Today was the official dedication of Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World.
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.
I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I first saw The Empire Strikes Back in the theaters when I was 5 years old.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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]
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!
Thanks for reading and, as always, for joining along on the DADventure!