DADventure Disney – So Much To Look Forward To At Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Today was the official dedication of Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, is joined by beloved Star Wars characters during the Aug. 28, 2019, dedication for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new 14-acre land, opening to the public Aug. 29, 2019, transports guests to a galaxy far, far away to live their own Star Wars adventures at Walt Disney World Resort. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

My family’s DADventure to Disney is in a few months.

Add those together – yeah, I get to go to Galaxy’s Edge!!!!

I’ve heard a mixed bag about Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. The biggest complaint is that it’s simply a big gift shop. Others say that only having one ride makes it a waste of time.

Know what I say to all that? BRING. IT. ON.

This is the most immersive area of the Disney parks. EVERYTHING is on theme. Down to the way they sell Coca-Cola and Sprite.

Beware! These are SO cool looking, but TSA is cracking down on allowing these grenade looking bottles into checked or carry-on bags! Photo: Disney

I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I first saw The Empire Strikes Back in the theaters when I was 5 years old.

Yeah, that’s little me.

Now I get to walk IN TO that world. The world I’ve been dreaming about since that little kid thought a balloon on a stick was the BEST Halloween gift ever.

BUT… I’m planning our DADventure this Fall for my family, including my three little kids who have NEVER seen Star Wars. How does “Dad Time” in Galaxy’s Edge fit in?

That’s where my amazing wife enters the picture. Not a fan of anything sci-fi, my wife isn’t a fan of the movies herself, but she appreciates my passion for Star Wars. She’s so cool, she threw me a Star Wars themed 40th birthday party a few years ago.

For this DADventure, our plan revolves around an evening where she takes the Littles back to the hotel on her own and Dad sneaks out, jumps on the Skyliner, and heads off to Galaxy’s Edge! AWWW YEAH! She’s amazing.

I cannot wait. I’m like that little kid pictured above. I’m giddy. I’m excited about the food, the shopping, the ride, the characters and the overall experience of it.

There isn’t a table service at Galaxy’s Edge yet. But there is Oga’s Cantina!

When guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge they’ll find Oga’s Cantina – a local watering hole where galactic travelers unwind, conduct business and maybe even encounter a friend. Patrons of the cantina can sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods. (Photo: Disney David Roark, photographer)

Recently Oga’s showed up on the My Disney Experience app to be able to lock down reservations to sit and have a drink. Did my family take advantage of this?

YEAH WE DID!

I was going to recap all the food for you – but why not let Disney’s press release take it from here…

What does Blue Milk or Green Milk actually taste like? That question and more will be answered when guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experience the new land’s expansive array of food and beverages. Vendors offer various local favorites such as an Outpost Mix of flavored popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.

Blue Milk and Green Milk can be found at the Milk Stand. David Roark/Disney Parks)

A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar beckons guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills, so he moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant. His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes. He is proud to present Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling,” inspired by dishes he created during his time working for Maz Kanata on Takodana.

The Braised Shaak Roast, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo features beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale and mushrooms. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Elsewhere,Ronto Roasters draws attention with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto Wraps. When hungry customers queue up to order, they encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. Guests can also choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.

Pictured here, left to right, are the Meiloorun Juice, the Nuna Turkey Jerky and the Ronto Wrap filled with roasted pork, grilled sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in pita found at Ronto Roasters, located in the Black Spire Outpost market. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

I had a lot of Star Wars memorabilia as a kid and into my 20s. I mean, a lot. My friends called my place The Museum. Now, as a Dad, a lot of my Star Wars purchases are for my kids. (That’s what we say out loud anyway – right Disney Dads?)

Galaxy’s Edge will have everything from little trinkets, to toys, to VERY expensive collectibles.

The Toydarian Toymaker stall in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature an assortment of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys and musical instruments. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

I may have to save up for some fun things for the family.

Everyone knows that there are lightsabers to make at Savi’s Workshop. ($200 each – yeah, not happening.)

At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will be able to build their own lightsaber, guided by ancient wisdom but crafted by the choices they make on their own adventure. Each build will begin with a personal connection to a kyber crystal used to ignite the custom lightsaber. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

And you can build your own droid at the Droid Depot. This is a bit more affordable at $99.99 but still not a price we’ll dish-out out this DADventure.

Inside Droid Depot, guests will be able to build and customize their own droids. (David Roark, photographer)

I’m going to Pilot (or navigate, or co-pilot, or be the gunner) on the Millennium Falcon. WHAT? Is there anything else from your childhood that can come true in this way? Join the army with G.I. Joe? Ride alongside Optimus Prime? Storm Snake Mountain and take on Skeletor with He-Man? No. This is as real as it gets! I’m FREAKING out at the prospects of this.

Guests visiting Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will walk the hallways and experience other memorable areas before taking control of the fastest ship in the galaxy. (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)
The famous main hold lounge is one of several areas guests will discover inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run before taking the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy. (Richard Harbaugh/Disney Parks)
Inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)

More than anything else, I’m dying to be IN that world. The entire experience all of the above adds to. I want to meet the characters – who get to roam freely around the park. [DADventure Disney: FULL List of Disney World Characters and Where to Meet Them]

When guests explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, they may come across Resistance hero Rey as she leads the recruitment effort on Batuu. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

You can find yourself in conversations with Stormtroopers or even Chewbacca! (Exclusive Photos courtesy of our friends at MousePlanner.com from an early viewing of the Orlando Edge.)

Every nook and cranny of Galaxy’s Edge will scream Star Wars. And I simply want to walk among it. You KNOW I’ll write up a full experience here after we visit this November. You must be on pins and needles!

Are YOU looking forward to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge? Have you been yet? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below, on Instagram or Facebook.

Thanks for reading and, as always, for joining along on the DADventure!

Cheers,
Keith

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