Ever since the announcement that Disneyland would be getting a Star Wars land, Jeremiah has been super adamant & stoked to go. I feel like since Jeremiah & I have often gone to Disneyland over the years, I didn’t realize it had been over a year since we’ve been back. The prices have also increased over the years, so we didn’t want to go back until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was finished. They’re still working on the land’s second ride which I’ve heard is going to open up in January. We still wanted to see what new attractions the park had to offer since our last visit.
This is the first time we’ve ever skipped Disney California Adventure 😭 I’ve been quite bummed about it, but we didn’t have the time or energy to park hop in two days. It just didn’t make sense to spend the extra money on a park-hopper if we were going to spend most of time at Disneyland & checking out SWGE. I’m sad about it, but I know we made the right decision!
So here’s me still being happy 😊
We usually enjoy eating breakfast at Carnation Cafe (our favorite place for breakfast on Main St.), but they’ve been “reservations only” the last few times we’ve gone. We forgot to make a reservation ahead of time, so that’s on us.
We had breakfast at the Plaza Inn, which is also one of our favorite restaurants on Main St. They have character breakfast, which we had experienced last time too.
After breakfast, we made our way to SWGE!
This was our first time seeing the castle re-painted 😍 It had been under construction just a few months ago as it was going through renovations.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Finally being able to see the Millennium Falcon in-person was so cool! Jeremiah & I had been seeing so many photos, videos, & vlogs of SWGE ever since it opened, so it was great to finally get our chance.
It wasn’t as crowded as we expected it to be. We also didn’t arrive at the time the park opened either, which is what we normally try to do.
Checking out Droid Depot
The droid depot was crowded! I guess it doesn’t help that there’s merchandise for people to purchase, as well as being the same place where guests build their custom droids.
Walking around SWGE
First Order Cargo
They have some stormtroopers walking around SWGE too! They even come up to you, which is kind of cool because it makes you feel like you’re genuinely interacting with the land/characters.
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers
Jeremiah made a reservation to build a lightsaber the morning we got into the park. You are not able to build a lightsaber without a reservation & you must pay for the lightsaber upfront once your reservation has been made.
People have said that you need to arrive earlier than your reservation to check-in, which wasn’t a problem for us. We didn’t wait around too long before finally being able to enter.
It’s important to note that if you’re the only one in your party building a lightsaber, they’ll only allow two extra guests to join you because of the very limited space in the workshop.
Before you build your lightsaber, they start off with a storyline about the lightsabers, the meaning of creating them, & joining the resistance *cue dramatic music*
They also walk you through the process of choosing the hilt theme of your lightsaber, your kyber crystal (color of your saber), & how to build them. It’s best to do your research about which theme you want your hilt to be before your visit. Since it’s a timed experience, you don’t want to be rushed into making regretful decisions on such an expensive product!
- Peace & Justice
Salvaged scraps from fallen Jedi temples & crashed starships in these Republic-era designs honor the galaxy’s former guardians.
- Power & Control
Originally forged by dark side warriors, this style features rumored remnants from the Sith homeworld & abandoned temples.
- Elemental Nature
This theme embodies the Force—an energy created by all living things, like Brylark trees, Cartusion whale bones & Rancor teeth.
- Protection & Defense
Hilt materials bear mysterious motifs & inscriptions that reconnect users with the ancient wellspring of the Force.
You can read more about building lightsabers here.
There was definitely a lot of pressure trying to build it too because of the time crunch.
Jeremiah was going to choose Elemental Nature as his hilt theme, but decided to go with Peace & Justice instead.
Jeremiah was the one who built a lightsaber, but it definitely was a cool experience to see everyone light up their sabers at once. He had been wanting to do this ever since news dropped about the experience.
Running into Stormtroopers & Kylo Ren
We saw Kylo Ren! …who was very rude! (*whispers* they’re just in character)
Black Spire Outpost Shops
We also checked out the shops to find some pins to bring home 🤓 They put in so much effort to make the land feel like you’re actually walking on a movie set. It felt very unlike Disneyland. Another thing to note is that to keep up the immersive feeling in the land itself, none of the souvenirs carried in SWGE have the “Star Wars” brand on them.
We wandered the rest of the park & checked out some souvenir carts.
Mickey & Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade
I thought that with news of the low crowds in July & the end of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, the new Mickey & Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade would serve as some fun entertainment on its limited run. It’s no longer there anymore, but it was a definite skip! It lasted less than 10 minutes & was really not worth waiting around for.
Walt Disney Statue & Castle Photos
Of course, we had to take some time to take photos of the Walt Disney Statue & castle (the same thing we do all the time 😅)
The weather wasn’t so bad, but it was hot enough to grab some dole whip. Our all time fave 🍦 I want this dole whip at my wedding 😂
We made our way back to SWGE to try some of their food. The Ronto Rap & Meiloorun Juice were good!
More Photo Ops with the Millennium Falcon
Building a Droid at Drop Depot
Right after some grub at Ronto Roasters, we went back to Droid Depot to build a droid! Since Jeremiah made a lightsaber this time, I got the chance to make a droid. For our next visit, we plan to do the opposite, so that we both get to enjoy the experiences.
You have to pay before building your droid. Right before paying, they have a wall of the different colors & pieces you can mix & match your droid with.
All kinds of pieces you can build your droid with are on a conveyor belt.
Once you pay, they give you a tray to place your pieces in. Depending on which droid you plan to make, there are directions on the bottom of your tray to guide you with what pieces you need to choose.
I ended up making a monochrome droid 🤷🏽♀️
They also have instructions on the wall above the conveyor belt to help guide you on what pieces are needed for each model (BB or R2 unit).
After choosing my pieces, a cast member is on standby to help guide guests to the next available work station. Once you finish putting your droid together, they help activate it for you.
Once the droid has been activated, they box up the droid that comes with a remote control.
They also sell personality chips separately that you can insert in your droid. They enable your droid react to different parts of Galaxy’s Edge. For example, if you insert a Resistance personality chip in your droid, it will react differently or freak out in the First Order part of Galaxy’s Edge. It kind of reminds me of the activated wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but with better technology.
For more information about building a droid at Droid Depot, click here.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
In the Den of Antiquities, it’s another merchandise shop, however, some of the merchandise in here costs a hefty price! Some items are over $300. Also, this shop is extremely small, so there’s isn’t much room for movement.
Waiting Around Before Oga’s Cantina
While Jeremiah went to go put some items away in our locker, I stayed in SWGE. Disney did a fantastic job at getting all of the little details of the Millennium Falcon. You can tell they really wanted to impress the fans.
Jeremiah & I had high hopes for Oga’s Cantina. It’s the first time Disneyland was selling alcohol in the park (besides Club 33). You cannot enter without a reservation & you must arrive earlier than your reservation time to start lining up in the queue.
Once inside, it genuinely did feel like we were part of a Star Wars movie.
We got the Jedi Mind Trick (left) & Fuzzy Tauntaun (right). The Jedi Mind Trick was pretty good, but I can’t say the same for the Fuzzy Tauntaun.
Overall, I think the biggest cons are the lack of appetizers/food selection & seating, which seem to be the common complaints among the other Disney fan pages I follow. I understand the seating because they really want to make it feel like an actual “bar” for guests, but I hope that in the future they add more appetizers.
Waiting for the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Right before Smuggler’s Run, we took one last look at the beauty of the land before the sun went down.
Boarding the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Once you start waiting in line, you get a better look at the details of the ship.
They also have all these items & droids laying around in the queue to give guests the feel of actually being in a Star Wars docking bay.
Right before you enter the ride, a cast member assigns you your position in the ship. Jeremiah & I both got engineers. I was so worried about getting the pilot because I didn’t think I could handle that kind of pressure 😂
I didn’t actually get a great chance at looking at the visuals of the ride, as I was so focused on my role to push buttons. But if you’re someone who gets motion sickness or dizzy easily, this ride is most likely not for you 😞
After Smuggler’s Run, Jeremiah wanted a photo of his lightsaber lit up with the Millennium Falcon right behind him. We may have looked silly, along with the other guests whipping out their lightsabers & posing with them, but it was so cool!