Disneyworld’s Galaxys Edge Review!
Rise of the Resistance
Let’s start with the biggest feature attraction, the insanely high demand immersive Rise of the Resistance ride / experience. You quite seriously can’t just show up and get on this ride, so I’m outlining my experience below, along with tips I learned along the way to make sure you actually get to enjoy the ride.
- It was about 2 hours before the ride started up again.
- You can go do anything during this time. After an hour and a Star Tours, we straight up went to a different park.
- We received several assurances that we could come back any time during the day even if the boarding had moved past our group number.
- One cast member *strongly* recommended we come back at least 2 hours before park closing to make sure we got in line. This was very good advice.
- We entered the line six hours after shutdown, and at this point between regular group boarding and backups throughout the day the line was madness. Our wait was probably an hour and a half. At least.
- I asked a cast member, and anyone who was actively in the ride during malfunctions was given a (otherwise non existent) fast pass for reentry later in the day.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
- Looks like a proper Star Wars cantina, with a nice array of aliens, lore and detail surrounding the bar
- Robot DJ bumping Star Wars tunes
- Capacity is super limited and restrictive, meaning that once you get in, it’s really not that overcrowded at all.
- Lunch and dinner drink menus were available first thing, which meant we some steaming cold drinks with bubbling alien foods rising in the mix like lava lamps.
- You can get tipsy in a Star Wars bar!
- Food offerings are surprisingly limited. It’s *not* a restaurant. For breakfast there’s cinnamon rolls and cold oatmeal. It was… fine. Probably at best.
- Everything is 2 to 3 times more expensive than anywhere else in the galaxy. This is also known as “going to Disney World” so no one should be surprised.
- The drink reviews ranged from “not very good” to “too sweet” to “wait, $18?” My criteria was effectively “ooh spiked coffee and aliens!” so the standards were met.
Technically there’s a 45 minute, two drink max limit. This is both good and bad. Our party was not forcefully shuffled out though, even thought there was a good sized line waiting outside when we left after an hour or so.
A reservation does not ensure a seat. Our party of 9 was at a high top table (any more than 10 would have felt way too crowded). There were smaller parties in lounge seats, so presumably it’s first come first served.