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Lesley Wake

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I suspect that whatever chip is in it interacts with signals implanted around the park. So if you're near the Millennium Falcon, it will know that. Likewise, it might know when you enter the cantina or get near ROTR. That's just my guess though.
And a photo someone on Twitter showed of the carrying case is a backpack. Which you can partially unzip so the droid can look out!
 
  • rteetz

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    WOW! What an incredible land. Easily on par with Pandora, but with a lot more. It's hard to take in all the scenery. Went on SR twice--once as Engineer and once as Gunner. We were too tired at the end to try for a third--wish I had thought to ask about the single rider line.

    The Land
    Seeing the Falcon in person is incredible. I was with my best friend from college (last century) and I asked him if he EVER thought we would see a full size Falcon and we both said not. The buildings and the layers of scenery are really fantastic. And you're just not in Disneyland any more. One of the first things we noticed was the layered soundscape. The transitions going into the land are great. It reminds me of the cinematic "curtains up" transition of the railroad tunnels into Town Square. The one peculiarity I found is that all the shops in the shop building between the center and right (East) entrance have entries on the West side. The back side faces the Cantina and First Order shop. That's the alley that leads directly to the Falcon (which is really cool). The TIE Fighter looks great and has a fun show moment.

    The Souk/marketplace is really fun, but the merch stalls are very small. Restrooms are among the best themed Disney has ever done. Liked the ones in the Souk, but the ones at the South end of the shops building had an unfortunate choice of theming with rust marks on the ceiling and walls. No matter what Walt might think of some of the distressed theming today, I don't think he would go for this. The forest has taller plants than I expected and you can barely even see the "crashed ship" cylinder that is the exit to RotR. And you can only faintly see a little of the white and blue of the Resistance transport that serves as the beginning of RotR, but the entrance and outdoor queue looks great. Can't wait to see the caverns. All the ships look really cool, too.

    The Ride
    We rode twice and loved it. The queue is great. It was very well themed and second to FoP only because of the undecanted Avatar. The Hondo animatronic looks awesome--love the animation. An alien face really lends itself to an AA figure. The CMs are clearly learning their roles and lack a lot of the smoothness we are used to in places like Mansion and Pirates--but that's what testing and previews are for. The transition from Hondo's port into the Falcon isn't as momentous as I expected. But you still recognize so much of the surroundings, even with some of the cheats that were necessary. Between our two trips we boarded through both the "real" cockpit path and the "extra" path, which was well-executed. It seemed plausible that we were going around the back way of the curving corridor to board the cockpit. The Hondo instructional video just before entering the cockpit that I had heard about didn't seem to be working and the door just before the final turn in the hallway to the cockpit was open and you could hear the CM shutting the previous group in. This is different than I had heard described by friends who rode in the last two weeks.

    It was interesting that at the beginning of the ride you feel yourself moving to the right or left (depending on which turntable you are on) and the visual of the spaceport matches the motion. The mission is pretty exciting--Hondo is narrating the whole thing, telling you what to do, keeping up a commentary. The projection is a little darker than I expected, but I really didn't notice the difference in resolution from Star Tours. I think the level of interactivity, while somewhat limited, does add to the experience. Each position gets points on its performance at the end (so, unlike Mission: Space, using the controls and pushing the buttons really does something). I look forward to riding it more and doing the pilots positions. I think there are trade-offs with Star Tours, but I enjoy them both and can ride either repeatedly. You definitely get off in a different position and because we banged up the ship there were sparks flashing in the hallway and comm chatter about how banged up it was. It's a long walk out, but the theming was great.

    Is it the same as flying a commercial airplane simulator (or the Space Shuttle)? No. It's a theme park ride. The amount of training you need to pilot a real simulator requires hundreds of hours of training and small plane qualification. But I still found the "hands-on" aspect of it very entertaining. It's hard the first time, trying to take in the visuals and do your job. On our first mission, we were the Engineers and I was fine with that. It's the least challenging and provided a good introduction and a fun experience. The second time we were Gunners and based on what I had heard before, we both chose automatic instead of manual. This meant that we weren't aiming the guns, just hitting the firing button repeatedly. I think they need some pre-show video showing the various ways a control can light up and the different colors. Ideally there would have been three screens--one for each position explaining what we would be asked to do. I'm looking forward to being in the Pilot seat, but based on what I have heard it's not that much more fun than the others--you just get to be in the front.

    All in all, I enjoyed it. It's a strong E-ticket. I would say there were some aspects of the FoP preshow I liked better, but this stands on its own. I'm going to be enjoying this ride for years to come, especially if there are more missions.

    Food
    OK, I'll admit it--I was nervous about the Blue Milk. This was one of those legendary things that almost couldn't fail to disappoint. I was very pleasantly surprised. We tried the Blue (which they said was "fruity" versus the Green being more "citrusy"). It's a fruity slushy slightly creamy drink. It wasn't cheap, but it was definitely worth trying for the sake of Star Wars history!

    I was disappointed at the selection at Ronto Roasters, despite the clever theming of the engine doing the roasting. One criticism--the "smoke"coming from the engine was cool fog and no amount of red and orange lights will make it feel like there is heat coming from the roasting meat. Seriously, Bengal BBQ has a bigger selection, so we passed.

    We had lunch at Docking Bay Seven and sampled both the Pork Ribs and the Tip Yip chicken. Both were very good and spicier than we expected. The only utensil available is a metal spork, which takes a little getting used to (but we were thrilled it wasn't plastic). Not sure how people will react to the "chicken loaf", but the crispy coating is good. Liked the blueberry corn muffin (almost a dessert in itself) and we enjoyed sharing the two meals to sample and compare. We finished with the chocolate dessert, which we both liked, including the tart passionfruit smear on the plate. I had the iced tea/lemonade/desert pear concoction which was very refreshing next to the slightly spicy entrees. I look forward to eating here again. For theme park food I put it up there with Plaza Inn and Boardwalk Pasta. I just hope they don't dumb it down like they did Flo's.

    We didn't try the popcorn, but I have CM friends who sampled it at the CM showcase. If I were here for a full day with family I would get a bag to share and enjoy together. Sadly, there were no special bottles of Coke, Diet, and Sprite--only Dasani (in Arabesh). The modified beverage logos were displayed on the video menu board at Docking Bay Seven and the credit card logos only appear on the guest input screen where you swipe your card.

    Merch
    There are lots of choices here. The only shop we didn't enter was the Light Saber experience (there was a line). I found it interesting that none of the shops or food places had names outside in Terran/English. I wonder how long this will last, although it does make it fun to explore like you are really in a foreign place. We picked up some magnets and patches and a replica of the Falcon with the curved entrance behind it (I think it was only $15 or 20 before discount). You never see the words "Star Wars" on anything. Yes, you can pay hundreds of dollars for collectibles, but we found a wide range of choices and much to like. The Den of Antiquities was really great--lots of good stuff and great theming.

    Entertainment
    We saw Rey and Chewie walking around the forest (Resistance) end of the area. Chewie was interacting around the blue and white X-Wing which is on a bit of a stage. He alternated between interacting with guests and fixing the ship and moaning as it malfunctioned. The character host talked with him through this as a subtle way of translating. People really loved seeing him doing atmo as opposed to a formal meet and greet. Stormtroopers were present walking around, up on the catwalk above the landspeeder repair place, and escorting Kylo Ren. It's the first time I've seen Kylo interacting with guests doing atmo. It was clear to me that they're still getting the hang of being out and about like this (with added dialog options). At the TIE fighter there was a First Order Officer who reports in to Kylo and gets disciplined (the old Force choke routine) before Kylo exits up the ramp into the TIE. It was a nice bit of business that added authenticity. They make it clear that the Resistance controls the village. I hope there will be more like this.

    Overall Impression
    Sorry if I'm not expressing this like an experienced travel and/or Disney blogger, but we had a fantastic time. We have waited so long for this and Star Wars has been a big part of our friendship going back to the original trilogy. The place is amazing and lives up to my expectations, It's huge. The theming is, well, immersive. I love the wardrobe for the CMs and the fact that they can mix and match from a range of separates. The SR CMs just wear their distinctive blue Onaka Transport vest over whatever they have chosen. The four-hour window was just enough time to get a proper first taste and we got to take in everything except the Cantina. Just looking around and taking in all the layers is terrific. There are so many things to experience just being in the environment--much like Animal Kingdom.

    It's hard to compare this to Harry Potter, because the two lands in Orlando are specifically from the films. There is a familiarity and a wonderful expectation fulfilled. To a lesser extent, Pandora gives you some of this. Batuu and Black Spire Outpost is a new place with defininte roots in the Star Wars universe. I'll need to ride RotR to give a full judgement. But I definitely think Disney has risen to the occasion. My friend and I really were agog trying to take it all in. I can't wait to see it again, but I don't know when that will be and it certainly won't be this pleasant crowd-wise. There's so much more to cover, but I think I'll let others review it from their perspective.

    Bright Suns, Travellers!
     
  • Lesley Wake

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    A question for the person whose daughter is a Gatherer (sorry-I can’t remember your username): how is the selection process for the type of lightsaber group? Do you get all the options available to look at, or do you just have to pick one based on the name?
     
  • Castillo Mom

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    Jedi robes?
    A Porg?

    DD#2 will be working in Savi's opening day. She's been practicing all the time; she did her part for a couple of groups of DL/Disney bigwigs over the last week, including the President and VP of DL. She said she met them both, stayed in character, completed her work with them, and didn't cry...so that's a win in her book!
    My DIL is also working in merch! Not sure which store though, I haven’t asked her. She’s also part of opening day crew.
     

    Castillo Mom

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    Yes that is correct. That is why a few posts upthread people were annoyed.

    1. No matter what, people are going to show up opening day, reservation or not. Disney knows this. So I'm assuming this is why parking is opening at 12am and line up for merch is 2 am. If people are going to add to crowds, you might as well entice them to come to the opposite end of where SWGE is located and make money off of them. Although this is sort of encouraging people to come now.
    2. It sounds like there will be no merchandise at all in SWGE. Maybe it's to help those who have reservations leave on a timely manner? Yes, the reservation is only 4 hours, but you know people are going to stay as long as possible. If people have in the back of their minds that the only place to get merchandise for SWGE, they may want to head out to go get it.

    This is going to be an interesting day. New land opening, big merchandise release, and a grad nite all in one lol
    Thank goodness grad nite is being held at DCA!
     

    Castillo Mom

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    Now I'm more excited lol

    I wonder if those will be all the droid part options, or if there will be others....

    I'm not sure if I want a BB Series or R Series yet.... leaning a bit towards BB. I don't want a BB8 or R2 clone though, I'd rather something of my own. hmmmmm the choices.... I like the Blue BB body, but not fond of the head.
    I hope this is ok to post here, but Dan-O has a pretty in-depth video on droid options.

     

    theluckyrabbit

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    Ugh! Great! Now I want one...
    I think this is going to be my SWGE mantra... DH already gets a worried look on his face when he sees me looking at the photos.

    You mean DJ Rex? He's pre-built. (And apparently the most expensive one!)
    Of course, the one I really want is the most expensive one. Sigh.

    And a photo someone on Twitter showed of the carrying case is a backpack. Which you can partially unzip so the droid can look out!
    And now I HAVE to have the backpack, too. Breathe, just breathe...
     

    midnight star

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    So now that I’ve established I actually want to buy something from SWGE, I want to roughly plan a budget so I’m not in such shock. So the droid is $100 (it comes with the remote?), I’m assuming the backpack and personality chip thing are separate? Has anyone seen a price float around for these?
     

    theluckyrabbit

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    ... What does that actually mean? In the past, people have brought in food with the rules stating that there is no outside food or beverages. People have brought in snacks. People have brought in beverages. People have also been stopped at security and made to dump these items. Enforcement is inconsistent at best.

    We have food allergies and pack a small amount of items to get us through without flaunting it. An entire pizza - no. A safe protein bar, some fruit leather - yes. Just enough fuel to get us through until we can exit the space and eat a real meal...
    Agree that policy and enforcement are confusing, inconsistent, and usually a mess on Day 1 and a free for all by Day 3. We also deal with food allergies and bring in snacks and try to bring in water. It seems to help if the snacks are factory sealed, not already opened and in zipper bags. Trader Joe's sells small sealed bags of trail mix which have worked better than zipper bags of already opened trail mix.
     

    gypsy_at_heart

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    So now that I’ve established I actually want to buy something from SWGE, I want to roughly plan a budget so I’m not in such shock. So the droid is $100 (it comes with the remote?), I’m assuming the backpack and personality chip thing are separate? Has anyone seen a price float around for these?
    I’m just planning on ballparking it at $175 plus tax and hoping that’s enough.

    I just want the droid with a chip and the backpack. Well, I also want the serving tray and decals and everything else, but I’m settling for the droid with the chip and the backpack :rotfl:

    I’d love to assume that for that sort of $$$ they would throw the backpack in for free as a carrying case, but giving away something they could make money on just doesn’t seem like it would happen lol
     

    midnight star

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    I’m just planning on ballparking it at $175 plus tax and hoping that’s enough.

    I just want the droid with a chip and the backpack. Well, I also want the serving tray and decals and everything else, but I’m settling for the droid with the chip and the backpack :rotfl:

    I’d love to assume that for that sort of $$$ they would throw the backpack in for free as a carrying case, but giving away something they could make money on just doesn’t seem like it would happen lol
    Hmm! Good idea. It comes with a box. But a backpack is so much cooler so I def want it lol. I’ll plan for $200 to be safe. I wonder if they’ll take gift cards? On days like this when I know I’ll be spending a lot I try and bring gift cards to keep me under control (doesn’t always work lol).
     
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