Alex is a self-proclaimed Disney expert who enjoys expanding her culinary skills in her free time.
The Amount of Detail Is Astonishing
There is one way in and out of this area of the park. I think they had designed it that way to make it seem more remote. The path in is not well marked—it twists and turns and starts to become more and more otherworldly as you progress.
You finally approach what appears to be a small open market. There isn't much there, just some cooling mist and restrooms, but the detail is second to none. Just as you are completely amazed by the new surroundings you turn the corner and bam! You are in the world of Star Wars.
It truly feels like stepping into the movie. The first thing I saw were the stormtroopers on patrol. They directly interacted with the guests. They gave instructions, they asked questions, and they reassured guests that they were safe from the resistance spies. At one point a member of the resistance appeared on the roof and was actively 'spying' on the First Order.
As you continue down, you are hit with the Millennium Falcon. It's just sitting right there! She is absolutely amazing as she sits in all her glory. The shops and resistants are not well marked, just like they appear in the movies. You kind of have to wander around to find where things are, which I actually kind of loved.
The Rides Are Fun
There are two rides in this part of the park: Smuggler's Run and Rise of the Resistance.
Smuggler's Run is a simulation ride that takes place in the Millennium Falcon. The line for the ride winds around the spacecraft. There are repair droids running around, and of course making things worse. There are tests being run.
The story is simple, you have been hired to move some high-value goods. The ride fits a group of 6 at a time (of course there are many groups riding in their own capsule at the same time). The buttons matter in this ride. When they light up you need to press them. Overall, the ride is cute. It's fun. I enjoyed it.
However, they made it sound like it was going to be incredibly interactive, and I didn't feel like it was that much more interactive than other rides. I'd ride it again, but I wouldn't wait in line for more than 30 minutes for it.
Ride of the Resistance
Rise of the Resistance is quite possibly the hottest ticket in town. The line is long and the process of getting a boarding group can be difficult. Everyone wants to experience this ride.
This is a long attraction. I mean that it takes up a lot of space, but the experience is nearly 40 minutes long. It is immersive, there is a mix of cast members playing roles as a part of the First Order and the Resistance mixed in with animatronics.
The ride is a mix of several different rides with the final ride being a thrilling and surprising adventure. Overall, I really enjoyed the ride. It was like I was taking part in a secret mission. I don't think I'd wait longer than 45 minutes, though.
What Else Is There?
The big hype of for this new land was most definitely the two new rides. Though, I'd argue that the blue milk was also highly anticipated. The entire area is made to feel like you are walking around a small outpost on a remote planet. They nailed it, no doubt.
The shops are all hidden and scattered around. It looks like a real market. There are also stands where you can get blue milk, the cantina, and a quick-service restaurant. Everything is seamless and fits the theming well. Honestly, if you don't know exactly where something is, you may very well get lost, which I think was the point when they designed it. It encourages you to explore the entire area.
Back to that blue milk. How was it? I'll be honest. I didn't particularly care for it. The blue milk is blue raspberry flavored and is made from a non-dairy milk. It's kind of like a very liquid slushy. It felt thick in my mouth. I was able to drink it, but I wouldn't get it again. Nic, on the other hand, did enjoy it and said he would get it again. Maybe I'll try the green milk next time. Or I might splurge and get a little alcohol added.
We didn't get to spend as much time as we would have liked at Galaxy's edge, mainly because I was so enthralled with Toy Story Land in the morning and then we had late lunch reservations at 50's Prime Time. Next time we go we are going to spend a lot more time, and I'm not leaving until I can get a fancy drink at the cantina.
I would not say that I am an obsessive Star Wars fan. I have seen all the movies and the spin-off shows on Disney+, but I do not participate in any role-play groups and I do not collect any memorabilia. (Not saying there is anything wrong with people that are into that kind of thing, they just aren't my jam.)
Anyway, I (as an average fan) loved Galaxy's Edge. I'd be hard-pressed to decide between Galaxy's Edge and Pandora, and if you have read my previous post you will know how much I love Pandora.
I will say that this is one of the only places where adult guests are allowed—and encouraged—to dress up. Which is pretty cool.
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