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!!

Disneys Yacht Club Resort: Hotel REVIEW

Thinking about Disney World? Hoping to see Galaxy Edge? READ about this resort…Yacht Club.

Hey guys, getting lots of calls/emails/messages about the NEW Star Wars Land, Galaxys Edge. I, for sure, have lots of advice and tips but one is this resort. NOT only is it a FAVORITE of mine, but it would be the BEST place to stay if Star Wars is #1 on your list. Disney World Yacht Club:

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
The Resort:

Disney’s Yacht Club is a Deluxe resort located between both Epcot and Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. It has a sister resort, for which its connected too – Disney’s Beach Club. So this means double the eats, double the shops and double the magic. You can pop in and out of each resort just as easy as it is to walk across the street. The rooms are usually 2 queens with a sofa bed (in some rooms). The views are great, even the basic Garden View can be breathtaking. And I have watched many firework shows from the resort.

The Pool:

So the #1 reason why I LOVE this resort is the main pool, Stormalong Bay. It’s nestled between the two resorts and features a LAZY RIVER. Thats right, you heard me. I could float and spin and coast on this river ALL DAY LONG. And if that wasn’t fun enough, another pool area has a sandy bottom beach. Yep, in the actual pool. I am talking sand castle building sand. Add a few slides, a few hot tubs and LOTS of chairs with umbrellas and you have the making for the BEST pool on Disney World Property.

The Boardwalk:

Both Resorts are located on a Boardwalk (not the same as the Boardwalk Resort). Disney’s Boardwalk is what you think, its a walking path that leads to entertainment of various sorts. It also connects the 2 resorts to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. But the Boardwalk itself is filled with shops, restaurants, bars, evening entertainment and shows. You just never know what you will find on the Boardwalk. Its makes for a nice family stroll, not to mention great views.

Location, Location, Location:

As mentioned above and in the Video, I love this resort for 2 main reasons; the pool and the location. You just can’t beat the ability to WALK to 2 of the 4 Disney Parks. Walking might sound like a pain, but it beats waiting for a bus, for transportation, EVERY single time, IMO. I have even timed it, it can be faster than the boats too. Grab a coffee and walk to the parks.

Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge:

So…why is this resort PERFECT for Star Wars Fans, its location. That’s right, while everyone else is stuck in traffic or trying to jump in a crowded bus…you can walk. You can walk and park hop and enjoy yourself. This is what my family is doing once Star Wars Land opens this fall and I can’t be more excited. And clearly I am not the only one planning this as Yacht Club is very much booked for many, many dates.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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

Disney’s Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge

Headed to Disney and wondering about Star Wars Land? READ and Learn the skinny on the situation and what you will find.

Hey guys, talking about one of my favorite topics and one that has my clients a little overwhelmed. What is Star Wars Land aka Galaxy’s Edge, do I really need to see it and how can I maximize the magic? First its currently ONLY opened at Disneyland, but the Walt Disney World opening is just weeks away and waiting has been a LONG time coming. For those who aren’t HUGE Star Wars fans or for those who want the simple breakdown – this is the post for you.

Star Wars Land – Galaxy’s Edge
Inside:

One thing people are wondering is, what exactly is Galaxy’s Edge and what’s inside. Well for starters, its a planet/place like no other, its Batuu. Its a place where the First Order (the Dark Side) has taken over and if you are lucky you will spot some members of the Resistance (the Good Side). Storm Troopers, Kilo Ren, Ray and Chewie walk around and are living life in Batuu as if its REAL. They have special signage, greetings and have NO clue about what Disney is. Its completely immersive and very much a Planet like Endor or Tatooine. Bright Suns and Rising Moons Everyone 😉

The Rides/Shops:

Currently only ONE ride is open, will be open, at Galaxy’s Edge and that’s the Millennium Falcon. Yep, you heard me…you might get the chance to pilot the Falcon and even…if super lucky…put it into hyper drive. The second ride, Rise of the Resistance is still to come later this year (Dec 5th for Disney World and January 17th 2020 for Disneyland) as the tech behind the ride is SO new and advanced, it needed more time. There are several shops in G.E., ONE being a place to design and build your very OWN lightsaber and your own robotic droid (aka BB Unit or R2 unit). Several other shops with “costumes”, creatures, plush, pins, games, etc to be found as well.

Food:

First there is the Cantina which is the HUGE draw for this planet. Of course, food isn’t really on the menu, but pre-mixed beverages are. Along with, of course, the entertainment and the fact that you are in a Star Wars Cantina. There is also a Blue/Green Milk stand (Dairy-Free), space worthy popcorn and Docking Bay 7 which is the quick service food location. NOTE: You will NOT find your usual Disney treats on this planet, as Disney doesn’t exist in Star Wars. BUT try some Star Wars treats and Enjoy!

The Skinny:

For those who want the simple breakdown…here you go. The Lightsabers are $199+ EACH and you have to purchase BEFORE you build or even enter the workshop. Droids (which are super cute and interact with the land) are $100+. Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop (lightsabers) and the Droid Depot are expected to be SO popular that Disney is having people make reservations to experience these attractions. The Blue/Green Milk is getting mixed reviews, but worth a try. The food is getting rave reviews but its also not your typical food, think food from another planet. AND since Disney doesn’t want this land flooded with people and lines, Disneyland has developed a “Boarding Group” pass that only allows a certain number of people into Batuu at a time. With this plan, I haven’t seen the line for the Falcon Ride to be longer than 45 mins which is a LOW wait time for a NEW ride. Disney World has yet to address any ride passes or Boarding System.

WDW:

I can’t say this enough, NO ONE knows what this is going to be like once its opens at Walt Disney World. It could be beyond crazy OR they could instill a last min “boarding group” pass plan that gives guests a waiting queue to enter the land, thus reducing line wait times. NO fastpasses are available or exist or will be developed for the land, especially at this time. But a boarding group could be the “fastpass” answer for this. Its working great at Disneyland. I am hoping WDW will follow suit and is paying close attention to how its working at its Californian counter-part.

For now I am helping my clients create custom plans for this regarding their personal needs and desires. As a HUGE Fan, you couldn’t keep me away but for others, it might be something to save for next time. It’s a personal choice and something I am talking about daily with my clients. Stay tuned as I will be posting more and more about this. Especially as I build my very own R2 Unit in a few weeks in Disneyland 🙂

Mahalo for reading and following along. I would love to custom plan you a Disney Vacation – let me know – Nina