Galaxy’s Edge: Disneyland’s newest land – What you need to know for your first time!

Disneyland opened a new land in May 2019. We went with low expectations, and WOW, this place blew us away! You really do feel like you are in Batuu (the planet located on Galaxy’s Edge). The cast members look and act the part with sayings like “Bright Suns”.

First up, get in line to take a photo in front of the Millenium Falcon. Ask the Photopass photographer to take a photo on your phone. They keep this place clear of people, so you can get a really clear shot!

There are SO many photo opportunities. They really outdid themselves with the details. The whole land is 14 acres, and it really does feel large!

The Marketplace is AWESOME! I loved walking through. Felt like I was in Batuu! Lots of shops to get souvenirs. You can make reservations at the Droid Depot (click here). The droid is a $100 souvenir. We haven’t done it yet, but it looks really neat! They also have a a light saber experience where you can build your own! That runs you $200…definitely a splurge. Click here for reservations.

They have a few food options in Galaxy’s Edge. I opted to try the Blue Milk from the milk stand. It is $7.99 and the cup is not very big. It was pretty good however! My 1.5 year old loved it. Next time I would love to try Oga’s Cantina. You can make reservations 60 days out. Click here for info.

There is currently one ride in the new Star Wars Land. It is the Millenium Falcon. It is awesome! There is currently no FastPass option for this. You must be 35 inches to ride. If you have little ones, be sure and get a rider switch so the party that is waiting, can wait in a much shorter line!

My husband took the 6 and 5 year old and my 5 year old loved it! My 6 year old didn’t want to ride it again right away. Since I had a rider switch, I am able to ride and wait in a very short line and take two people with me. He could have ridden it again with us, but he didn’t want to. The two of them were pilots, so I think that made him nervous. If you have a child that might get nervous, ask to be a gunner or engineer. When I rode my first time I was a pilot and it was tricky! The second time I was a gunner. Any position is a lot of fun! He rode it again the next day with me as an engineer and loved it! He wanted to go again.

There will be a second ride opening in January 2020. Can’t wait!

If it is your first time visiting Galaxy’s edge (and you’re going there on a budget) here are my suggestions!

  1. Ride the Millenium Falcon! And maybe go for a second time too.
  2. Try the blue milk or green milk. One of the cheapest menu items and fun to try!
  3. Walk through the marketplace and take it all in!
  4. Take lots of pictures! So many cool backdrops.
  5. Bring your own lunch and eat inside Ronto Roasters. Fun atmosphere and lots of tables.

Rider Switch Pass: How It Works!

Going to the Parks with little ones and still want to do the “big kid” rides? We got you covered!

So what do you do when you go to the park with little ones and want to go on a “big kid” ride? You use the rider switch pass! Here’s how it works:

With Rider Switch, one adult (14 years or older) can wait with little ones while the rest of the party goes the ride. Then, they simply switch roles to allow the adult to experience the ride without waiting in the regular line again (this can sometimes be the fast pass line or sometimes a completely different line.)

To Use Rider Switch:

  1. First, with your whole group, go to the cast member at the front of the ride and ask for a rider switch pass. The cast member will give you the rider switch pass, hold on to that paper! Part of the group goes on the ride while the other part waits with the little ones that cannot go on the ride.
  2. Once the first group is done riding the ride the person waiting with the little ones can now go on the ride and take two additional people on the ride with them. They go to the cast member and show them the rider switch pass and the cast member will direct you what line to go to.

Another awesome thing to note about the rider switch pass is that there is no return time, so if you need to catch another fast pass or grab a bite to eat, you can come back with the rider switch pass later!

**Also some rides give a paper pass, while others will upload the pass to the ticket on your phone!**

Rides that have rider switch:

⭐️ Autotopia
⭐️Thunder Mountian
⭐️Gadgets Go Coaster
⭐️Goofy’s Sky School
⭐️Grizzly River Run
⭐️Gaurdians of the Galaxy
⭐️Space Moutnain
⭐️Indiana Jones
⭐️Jumpin Jellyfish
⭐️Millennium Falcon
⭐️Radiator Springs Racers
⭐️Silly Symphony Swings
⭐️Soarin Around the World
⭐️Splash Mountain
⭐️Star Tours

Which Ticket Should You Get?

When it comes to buying your tickets for Disneyland it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the different options! We often get asked which pass do we usually get? Park hopper or no? 1 or 2 days? We have found that the best deal and way to spend your time at the park is to do 2 days 1 park per day instead of doing a park hopper. Now we know not everyone can do two days, so if you do only have one day then we would recommend a 1 day park hopper. But with having kids in tow it is nice to 1. not feel rushed at the parks and 2. not have to walk back and forth between parks (that is a lot of walking!)

As of today (September 11, 2019) this is the price breakdown of tickets:

2 days 1 park per day (adult): $225

2 day park hopper (adult): $280

Right there that is a $55 savings, think of how many churro’s that could buy! So overall, we don’t think a park hopper is necessary, save those legs and do a 1 park per day pass!

What to Bring to the Parks

It’s hard to know exactly what to bring to the parks. You don’t want to over pack but you also don’s want to under pack. So we have put together this list of some essentials that you do not want to forget (and some will save you $).

  • Bring your own food – this is a big one and a big money saver! We make sure to bring lots of snacks and bring lunch into the park. We eat breakfast at the hotel and enjoy buying dinner at the park. Meals can be pricey in the park so we like to save where we can. For the kiddos it can be as easy as a lunchable!
  • Double stroller – we could not do Disney without a double stroller! Even if you have kids out of the “stroller age” it is still a necessity because there is so much walking done at the parks and we don’t want whiny kids! When we go we like to get our monies worth and will open the park and close the park (sometimes a 16 hour day!). It is also so nice to have a place to store all of your stuff (lunches, diaper bag, snacks, etc.)unnamed (1)
  • Rain poncho – some people just don’t like to get wet! Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run are known to get you wet. We like to either buy ponchos at the dollar store, or even better make our own with a large trash bags and cut holes! Easy peasy.unnamed
  • Sharpie – we like to use a sharpie to write our phone number on our kids arms in case they were to get lost!
  • Sunscreen – make sure to bring this, it is expensive in the parks!
  • Your own water bottle – bottled water costs an arm and a leg at the parks so make sure to bring your own bottle! There are drinking fountains at every bathroom to refill!
  •  Backpack or fanny pack – this is where you keep your valuables (wallet, phone, etc.) you do not want to leave in the stroller when going in line for rides. Lately we have been loving the fanny pack! It is also nice to have a few snacks in line.IMG_9924
  • Glow sticks –  we are all about stopping at the dollar store and stocking up on fun things instead of having to spend tons of money on silly souvenirs in the park.IMG-3412
  • Autograph books – bring your own autograph book! We have seen fun Disney note pads at the dollar store or we love this Disney Encyclopedia (as of today 9/17/19 it is only $8). It’s a fun book with most of the Disney characters and we love to have the charter sign by their picture!IMG_9901