If you’re reading this, we instantly like you. There’s just something about a person that wants to have a Star Wars Day at Walt Disney World that makes us genuinely happy and slightly relieved that we aren’t the only ones! Below you’ll find 15 ways to make this day happen. Are you up for the challenge? In the words of Yoda, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Editor’s Note: We understand that with the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, some of the advice in this article may not apply if you visit while park hours are reduced, capacity limits and physical distancing are in place, and some of our favorite experiences—fireworks, parades, and character greetings—are temporarily suspended. (You can read everything you need to know about the phased reopening by clicking here). We will continue to share articles that give guidance on a “normal” vacation to Walt Disney World, along with any special changes or instructions you may need to be aware of during the phased reopening to provide the best tips we can regardless of when you are visiting. ~ Chad & Cindy
1 – Join a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
The newest land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is the place to be for any Star Wars fan. The best way to jump hyperspeed into your Star Wars Day is by visiting the park bright and early! In fact, arriving well before park opening is really the only way to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an absolute out of this world attraction that has everyone–including non-Star Wars fans–praising Disney. Unlike any other attraction, you can’t simply get in line for this one. You’ll need your MyDisney Experience app and your entire party must have a park pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’ve put together a complete survival guide on the process with lots of tips for the best chances. Click here for everything you need to know about securing a boarding party.
2 – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, FastPass+ is temporarily unavailable.
After you’ve secured your boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll want to head directly to the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” … the Millennium Falcon that is! Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is a fantastic attraction that will put you directly into the action as a pilot, gunner, or engineer. Get ready to act fast to fly out of the trouble you’ll find around every curve. Party of one? Jump in the Single Rider line for an even shorter wait. Note that this attraction is one of the three choices for a Tier 1 FastPass. If you want to save time, choose this attraction, and use your FastPass to enjoy this one.
3 – Grab Breakfast in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
After your flight around the galaxy, put your feet back on the ground with some quick-service breakfast – Star Wars style! You have two choices in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. First, you can drop by Ronto Roasters where you’ll find great breakfast options including a Ronto Morning Wrap and Rising Moon’s Overnight Oats. The Milk Stand also has some quick-service breakfast options. You’ll be in and out in no time – ready for your next mission!
4 – Build a Droid at Droid Depot
Next stop… the Droid Depot! We all need a Star Wars sidekick, so why not take this time to build your very own custom droid. You’ll pick the parts and assemble your droid, bringing him or her to life! After you’ve completed your droid, you’ll find a mat outside where guests are welcome to test out their new sidekick. We highly recommend making reservations for the Droid Depot 180-days in advance. Some walk-ins may be accepted, but it’s never a guarantee, and the wait can be rather long. Learn more about the Droid Depot below:
5 – Pose for Photos while Exploring Galaxy’s Edge
As you take the time to explore the planet known as Batuu at Galaxy’s Edge, this is the perfect time to check out the many photo ops available throughout the land. Disney’s PhotoPass offers several Magic Spots that will make for memorable photos for years to come. If you don’t want to go the PhotoPass route, snap your photos and share them to make all your Star Wars friends jealous! (insert Jabba laugh here)
6 – Sign Up for Jedi Training
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is temporarily suspended.
Have young Padawans between the ages of 4 and 12? Sign them up for Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple! Your child will have a chance to learn the ways of the Jedi and even battle against a Star Wars Villain. You’ll need to register your child for this free experience at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost early in the day as slots do fill up. You’ll then be assigned a time to return and begin the experience. With lightsaber in hand, the Padawans will head to the stage in front of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue where they will use the force to battle against evil!
7 – Ride Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Yes, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon are getting all the attention, but that doesn’t mean Star Tours – The Adventures Continue should be forgotten! Experience the Galaxy in a Starspeeder 1000 with C-3PO as your not-so-trained pilot. The First Order doesn’t make your space journey easy; however, as they seek to capture the Repel Spy among the crew. This 3D space flight has several different scenarios meaning the scenes and experiences vary from ride to ride. If the wait isn’t long, ride once and jump on a second time for what will likely be a whole new experience.
8 – Visit Star Wars Characters
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, character greetings at Star Wars Launch Bay are temporarily suspended. However, you can catch Rey, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Storm Troopers in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Chances are if you’ve seen Star Wars, at some point in time or another, you thought about how soft and fluffy it would feel to hug a Wookiee! Well, here’s your chance! The beloved Chewbacca is ready for a big squeeze at his meet and greet in Star Wars Launch Bay. After Chewy, stop by for a hello and photo op with BB-8. Lastly, if you dare, visit one of the most villainous Star Wars characters around… Darth Vader. This guy doesn’t mess around, so be prepared for those creeped out goosebumps for this meet and greet.
9 – Shop the Launch Bay
After your meet and greets, check out the merchandise available at Star Wars Launch Bay. You’ll find a great variety of items from artwork to models and even actual movie props. If you’re an avid Star Wars collector, THIS is the place to add to your collection. While many of the items here can be on the more expensive side, there are pieces that to the Star Wars fan are priceless!
10 – Shop the Black Spire Outpost
You’ve ventured outside of the Planet Batuu long enough! Time to head back to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to continue the exploration of the 14-acre land. Check out the Black Spire Outpost where adventurers come to stock up on items for their next galactic journey. You, too, have a chance to purchase a variety of Star Wars merchandise from plush toys to clothing and so much more.
11 – Create a Lightsaber at Savi’s
Even more so than the Droid Depot, you’ll want to be sure you have a reservation for Savi’s Workshop because it’s just that popular! At Savi’s, you’ll create your very own lightsaber! This shop is super-secret from the First Order, and the Cast Members here play a part in keeping the location and experience top secret, which adds to the fun. When inside you’ll construct your very own lightsaber for a once in a lifetime souvenir that comes right along with an excellent experience.
12 – Drinks at Oga’s Cantina
What a day thus far! Relax and unwind at Oga’s Cantina where drinks are plentiful and good times abound. The alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks here are seriously out of this world in their almost alien-looking appearance. Plus, if you haven’t hit up the Milk Stand yet, you can always try Blue Milk here at Oga’s. While you sip away, enjoy DJ Rex setting the scene with lively, upbeat music. Reservations are accepted for this lounge. While you can wait as a walk-in, you’ll find a reservation is a must-have as lines to get in get rather lengthy for this small but impressive lounge.
13 – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, both the spectacular and dessert party are temporarily suspended.
After your drinks, it’s time to head back to the center of Hollywood Studios, in front of the Chinese Theater. Snag a spot for the nighttime spectacular Star Wars fans could only dream of! Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular features projections, fireworks, fire, and an outstanding musical score as the dramatic spectacular unfolds. If you’re looking for a reserved viewing location and desserts/drinks to go along with it, make a reservation for the Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party!
14 – Head to The VOID
Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, The Void temporarily closed.
But wait! Your Star Wars day isn’t over yet. As a matter of fact, we’re saving one of the best for the end of your day. Catch a bus from Disney’s Hollywood Studios over to Disney Springs after the fireworks. Here you’ll want to head to the Marketplace where you’ll find The VOID – a Virtual Reality experience, unlike anything we’ve ever done before. The VOID is typically open until 11:30 pm most nights, but you’ll want to be sure and check the hours in advance. You can also book your tickets in advance, so you’ll ensure a spot for the entertainment. You’ll suit up and literally become part of the Star Wars story. You’ll look and act as if you were a Stormtrooper in disguise. This is a hard one to describe… but trust us, no Star Wars day is complete without it.
15 – More Shopping at Disney Springs
The day is coming to a close, as is Disney Springs at this point. Most shops stay open until 11:30 pm at Disney Springs, which means you may still have a chance to do some Star Wars shopping. Star Wars Trading Post is located close to The VOID, making it easy to access after your VR experience. You can also find Star Wars Galactic Outpost at the West Side of Disney Springs. Both shops are great with plenty of Star Wars merch!
Whew! That’s a full day! Are you still up to the challenge? As Qui-Gon Jinn would say, “Your focus determines your reality.” Stay focused fellow Star Wars fan, and trust the force is with you.
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