It’s May 4th and the world is talking about one of the most beloved movie franchises of all time—Star Wars! Since 1977, movie-goers young and old have fallen in love with these stories and at the end of 2019, Disney made it possible for fans to visit their favorite universe in real life with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disney World and Disneyland resorts. With so much to do and see, here’s just a quick look at all of the stops you need to make during your Disney Star Wars vacation:
Disney has created two immersive Star Wars worlds at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Anaheim where guests can explore the village Black Spire Outpost on Batuu surrounded by their favorite characters and sets. Fortunately, both parks are very similar so guests won’t be missing out on much if they choose to visit just one park over the other.
Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are the two main attractions found at both Galaxy’s Edge parks and have quickly become favorite Disney attractions thanks to both rides’ innovative technology, attention to detail, and thrilling story lines. The Millennium Falcon provides you with the opportunity to fly the fastest ship in the galaxy where you’ll face danger and test your true heroism to succeed on your mission. The Rise of the Resistance gives you the opportunity to fight against the First Order as you save a transport that was captured by a Star Destroyer. Luckily, you have a team of memorable Resistance fighters to help you along the way!
After earning your keep on these rides’ missions, you can become a true citizen of the galaxy by creating some of your own custom merchandise. Both parks have Savi’s Workshop where you can create your own lightsaber and the Droid Depot where you can design, assemble, and activate a custom drone to take home. These shops are hands-on, designed for guests of most ages, and are very popular—so be sure to make a reservation!
Disneyland and Disney World offer small bites and drinks from the Milk Stand and Ronto Roasters. The Milk Stand is the perfect opportunity to try the famous green or blue milk Luke Skywalker drinks in the movies while Ronto Roasters offers impressively quick service as a meat stall where you can not only try delicious ‘exotic meats’ from the Star Wars universe, but also specialty drinks designed just for guests.
Disney World offers two additional dining experiences at Galaxy’s Edge: Oga’s Cantina and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Oga’s is the perfect watering hole for the entire family with a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic specialty drinks available while Docking Bay 7 is the ideal place to chow down on American favorites like pot roast, pork ribs, chicken salad, veggie dippers, and more.
What’s a trip to Batuu without seeing all the offerings around the market? Both Disneyland and Disney World have amazing finds at the First Order and Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. The First Order is filled with great supplies for those who want to join their ranks while Dok-Ondar’s is the perfect place to search for the most unique and mysterious collectibles to bring back from your travels.
Similar to dining, Disney World offers some additional shops to explore during your stay. Visit the Creature Stall to find a new scaly or furry companion, stop by Toydarian Toymaker to purchase handcrafted toys made by Batuu artisans, head over to Resistance Supply to get stocked up for your next mission, and buy some galaxy-appropriate garb at Black Spire Outfitters.
For those ready to book their next vacation at a Disney resort property, consider a DVC timeshare! DVC timeshare resales are perfect for those who want to enjoy the Disney and Star Wars magic every year without paying the steep developer rates while a DVC timeshare rental makes sense for guests who want to visit less regularly but also enjoy many of the same perks as owners!