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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 Disneyworld.com. Reservations are able to be made for up to 180 days out.

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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.

Additional Information:

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:

Coming to Disney Springs: Beatrix

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Disney has announced that a new restaurant, Beatrix, will be coming to Disney Springs. Beatrix will be opening their first restaurant in Florida at Disney Springs West Side. Beatrix is owned and operated by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (a Chicago-based restaurant group).

Beatrix is a neighborhood restaurant, a coffeehouse, and a grab-and-go market that features healthy food options that includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian offerings. You will also find fresh-squeezed juice cocktails. The restaurant will have a bakery along with a full-service bar that includes a selection of all-American beer and wine. Marc Jacobs, Executive Partner and Divisional President says: “Beatrix represents the way people are eating today – it’s that mix of health and comfort. Whether grabbing a cup of coffee and your favorite pastry, or having a cocktail, lunch, or dinner with friends, it’s your neighborhood meeting place.”

We’ll be keeping an eye out for more updates on Beatrix – as well as other anticipated eatery openings of City Works Eatery and Pour House and Ample Hills Creamery – both slated to open at Disney Springs.

A New “World of Color” Show, “Villainous!”, Will Be Making Its Debut During the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure Park’s Halloween Party

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Disney released the first photos of their new “World of Color” show – “Villainous!” This will be part of the all-new Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party that will be debuting September 17, 2019, for 20 select nights of parties. This is a separate-ticket event. I’ve got my ticket already and am looking forward to spending the evening with my sisters on an all-sisters trip in October.

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Oogie Boogie (who can be found in “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”) will tell a Halloween tale about a young girl (a newly created character by Disney animator Eric Goldberg) named Shelly Marie. Hmm…a possible play on an name?

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In “Villainous!,” Shelly has to make a decision about her Halloween costume for this year and finds herself wondering if she could really be as strong and unique as some of her favorite Disney villains. Okay, I might relate a little. I struggled to decide who I was going to be for Halloween this year, but I decided on Edna Mode (not exactly a Disney villain, but she’s got a lot of attitude).

The tale that unwinds will take Shelley on an unforgettable journey through encounters with Dr. Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Malificent, The Queen, Ursula, and others.

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Spectators like myself will be able to enjoy watching the villainous side of characters through lasers, lights, projections, as well as other special effects. “Villainous!” shows that deep down, maybe there’s a little villain in all of us.

Oogie Boogie Bash, will feature other experiences including:

  • Interactive “Descendants”-inspired dance party
  • Mysterious Disney villains walk-through experience
  • Stage show with Mickey Mouse

I can’t wait to experience this all-new Halloween party with my sisters. What a way to pay tribute to my mother who loved all things “Nightmare Before Christmas” and passed away last year after a short battle with cancer. She would have loved this event would have been one of the first in line to buy tickets if she were still here.

Take an Spin on the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Now Open at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park

Whether or not you’ve seen the Disney/Pixar film “Inside Out,” you can still enjoy this newly opened attraction at Disney’s Pixar Pier inside Disney California Adventure Park. This is attraction is both whimsical and family friendly.

Inspired by “Inside Out,” this attraction takes you on a sense-ational spin while riding one of eight Memory Movers. You can help Riley’s Emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear) sort through her memories that have been collected.

Emotional Whirlwind can be found at the Inside Out Headquarters neighborhood of Pixar Pier–which recently celebrated its one-year birthday! You can find the stories and characters of beloved Pixar films with attractions, themed neighborhoods, and fun places to eat.

Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland Resort for Limited Time This Summer

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If you’re headed to Disneyland Resort this summer, you have a limited-time opportunity to enjoy the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.” The parade has half a million sparking lights along with “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds”.

This limited-time parade will begin nightly beginning August 2, 2020 and will have performances through September 30, 2020.

Disneyland continues to be an excellent choice to visit this summer. You can explore the new adventures along Pixar Pier as well as enjoy fantastic entertainment including the new “Tales of the Lion King” located in Disney California Adventure park. You can also enjoy the newly refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle — and definitely not to be missed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge located in Disneyland Park.

Five Reasons We Loved Seeing 4th of July Fireworks by Cruise

My husband and I had been wanting to try the Argosy 4th of July Fireworks Cruise for several years. This is the first year where timing worked in our favor. Hubby had been closely watching the Argosy website and stalking their Facebook page waiting for the news that they were booking for this year.

Would we like it? Um…we absolutely loved it! Here are five of the reasons we enjoyed our evening excursion.

1. We Didn’t Have to Drive to Seattle

We decided to take the ship leaving out of Kirkland. It is closer to our house–and more importantly, the traffic to Kirkland is much better than that going into Seattle. I think it was about 20 minutes door-to-door from our house to Carillon Point where we met the Argosy ship. Seattle has some of the worst traffic in the nation. The fact we were able to enjoy the Seattle fireworks without having to drive there was a huge bonus for us.

Salish Explorer – Argosy Cruises – Boarding in Kirkland

2. We Got to Sit Back and Relax

Relaxing on the Ship as We Set Sail

Once on board the ship, we got to sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving. This was a 21+ only cruise, which meant there were no children on board. Although seating was a bit hectic when we first boarded, once we settled in, hubby went down and got us some sodas. We, literally, just got to sit back, relax, and enjoy the music that was being played by the DJ. There were three decks for passengers–decks one and two were indoors and had bars and the top deck was outside. We pretty much stayed on the third deck the entire time.

3. Gorgeous Views of Seattle

View of Seattle from Lake Union

The weather was comfortable–no rain, just gray skies with the sun trying to peek through. The itinerary had us leaving Kirkland and cruising across Lake Washington. We then went through the Montlake Cut and passed the University of Washington and took in some great scenery. Hubby did some reminiscing of his college days as we passed by the buildings of the UW. The views of Seattle and Lake Union were breathtaking.

4. Missing the Crowds at Gasworks Park

Gasworks Park Set Up for 4th of July Fireworks

We set anchor right by Gasworks Park. The crowds down at Gasworks Park were huge. We braved the crowds there once years ago…and once was definitely enough. I am not a big fan of crowds. Getting to experience the fireworks so closely without being in the hordes was fantastic.

5. Best Seats in the House for Fireworks

I don’t think you could have had a better view of the fireworks. Although there were other boats in the area, we were so high up that we didn’t have anything blocking our views. We were close enough that we could hear the music playing on the loudspeaker from the park. The video below gives you a better idea of the entire experience.

An added bonus to the evening was the boat ride back to Kirkland. Everything was calm and peaceful and beautifully lit up with fireworks on the shore and the lights of all the boats headed back in for the night.

This experience rated a 9 out of 10 for us. We’ll definitely do it again in the future. I think the only thing we we’ll do differently is bring more friends with us to enjoy the festivities.