- Oct 27, 2010
Simply amazing! Thanks for the great review and I can't wait to experience it someday!
That is so cool! Was the script the same each time you rode SWGE, or did it change based on how well the pilots flew the spacecraft? Thanks for sharing your adventures! You have a great way of telling a story!It definitely is a high quality - pretty much all metal parts. And the hilt is heavy! The blade easily snap/twists into place and is plastic. What is especially cool is the crystal determines the color of the lightsaber. I bought several others (and will probably get a couple more), so you can change out the colors. You can also buy a Holocron, where you insert the crystal and it turns that color plus gives a message from a past jedi!
The lightsaber is $200 plus tax (so around $213). No AP discounts. Crystals are $13 and do have the AP discount.
The droid is $100, also no AP discount.
Yes - that is part of the spiel to lift your sabers! It really is an awesome experience!
Funny thing is wdw news t did a thorough review of it and they actually visited the land for about a week. They really loved it! Definitely had some improvements but they understood how detailed and how amazing it really was! It really sucks some people are making judgements without visiting! But hey, everyone I see leaves with some form of merch, which is what Disney cares about!Thank you so much for sharing!
I’m going to make a general comment in response to your rant... UGH! People are the worst, luckily I think Disney knows can’t please everyone! Everyone is a Monday quarterback, they could have done so much better, that’s why the vlog and aren’t imagineers. Ok my rant is over now too!
I’ve been following along and read and frankly I think it looks amazing! I can’t wait to be able to check it out!! Unfortunately for me I had to adjust my August trip and won’t make it in August so will have to be October but can not wait!!!
I so want to make a droid and I NEED that BB-8 head band and probably the r2d2 one as well, I hope they aren’t limited time!
It was sooo cool! And the crowds have just been amazing! Last weekend was a bit busier but that's because I think the word got out about the low wait times!Wow, I hadn't heard that detail on any of the vlogs I watched - SO cool! I feel like I want to use that response for everything I quoted, ha!
I had read this on the official SWGE thread here and couldn't believe it. Maybe a lot of people were scared that it would be craziness and steered clear of opening weekend for that reason. I doubt the opening in WDW will be the same since people plan those trips months in advance, before the opening date was even announced. I won't be in the country, otherwise I would be very tempted to go though!
I love how some of them are filming you guys walking in - seems just as special to them as it was for you all. You really lucked out being in that very first group to enter the land!!
I love her! How cool that you can make them in different colors and with different personality chips!
I'm one of them! It looked like such a neat experience!
That's really cool that he took a photo with you!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience of opening weekend! I can't wait to check it out someday. The marketplace looks so detailed and amazing as does the rest of the land. Seems like they'll need another Cantina though to handle everyone who wants to go there!
Sorry for tempting you! It is too hard to look away!OMG!!! I wasn’t going to read to stay somewhat surprised but I just couldn’t!
I am so excited for this Land now. It looks just like you are on a trading planet, the actual immersion into the Land looks amazing!
I am jealous, haha! I won’t see it until January, unless they let AP’s take a look in August. I would love that.
Your excitement really shows in your write up, have fun seeing it again this weekend!
I know - it's great! Now when the crowds descend I will still probably want to visit, but I can just take it in, rather than need to get on the ride a bunch of times!Wow! How cool that u got to see SWGE already and u got soooo much done.
It really is an amazing place!Amazing! I seriously need a few droid headbands. I'm so much more excited about SWGE after seeing so many photos and videos!
I did have so much fun! And have continued to have fun! BB says thanks!Omg looks incredible! Sounds like you had sooo much fun and that you really got to do a lot during your first visit! Your BB looks great!
Oh I know, the temptation is real! I had to try and avoid as many photos or spoilers as possible for the couple days after the media embargo was lifted!Just got over and got caught up on this TR. I didn't read about Galaxy's Edge yet in detail. I'm just not sure if I want the spoilers or not. I can't figure out how much I want to really get in and look at it. I might not be able to resists once the WDW one opens and they are both going strong!
It was soo exciting and I just loved the experience! I did get a bit emotional!Lesley... I am THRILLED that you had such an amazing morning at SWGE!!! I can only imagine how excited you were to get to visit, and I'm so glad you were able to do everything!! You even got to take a photo with Josh D'Amaro- how cool!
Watching the videos on Twitter of the CMs cheering on everyone entering the land that morning gave me absolute chills... I can't even begin to imagine how amazing of a welcome that must have been!
Love the droid and the lightsaber, and I adore that woman's Orange Bird!
Thanks for sharing!!
It was such a lovely surprise for the low crowds! I'm sure Jimmy is going to love it and I think you will too!I'm so happy for you that the opening was such an incredible experience!! You had such a great game plan anyway, so I'm not surprised; I'm just glad that everything went more smoothly than you even anticipated.
I am not a huge lover of all things Star Wars, but I know Jimmy will be super excited about SWGE being open when we are at WDW in December. I'm excited to experience it with him.
And also interacts with the land! So if I bring her back in, she starts to beep and buzz around in the backpack! It's very cool!Cool! And... it moves and makes noises!!!
The reservation system was perfect! I hope WDW comes up with something because it will be pretty chaotic otherwise!Wow- I'm amazed by how much you were able to do in your timeframe! It seems like the reservation system worked out really well. I hope WDW takes notes on crowd management lol.
Thanks! It's just because I take a lot of photos! And love it so much!I am so happy you got to experience this! I've been following a lot of coverage of the land and I gotta say yours is the most thorough I have seen. Thanks so much for sharing!
I think even non-SW fans will love the land! It's just so engaging and wonderfully detailed! Also a lot of SW fans haven't watch the animated tv shows but they take a bunch of references from there, so even SW fans don't recognize everything!So......I think you know I'm not quite the biggest SW fan and therefore do not know what one or two things you talked about in your update are BUT, knowing how much YOU love it I'm truly happy you were there for opening day and had such a great experience! I will be taking a VIP tour of SWGE in WDW in Oct ( so of course millions will have seen it already lol) and I'm looking forward to it because I know the theming will be amazing. Plus I do know who Darth Vader is so there's that
This is super cool!!
Definitely don't look if you don't want to be spoiled!I liked your Galaxy's Edge post but I didn't actually look! I looked at a bit of your day on Facebook and it seemed so much fun, and your lightsaber building was just amazing! I'm so happy you had such a great experience in the land.
Oh, the spork theft is sooo annoying! I've been going on ebay and trying to report any I see!Wow, wow, wow. Thanks so much for sharing your SWGE experience. I can’t get over how calm and civilized it was (other than apparent rampant spork theft) The reservation system was genius. I fear for what it will be like in FL without them. I am in trouble with the merchandise... I want everything!
Of course!Simply amazing! Thanks for the great review and I can't wait to experience it someday!
So the script did change depending on how well you fly. It's a 2-part mission and you aren't guaranteed to succeed in the second part if you don't do the right things! There also is an asteroid field which actually is used as filler in case the vehicle gets delayed moving onto the next portion due to people loading/unloading. The length of that depends on how efficient people are being.That is so cool! Was the script the same each time you rode SWGE, or did it change based on how well the pilots flew the spacecraft? Thanks for sharing your adventures! You have a great way of telling a story!
Yeah - lots to see and experience!This was such a fantastic, detail filled update, Leslie! So many great moments and photos, too many to really comment properly on, but thank you for bringing it all to us who have to wait a bit longer.
Excited to get the shirt you are sending- still waiting on that price incl shipping.
Ok, that alone has me so excitied!!!The level of detail is so great and every so often you hear (and feel) a ship flying overhead).
So, how did they pick? Did they ask you, or just hand them out? I am so curious by this. Like, will they let Morgan be a pilot? Or will they usually give that to an adult?The ride - I loved it! I got to ride it sooo many times, in all different positions. Pilot was my favorite. Engineer wasn't half-bad. Gunner was my least favorite, though I would still do it again in a heartbeat!
Yikes! But TOTALLY get why you did it. I mean you had to?!?!On Thursday, May 30, Dina and I checked into the Paradise Pier Hotel. This is the cheapest Official Disneyland Hotel, but is still extremely expensive, at about $450 per night.
I thought that when I was looking at hotels when we came out last year! It is kind of a lame pool.Also you’d think with a beach theme they’d do better than a basic rectangular pool…
Booooo!!!! The ebay re-sellers are the worst! Disney and non-disney stuff.I call this the March of the E-Bay Resellers (I took video, but my videos are being annoying and not working right now)
That was nice that everyone was just happy to be there.We went over to the holding area which was between the Matterhorn and the Finding Nemo submarines. Despite there being a lot of people, everyone was in a very good mood and acting very civilized – no elbows being thrown or people pushing to the front!
Great photo of you!
Disney Magic!Dina’s uncle and his husband ended up really bonding with him and they hung out most of the morning and exchanged contact info.)
Now, I never thought you were crazy, but the people with the stroller and kids with them might have been!
Seriously, that must have been so amazing for those imagineers. Such a great moment for them. And seriously, they were already the luckiest to work on that project!One of the coolest moments was as we entered the land, the Imagineers and designers and park people were all lined up waving and cheering us on. It really felt special!
It makes sense, he would have travelled all around. Interesting because a lot of people won't know who he is.The Hondo animatronic is pretty cool! Oh, and if anyone doesn’t know who Hondo is – he is a smuggler from the Clone Wars and Rebels tv shows. It’s an interesting choice having him be the star of the attraction, but I think it works – if it was a more familiar character it would be pretty dated
Do they help with the trading or do you as a group just need to decide... Can you tell I am having anxiety about this...The CM hands them out, pretty much in the Pilot-Gunner-Engineer order, with the instructions that if you want to change your assignment you can do so in the next room.
How many people do they have in there at one time? Was it crowded. I feel like I would stress out to not have enough time to get a picture before being called.You get sent to board the Falcon and wait in the “Chess Room”. Here you are free to mill about (it’s not a huge room), including sitting down at the actual game table, where people normally take photos.
Ha! You have to figure alot of people didn't do well that morning.Yeah… I sucked big time (normally people get in the thousands, maybe even 10,000’s. I got 100…)
So cute!!! love it.So, I’d like to introduce you to BB-531! She’s still a baby but already a galaxy traveler!
Morgan and Gwen are going to loose there minds when they see that thing!we headed over to the Creature Stall. I loved all the animatronics they had there, including an adorable sleeping Lothcat with a chewed up porg toy!
Sooooo cute!!!! How much was it?!?! At least one of the girls will def want that!!!
Oh! These girls are going to want so many things there! (And maybe one large dad, as well)Honestly that shop is so cute, @StarWarsMomofGirls! , I will be shocked if Morgan and Gwen each don’t come home with something from there!
Come one Disney!!! Get Samuel L!!!Purple Crystal (from my lightsaber) – Mace Windu (though it’s not Samuel L Jackson speaking)
That is amazing! So, jealous.One final ride on the Falcon that night (so a total of 5 rides so far)
That sounds delish! And I can't wait to try it!!!To drink I got the Meiloorun Juice (Barrilitos Aguas Frescas pineapple, simply lemonade with blueberry, white cranberry juice, lemon juice, and desert pear). I loved this! It is very sweet, so be prepared for that! I think they will make the specialty drinks here alcoholic when it opens at DHS.
I can't wait!!! And now I think I need to go back to the drawing board and schedule some night time there to see it at night. Hmmm.....I took a couple more photos around the nearly empty land, which was gorgeous!
I’m glad to have you here!Thanks so much for sharing your adventures! I read them in a FB group we both belong to, but I appreciated the story and pictures!
I am curious too about the DHS one! Maybe they will see how the virtual queue works at DL and can modify it for the crowds there? It’s certainly going to be complicated!It was so cool to read about your experience with opening day at Galaxy’s Edge! I am not a Star Wars fan but can appreciate the incredible theming there. I will be at opening weekend for the one in Hollywood Studios (by coincidence) so I’m curious to see how they will handle things and whether or not it will be organized enough to be able to see it.
Of course I had an amazing time! I even have a possibility to go back before the reservations end, but that is still up in the air! I just loved the land so much!I am still sitting here in sheer awe of how much you got done at SWGE! What an amazing trip to Batuu!
I had no idea what a Lothcat was until just now, and now I need one. Or five. I love the hiss it lets out when you touch it's leg!
Simply incredible pictures, especially at night. I hope you had the most amazing time at Batuu! Thank you so much for sharing this experience. I'm not a Star Wars person, but the excitement on this TR is so contagious and I hope you had as great of a time as this update leads me to believe you did!
So, how did they pick? Did they ask you, or just hand them out? I am so curious by this. Like, will they let Morgan be a pilot? Or will they usually give that to an adult?
Oh I understand the anxiety. They sort of give them out randomly but single riders are almost always engineers. I have noticed the first people in the “room” (it’s more like a ramp landing) usually get the pilot cards, then the gunners, then engineers. As a group of 4 you will probably end up with a group of 2. People have normally been good about trading if someone really wants a position, but I think you can also ask the CM and they may just give it to you!Do they help with the trading or do you as a group just need to decide... Can you tell I am having anxiety about this...
There’s about 4 groups in there, so around 24 people. But pretty much anyone who wants to take a picture has the time to do so! There were a couple times people were sitting on the bench resting which was annoying-like people want to take photos!-but they moved when people asked.How many people do they have in there at one time? Was it crowded. I feel like I would stress out to not have enough time to get a picture before being called.
I think it was $45 pre-discount and tax. But I had Matt with me so we could use his CM discount!Sooooo cute!!!! How much was it?!?! At least one of the girls will def want that!!!
Oh, 100% you need nighttime photos! Maybe they will start ADRs for the cantina? I think it’s pretty necessary to avoid the crazy lines!I can't wait!!! And now I think I need to go back to the drawing board and schedule some night time there to see it at night. Hmmm.....
I know my kids will want to see the Cantina, but not sure if they're willing to do the wait.
Cooooool!And also interacts with the land! So if I bring her back in, she starts to beep and buzz around in the backpack! It's very cool!
A bit... disturbing!Whenever you drink out of the drinking fountain, this guy pops his head up!
Not surprised.(and by break I mean I played with my droid and lightsaber while sitting on my bed)
Good to know. I just read about the popcorn and was curious.Oh, actually Dina and I did stop to pick up the Mouse Droid popcorn buckets from Kat Saka’s Kettle. They have special popcorn there which is spicy (red coating) and sweet (purple coating). It was ok – not my most favorite and I probably wouldn’t bother with again.
Oh! Okay, then!The roast was delicious – one of my favorite things and I’ve gotten it again since then!
Probably wouldn't order it anyway, not being a coffee or tea drinker.The Batuubucha tea was not good! I had a sip and didn’t like it. Matt tried a sip too and I wish I had filmed his reaction – it looked like a typical Beverly reaction, even though it wasn’t!
I couldn’t put down the Lothcat, and it purrs when you pet it and hisses when you move it’s legs!
Ah. Had zero clue.So if you are wondering what a Lothcat is – it’s a feline native to Lothal (from Star Wars Rebels).
Poor Chewie.When I got to the Falcon, Chewbacca was hanging around and very upset at the damage done to his ship! It was hilarious because he would just look at the ship and look back at everyone gathered and just shake his head!