As we are approaching the end of summer and bidding farewell to vacation, Walt Disney World is enticing guests with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. Guests are transported to the planet of Batuu and to the Black Spire Outpost where they will encounter characters, creatures, and a tremendously unique experience. We’ve travelled through hyperspace to preview the land and we are confident that you’ll love these seven things about Galaxy’s Edge!
1. Intense Theming
There are two separate entrances into Galaxy’s Edge — one from Toy Story Land and one from the Grand Avenue area of the park. Once you enter the land, you are transported to another planet. You are not able to see other areas of Hollywood Studios, the feeling is very similar to what guests experience when visiting Pandora at Animal Kingdom. You’ll be able to get lost in Black Spire Outpost as you walk past open-air marketplaces, broken down ships, and towering buildings. The theming does not end with the buildings, guests continue to feel the theming even in buying a drink — rather than traditional Coke bottles, guests will be handed a smaller, circular bottle and asked to pay with credits, not US dollars (luckily, the exchange rate for the two seem to be equal)!
For the most part, the merchandise locations in Galaxy’s Edge are not your typical locations. While guests can find regular souvenirs, those locations seem to be a little out of the way and not offering a tremendous inventory. What guests should be excited to check out are the merchandise experiences where you can build your own droid or their own lightsaber. These experiences are very popular, so Disney has implemented a reservation system for guests wanting to participate in these experiences. However, if you don’t need to personalize your own lightsaber, guests can sidestep the line and purchase one of the legacy lightsabers that have been used by characters in the Star Wars films!
3. Photo Opportunities
Throughout Galaxy’s Edge, guests are able to pose for PhotoPass photos with a variety of ships – an A-Wing, an X-Wing, a TIE Fighter, and the most famous ship, the Millennium Falcon! The photographers have been trained to help get special photos at these locations by having guests look off in the distance, stand back-to-back, or by using the Force grip.