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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Virtual Queue Boarding Pass System

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s we also were introduced to the Virtual Queue Boarding Pass system. This was used most recently in Disneyland for the initial opening of Galaxy’s Edge, here is a look into how it works.

The boarding passes will only be available as the park starts to fill up so you will want to check your My Disney Experience App after entering Hollywood Studios and while headed towards Galaxy’s Edge.

If there is still room available for guests to enter the land, your app will look like this:

Your MDE App will note that the land is OPEN and that Boarding Groups are not required.

If Boarding Groups are required, the “Join Boarding Group” button turns red and you simply click it to join a Boarding Group for your party. The App will tell you which Boarding Group is currently “boarding”, so make sure you have downloaded the most recent version of the My Disney Experience App and have turned on your Push Notifications.

While you are waiting for your turn to enter, you can enjoy the rest of Hollywood Studios.  

Just a reminder, you will need reservations for Savi’s Workshop to build a lightsaber, Droid Depot to build a droid or for Oga’s Cantina. If you have a reservation for one of these locations, you SHOULD be able to enter Galaxy’s Edge at least 15 minutes before your reservation time, a Cast Member should be able to answer any questions regarding that while you are there.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Now Open at Walt Disney World!

Photo courtesy of The Kingdom Insider

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this morning and the crowds were not disappointed. By 4am people were already lining up for this much anticipated opening, to be transported to the remote planet of Batuu and to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this planet. To get to Batuu, your boarding group will enter this 14 acre land in Hollywood Studios on Grand Ave near Muppet*Vision 3D. Once you step onto Batuu, guests can enjoy galactic food and drinks, build your own lightsaber or droid and so much more!

Here are just a few things to experience while on Batuu: soar the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run by stepping into the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit and taking control as the pilot, gunners or flight engineer while on a mission to deliver smuggled good. Stop and enjoy a cocktail at Oga’s Cantina or grab some food in Docking Bay 7. You can also grab a quick snack at Kat Saka’s Kettle or try the popular plant based Blue Milk or Green Milk at the Milk Stand. Don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs of Batuu at the Black Spire Outpost, which is a bustling marketplace full of vendors showcasing their wares from across the galaxy. While there, you can build your own Lightsaber or customize a droid. As you are walking around exploring Batuu, be on the lookout for Chewie, Rey, Kylo Ren, Stormtroops and the Resistance Spy Vi Moradi.

If you are headed to Hollywood Studios, be sure to check out your My Disney Experience App and join a Boarding Group. This virtual queue will give your party a time to check back in and enter Batuu. Also, guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel can enjoy Extra, Extra Magic Hours from September 1, 2019 – November 2, 2019 when Hollywood Studios opens just for you from 6am – 9am!

In addition to all of that, on December 5, 2019, Rise of the Resistance will open in Hollywood Studios. This ride will will take you on a mission where your transport is captured by a First Order Star Destroyer, with Kylo Ren aboard. The Resistance fighters will aid you in your escape on this new and exciting multi-platform attraction.

I would love to help plan your vacation to check out Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as well as everything else a Walt Disney World Resort vacation has to offer! For as little as a $200 deposit, you could surprise your family with an out of this world vacation that doesn’t have to be paid in full until 30 days prior to traveling. My services are FREE to my clients, contact me today for a free, no obligation quote and don’t forget to follow me on FaceBook @KristieRyan.travel to stay up to date on Disney Travel offers!

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New Extra, Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks Includes Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open Aug. 29, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. At 14 acres, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever, transporting guests to live their own Star Wars adventures in Black Spire Outpost, a village on the remote planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. (Disney Parks)

Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels have the opportunity to enjoy select attractions in at least one of our four theme parks, before or after regular operating hours, as part of the Extra Magic Hours benefit. It has been announced that guests staying at these hotels this fall will have more opportunities to take advantage of this Extra Magic Hours benefit with Extra, Extra Magic Hours at our theme parks!

The Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit will include expanded daily offerings at three of the theme parks, which includes more time to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios, as well as other experiences at Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom theme parks. Here’s the details: 

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Daily from Sept. 1-Nov. 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours from 6-9 a.m., including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus Toy Story Land attractions and select other attractions. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences subject to capacity. (Please note that on Aug. 29-31, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6 a.m. for all Guests. There will not be Extra, Extra Magic Hours on those days.) 
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park — Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2, from 7-8 a.m., featuring Pandora – The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park (same as today’s morning Extra Magic Hours offerings).
  • Magic Kingdom Park —Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2, from 7-8 a.m., featuring favorite attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (same as today’s morning Extra Magic Hours offerings).

Extra Magic Hours will also continue to be available on select days at Epcot.

If you are visiting this fall, please note that the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World Resort requires a valid theme park admission and hotel ID.  Guests without the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option must spend the day at the same park where they’d like to enjoy the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit. Also, not all Walt Disney World attractions are available with the Extra Magic Hours benefit. Park hours and available attractions are subject to change without notice. *Applicable theme park, days and times of operation, attraction and service availability may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to capacity and cancellation. 

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Celebrating 30 years of Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

May 1st kicked off the 30th Anniversary celebration of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and there is much to celebrate. The day started with a star studded parade led by Mickey & Minnie who were joined by many of their friends and ended with the debut of the new projection show on the iconic Chinese Theater, “Wonderful World of Animation”. A newly designed logo was also revealed which includes BB-8, Woody and Mickey. There will be plenty of 30th anniversary merchandise available to commemorate this milestone such as shirts, hats, Tervis tumblers, ornaments and more.

Artist renderings of the new Hollywood Studios logo, decor in Roundup Rodeo BBQ and scenes from Wonderful World of Animation projection show.

There is much to be excited for the upcoming year because there are many new things coming to Hollywood Studios. A new table service restaurant will be opening in Toy Story Land called “Roundup Rodeo BBQ” where you will be surrounded with toys, games and play sets. Also coming to Toy Story Land will be a new pop up merchandise location at the end of “Toy Story Mania!” that will celebrate the June debut of Toy Story 4 and will include a variety of products from the film. Opening August 29th will be “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” which is a 14 acre immersive land that will allow guests to live out their own Star Wars adventure. One more exciting opening to come will be “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway” which opens in Spring of 2020. This ride will be the first ride through attraction in Disney Parks history to feature Mickey & Minnie.

There is so much to enjoy at the Disney Parks this year. Contact me for a free, no obligation quote for Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland® Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Florida.

Concept Art for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

This is incredible news as the projected opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was not expected to be until late Fall however it was just announced to be debuting early because of high guest interest in experiencing this new, immersive land.  It is expected to open in phases so on opening day for phase one, guests will be able to live their own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Guests will also be able to sample galactic food and beverages as well as explore merchant shops and more.

Phase two will open later this year, with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which is expected to the one of the most immersive and advanced attractions ever imagined and will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance as well as blur the lines between fantasy and reality. 

A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. A valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after its opening on August 29, 2019. Capacity will be limited and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open during Extra Magic Hours. During Extra Magic Hours Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can spend extra time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios enjoying select attractions.

Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. Information on how to make a reservation will be released soon. Guests staying at one of the three DisneylandResort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.

More details are expected to be released soon so please be sure to follow my blog so you are notified of the latest news and updates!

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