Bright suns, everyone!
Back in August 2019 (yes, I am late to the game), I visited Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge for the first time. In that moment I was super excited that I had seen it before it had opened in Florida and I bragged about it for ages. In the middle of that bragging, I never made my post about it...whoops. Now that we are all in quarantine and I have nothing better to do, I am going to write my post!
So, first off let's talk about Smuggler's Run. At the time, it was the only attraction that was open in Galaxy's Edge with Rise of the Resistance opening in Disneyland in the December. I am the only one in the family who can go on simulator-style attractions without suffering from motion sickness so I knew that I would be going at it alone.
So there I am, off to the single rider queue. Both times that I did this ride, the normal standby queue was out of the exit to the land. I, as a single rider, waited no more than five minutes and at least three of those minutes was walking through the queue! Both times that I rode Smuggler's Run, I was given the Engineer position which seems to be common with the single riders.
The queue area itself is pretty impressive. Once you enter the falcon, it becomes even more impressive. Safe to say, I was geeking out!
I actually found the ride really awesome! I know a lot of people don't like the Engineer position because there isn't a lot to do. I quite enjoyed that aspect; I could pay attention to what was going on more and press the odd button on my control panel. I had a good view of the whole pod (we will call it a pod) and could see where everything kept having an impact. The only downside is when you have a bad pilot (which happened on my first go of the ride) and it isn't as fun then.
Did I spend $8 on a tiny bottle of Coke just because it looked like a thermal detonator? Yes. Do I actually have it displayed around the house? No. I also absolutely do not regret buying it. It's just a fancy looking Coke bottle, nothing majorly special about it. But I still love it and thought I looked mighty swanky walking around the parks just radiating "YES I WENT TO GALAXY'S EDGE".
I also bought the blue milk because, let's be honest, you can't go to Galaxy's Edge without buying at least one of the milks. I wasn't too sure what to expect because it very obviously isn't the normal cows milk I am used to drinking. It was a weird texture, like a velvety slushy and tasted quite tropical. I actually really liked it, despite most people saying they prefer the green one. One day I will get around to trying to green one and we can compare. Bring on 2021!
The shops are pretty awesome. I love that there are animatronics dotted around and not just limiting them to rides.
The general decor of the land is amazingly detailed. Every single thing is themed, from reimagined lettering, droids and roaming characters. I have heard that Disney World's land had a few different elements so look forward to seeing them.
I believe you can use the Disney Play app to use a decoder to figure out what all these means. Considering this is on the exit of Smugglers Run, I can only assume one of these says exit? Can someone decode it?
Seeing Chewie stomping around Galaxy's Edge was really cool. I never met him at Launch Bay over in Hollywood Studios but I am making it my mission to meet him now. I am proud of this photo. This was first thing in the morning, just after the extra hour we got with our tickets was up (annoyingly Galaxy's Edge wasn't open for the extra hour).
It was a little busy....
The land is definitely bigger than I thought it was and it's full of little places to explore. It is definitely an Instagram dream! Despite the fact several parts of it are super crowded, like in front of the Falcon, you can get some spots that are deserted.
One of my favourite places is the Marketplace. Each of the shops has a different theme where you can buy animals, clothes and other trinkets. I didn't come home with a Porg, but I wish I did. Next time!
This is just a selection of my favourite photos! I spent a surprising amount of time wandering around Galaxy's Edge, especially given at the time it was very busy and only had one attraction. I am the only Star Wars fan in my family, so whilst I was off geeking out and running around like no tomorrow, my family were happily looking around at things they had no idea about. They said it was a bit like Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, they didn't understand what it all meant but they really enjoyed it just for how immersive it was.
I loved the well known characters roaming, especially the Storm Troopers who are definitely not afraid to get in your face, as well as the characters developed especially for the land. I didn't get to eat at Ronto Roasters or Docking Bay 7, but when I go to Galaxy's Edge in Florida next year I will be sure to.