What to Expect and HOW to Visit Galaxy’s Edge

So you’re headed to Disney but worried about Galaxy’s Edge? Wondering what to do or if you should skip it? READ this to learn the How to…

Hey fans, I was going to start writing about our recent adventure, but some NEW news just got leaked/released about the upcoming opening of Galaxy’s Edge, WDW. So I thought I would share that, for the moment. I have many families headed to WDW in a few days, weeks, months and the #1 concern is Galaxy’s Edge. Wondering if you should get up early, skip it entirely, will there be fastpasses? Let me see if I can ease some tension – How to do Galaxy’s Edge:

Fastpasses:

There will be NO fastpasses for any or ALL rides within Galaxy’s Edge. So you can stop asking this question, you can stop waiting for it to happen. BUT…keep reading as you will learn what they ARE doing to help with the crowds, just stop using or expecting the word fastpass to be used or included.

Reservations:

Reservations are available to make for ALL of the NON-ride experiences. So…if you plan on building a droid or a Lightsaber…get a reservation. If you plan on drinking in the Cantina, get a reservation. NOTE: The Cantina is a BAR, not a restaurant. They have like 2 “snack” items on the menu, but they aren’t the type of “snacks” you would be hoping for at a bar. So eat before or after you partake in enjoying a beverage. Also NOTE: The Cliff Dweller was yummy! NOW, making these reservations MEANS you are doing said activity and paying for them, so no last minute cancels or no-shows…they WILL charge you. Also…this may be a sure fire way to get into the land itself.

Cliff Dweller and a Beer!
Arrive Early:

So…as many of you, my clients, are families. I am talking to the families, the moms & dads when I say this. Hollywood Studios is opening up at 6am for RESORT guests for the next several weeks. For 99% of you, this is already TOO early for the kids. So no amount of getting there early will be early enough, if you catch my drift. Arriving at 6am just might be too late, so be prepared for that. There are crazy fans, young adults, people without kids that will be “camping out”. Some resorts are even arranging schedules so they can start serving breakfast as early as 2:30am. So…as much as I urge you to do the 6am walk of sleepy eyes, just note that the line might already be LONG. And I say this as the worst case, it might not be that bad for your trip…but prepare for it. We won’t know anything more concrete until it opens and we see the crowd levels.

NEW UPDATE:

It was recently leaked that WDW will have a Boarding Group System. This is GREAT news for those worried about LONG lines. Kids and long lines is not a good thing. Even a 60 min ride line left my kids squirming for the bathroom. So this boarding system is the same process that was created at Disneyland. SEE my images. You basically will log-in into your account, your My Disney Experience app on your phone and see if there is a required boarding group.

If yes, you join a group, through the app, on your phone. If a group is not required (meaning crowds are low) you can enter Galaxy’s Edge, through the door nearest to Muppets 3D Vision. So…as you enter Hollywood Studios, keep an eye on your app, your phone. If you end up needing a boarding group, the app will alert you when its time, so feel free to eat, ride and explore the park while waiting. You will have 2 hours to enter Galaxy’s Edge once your boarding group time is up. And the group is ONLY to enter the land itself, you still have to wait in line for any rides.

We LOVED Galaxy’s Edge and can’t wait to go back. Hope this helps!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Disney Vacation Blues TIPS

Nothing worse than coming home from vacation. Got the Disney vacation blues? I do. READ my TIPS to help curve the pain and sadness…

Hey fans, long time NO post. Oops. I’ve been on vacation and as I hoped I would be able to post, I was TOO busy having fun and enjoying my family. I am sure you understand. But now that I am home, I’ve got the Disney vacation blues. Nothing worse than coming home and being stuck in your normal reality. But here are a few tips to help.

Pictures:

So you are home, missing the mouse and need a quick fix? Look at your vacation images. Download your pictures from Memory Maker. Work on a scrapbook. Make a photo book. I highly suggest you do this NOW verses later as later always gets pushed back and back. So do it now, while the vacation is fresh in your mind and you still have all the warm, fuzzy feelings.

Treats:

What to do with all those extra snack credits from the Meal Plan? Get snacks! Think Disney shaped yummy goodness. Score snacks with Mickey on the package. Get your favorite treat to-go. We love the Dark Chocolate covered pretzels or the Allergy-friendly Enjoy Life Disney bars. If you have the extra credits, use them. Get treats to eat at home, share with family/friends. Pack in school lunches. Save for a rainy day. Save for when the Disney blues come on strong.

Enjoy Life Disney Treats!
Book another Trip:

One thing that helps us with the vacation blues is knowing we have another trip right around the corner. For us its Walt Disney World, just in time for the opening of the 2nd Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Ride 🙂 Having a trip to look forward too helps ease you into life at home. I have many clients who book their next trips within 1-2 months from coming home. I have even had a few who booked when on the current trip. So think about your next adventure and seal the deal.

Choosing the RIGHT Souvenirs:

So we love to get souvenirs that remind us of our vacation. Puzzles are a big one for us. WE love putting together each and every puzzle we have gotten and remember each and every vacation as we do so. Same with Disney themed board games, for which we own several. And on our most recent trip my daughter got Sabacc, the game played in Star Wars. WE also got chance cubes for times when we need to decide which meal to eat or who gets to go first at something. Christmas ornaments are also hit. Nothing like remembering your trip while decking the halls on your tree.

Sabacc and Chance Cubes

How about you? What fun things do you do to keep the Disney Magic alive?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

How to HIDE your secret Vacation from the Kids.

Anyone else plan trips that are a secret from the kids? Learn how to hide your secret vacation from the kids.

Hey guys, I am 1 FULL day away from our summer vacation and keeping this a secret is HARD. Luckily for me, due to my job and life, my kids know where we are going, but not when. They have no idea that in 2 more sleeps…we leave. That leaves tomorrow as my final day to pack and sync everything up…ALL IN SECRET. See my tips on how to hide your secret vacation from the kids.

Call your Travel Agent AT NIGHT:

So as much as I prefer to be watching TV or finally resting my legs for the day, most families contact me at night AND for good reason. The trip is a secret and how do you chat when little ears are listening? I have had parents call me from the car, from a fake grocery trip, from the backyard, from the neighbors and of course from work (usually during lunch hour). But the most common is parents whispering to me over the phone while the littles sleep. So tip #1, keep little ears away from the conversation. PS – I have NO problem working in the evening to accommodate your secret trip.

Hide your Mail:

So luckily for “snail mail” Disney doesn’t send you much in the mail after you have booked, but every once in a while they do. Like a “Can’t wait to see you soon” booklet. And of course Magicbands WAY later and I usually send a little care package. BUT, I have had many people give me grandma’s address. But they often forget to change that address on their Disney account, so they still get the mailings. So best bet…is too get the mail yourself and if its from Disney, say its an advertisement or a gift for someone else. And do this for your email too people. Ever hand your kids your phone? I know my emails pop up when they come in. Eek…kids who can read might see something they shouldn’t. This is true for app countdowns.

Magicbands
Shopping in Secret:

Mom why are you shopping for bathing suits in winter? Mom why are you looking for our summer clothes? Or mom why are you getting sunscreen. These are ALL questions those little stinkers will ask. I have learned to shop WAY ahead of time and when I am sans kids. Or I just purchase 1-2 items at a time, so they don’t suspect. I also buy extra shorts/bathing suits when they are on clearance in the next size up before its winter and I find out they grew. Planning ahead is the key…as once they get a thought its happening…its hard to keep a tight lip. Kids are smart.

Packing:

I pack in advance. Pack in a room that isn’t a common location for the kids, like a closest or the basement. I also pack as I do laundry so slowly they are missing more undies or a few shirts, etc. Mine would notice if ALL their Disney tees were gone. AS I am folding, I am packing and tucking away clothes. Then I put the packing cubes in my laundry basket and walk them down to the basement and then put in suitcases. Once those suitcases are out, they are noisy little creatures…you might just give in to all the questions. I am also known to pack at night or early in the morning while they are sleeping. Of course if you can, pack while they are in school. Sadly for me its summer and I am running out of reasons for why the suitcases have moved.

LIE:

I hate this suggestion, but I do it. Kids can sense things. Mine will notice me running around more crazy than usual. They will notice me hiding in the basement or my room with the door closed. They will noticed me talking in a soft tone, in my room with the door closed (yes, talking to Disney). So I lie. I pretend that next week we are doing XY and Z. In fact my kids think we have a doctors appointment on Monday which is why we have to return the library books/DVDs early. Sadly they also think we are still doing sports next week and will be participating in a party 🙁 I just need to lie for 1 more day, but its getting hard. I wasn’t planning on lieing, they just ask TOO many questions.

Other tips:

Speak in code. We did this alot when the kids were little. Change your vacation destination to something else, like tennis or bowling or going to the “mall”. This way you can talk more openly but using code words. Honey, when we go to that new mall, lets make sure to remember to get passes to the cool activities. Hehehe. You can also take turns distracting. Hubby takes them somewhere while you pack, then switch. But mine totally start asking question when all of a sudden my hair is done, my nails are painted and they both got haircuts…all in the same week. So my “lie” is we are getting ready for school early to beat the rush, lol. But yes, try to space out the beautification.

How do you hide your secret? Any tips to share?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!