Itinerary for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort
June 2, 2019 will (and I’m not exaggerating) now be one of the best days of my life. I thought from going on social media and seeing photos of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened just two days ago, would prepare me for what to expect and I wouldn’t be surprised. Well, even if you watch hundreds of stories and see hundreds of photos, nothing really compares to being fully immersed in the land yourself, and seeing everything in its scale, and how massive the area of the park is. Probably four times the size of Pandora at Walt Disney World, Galaxy’s Edge takes immersion to another level.
After going, I was receiving lots of questions as to how I did so much in my reservation time (a four hour window), what order I recommend people do things, etc. I decided to write this post that outlined my itinerary. The order we did things worked really well for us, and we got everything done we wanted to. Of course, this might differ slightly depending on what you want to go do but I hope you find this a helpful guide in planning your own trip to Batuu! In our four hour window (we had 11am-3pm) we did:
- Oga’s Cantina
- Smuggler’s Run
- Tried Blue milk
- Went shopping and bought souvenirs
- Went to two Photopass spots
- Ate at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Got one of the thermal detonator Diet Cokes
- Played within Galaxy’s Edge on the Disney Parks Play app
Here is the order we did things, and I highly recommend!
Itinerary for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – What Order to Do Things
Step 1. Everyone has to start their day by checking in at Star Wars Launch Bay. This didn’t have any wait, and was super fast. You can check in up to two hours ahead of time (we only checked in an hour ahead of time). You can either exit and then do what you please until it’s time to go to your assigned Galaxy’s Edge entrance. Or you can go to the second level of Launch Bay to shop some of the Galaxy’s Edge merch. We got a Porg, complete with collectible box. It was great that my daughter already found her souvenir of choice before going into the land, which helped save a little time by taking care of that before our reservation even started!
Step 2. Once inside, if you are hoping to go to Oga’s Cantina (which I highly recommend) head there first. You will then give them your name and number, and they will text you your estimated wait time. You will get a second text once it’s time to be seated. While you’re waiting for your second text, you’re free to roam about Batuu! This was key in helping us get stuff done, rather than spending our reservation time waiting in a line. If this is on your list, I recommend going here first, since they won’t take down any more names once they estimate they will be full the remainder of the reservation period.
Step 3. Once you receive your Oga’s Cantina estimated wait time, place a mobile order for Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. For example, our estimated wait time for Oga’s was 65 minutes. Once inside, you have 45 minutes to enjoy Oga’s. So we made our mobile order pick-up time window for the beginning of our 3rd hour, so it didn’t conflict with Oga’s. The mobile ordering can get busy, so I would do this after putting your name at Oga’s so you don’t miss your mobile ordering window. My food guide for Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is coming soon!
Step 4. Try blue milk! At the Milk Stand (right across from where you put your name down for Oga’s), they have blue and green milks. They are both gluten-free and vegan! You can also mobile order here, but the wait time wasn’t long if you didn’t.
Step 5. Browse! While you wait for Oga’s, visit the Photopass photographer locations (near Droid Depot, and one by the Millennium Falcon). The waits were short! You can also shop the stores, or grab the iconic Coca Cola drinks specially designed for the land.
Step 5. After you browse and take photos, it should be about time to go into Oga’s Cantina. You’re not guaranteed a seat. We were taken to stand at the bar. It was still a cool experience, but I will say my toddler was upset about not being able to sit or tall enough to stand at the bar so it was frustrating at times. She loved DJ Rex though! (Strollers aren’t allowed inside FYI).
Step 6. Ride Smuggler’s Run! Around this time, which was about an hour and a half before our reservation was going to end, Smuggler’s Run was 20 minutes. I found that the shortest wait time was around an hour and a half before your reservation is set to end, right before the next reservation group comes to overlap.
Step 7. It was time to pick up our food at Docking Bay 7! We had 45 minutes to enjoy and eat our food by the time we did this.
Throughout the time: Using the datapad function in the Disney Parks Play app, we hacked into control panels and nearby droids throughout the reservation period when we saw them around the land! My daughter LOVED this!
Notes About the Experience
So we got a LOT done! I will say, it wasn’t a leisurely stroll, we went about it with a plan, and were going from each activity pretty fast. But, it didn’t bother me. While we were rushing each thing, it didn’t take away from how amazing it all was to experience. I do look forward to the second time around, where we can soak in the surrounding a bit easier since we crossed a lot off our list! And the only thing we didn’t get to do that we wanted was meet Chewbacca and Rey. I actually never saw them around! But hopefully next time! I am already confident enough to say Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the best part of Disneyland Resort.
How to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
From now until June 23, 2019 a reservation is required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While the complimentary reservations have been full, there is still one way to get a reservation: by booking a Disneyland Resort hotel room! If you stay at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, you will receive an automatic Galaxy’s Edge reservation for everyone in your party. You can take a look at the available dates and rates for hotels here.
After June 23rd, guests can visit Galaxy’s Edge by entering a virtual queue on the Disneyland app. You must be inside Disneyland to enter the queue. They haven’t said how long the virtual queue system will be in place, I’m sure it will be dependent on how long Disney thinks they need to do it to control crowds for safety. Till the spire my readers! (That’s till we meet again on Batuu!)