Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge My First Look Inside

Big Wheels, Space Invaders, Jack Tripper and Star Wars.  

If you were born in the 70s, just reading that list would make you smile.  I have special memories attached to each one.

  • The boys I had a crush on who rode their Big Wheels in the courtyard in front of my house. 
  • My Mum and Dad arguing with me over the controllers for Space Invaders that we played on the one TV we had.
  • Every week laughing at Jack, Janet and Chrissy while I ate ketchup chips washed down with a can of Coke
  • Seeing Star Wars for the very first time with my brother as I idolized Leia and fell in love with Han Solo.

Each memory brings such emotion, and this is why I cried on April 30th when I stepped behind the wall and saw Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

I was invited to a social media event that had us touring resorts, tasting menus and attending presentations about all of the amazing things coming to Walt Disney World this year.  It was an incredible adventure, full of surprises and activities that I am so grateful that I was a part of.

Social Media Event Check In #DiscoverWDWMagic


One of the days on our itinerary said we were going to Hollywood Studios for “Guest speakers on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and a look into the future of Hollywood Studios”.  I was so excited to read that we were going to be talking about Star Wars, but I almost FAINTED when I read that we needed to be wearing pants and closed toe hard sole shoes.  WHAT??  That can’t be.  Are we going to a construction site??  In my head I’m thinking to myself “don’t get excited, it’s not going to be that, it can’t POSSIBLY be that, you are NOT going to see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”.


And then they tell us, we’re GOING IN to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  I almost hyperventilated. 

We walked through the door on the right. Lots of activity going on before we went through!


We were divided in to small groups of 5 to go inside.  We had our Disney guide (who had been with us for the social media event) and then we had 2 people from Imagineering who could tell us about the land and answer questions .  We were given safety glasses and reminded that there could be no photos.  My safety glasses are now a treasured souvenir!

I will hold on to these safety glasses as a souvenir of a wonderful day!

As we entered through the door, we could see a HUGE model of Galaxy’s Edge on a table.  The model is used for the purposes of painting and carving the rock work in the land.  The model itself was about 3 years old and some of buildings that were on it had not made it to the final phase. 


We got ‘oriented’ by looking at the model to see where we were in the land.  We were in the shadows and the sunlight was streaming in under the archway that we were about to walk through.  As we walked down the path and stood in the sun, I was overwhelmed.  

While I have no pictures to share, I can tell you that this land is like nothing I had imagined.  We have all seen the artist drawings, the concept art and every little nugget and fly over by a drone that’s been leaked.  What you can’t get from all of those things is the SIZE of this land, everything was bigger than I expected.  From where we stood, we could only see a fraction of the 14 acre land, and it was incredible.  

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Of course there are all of the Disney details in Galaxy’s Edge including footprints from some kind of creature on Batuu.  The storytelling is on point with only one spire being black that serves as sort of the organizing place on Batuu.  If you need fuel or to make a trade, you go to the Black Spire Outpost.   The dome and the walls of the cantina will be scarred by the pilots who failed to put the Falcon down properly.  I stood in awe listening to all of the details they shared, including that we have Rex from the old Star Tours as a DJ in the cantina!

As we turned to leave, I was holding back the emotion that was taking over.  The lovely girl that was with us whispered in my ear “it’s okay to cry, many have cried when they see it”.  So, I did.  I had to share my thoughts with everyone right away – so I put on my sunglasses and went live on Facebook.  I don’t even think I made sense, I just had to tell everyone!

For every one of us who wanted to be a Jedi, Galaxy’s Edge is everything we dreamed of and more.  While we may pushing 50 – we are all going to be kids again when we visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Can you imagine taking your friends to Galaxy’s Edge?  Bob Iger took some special guests, oh to be a fly on those walls!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disneyland on May 31st and Walt Disney World on August 29th with the Millennium Falcon:  Smugglers Run attraction.  The Rise of the Resistance attraction will open later in the year.  

Are you excited about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?   Do YOU have a trip booked to go?  If you don’t – contact my friends at Pure Magic Vacations for a quote!  May the force be with you!


Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening At Disneyland And Walt Disney World

Galaxys EdgeStar Wars fans, including myself, have been on the edge of their seat ever since the D23 Expo in 2015 when it was first announced that Star Wars would have a huge presence in both Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim as concept art was shown for two identical 14-acre lands, now known as Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge. 

Flash forward to March 7th, 2019 – Disney has finally released the opening dates for both of these highly anticipated lands. During the annual shareholder meeting held in St. Louis, MO., Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that guests visiting Disneyland in Anaheim will be the first to visit the planet of Batuu starting on May 31st, 2019. Furthermore, Guests visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando will have to wait a little longer as the highly anticipated land will open on August 29, 2019.

It was also announced that both lands will open in two phases. During the first phase, guests will be able to pilot the Millenium Falcon during the E-Ticket motion simulator ride, Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run in addition to enjoying the various food & beverage locations and merchandise shops. During the second phase, which will be later in 2019, guests will be able to enjoy the second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of The Resistance, which is a E-Ticket dark ride in addition to Smugglers Run, the food & beverage offerings and merchandise shops.

Star Wars Galaxy Edge From Slinky Dog

View of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge from Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land

For guests visiting Disneyland between May 31st and June 23, a reservation will be needed to visit Batuu with those details not being released at this time. Guests with a resort reservation will be given a guaranteed time slot during their stay.

Over on the east coast, Guests visiting Walt Disney World will not have to make a reservation, but capacity of the land will be limited. It is exciting to note that Extra Magic Hours will be available to Guests with a hotel reservation but those details have yet to be announced.

It is an exciting year ahead for Star Wars fans and I can’t wait to check out Batuu for myself during my visit to Walt Disney World this fall!  I’m most looking forward to riding both of these E-Ticket attractions, especially Star Wars: Rise of The Resistance and of course, enjoying all the delicious food and drinks including the famous Blue Milk!

What are you looking forward to the most when you first visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

I look forward to seeing you in the parks!

* Curtis 

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