The 3 Hottest Reservations at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) and How to Get Them

Who Will Get to Experience it First?

It’s no secret that my hubby and I have been looking forward to getting to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Our messages, emails, and jabs over dinner have gone back and forth over who will get to experience it first.

Hubby has a conference in Orlando in November, so I thought I would check it out while he was in classes. Apparently, he wasn’t a big fan of that idea and gave me a hard time. He felt we should experience it together.

I recently was scheduled for a conference in September on property at Walt Disney World at Disney’s Coronado Springs. Hubby seems to have no changed his views. It is perfectly okay for him to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge while I am in class.

But, ultimately, my flight gets in about 12 hours before his. Will I sneak over and see it while he’s sitting in an airport awaiting his flight? Or will he hop a shuttle and go directly there while I am in class Friday morning?

What Are the 3 Galactic Experiences

If you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World…and more specifically Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…you can now make your reservations for some awesome galactic experiences.

Guests at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be able to build a droid at Black Spire Outpost’s industrial depot, hang out for some drinks and small bites at Oga’s Cantina, or customize their own lightsaber. You can feel like you’re part of the Star Wars action.

At Savi’s Workshop You Can Customize Your Own Lightsaber

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If you are a Jedi (or a Jedi wannabe), you may already know that constructing a lightsaber is a rite of passage. A lightsaber is in tune with the one who creates and wields it using the Force. Inside of Savi’s Workshop, you can feel the presence of the Force as you create your own lightsaber. You can customize it with accessories, kyber crystals, and hilts.

There will be a limited availability for walk-ups at Savi’s Workshop, so reservations are highly recommended. A deposit of $199 will be required for each reservation. Cancellations can be made up to the day before with no penalty. However, if you are no-show to the experience, you will be charged the full price for the lightsaber. You are allowed to bring along fellow Jedi to observe your experience.

At the Droid Depot You Can Build Your Own Droid

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If you’ve seen any of the Star Wars movies, you probably know by now that droids are very loyal companions. Now you the opportunity to build and customize your own galactic robot and sidekick at the Droid Depot. You get to pick pieces and parts off of a conveyor belt and construct one of two models (either the R-series or BB-series). When your droid has been completed and powered up, they will interact with elements within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

As with Savi’s Workshop, reservations are highly recommended as there will be very limited walk-up availability. Again, cancellations can be made up to one day before with no penalty. No-shows can expect to be charged the full price of the experience. You can bring along one person to watch you build your droid. But who are you kidding, aren’t they gonna want to build a droid of their own?

Enjoy Some Out-of-This World Drinks and Bites with Your Besties at Oga’s Cantina

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So who likes to hang out at Oga’s Cantina? All of your favorite bounty hunters, smugglers, and weary travelers–that’s who. At Oga’s Cantina, there is no age limit as to who can come and partake of these out-of-the-world refreshments. Oga’s Cantina is now part of the 180-day reservation process currently in place for all experiences and restaurants requiring reservations. You know the drill if you’ve been reading this article, there will be very limited walk-up availability, so getting your reservation is highly recommended. Like all the other experiences, cancellations will be able to be made up until the day before without any penalty. All no-shows will be charged.

Reservations Can Be Made By…

So how do you make reservations for any (or all) of the above experiences in Galaxy’s Edge? Reservations are now available to be made through the My Disney Experience app or on Reservations are able to be made for up to 180 days out.

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Disney's Aulani Resort Awarded Best Family Hotel in the U.S.

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Congratulations to Disney’s Aulani Resort! U.S. News & World Report ranked Disney’s Aulani Resort number one on their 2020 list of Best Family Hotels in the U.S. That’s quite the distinction when you take into consideration the many choices that families have when traveling all over the United States.

Hotels were graded on things such as guest reviews, hotel amenities, hotel class ratings, and reputation among travel advisors. Since its opening, Aulani has been recognized for its fabulous service and endearing and authentic experiences.

If you choose to stay at Aulani, you can create an experience that is unique to what your group wants to experience–whether it be a romantic getaway for 2 or a multi-generational gathering for 30. Aulani Resort cast members go out of their way to make sure that you feel that you are part of the Aulani ‘ohana. It’s a fantastic destination to create memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

As a College of Disney Knowledge graduate, I would happy to be help your group plan a getaway to Disney’s Aulani–one which is geared toward the specific needs of your group. I continue to watch for new promotions and apply them even after your group has booked to ensure you get the best deal.

Please use the contact button at the top of the page to let me know how I can help you plan your vacation to the number one ranked Best Family Hotel in the U.S., Disney’s Aulani Resort.

You can find more information on Disney’s Aulani Resort here.

Celebrate Friendship at Disneyland After Dark: Pixar Nite

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One of the things I love about Pixar movies is that they all seem to center on the theme of friendship. It may be the friendship between Woody and Buzz Lightyear and all of their pals as they put their friendship first to help each other out of difficult situations. Or maybe it’s the journey of the budding friendship between Carl Fredricksen and Russell as they embark on a bucket list adventure that was originally meant to be enjoyed by Carl and his wife Ellie. Or maybe it’s the new friendships that come alive as the new racing sensation Lightning McQueen must serve some community service time in Radiator Springs These characters and their friendships are timeless and relatable.

Disneyland After Dark has set aside an evening to celebrate these friendships with a new event simply titled “Disneyland After Dark: Pixar Nite.” As of the time of this writing, there are still tickets left for you to go celebrate this special celebration of friendship.

Disneyland After Dark: Pixar Nite will be held on March 5, 2020 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Disney California Adventure park. This is an after-hours event that is a celebration of some of our favorite characters and stories from Pixar Animation Studios and will include collectible merchandise, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, special food, unique entertainment, and more.

Access to Attractions After Hours

One of the benefits I enjoy about the Disneyland: After Hours events is that you get access to popular attractions in the parks…in this case, at Disney California Adventure park. Wait times are generally much shorter than during the day. In addition, although the event doesn’t begin until 9 p.m., you can get in the park as early as 5 p.m.

Pixar Character Meet and Greets

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If you have been wanting to meet your favorite Pixar character in real life, this could be your opportunity. Disney has announced that you’ll be able to say “Hi” to characters such as: Buzz Lightyear and Woody from “Toy Story,” Merida from “Brave,” Miguel from “Coco,” Flik from “A Bug’s Life” and more!

Pixar Dance Parties

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Two unique dance parties have been announced for this special evening. The first party can be found in Hollywood Land where you can dance the night away during a record-breaking Scare Day with our buddies Mike and Sulley from “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University.

If a retro-cool vibe is more your thing, you can head on over to Paradise Gardens over by Pixar Pier and show off your dance moves at the Incredibles Party Zone.

Pixar-Inspired Limited-Time Food

What would a Disney special event be without limited-time food. In this case, the goodies are all inspired by Pixar movies.

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These Pixar-inspired goodies are all approved by Chef Remy himself of “Ratatouille” fame. Some of the specialties you can find at this event are items like a Blueberry and Vanilla Shake and a Chocolate and Coffee-flavored sponge cake. If you have a craving for something a little more savory, you can try the Corn Dog Barbecued Pork Belly with Barbecue Sauce and Pineapple.

Pixar Photo Opportunities

There will be some one-of-a-kind Pixar photo opportunities. You will be able to find backdrops for special photos from not just your favorite Pixar movies but also from some of the Pixar shorts such as “For the Birds” and Geri’s Game.” And…these photos will come with unlimited digital downloads of any pictures taken by a Disney PhotoPass photographer during the event. If you’ve ever had to pay for Disney PhotoPass, you’ll understand what a nice savings this is.

A Pixar “Super Looks” Fashion Walk

Edna Mode, the famous designer to the Incredibles (and other superheroes) will be on hand to judge a fashion walk. Everyone who attends is invited to show off their favorite Pixar attire. The Disney events are so much fun when you can come all dressed up.

Is That Me or Edna Mode?

Believe it or not, as of this writing, there are still tickets available for the Disneyland After Dark: Pixar Nite on March 5, 2020. If you want more information, please contact me using the “Contact” button at the top.

More Mobile Ordering Locations Available at Walt Disney World Resort

Mobile ordering service is available at over 35 locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort at Disney resort hotels, Disney Springs shopping and entertainment district, as well as the Walt Disney World theme parks.

This service is available using the My Disney Experience app. You can order ahead from where you happen to be and pick up your drinks and food at the time that works best for you. If you have purchased a Disney dining plan, you can redeem your snack and meal credits using the mobile ordering app. So go ahead and order that DOLE Whip if you’re at the Magic Kingdom–or some Blue Milk while exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

During the past couple of months, mobile ordering has been added to some additional Disney Resort hotel locations including: The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Capt. Cooks at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and the Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside. In all, the mobile ordering service is available in 14 of the Disney resort hotels. Whether you want a hearty breakfast before heading out to spend the day in the theme parks or you want to enjoy a light dessert after a fun-filled day, you’ve got new options to make the most of your time.

So spend more time relaxing and enjoying time with your family and friends and less time waiting in lines and use the mobile ordering app during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ Dessert Party is Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the 2019 Holiday Season

The elves from Disney’s animated holiday special Prep & Landing are returning this holiday season for a popular nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is festive and more than just fireworks–it includes projections, lights, and lasers, too. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will be happening every night from November 8, 2019, through January 5, 2020. In addition, you will find holiday decorations and special offerings during the season.

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With this fun and popular show returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we see that the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party is also returning. If you’re headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season and looking for a fun and delicious way to end your day, this festive experience is the perfect way to go.

You can head on over to the Echo Lake area and enjoy some decadent desserts, holiday-themed snacks, and an assortment of beverages including non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Some of the items you’ll find on the menu this year include caramel apple verrine, roasted onion dip with kettle chips, warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, winter-spiced trail mix, Yule log, and more. You can also find festive holiday cookies and assorted beverages such as a gingerbread martini and hot chocolate. As a special experience during the festivities, Chip and Dale will be around for some fun character greetings and interactions!

As the time for the show gets close, you will be escorted to a reserved viewing area where you can enjoy Wonderful World of Animation. Wonderful World of Animation is a beautiful projection show that will take you on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation. The Wonderful World of Animation will be followed by “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” – a show jam-packed with dazzling state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, holiday music, and special effects.

Reservations have now opened for the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party for shows starting on November 18, 2019. This show is scheduled to occur nightly from November 8, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The party will begin approximately 1.5 hours before the night’s showtime. The party times are subject to change without notice and will vary throughout the season.

You can find out more information and make reservations online at the Walt Disney World Resort website, by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), or by contacting your travel agent.

The Disney Skyliner Transportation System is Now Open at the Walt Disney World Resort

We are so excited to hear that the Disney Skyliner transportation system has officially opened. The new magic in the skies can be found at the Walt Disney World Resort. The official dedication was held September 29, 2019, at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The dedication was hosted by Disney executives as well as selected cast members. The new transportation system will be complimentary.

The day’s festivities honored the “most magical flight on Earth” and featured fireworks, Disney characters, and more. Take a look at the video released by Disney to see the fun.

The Disney Skyliner will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four Disney resort hotels–Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort (scheduled to open mid-December 2019). The system will fly guests through the air aboard approximately 300 gondolas–many of which are wrapped in beloved Disney characters, fan-favorite movies, theme park attractions, and more.

While you ride in the Disney Skyliner, you will be treated to fantastic views of the Walt Disney World Resort as never seen before. You will float along the treetops and waterways and be provided with a bird’s-eye view of famous Walt Disney World Theme Park icons such as Epcot’s Space Ship Earth and Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Hollywood Tower Hotel.

If you are interested in more information about booking a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, please use the Contact Us button at the top of the page.

6 New Spooktacular Experiences at the Oogie Boogie Bash–A Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure

Fall is almost here, and the Disneyland Resort is getting ready to celebrate the Halloween season! This year brings a brand-new, separate ticket: Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure park. You’ll be in for some spooktacular fun. Age is irrelevant as there is something for everyone at this new party starting September 17, 2019, and available for 20 select nights in 2019.

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The menacing Oogie Boogie has cast a spell and summoned the Disney villains so they can scare up some spooky surprises. Tricks AND treats will be in Oogie Boogie’s bag. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the new experiences that will be available to party guests (and ghouls) this year.

1. DescenDANCE Party

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At the Backlot area of Hollywood Land, you will be able to find a interactive dance party. This party is inspired by the “Descendants” franchise that can be seen exclusively on the Disney Channel. A dance crew from the Isle of the Lost is summoned when a spell is cast and everyone is lead in dance moves from all three of the “Descendants” movies. Watch out for magic mirrors! You just might find the the original “Villain Kids” crashing through them. Throughout the evening, the Backlot DJ will continue to play tunes and invite everyone to step on the dance floor.

2. Frightfully Fun Parade

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The “Frightfully Fun Parade” will be migrating across the way from Disneyland Park this year. As usual, you can spot the Headless Horsemen of Sleepy Holly kicking off the parade with his flickering lantern. Following the Headless Horseman will be a parade of Disney characters and those mischievous villains. Watch out — they want to get some trouble started!

3. Immersive Treat Trails

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One of the things I enjoy the most about the Disney Halloween parties is the fact that everyone can go trick-or-treating…whether you’re a 1-year-old or a 101-year old! There will be all-new treat trails throughout the park that you can visit with your family. As you go trick-or-treating keep your eyes out for such iconic characters rarely see in the parks like Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”…or maybe even Oogie Boogie himself. There will be additional treat trails scattered around the park which will have oversized cauldrons filled to the rim with treats for everyone to enjoy.

4. Mickey’s Trick & Treat

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This all-new stage show will have you join Mickey Mouse and his friends as they throw a one-of-a-kind Halloween party! This show is especially great for little monsters as they can dance and enjoy not-so-frightening tales and eat candy at the Disney Theater in Hollywood Land.

5. Villains Grove

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If you could look inside the minds of your favorite Disney villains and walk through the images in hidden there, Villains Grove is the place for you. This experience will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. As you walk through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, it is transformed into Villains Grove: an interactive, dreamlike environment that has been inspired by the villains and is for all ages to wander through. You will encounter a series of scenes along with an accompanying not-so-scary symphony of of light, sounds, and shadows that you can explore on your own…or better yet explore as a group!

6. Villainous!

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This brand-new show takes over “World of Color” as you watch this story of a young girl named “Shelley Marie” (a nod to author Mary Shelley). This show can only be viewed during the Oogie Boogie Bash. Shelley Marie will encounter Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Maleficent, Ursula and more villains! The shows special effects will create an amazing encounter including fountains, lasers, lights, and projections. Villainous! is sure to bring out the villain in all of us.

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One of my favorite things about the Disney Halloween parties is that you get to come dressed for Halloween. There will be plenty of opportunities to mingle and take pictures with Disney characters–and villains!

Please feel free to use our Contact Us page if you are interested in booking a trip to the Disneyland Resort this fall and checking out the Oogie Boogie Bash…or just if you have any questions. We offer free, no-obligation quotes and are happy to answer questions whether or not you choose to book with us.

What I’m most looking forward to is the Villains Grove, parade…and trick-or-treat trails…I can’t wait to go trick-or-treating as an adult! What are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment and let us know: