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Galaxy's Edge

Galaxy’s Edge: Hit or Miss?

So we finally were able to get around to visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios new Galaxy ‘s Edge land, a few months ago. Since it’s opening there has been a lot of of controversy over it. Some guests love the land. Some say it’s to much. There is speculation that it did not draw in the crowds that Disney World was hoping for.

I am not a diehard Star Wars fan, but I have watched most of the series. From my perspective, Disney World imagineers did an excellent job recreating the land to represent what was depicted from the movies.

If you enter Galaxy Edge through the tunnel from Grand Avenue, you will notice an instant transformation into the galaxy. However, when entering from Toy Story Land, you will feel a sense of being taken into a different world. The Imagineers did an excellent job transitioning between the lands, especially when entering from Toy Story Land. You will be drawn away from one world and into Galaxy’s Edge.

It has been said by many fans that they have submerged you so well into the land that you can forget you are at Disney.

Disney World has been improving their immersive experiences for their various lands around the parks. I do have to agree with the statement above and say that the Imagineers did an excellent job in immersing the guests into the Galaxy. Everything from the design of the structures, the attractions, displays, and cast members draw you into the Galaxy and you can forget that you are Hollywood Studios.

My first observation in the immersive experience are the cast members. They were all dressed to fit the roll. Even the managers that walk around the parks where dressed in Star Wars themed clothing. The cast members would speak to you in the native galaxy language and are more interactive in character than you sometimes notice in other parts of the parks.

Galaxy Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Crowds

The one hot button issue with Galaxy’s Edge are the crowd levels. Experts have said that the land did not bring in the crowds they are had anticipated. While there were large crowds from the opening of Star Wars, with 100s of visitors lining up the night prior to opening. It appears that they crowds have not maintained the high level Disney World was expecting.

When we visited the land last month the overall crowd levels were relatively low throughout most of the parks. We never saw unusually long wait times for rides and I would say that Star Wars wasn’t any different. While this part of the park had the most crowds, I would still say the crowds weren’t unbearable. I was able to easily walk around the galaxy with a stroller and not worry about running into other guests.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run wait time during our visit to the galaxy hovered around a 60 minute wait time. This isn’t a long wait time when you compare it to Slinky Dog and Frozen. Both of these attractions have been open for well over a year and almost always have a wait time greater than 60 minutes.

With Rise of the Resistance opening last Thursday, the crowd levels have definitely increased. The real question is whether or not the crowd levels will continue after the initial hype wears off. Boarding passes for Rise of the Resistance have been sold out before noon, everyday since opening.

What’s in the Land

Currently, there is 2 attraction, 5 dining options, and 2 interactive building stations and several stores. There are a couple store attractions which allow visitors to buy and build either a light saber or a droid. Outside of the two attractions, everything else costs money in Galaxy’s Edge. Leaving your average Disney goer wondering what is there for me to do here.

Rise of the Resistance

The newest attraction in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This has been the attraction everybody has been waiting for. The one that has been said to turn Disney World around. The first week for this attraction has overall been a success. While it has had its hiccups initially, the crowds continue to show up in droves for this attraction.

Is it a ride, show, or what. Rise of the Resistance, combines multiple elements to create this attraction, which lasts almost 15 minutes. You will first start in a virtual 3-D ride, then you thrown into an interactive walk-through area and finally you board a craft for the third part of your adventure trying to escape the First World Order.

There are a lot of moving parts with this attraction, if any one part goes down it will easily mess up the entire attraction for everyone else. This will ultimately affect a large number of guests, as this attraction can easily handle a large crowd at once.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Choose your crew and step into the cockpit of a Millennium Falcon for a daring flight. The success of the mission is up to you and your crew. You will be racing through the galaxy fighting your way through, so make sure you have a top notch crew to be successful.

Build a droid.

Probably the most expensive attraction in Galaxy’s Edge, you have the ability to build a custom droid. You walk into the warehouse and select custom parts to the droid. Once you have all the pieces you will assemble th droid at a workstation. Once it’s assembled you can purchase various accessories for your droid. One of these accessories is a computer chip which will give the droid a personality. It will be able to move around on its own and even interact with other droids. The cost to build a droid can run you around $99.

Handbuilt Lightsaber

Head over to Black Spire Outpost and get ushered into Savi’s Workshop to build your own Lightsaber. Choose 1 of 4 themes for your saber. Collect the components and walkout with a fully assembled lightsaber battle ready. This experience is expensive and will run you $199 for one fully constructed lightsaber.

Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Food Options

Oga’s Cantina- This lounge is where all the locals hangout to refuel, conduct meetings and enjoy local music. Oga’s Cantina specializes in creating drinks with ingredients from all over the galaxy. The only downside to visiting the Cantina is the limited food option. They only have 1 snack option, the Bantu Bits.

It is recommended that you make reservations at Oga’s Cantina if you are looking to dine there.

Docking Bay 7– Is the place to go for food in Galaxy’s Edge. This is a Quick Service restaurant, with Mobile Ordering.

Milk Stand– Looking to taste the popular drink of the locals. Grab a blue or green milk.

Ronto Roasters– Another quick service option with delicious grilled meat from around the galaxy.

Kat Saka’s Kettle– Enjoy sweet and savory popcorn. $6.49.

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Disney World Ride Height Requirements

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For attractions that have height requirements, there are measurements stations at the entry to each ride and cast members are standing by to measure your child’s height, however it is possible for them to get missed at this point and make it all the way through the line and end up getting turned away because they are not tall enough for the roller coaster. If your child is right there on the line, one cast member may say they are tall enough to ride, while another one later down the line may say no.

While planning a trip to Disney World can be fun, it can also a little stressful especially when you are traveling with little ones. Your kids will be excited and they may want to try and experience everything, but depending on their age and height they may not be able to ride on every attraction. Trying to determine what attractions they can and cannot ride can be tough to figure out. Knowing the ride height requirements may make your vacation a little easier as it will help you choose what park or parks you may want to visit.

Between the 4 parks and 2 water parks at Disney World, there are a lot of attractions that everyone in your group can go on. The majority of the rides are for prince’s and princess’ of all ages, which is especially great when you are traveling with the family to Disney. If you are traveling with little ones and wanted to skip on a park, Hollywood Studios may be the park you’d want to skip, as this park only has two rides available for little ones under the height requirement of 38 inches.

It is always a good idea to measure your child before the trip and have an idea of what they can enjoy, just remember what shoes they are in when you measure them. You don’t want to get your kids hyped up for Slinky Dog only to get there and find out they are too short to ride it.

For those that are worried they won’t be able to enjoy some of the larger rides because they have a little one who isn’t quite tall enough for the ride, Disney has you covered. Disney offers a Ride Swap Program. The Disney Rider Swap program allows one adult to wait with a child who isn’t tall enough to enjoy the ride, while the rest of the party goes and enjoys the ride. Once they are finished with the ride, they meet up with the rest of their group and the parent who waited back can go and enjoy the ride. Disney’s Rider Swap

Magic Kingdom

  • Jungle Cruise- All heights
  • Pirates of the Caribbean- All heights
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- All heights
  • Splash Mountain- 40”
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- 40”
  • Haunted Mansion- All heights
  • It’s a Small World- All heights
  • Peter Pan’s Flight- All heights
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic- All heights
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel- All heights
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train- 38”
  • Mad Tea Party- All heights
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh- All heights
  • Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaind- All heights
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant- All heights
  • The Barnstormer- 35”
  • Tomorrowland Speedway- 32”
  • Space Mountain- 44”
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover- All heights
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin- All heights
Magic Kingdom ride height requirements
DIsney’s Magic Kingdom ride height for attractions.

Epcot

  • Spaceship Earth- All heights
  • Mission Space- 44”
  • Test Track- 40”
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends- All heights
  • Soarin- 40”
  • Living with the Lands- All heights
  • Frozen Ever After- All heights
  • Journey into. Imagination with Figment- All heights
Epcot Ride Height Requirements
Ride Height requirements for rides at Epcot

Hollywood Studios

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- 40”
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith- 48”
  • Star Tours- The Adventure Continues- 40”
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run- 38”
  • Rise of the Resistance – 40″
  • Alien Swirling Saucers- 32”
  • Toy Story Mania!- All heights
  • Slinky Dog Dash- 38”
Hollywood Studio Ride Heights
Ride high requirements for rides at Hollywood Studios

Animal Kingdom

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris- All heights
  • Avatar Flight of Passage- 44”
  • Na’vi River Journey- All heights
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!- All heights
  • Kali River Rapids- 38”
  • Expedition Everest- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain- 44”
  • Triceratops Spin- All heights
  • Dinosaur- 40”
Animal Kingdom Ride Height Requirements
Ride height requirements for Animal Kingdom

Blizzard Beach

  • Summit Plummet- 48”
  • Tike’s Peak- All heights
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp- All heights
  • Teamboat Springs- All heights
  • Toboggan Racers- All heights
  • Snow Stormers- All heights
  • Runoff Rapids- All heights
  • Downhill Double Dipper- 48”
  • Meltaway Bay- All heights
  • Chair Lift- 32”
  • Cross Country Creek- All heights
  • Slush Gusher- 48”
Blizzard Beach ride height requirements
Ride height requirements for Blizzard Beach

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher- 48”
  • Castaway Creek- All heights
  • Surf Pool- All heights
  • Ketchakiddee- All heights
  • Gang Plank Falls- All heights
  • Humbugs Kowabunga- 48”
  • Shark Reef- All heights
  • Keelhaul Falls- All heights
  • Mayday Falls- All heights
  • Storm Slides- All heights

Make sure you know what attractions your family can enjoy before you get to Disney World. What’s your favorite ride at Disney World?