What to Know Before You Visit Disney World's Galaxy's Edge

Ignite the Spark!

So, you’re planning on heading to Galaxy’s Edge. And it probably seems pretty daunting what with it being one of the biggest additions to Walt Disney World in the past few years. Trust me, I totally get it. When I went in for the very first time, I was completely overwhelmed. So much to see, so little time. It’s a different planet over there - literally! Today, I thought I’d do a little rundown on all things Galaxy’s Edge to get you ready for your own trip to Batuu.

You’re “On-Stage” In Batuu

You may not think much of the idea of Galaxy’s Edge being themed like a planet billions of lightyears away, especially if you aren’t much of a Star Wars fan. But it’s probably something you ought to keep in mind. When you’re in Galaxy’s Edge, you’re always “on-stage.” The Cast Members are in character as the residents of Batuu all the time. It’s really as if you’ve walked out of Disney World and into a completely different world. For starters, anything outside of Galaxy’s Edge does not exist when you’re in it. Want to locate a meet and greet with your favourite mouse? The residents of Batuu won’t know what you’re talking about. The residents really want you to feel like you’re somewhere far from home.

There’s A Special Lingo

Speaking of a whole new world, let’s talk lingo. Batuu is full of phrases that you’ve probably never heard before but that you’ll know by heart once you leave at the end of the day. When you enter the land or come across residents in the morning, you might be greeted with a “Bright Suns!” or in the evening, you might hear “Rising Moons!” When someone is wishing you a good day, they’ll say: “Til the spire!” In a place like Batuu, which is crawling with Stormtroopers, it’s definitely important for everyone to know who’s who. You gotta watch out for danger! So to let someone know that you’re with the First Order, you’d say: “For the Order,” or if you’re with the Resistance, you’d say: “Ignite the spark!” And you might wonder why a resident wishes you, “Safe travels” - well that’s because if you’re in Batuu, then you’re from a different planet and you’re travelling there! So, they’re wishing you safe travels home or wherever your journey make take you. It’s a lot to remember but the lingo really helps give the land a more immersive feel.

Advanced Reservations

Something about Galaxy’s Edge that’s super important to take note of is the option to make advanced reservations. Since the park opened to the public on August 29, guests have been able to make Advanced Reservations for Oga’s Catina, Savi’s Workshop, and Droid Depot. This is pretty huge because typically, advanced reservations are only available for dining venues. To have the option to make a reservation for popular experiences like lightsaber and droid building is huge as it’ll help you ensure that you get to experience all that Galaxy’s Edge has to offer! You can make reservations 180 days in advance so make sure to make your reservations as soon as possible! At this time, there is no option of Advanced Reservations or Fastpass+ for Smuggler’s Run, the Millennium Falcon ride. So, the bonus of making reservations for the other experiences is more time to queue up for Smuggler’s Run!

Alcoholic Beverages

One thing that is significantly different between Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge and Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge is the availability of alcoholic beverages. In Disneyland, the land is kept relatively dry except for the few cocktails you can purchase from Oga’s Cantina. But at Hollywood Studios, you’ll have no trouble finding booze - and that’s the same for Galaxy’s Edge! You can find alcoholic drinks at Ronto Roasters and Oga’s Cantina, as well as alcoholic blue and green milk. My parents actually tried the green milk (I was sadly one day from being legal, sad) and they really enjoyed it. The green milk is paired with tequila, while the blue milk is with rum. PRO TIP: If you’re not from the US and you plan to purchase a drink in Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll have to bring a passport (or photo of your passport) to present alongside your driver’s license as I.D.!!

You Can Make Use of Discounts

If you’re travelling to Batuu with a Walt Disney World Annual Pass, you’re in luck! Your pass can be used for discounts on merchandise inside the land. And you’re going to need that discount because there is a lot of fantastic merch available in Galaxy’s Edge that you are going to want to get your hands on and we ain’t made of money. Using your AP or “yellow card” (the official Batuu lingo for your pass) will save you a few bucks here and there while you're shopping and that’s really going to add up in the end! However, at this time, Annual Pass discounts are not available on the Savi’s Workshop or Droid Depot experiences* (*as of Sept 17, 2019). Just make sure you have your “credentials” (I.D.) on you at all times to confirm your pass!

I hope this guide helps you guys plan your trip to Galaxy’s Edge!

Felicia x


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Review: Droid Depot at Galaxy’s Edge

Hello everybody!

A little while back, I wrote up a lengthy post about my experience at the Annual Passholder Preview of Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge - that can be found here if you fancy giving it a read. Ever since I visited Galaxy’s Edge in August, my mind, body, and soul have been dying to go back. So I guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through my own experiences by writing up a ton of blog posts! Today, I thought I’d write up a post specifically about my experience at the Droid Depot.

First, let’s get the details out of the way. The Droid Depot is a store/experience located on the planet of Batuu, aka Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. This is where you can build your very own droid pal to take home with you! The whole process costs $99.99 USD - this includes both the experience of building the droid, the actual droid itself, and a cardboard take-home box. You can also purchase a backpack to carry your droid in around the land, as it will interact with different features inside Galaxy’s Edge (more on that in a sec), but unfortunately, I didn’t notice them in the store so I’m not sure on the pricing of those. Lastly, you can pick up personality chips for $12.99 a piece. These will alter the sounds and behaviours of your droid, and are purchased after building the droid.

At the time that I built my droid, since it was during the AP Preview, they weren’t taking reservations at Droid Depot. Since then, guests of Batuu have been able to make reservations for this experience at My Disney Experience 180 days in advance. I would suggest trying to get a reservation as there is very limited space inside the depot, and it’s just safer that way!

The very first thing we did upon our arrival to Galaxy’s Edge, aside from getting Batuu Coke, was get in line for the Droid Depot. We waited about 30-35 minutes to get into the depot and the wait was all outside with only a couple scattered umbrellas for shade - take this another case for booking an advanced reservation for this experience! It was a very hot wait. Once we got inside, we were filed into another, much shorter line to pay. The very first thing you do is pay and then you get to build your droid. I think it just makes it easier for them to make sure everyone leaving with a droid has paid for that droid. Keep in mind, only 2 people are able to build 1 droid. So, my family of 4 had to split into 2 groups to make 2 separate droids. This is due to the tight building stations.

We got up to the counter, paid our $99.99, and then had to make a decision of which droid we wanted to build. You have two options: R2-series (which is similar to the real O.G. R2D2) or BB-series (the newer, BB-8 style). Steven and I already discussed this beforehand, which I recommend you and your building partner also do, so we were prepared for this question - and we chose BB-series! Of course, this doesn’t narrow you down to one uniform style of droid. In other words, the series doesn’t determine the colour or style of your droid, it only determines which parts you’ll need to pick up to start building. The depot workers handed us a tray with a guide to the parts we needed on the bottom and we headed over to the conveyor belt.

At the conveyor belt, you get to choose all the parts that will make up the final product of your droid. Several parts (Both R2-series and BB-series) roll by, and it’s up to you to find the parts you’re looking for in the styling and colour that you want. While the picture above is of the parts for an R2-series unit, which my parents built, you can get an idea of what the conveyor process looks like. They have an area you can set your tray down so that you can reach out for all the parts. There’s also Cast Members everywhere that are able to help you. Steven and I found our parts quite quickly because, again, we knew ahead of time what we wanted for our droid. I suggest doing the same. Look through blog posts, pictures, YouTube videos, and get an idea of what they offer in terms of droids parts, so you can decide ahead of time what you’re looking for. It’ll help make the process quicker and easier for you.

For a BB-series droid, we had 4 parts to locate - a dome, a dome connection plate, a body sphere, and a motivator. We also had the choice of 3 types of bodies - Resistance, BB8, or Imperial. We knew that we wanted ours to look just like BB-8, but with purple colouring, so we looked for those specific parts. It honestly took less than 2 minutes to find all the parts we needed. A Cast Member found us as we were picking the last part up and sent us over to an empty station where we got to work on making our new friend.

I can’t even describe how easy it was to put together this droid. I think that the Imagineers made this a simple process so that kids would be able to do all the constructing if they wanted to. There is an instruction placemat on the building station which you can easily reference while you put the pieces together. While there were some tricky spots, like connecting the dome and dome connection plate with a drill (harder than it sounds!), it was pretty straightforward and again, there are Cast Members everywhere to help. Once we got all our parts put together, we pressed a button on the station that called over a CM - and that’s where the magic happens! The CM puts your droid inside a little cubby with a remote control and has you press a button on the station that activates your droid. There’s a whole sequence where buttons light-up and it makes noises, I think kids will love that. And then your droid powers up and starts moving/making noises!

Lastly, the CM gave us the droid and remote to test out the functions. Be warned - the BB-series units are super touchy with the remote. The slightest touch of a button will send your droid hurtling across the room. Many a times has the head popped right off ours (don’t worry, it’s an easy fix, you just pop it right back on lol). We stuck mostly to testing out the head movement and noise functions. Then, the CM puts your droid and remote into a cardboard box with a little cut-out in the side, sort of like what you’d get when you made a Build A Bear. And that’s it! You get to take your little bud out of the depot and home with you.

Or, why not take your droid exploring around Batuu? As I mentioned earlier, the droids interact with different features and areas around the land. For example, since ours was a BB-8 droid, when we brought it into the First Order area, it started making uncertain nosies and physically shaking. Like, the whole box was quivering - because he was scared of getting caught by the First Order, of course! At one point, Chewie or Rey (can’t remember which) walked by, and our droid started getting excited. At this time, you aren’t able to take your droids out to roll around on the ground in Batuu. You can take them out to hold and get a picture of, as long as you put them right back into the box. This is because of the safety concerns of having a droid rolling around the feet of many, many visitors walking around the land. It’s also a case for buying the backpack, which you can open up so your droid can “see” the land. Or just put it in your own backpack and leave it unzipped to be honest.

All in all, I think the Droid Depot experience is definitely worth the price. Although the Savi’s Workshop lightsaber building experience is way cool, it is a lot more expensive. So if you’re worried about spending $200 on a toy your kid might break in a week (it happens!), or you don’t want to spend that kind of money on yourself, but you really want a cool experience and keepsake from Batuu, I would absolutely recommend getting a droid. I went in thinking it would be cute to get a droid, but never expected I’d be so impressed. The droids are really good quality and the function on them is excellent. And the interactivity with the land is worth the price alone!!

Would you build a droid, if you had the opportunity?

Felicia x


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Galaxy's Edge Annual Passholder Preview | August 19, 2019

Bright suns, my loves!

Last month, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World before the land officially opened to the public. With no hint of exaggeration, I’m here to tell you that it was one of the most incredible, immersive experiences that I have ever had at Disney World. My first thought after leaving the land was, Oh my gosh, I need to blog about that… So here I am, ready to share my thoughts and opinions with y’all, even though nobody asked for ‘em! Grab yourself a cup of coffee, hot cocoa, or Blue Milk, as this one’s going to be a long one today!

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Star Wars-related news, the new themed land, Galaxy’s Edge, opened to the public at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29. The land took up the space that was once occupied by Streets of America and the Studio Backlot Tour. This land has been a long-time coming, and any and every Star Wars fan has been dying for their chance to step into this new, highly imaginative land. The area is devoted entirely to the world of Star Wars, and while it is based on the film franchise, the land actually represents Batuu, a planet on the Outer Rim Territories - which is not featured in the films. That means that the land isn’t just a carbon copy of anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s entirely original and has it’s own (new!) story to share, while integrating stories and characters that fans know and love.

Awhile back, my family heard the news that Disney would be giving Walt Disney World Platinum Annual Passholders the opportunity to preview Galaxy’s Edge sometime in August. Luckily, we were spending the whole month in Orlando. So we spent the summer frantically checking our emails until we finally heard on Facebook that the emails had been sent out - but we hadn’t received ours. However, we got super lucky as someone posted the registration link and I managed to get the four of us an appointment to preview on August 19 at 1pm. Yay!! Our preview appointment was from 1pm to 5pm, so we were permitted to be in the land for 4 glorious hours.

On August 19, we arrived at Hollywood Studios around 12pm so that we were there well in advance. There was no way we were missing our appointment! One of the first things we did was head through the shops down Hollywood Boulevard and then Sunset Boulevard. There were a few Galaxy’s Edge items for sale in the shops on Hollywood Blvd, but there were a ton down at Once Upon a Time, which is the last shop on the right before Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage and Fantasmic. They had Magicbands, t-shirts, pins and more. Some of the items for purchase were passholder exclusives, which made sense as it was the passholder preview day… But a few items were available to the general public. We ended buying a bunch of pins and each of us bought a t-shirt with the date on it.

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Around 12:30pm, we made our way over to Grand Avenue which is where the largest entrance to Galaxy’s Edge is located. Despite being 30 minutes early for our appointment, they actually allowed us in anyway which was amazing. The more time in the land, the better! The check-in process for the preview was so efficient. I couldn’t believe how quickly and smoothly it went. It was so fast that I could barely process it was happening. At the first Cast Member checkpoint, we presented our confirmation email and our passports for identification. Then, at the next checkpoint, the CM scanned our MagicBands. There were so many CMs at the checkpoints, about a dozen at each, so there was no line whatsoever. And that was it! We could go inside! We went through this large archway which looked like a subway entrance. As you passed through, the tiles on the wall started to look deteriorated and eventually, by the end, it looked like a tunnel that was falling apart which perfectly suited the general aesthetic of the land.

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Upon entering the land, I was completely and utterly awestruck. Everyone I know who had already been to Galaxy’s Edge, either in Disneyland or Disney World, had gone on about how large everything is. But until you actually stand among the rocks and the buildings, you don’t realize just how massive everything is. If you’re wondering about sightlines and the likelihood of seeing other park attractions from inside Galaxy’s Edge, you can’t. I was worried that you might be able to see things from other areas of Hollywood Studios, which might ruin the feel of the land, but I didn’t see anything while I was in there. You are wholly immersed in Batuu from the moment you enter the land to the moment you leave.

One of the very first things we did upon our arrival into Batuu was hop into a line at a beverage kiosk to grab ourselves some special galactic Coke products. In Batuu, there is no such thing as Coke - although, you can still get these fizzy products. Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dasani are all available inside the land in these ‘scrap metal’ containers that resemble detonators. The only difference with these products to regular Coke products is the label. Gone is the logo we know and love, replaced with an Aurebesh logo… Aurebesh being the written language used in Batuu, of course. Honestly, this is just overpriced Coke in cute plastic bottles. But while there is no such thing as Coke here in Batuu, there is such thing as heat. It is hot in this land y’all, especially in the dead of summer. These are the only drink products they sell in the land (at least when I was there), so if you’re not up to paying an exorbitant fee for pop, then definitely bring your own drinks. The good news is, there are water bottle filling stations inside the park - and they’re themed, too!

Regardless, these bottles were a fun one-time experience and we kept them as souvenirs.

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Inside of Galaxy’s Edge, there are two major experiences that you can partake in that are not rides. The first and perhaps most popular is Savi’s Workshop where you can build your own “piece of scrap metal”… or at least, that’s what the residents of Batuu call it! What you’re really doing is building your own lightsaber in an intimate encounter with a fantastic storyline. While my family chose not to build lightsabers, we did choose to make our own customizable droids at the Droid Depot. Both experiences are quite pricey, but comparatively, Savi’s is much more expensive. A lightsaber will set you back about $200 USD, whereas a droid only costs around $100. Before heading to the land, Steven and I already knew we wanted to build a droid, so we budgeted for that. When we got there, my parents also decided they wanted their own because hello, these things are so cute! I’ll put together a detailed review of the Droid Depot experience and link that here so you can read about that full process, if you’re interested.

As for the final product…

Ta-da! I present you BB-13, our little baby. Isn’t she cute?

One of the things I had heard the most buzz about before our trip to Batuu was the Milk Stand. If you’ve ever seen A New Hope, then you may remember Luke Skywalker pouring himself a seemingly disgusting glass of blue-coloured milk. Um, gross, right? Well, you can get some of that Blue Milk - or even some Green Milk - at Galaxy’s Edge! There’s a huge debate going on right now about which is better. I insisted on trying these two milks because when in Rome, right? Or, rather, when in Batuu. Anyway, after trying both, I’m ready to weigh in on the debate… I’m going to have to side with Team Blue Milk! After sipping both, I couldn’t accurately describe the taste of either. Others say that the green is more of a plant-y, tropical taste, whereas the blue is more fruity. I agree with that.

Unlike Luke’s disgusting milk though, these aren’t actual milk products. They’re instead frosty drinks made of coconut and rice milks. The Blue Milk is a subtle combination of dragon fruit, pineapple, lime, and watermelon flavours. The Green Milk is instead made up of mandarin orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, and orange blossom. Neither were very strong in taste, but were both very refreshing. I wasn’t so sure about the consistency when I first heard about it, but I actually really enjoyed it. Both reminded me of smoothies.

Also, at Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge, you can get both of these milks as alcoholic options! The Blue Milk comes with rum, while Green Milk comes with tequila. I’d love to try the Blue Alcoholic Milk the next time I go.

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And then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… We came across the most incredible and majestic of all… The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! THE MILLENNIUM FREAKING FALCON. I gotta tell you, there is nothing that could have prepared me for seeing the Millennium Falcon in person. It is MASSIVE. I don’t even know if I can put into words how magical it was to stand in front of it. I couldn’t believe - and still cannot believe - how authentic it looked. I think that even non-fans will be impressed by the sheer size and detail of the Millennium Falcon replica in Galaxy’s Edge. The imagineering that went into this land is simply inspiring and I applaud absolutely everyone who took part in the creation of this marvellous place!

As some, if not most, of you may know, the Millennium Falcon structure is home to Smuggler’s Run, the land’s only attraction currently open. It will be accompanied by a second ride, Rise of the Resistance, later this year in December. Smuggler’s Run is a simulation-based thrill ride in which you take on a role to function the very spaceship that stands before you. That’s right, you get to operate and ride the Millennium Falcon! Unfortunately, I didn’t go on this ride as I don’t do well with simulation rides. But Steven and my dad went on and loved it!! I’m so excited to see what the new ride has in store for us! Hopefully, I’ll be able to ride that one.

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Something I really liked about the set-up of Galaxy’s Edge is the area surrounding the Millennium Falcon. First, they have a raised platform with PhotoPass photographers available to take your photo with the Falcon in the background. Then, down a few steps, you’re right in front of the ship. This is where the entrance to the ride is located. The area is fully blocked off, as you can see by the fencing behind me in the picture, so the front of the Falcon is really just a photo op area. Whether because of the AP Preview being so quiet or because of this set-up, we managed to get really good photos in front of the Falcon with no one in the background. If you go to Disney World often, you’ll know how much of a treat this is! I was so happy with the photos we got and I’ll be framing them all, I’m sure.

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Although I’m steadfastly with the Resistance (Ignite the Spark!), I was very much looking forward to making my way over to the First Order area of the land. Sorry, guys. Ya girl loves her Kylo Ren. Sadly though, I never came across Kylo!! We saw a ton of other characters roaming the land… Chewie, Rey, Vi Moradi, and about a dozen Stormtroopers. But we never did see our luscious-locked baddie. I’m not really sure why that was. We were inside the land for 4 hours and walked around the entire thing a few times, but just never saw him! Hopefully, the next time we travel intergalactically, we stumble upon our favourite First Order leader.

And there ya go, that was our day in Galaxy’s Edge! Overall, our experience was perfection. Everything from the details of the architecture to the extent to which Cast Members stayed in character was so impressive. When we finally, and begrudgingly, left the land at the end of our preview, we felt so strange walking back into Hollywood Studios. Being inside Galaxy’s Edge truly felt like being in a different world - or at least in a different park! Of course, we shopped until we dropped inside the land, and hopefully soon I’ll be able to post a Galaxy’s Edge haul for you guys.

I hope you enjoyed my extra long post about my time in Galaxy’s Edge! Talk soon, my lovelies.

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts

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Hello everyone! Lately, I've been trying to think of a way to have weekly updates here on my blog, to keep everyone up to date with my crazy, hectic life. So, I thought maybe posting little thoughts/updates every Friday might be a good way to do so, without babbling on forever and totally boring you all since I tend to do that (haha no lie). Without further ado, here is a mini look into my life as of late!

  • I've been driving around a lot recently - to class, to my boyfriend's classes, to the grocery shop, to Starbucks (which is a trek, might I add). But with all this driving, I've found that I've been really enjoying being in the car, especially on my own, which is something I totally didn't expect to happen!
  • Hey, why is it that the closest Starbucks is literally 20 mins away?? There are a ton of perks to living in a small town, but having no Starbucks nearby is not one of them. There are two Tim Horton's within five blocks, but no Starbucks. Sad Felicia.
  • I've been really into The Office lately. I know, I know, I'm sooooo behind on this one (didn't it end in like 2011 or something??? who knows) but my boyfriend and I started watching it casually in September and now we're already halfway through season three. We literally watch it every night when we go up to bed. I'm not even ashamed lol.
  • The weather here in Ontario has been so odd lately. I constantly find myself standing at the front door, thinking, Do I need a sweater? Yeah, definitely, it's 9 degrees. Maybe I should grab a coat as well, as I get quite chilly? Well, no it's going to be 22 degrees in an hour-and-a-half. So maybe I'll just blast the heat in the car and turn on the seat warmers and the steering wheel warmer??? Gah! So frustrating.
  • I know we haven't even gotten to Halloween yet, and that it's just around the corner, but lately I've been in such a Christmasy mood. All I want to do is douse the whole house in tinsel and listen to Michael Buble's Christmas album on repeat. Is that odd? Probably. (I'm actually listening to my Christmas playlist right now but shhh don't tell anyone)
  • This morning I woke up at 6:50 and had to drive my boyfriend to his 7:30 lecture, and when I came home I took a 3-HOUR NAP and now I'm feeling groggy and awful. So the moral of the story is, don't fall into the nap trap, it will only make you feel so much worse ugh
  • A couple days ago, I found a wasp in my bathroom, behind the shades. I've not likely mentioned it here before, but I have this horrible irrational fear of wasps/bees after being stung in grade 9, so finding this little intruder in my bathroom was terrifying hahaha but at least my boyfriend and my dad got a kick out of my reaction
  • I am so unbelievably excited for the Bath & Body Works winter holiday range to come out!! I've received a few emails lately of them releasing a few holiday candles here and there, and it's only made me more excited for what's yet to come. Right now they've got a Buy 3, Get 3 Free sale going on in Canada and I'm so tempted. Though, if I buy any more candles, my family may disown me. Space in our candle cabinet is getting pretty tight...
  • My boyfriend and my mum have gotten me really into Star Wars in the past year. So much so that as soon as the trailer for The Last Jedi dropped, I was watching it. Never thought I'd say that.