Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, Disney World

Orlando, Florida

STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE

Insider details: 10 things to know before you visit Disney World’s Star Wars attraction with your kids

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Why go?

Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, this highly-anticipated new land at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando truly gives all resort guests yet another immersive adventure, filled with many magical touches. The land has plenty to experience, and I couldn’t be happier that Disney World has this additional land for everyone to enjoy.

Before you go, read these 10 tips for making your visit even more magical! May the force be with you.

1/Download the My Disney Experience App

Before you leave your house, down this free app to your phone. Take a look at the map of Galaxy’s Edge and devise a plan. Remember, as is the case when visiting any Disney theme park, don’t overplan and leave time to chill, take in the scenery, and simply enjoy yourselves.

2/Get in the groove

Plan your family’s favorite outfit, watch any Star Wars movies that you haven’t seen, and choose your side. For t-shirts, head to your local Disney Store or support an Etsy shop.

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3/Ride Smugglers Run

Listen to Hondo Ohnaka before boarding as he tells you about your team’s mission. Within the teams of six, there are two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers. Every ride is different and so immersive. Collect as much coaxium as you can for Hondo. And don’t miss the jump to light speed. It’s the best part! One more thing: remember to look at the halls of the Millennium Falcon when you exit. They change depending on how well the ship completed its mission.

KidTripster Tip: I think the best experience on this ride is in the pilot’s seat. Ask the ride attendant if you can snag that assignment.

4/Opt for single rider line

To greatly reduce your wait times, you and your family may want to opt for the single rider line. However, know that you and your party will most likely be split up. Remember, Disney policy states that no child under the age of 7 can ride alone. The height requirement is 38 inches.

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5/Try blue milk

The blue milk drink is a yummy, non-diary, fruit smoothie! Adults can purchase the blue milk with rum or green milk with tequila, if you like. I recommend taking a drink break after your mission on the Falcon.

6/Visit Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

The memorabilia and items in this shop can’t be found elsewhere. My kids prefer the quality of the light sabers from Dok's over Savi’s Workshop.

7/Build a droid or light saber

Keep in mind, both options are pricey, so budget for this visit or just take a look around. Each item is personalized and part of the cost is the amazing experience. The droids are absolutely adorable and do interact with the land. Cost: Droid build $100+; Light saber build $200.

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8/Try the Play Disney Parks App

This app interacts with land and is a great way to discover small details that you would never find on your own.

9/Enjoy a drink at Oga’s Cantina

You really do feel as if you stepped into one of the bars from the movies. DJ Rex is adorable and plays the cutest tunes. I’d recommend pre-booking a table at Oga’s on your My Disney Experience App.

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10/Chat it up!

Here’s my most important tip of all: take time to chat with the inhabitants (cast members) of the planet Batuu and don’t be shy! These experiences truly made the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge adventure come alive for my family.

Kimberly Anwar is the owner and founder of Magic Family Getaways. She resides in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and is the mom of three active boys. Her favorite Disney character is Moana, and she embraces Walt Disney’s quote, “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

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