I am not going to lie, I fully prepared myself to wait a very long time for this ride. Once we got to the entrance the sign said “wait time 15 minutes.” I said “no way!” and then we literally WALKED ON. Once you reach the top of the launch bay, a cast member is there to assign you a “job.” The ride consisted of 6 positions: two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers. Once you get your job you are ushered into a waiting area. Steph and Berto were given Pilot; while Nate and I were given Gunners. We did have another group of two with us and they were the engineers. Another cast member called our card color and then our team lined up for entry. After a short video, we entered the Millennium Falcon. It was so life like! We got buckled in and we followed the directions. One really cool aspect about this ride was how interactive it was. Steph wasn’t convinced she was in complete control and decided to try to hit a tree… Well, we hit a tree. This ride was very well done. My only complaint was I probably should have picked automatic instead of manual mode because I suck at shooting games. When we exited the ride we saw the wait was still only 15 minutes, so we went for round two. This time Nate and I were Pilots. It was interesting because the ride was different then the previous run! Same idea, but the more we worked as a team the higher the score went and the more we were able to accomplish! We decided to go on the ride one more time because we wanted to participate as each job. This third round, we were the engineers. This wasn’t my favorite position because of how often we had to click the flashing buttons. I spent more time playing wack-a-mole with the flashing buttons than actually watching the flight. Overall, this is a beautifully designed interactive ride!
After our first four hour window ended, we left to enjoy the rest of Disneyland. We had full intentions to get to our 8pm reservation early enough to get into the Cantina. One drink lead to another at the Lamplight Lounge and we didn’t get to our reservation until 9:00. Unfortunately, there weren’t any more reservations for the Cantina again. One of the cast members did give me a good tip that once the land opens, you can make a reservation same day for the Cantina. He also said we wouldn’t have to be in the park to reserve it. Since we were going to be in the park for the first day of it opening to the public we decided to try again the next day.
After the cast member was explaining the reservation system to us we decided to leave and go back into Disneyland. Before we could leave Galaxy’s Edge the firework show started. We walked back in because we thought we could get a good view. The views were spectacular. The firework show felt different because the only music in the background were the sounds of Galaxy’s Edge. I would absolutely recommend watching the fireworks shoot off over the Millennium Falcon.
Looking back on the day, our time slots didn’t allow us to see the shows and character interactions. We knew the following day we were going to have to get into Galaxy’s Edge between 11am and 7pm. The next day we were expecting the park to be crazy. Surprisingly, it wasn’t bad at all. The minute we got to the park, I looked up reservations for Olga’s Cantina. I found open reservations and we picked our time slot of 5:15. When making a dining reservation for any restaurant in Disney Parks, guests are required to put in credit card information. Disney does require a $10 per person deposit for any reservation. If you need to cancel a reservation, make sure you read the cancelation policy or else you could lose your deposit. After making our Cantina reservation I booked us a reservation for Galaxy’s Edge. Disneyland created a queuing system through the app. Which ment we didn’t have to wait in a physical line. We “joined a boarding group” and were able to go enjoy the rest of the parks. When it was our turn to enter the park, we received a notification through the app.
We got into Galaxy’s edge around 12:00. When we walked in, Chewbacca and Rey were walking around a ship. Steph, Berto, and I ran over to join the crowd of onlookers. Nate stayed back a little, just beyond the crowd. Next thing I know, Chewbacca grabs Nate and a few other guys in the crowd. He lines them up and Rey explains that they are looking for a Chewbacca stand in. They proceed to have the guys roar like Chewy. After about five minutes of face offs, they designate Nate the winner! His prize was a couple pictures with Rey and Chewy. It was such a fun experience! This time slot was ideal because we not only saw Rey and Chewy interacting with guests; we also saw Kylo and the Storm Troopers interacting with people as well!
I checked in with a cast member about our Cantina reservation, because I wanted to be sure we didn’t need a second reservation to get into the land. She told me not to worry, our Cantina reservation would get us in. We left the land and enjoyed the rest of the park. Around 4:45 we started walking back to Galaxy’s Edge. We walked in without any problems and got in line around 5:00. A cast member went down the line and checked people in. Arrive early for your reservation because that line gets pretty long! Once we got to the front of the line, a cast member escorted us in and gave us a spot at the bar.
The Cantina does have a few rules. Guests can only order two drinks per person and you have 45 minuets to complete this order. They did keep track of this because each group had a card with a start time and a tally of drinks. My one recommendation is to not go in hungry! There is very limited food options on the menu. The atmosphere felt like walking into the Cantina from the movie. It was smaller than I expected but it made it feel like a real lounge. The menu consists of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. It was a little weird seeing kids at the bar but there were just as many options for them as there were for the adults! We ordered four drinks with alcohol and two drinks without. Our nonalcoholic drinks were Hyperdrive (Punch it!) and Jabba Juice. Our drinks with alcohol were: Fuzzy Tauntaun, T-16 Sky Hopper, The Outer Rim, and Bespin Fiz. Each of these drinks were special in their own way. I ordered the Fuzzy Tauntaun drink because the menu said it contained “Buzz Foam. ” When it came, it had pile of foam on top of the drink. I took an sip and instantly my lips and mouth started getting a tingly sensation! Each drink was unique in its own way and I would recommend visiting Olga’s Cantina next time you find yourself in Disneyland.
Overall, Galaxy’s Edge was more magical than I could have dreamed of.