Inside Disneyland’s new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge as we get a first sneak preview

Star Wars fans, get your lightsabers at the ready!

It’s been (light)years in the making, but Disney is finally opening its new Star Wars themed land at its Disneyland Park and I got a sneak preview of what those travelling to the galaxy far, far away can expect.

It doesn’t disappoint.

An obvious highlight is the Millennium Falcon ride (more on that later), while the Play Disney Parks app offers heaps of fun ways to interact with the land itself and live out your own adventure.

Disney’s Margaret Kerrison – and a few stormtroopers in the background

 

It really is a fully immersive experience including themed food, cast members you interact with, and even small extras such as droid tracks to look out for on the ground or background music composed by John Williams himself.

It was pretty overwhelming to discover for the first time as you’re thrown into the story on the planet of Batuu where smugglers, the Resistance and First Order co-exist.

Here are some of my favourite bits and the highlights not to miss if you go…

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers’ Run

Julie Delahaye in front of a rather famous ship

The chance to fly the Millennium Falcon is any Star Wars fan’s dream and honestly, this ride delivers – it is SO much fun!

You are assigned one of three roles (pilot, gunner or engineer) and throughout the ride you’ll be given instructions to help you navigate the galaxy, complete your mission and making a few jumps to lightspeed along the way.

Your mission? Help smuggler Hondo Ohnaka to get his hands on some precious cargo…

Julie Delahaye on the deck of the Millennium Falcon

 

There are six of you in the ship (two of each role) and I got to try both pilot and engineer which made for completely different experiences – both were really fun but pilot had to be my favourite.

Sat inside the cockpit, you’re immediately thrown into the four-and-a-half minute adventure and there’s a voiceover giving you instruction so you feel like you really are flying the ship.

But it’s not just the ride itself – even the queues and holding rooms are themed, and there are in-app games to play while you queue too.

Play Disney Parks App

A clothing store is pictured at “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” during a media preview

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge won’t actually have that much in terms of rides; there’s the Millennium Falcon offering, and then an upcoming Rise of the Resistance ride which isn’t yet open.

But what’s quite special about the land is that you can interact with it using the Play Disney Parks app. By that, I mean you can ‘hack’ droids and machinery, scan codes to discover hidden secrets and take on missions, all from the app.

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

It’s really easy to use and there’s something really fun about working out the puzzles to unlock clues and searching for specific buildings or ships in order to find the codes.

One highlight for me was ‘hacking’ a droid which wreaked a little bit of havoc and led to a surprise storyline!

The food (and cocktails)

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Disney’s new theme park will open this week

You won’t go hungry on Batuu – there are so many different food options.

Top of the list is their take on the famous Blue Milk which Luke Skywalker drinks – I was dubious that the blue colour might have been the best bit, but actually it’s a really tasty and refreshing coconut and pineapple type smoothie (it’s also gluten free and vegan friendly).

Looking for a snack?

These cast members have taken their first steps into a larger world

Head to Kat Saka’s Kettle where you can pick up a bag of colourful popcorn, which offers a mix of sweet and savoury flavours.

(Personally I wasn’t the biggest fan of the spicier flavours but others seemed to like them).

As for cocktails, you need to head to Oga’s Cantina. Think cosy booths, a droid playing the role of DJ and heaps of Instagram-worthy drinks (I tried the Jabba Juice and it was delicious).

The merchandise

Beverage station is pictured at “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

Throughout the land there are pretty cool trinkets to be found. For those looking to splurge, there’s Savi’s Workshop where you can hand build your own lightsaber to take home – there are over 120,000 possible combinations using all of the available pieces.

Know the droids you’re looking for?

Are these the droids you’re looking for?

Head to the Droid Depot where you can build you very own companion (and the best bit is, it can immediately begin interacting with the land!).

These experiences don’t come particularly cheap (handbuilt lightsabers are around $200) so if you’re on a budget then you may want to head to the Marketplace where there are fun souvenirs from plush Porgs and more Star Wars creatures, to themed clothing and cool handcrafted toys.

Book the trip

The Black Spire Outpost marketplace

It’s worth noting that currently Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open at Disney’s California Adventure Park, but the same land (rides and all) will also open at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando later this year.

7 nights in California from £620pp: Seven nights in Los Angeles with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights from London Heathrow direct to Los Angeles, 3 day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket with car hire included.

Price is per person and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Price is for flights departing 30 September 2019 and returning 07 October 2019 and does not include accommodation.

Virgin Holidays is a member of ABTA and is ATOL protected. To book: www.virginholidays.co.uk, 0344 557 3859 or visit one of our stores nationwide.

Source

more recommended stories

  • Flight Centre is currently offering free upgrades on Virgin Atlantic flights

    A free flight upgrade is the.

  • Virgin Atlantic gives sneak peek at A350-1000 aircraft with its new livery

    Virgin Atlantic has offered a first.

  • Cheap hotels in Benidorm that are ideal for a family holiday

    Benidorm has long been a firm.

  • Dreamy Bahamas private island prepares to open up to Brits for first time

    Brits can soon experience the Bahamas’.

  • You can hang out with alpacas and llamas at this dreamy Airbnb treehouse

    Waking up in a beautiful forest.

  • UK’s biggest and fastest city zip wire is back for summer and it’s even bigger

    Thrill-seekers may want to consider a.

  • Best all-inclusive holiday deals and expert tips to find an unbeatable package break

    All-inclusive holidays have everything you could.

  • British Airways booking secrets – the best cheap flights and late deals

    According to research, the best time.

  • You can now stay in an amazing adults-only treehouse with its own hot tub

    No matter how old you get,.

  • Taj Mahal to fine tourists who spend too long visiting the landmark

    The Taj Mahal is an iconic.

  • Flight attendant reveals why you should try to book early morning flights

    Early morning flights aren’t always ideal..

  • Posting more than EIGHT holiday photos on Instagram is seen as ‘spamming’

    It’s official – posting more than.

  • Airport opens epic amusement park for families with mazes, bounce nets and a forest

    Changi Airport has finally opened its.

  • Where is Big Little Lies filmed? California filming locations revealed

    Big Little Lies is back for.

  • You can currently bag £880 off cruises to Italy, the Greek Islands and Croatia

    If you’ve always wanted to visit.

  • Disneyland Paris summer breaks launch from £269pp with a FREE Eurotunnel crossing

    Families could bag cheap Disneyland Paris.

  • British Airways changes Boeing 747 flights due to fly on airline’s centenary

    British Airways passengers have been left.

  • Mediterranean holidays with mini cruises are going from £399pp but be quick

    If your ideal holiday involves exploring.

  • Merlin launches huge sale on Birmingham’s top attractions for families

    The summer holidays will be here.

  • Game of Thrones trail opens in Belfast and fans of the show will love it

    Game of Thrones fans can still.

  • Love Island’s Casa Amor from 2018 is actually a holiday rental and it’s so swanky

    Love Island‘s Casa Amor proved to.

  • How to find the best cruise deals including cheap luxury packages

    Cruise holidays can make for quite.

  • Name the mystery location where you find these rivers and you could win a prize

    The Mirror Travel mystery picture for.

  • Top 10 moments that changed the world as Hilton celebrates 100 year anniversary

    This week marks the 100-year anniversary.

  • How to get half price Drayton Manor tickets for half term this weekend

    Day-trippers can get cheap tickets to.

  • You can rent a treehouse in Bali with breathtaking views for £30 a night

    Travelling is a wonderful thing to.

  • Madeira adventure holidays are adrenaline seekers’ best kept secret

    Hanging above a sun-drenched waterfall, I let.

  • Positano Italy guide including top things to see in the Amalfi Coast hotspot

    Positano in Italy is one of.

  • Madrid guide for Liverpool and Spurs fans heading to the Champions League final

    Hola amigos del fútbol! Magnificent Madrid.

  • Sibenik Croatia guide including best things to see and do on a short break

    Sibenik is tipped to be one.

  • Albufeira Portugal guide including best things to do and top holiday deals

    Albufeira is one of those destinations.

  • Best things to see in Los Angeles and where to find cheap holidays

    Los Angeles is one of the.