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When I entered Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for the first time at Disney World thanks to Disney for hosting I didn’t know if I should smile with excitement or cry happy tears. I felt it was a long time coming but so worth the wait!

Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars Experiences You Must Not Miss

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge finally opened Phase 1 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While Rise of the Resistance won’t open until December 5, and the Star Wars Star Cruiseliner 2 night experience is still far off, there are some must-do Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars experiences that you should not skip. When you visit Batuu make time to do these things if you don’t do anything else while in the land.

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Datapad

The Datapad is found in the Play Disney Parks app. Download this app if you don’t have it and set up your Galaxy’s Edge profile. When you are inside the land, you can use your datapad in a few different ways to interact with the environment. You can translate galactic languages, intercept communications via satellite, scan items for jobs to earn credits, and even hack devices in the outpost to seize control for the First Order or the Resistance.

Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has a very strategic breakdown. On one end, you have the Resistance side. The First Order is occupying the opposite end. In the middle, you have a triangle of activity called Black Spire Outpost. A marketplace contains an assortment of shops that sell local goods; a docking bay holds the Millenium Falcon and a dining area. Next, you will find more significant experiences, such as droid and lightsaber building workshops. Among these retail locations is Dok Ondar’s Den, which is full of easter eggs and a wide variety of Star Wars merchandise and collectibles. Visit the Hammerhead, Dok Ondar, himself as he works diligently on his inventory.

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Oga’s Cantina

Oga’s Cantina is a tribute to the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope. The bar offers several concoctions with and without alcohol. The creative cocktails are imbued with Star Wars references and even contain some unique ingredients from around the galaxy. Space is limited, but Oga’s takes reservations 180 days in advance. My favorites were the Carbon Freeze and the Mustafarian Lava Roll.

Savi’s Workshop

Savi’s Workshop is a haven for force wielders who seek knowledge from gatherers. It’s cleverly hidden behind the front company Savi and Son Salvage. This is where you go to learn about the force, choose your kyber crystal, and construct a custom lightsaber from four style categories. Each option contains an assortment of salvaged metals that you can use to build your lightsaber fully.

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Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run

The premier attraction at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the Millennium Falcon. This exciting thrill right combines simulated motion with real-time visuals that sync with whatever you do in the cockpit. This is your chance to truly feel what it’s like to pilot the Millennium Falcon. The six-seater is a unique Disney ride that has specific positions to fill and what you do in the ride matters. Do you want to be one of the co-pilots, or would you rather be a gunner or engineer? Share your comments below.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Overview

If your vacation to the Disney Parks is nearing, you are no doubt ramping up to experience the all new Star Wars based area Galaxy’s Edge! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is opening on both coasts this year, actually much closer together than expected. Disneyland has set the date for the new land, which will be located between Frontierland and Fantasyland, to open on May 31. Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World is opening the same land in place of the old Backlot Tour and Lights! Motors! Action! stunt show. That opening date is only 3 months later, on August 29. Whichever park you go to, this Galaxy’s Edge overview will help you plan and know what to expect.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort

What is Galaxy’s Edge?

Aside from being a new area of the park, to explore, Galaxy’s edge is a unique, themed environment that pushes the envelope in terms of total immersion. Galaxy’s Edge may be the official title, but once inside you will find yourself in a port city called Black Spire Outpost. Black Spire has a history of its own that goes way deeper than the backstory created for Mickey’s Toontown just a few decades ago. Batuu, a remote planet on the edge of the Galaxy provides this setting for a host of nefarious characters, outcasts and misfits. Every place and proprietor in Galaxy’s edge has a fleshed out history and you are invited to be part of the story.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort

Galaxy’s Edge Overview of Attractions and Features

This section of the park will eventually feature two major rides. However, only one will be available on opening day. The second ride, Rise of the Resistance does not yet have a date set to open. In the meantime Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will provide more than enough excitement. This cutting edge, state of the art attraction lets you actually fly the millennium falcon. The results of your mission will have an impact on your reputation around Black Spire.

star-wars-land-market-placeAnother way your choices impact your experience in Galaxy’s Edge will be how you use the Disney Play app while you are there. There are not many details about this yet, but your allegiance to the resistance or the dark side will be tested.

Star-Wars-Land-MarketplaceStar-Wars-Land-PhotosAs you pass through the busy marketplace you will find shops that stick to the theme and keep you grounded on planet Batuu. Toys and games remain tied in with the areas internal logic and story and you will find opportunities to make and purchase some impressive souvenirs, including droids and lightsabers.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort

This will be the first time cocktails are introduced to Disneyland. Galaxy’s Edge at both parks will have an impressive menu of specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Dining experiences will include Oga’s Cantina where the resident DJ will remind some guests of a former star speeder pilot. Docking Bay 7 will be the go to spot for galactic grub straight from the Star Wars universe. There are so many delicious food and drinks you’ll want to try when visiting. View the complete list of food and drinks at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. 

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Food, Drinks, Rides & Shops Checklist

You don’t want to miss anything when visiting the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I created a checklist that you can fold us and place in your guide map of all the attractions, drinks, food, rides and shops so you can check them off as you visit and try out each one. 

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Download and the print the complete list of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions, food, drinks, rides and shops! 

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I am sure by now you have heard that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is now playing in theaters everywhere and you may or may not have seen it already. If you have not seen it yet, you will not be disappointed. I could not wait to see it and saw it at 9AM on opening day. I know it may be hard but please stay away from all reviews and spoilers before you see the movie. It will be worth while if you did!  This is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy. I recommend seeing it in 3D if you can to get the full effect.

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Print this fun Star Wars activity packet including coloring sheets, mazes, a memory game and more!

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Did you happen to catch the new trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight during the halftime show between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia? My family and I had our eyes glued to the TV and not one person said a word. The movie is going to be amazing!

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In case you missed it, here is the trailer you can view.

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And tickets are also on sale right NOW! I just purchased mine for opening day thru Fandango and was able to reserve my seats. Be sure to purchase your tickets now so you don’t miss this epic event!

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!

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Attention Star Wars Fans Everywhere! Take a breather and get ready for this!

Lucasfilm announced today that the trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will debut on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Monday, October 19, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT. The Spanish language version of the trailer will air on ESPN Deportes simultaneously.

Being a Star Wars fan myself, I will be tuning in for this special trailer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters on December 18 and my family and I are counting down the days. How awesome is that movie poster above? I love the details of the new and old characters that debuted on it.

Okay now take another breather because following the trailer launch, tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold. Exciting, right?!

In conjunction with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer debut, the Walt Disney Company is providing unprecedented company-wide on-air and social support (#TheForceAwakens) as well as tying in events and special activities for the day of the trailer release.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!

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Check out my other Star Wars Related Posts:

Yesterday Facebook broke the news that they are rolling out 360-degree videos in News Feeds. Cool, right? We can now get a better look at movie previews and more. There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and Vice.

This is a whole new experience to discover and now you can get an exclusive 360 experience from the upcoming movie STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS that brings fans inside the beloved universe. Check out the 360 Star Wars experience below and don’t forget to experience the movie in theaters on December 18th.

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