Plan your day in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World with tips that’ll help you get the most out of your day so you can see and do everything in Batu!
We just got back from a trip across the galaxy and I have so much to share with you!
Next week Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) will finally have the grand opening for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge to the public. And I know everyone is excited and ready to go to Batu and see all the amazing things Disney came up with for the land.
I’ll admit that our expectations were a bit low going into it. Toy Story Land is cool but it was so much smaller than we expected and a bit underwhelming.
Because of that Chris was a little worried going into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. But the second you walk in you’re so completely immersed in Batu that you don’t even realize you’re still in the same park. It really feels like another part of the universe.
Three things to do before going into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World.
- Download the Disney Play app on your phone or tablet. Your data pads will pick up missions for you to do while you’re in Batu waiting in line for all the attractions.
- Make a plan! You will not be able to do all of things once the land opens if you don’t have a plan. Make sure you know which things you want to hit (Droid Depot, Savi’s Workshop, etc) before you go so you can make them a priority. Batu is going to be packed for a very long time!
- Dress up! We made our own ears (which I forgot at home) but we saw so many people with DIY shirts, cosplay costumes (make sure you know the rules for cosplay at Disney so you don’t get turned away at the gate!), and cool Mickey ears.
Here’s the full list of everything you can’t miss at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!
Right now the only ride open in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is Smugglers Run. During passholder previews we never waited longer than 30 minutes, and we went on it three times! Because this is the only ride in Batu we’re expecting the lines to be ridiculously long when the land opens to the pubic.
The premise of the ride is that you are on a mission to retrieve and deliver contraband cargo with Hondo Ohnaka there to instruct you. You will get one of three roles: pilot, gunner, or engineer. Chris and I were able to do all three and each of us have a favorite.
Chris really loved being the pilot but I found it difficult and stressful. There was just too much to do and I felt like I didn’t get to sit back and really enjoy the ride. But Chris really liked being in charge of how smooth or bumpy the ride was for everyone else.
Gunner was my personal favorite because I got to participate in getting the cargo but I also could watch the screen more and see what was happening.
Engineer is another good one if you want to watch more of the mission. I didn’t like it because the chairs were higher and my feet couldn’t touch the floor (short people problems) so I was uncomfortable most of the time.
The very last time we were on the mission we had the best group! We even got a bonus scene at the end because of how well we did!
Droid Building and Savi’s Workshop
We loved building a droid at the Droid Depot!
I knew before we even traveled to Batu that I wanted to build a droid. I have zero ideas what I will do with it once we get it home but it was something I really wanted to do once we got there.
I’ll go more in depth with the experience and share photos and videos in another post, but for now I will say that if you want to do this experience you will want to make a reservation. Once the land opens to the public it’ll be packed.
Your droids interact with all the droids in Batu and it’s fun to pull them out and watch them talk and move around when other droids are around.
But do know that they only allow one droid builder plus one other person in to do it. If you’re a family of 4 then you’ll have to build two droids so that everyone can have the experience. We were next to a family of 5 who were very upset they had to buy multiple droids so that all their kids could experience it. At $106 (with tax) it gets expensive. So be prepared!
I tried to get Chris to build a lightsaber, but we decided to save it for another trip.
Savi’s Workshop works the same (only two people: one builder and one watcher) and it’s $199 to build your own lightsaber. Reservations will be a must once the park opens to the public as well!
I won’t lie, I kept seeing people walk around with these long skinny black bags on their backs and I couldn’t figure out what they were. LIGHTSABERS. I felt dumb once I figured it out. This was probably more popular than the Droid Depot so if this is important to you find out if you can get a reservation or show up early to the park!
Also know that you can further customize both your droids and lightsabers after you build them so the price can go up. It all depends on how much you’d like to spend!
Blue Milk or Green Milk?
This is such a widely debated thing amongst Batu travelers and I knew it was something I had to try when we were there.
The absolute BEST thing about these drinks is that….THEY’RE DAIRY FREE! They are made with rice milk which means my four year old can enjoy this cool beverage in Batu with us.
Chris said the blue milk tasted like skittles and the green was sour and had a weird aftertaste to me. I strongly prefer the blue while Chris would drink either.
This is the one thing I wanted to do but we didn’t have a reservation and we couldn’t get in. They were only letting reservations in at the time and while you can stand in line to see if they will let non-reservations in…it’s pretty pointless. We tried twice and each time Cast Members told us it was reservation only.
I also checked and for a party of 3 there are no reservations until early next year. We’ve booked our reservation for February 12, 202o (nope, I’m not kidding!).
I’ve read that they only let you stay in there for 45 minutes and you can bring young kids in there because the menu has drinks for them as well! I can’t wait to go in and tell you all about it!
All in all we loved visiting Batu and can’t wait to go back! If you’re a huge Star Wars fan you’ll geek out just like Chris did, he was pleasantly surprised with everything that was there. They had throwbacks to the tv shows (Rebels and Clone Wars) which Chris loved too.
It was also fun just to interact with the Cast Members and people watch. You all will love it.