Best Instagram Photo Spots at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

BRIGHT SUNS! It’s blog five of our countdown and we’re here to show you the best Instagram photo spots at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! This new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® opens on August 29th, 2019, so read along to make the best out of capturing your visit!

(Haven’t read our last blog yet? Make sure you check that out here! Hint: A POV of a long-awaited attraction aboard the Millennium Falcon)

1 – The “Han & Leia” Booth

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Famous for the iconic first kiss between Han Solo and Princess Leia, this booth can be found inside of the queue for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. If you’re able to have a seat for a moment, take advantage of this stand-out photo spot. It has the perfect combination of cinematic history and photogenic aesthetic for any Star Wars fan!

2 – The Booths At Oga’s Cantina

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Booths are suddenly a running theme and for good reason. The ambient lighting of Oga’s Cantina sets a warmer mood than the previous mention. Gather around with everyone or just yourself, have some drinks from the bar in hand, and snap some shots!

3 – The First Order Wall

Photo-Spots-WallFor many visitors, finding colorful or simple walls has become a growing trend, so why not have one in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? We found a wall under a flag for the First Order, and regardless on which side you’re on, it’s a pretty rustic photo spot. Take a close-up shot with just the wall! Or. have your photographer stand further to show your connection to the First Order.

4 – In Front of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

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Good morning with “Bright Suns” and good evening with “Rising Moons”. This is probably the best focal point in all of Batuu.

Whether during the daytime or later on in the evening, you’ll capture a beautiful picture with an out-of-this-world backdrop. It’s also a great spot to take photos with your newly-built droid or custom lightsaber!

5 – Savi’s Workshop

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We bet you didn’t think of this one! Venture into Savi’s Workshop to create your personalized lightsaber. Choose your side and pose with your finished product in this exclusive building, only accessible to lightsaber-builders. It’s a great room for pops of color, dim lighting, and presenting your newest creation.

6 – The Stairs by Ronto Roasters

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When we were traveling through Batuu, we noticed this set of stairs close to Ronto Roasters that no one was taking advantage of! This spot is AMAZING for its theming and the backdrop that seems to go on forever. The way its layout stands makes Batuu seem to go for miles. We absolutely loved it and think it’s definitely Instagram-worthy.

7 – The Market

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With the lights from above and the hint of sunlight shining through, the lighting here makes for beautiful photographs. There are so many possibilities for great photos here and with the details throughout, this lands in one of our top favorite spots! Wear your best outfit and get ready to pose at The Market.

8 – First Order TIE echelon

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And last (but certainly not least) we have the First Order TIE echelon. The closer you are to this ship, the cooler it looks. If you side with the first order, this will be your go-to place for stunning photos!

Til The Spire

The countdown is nearing its end! It’s time to purchase your Disney Theme Park tickets and get ready for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Book your Magical Vacation Home, pack your bags, and prepare for the galaxy NOT so far away.

 

Until then, Til the Spire, and have a Magical day!

 

 

*As to Disney artwork, logos, and properties: ©Disney*

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run REVIEW | Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

BRIGHT SUNS and get ready to blast off to a galaxy far far away! It’s day 4 of our countdown to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and we’re here to review Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run! Get ready for the ride of your life in this entirely immersive experience, appearing August 29th, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

(Haven’t read our last blog yet? Make sure you check that out here! Hint: Chewbacca, Stormtroopers, AND Kylo Ren?)

Overview

Chewbacca has landed and has decided to bring his Millennium Falcon to the Black Spire Outpost. In the midst of everything, he has decided to lend his ship to Hondo Ohnaka. This is where you come in to take on the ship and fulfill the duties needed across the galaxy.

To give you a quick rundown on what you’re about to experience, this ride brings you into the cockpit of Millennium Falcon. Once you’re in, you and your flight crew of six will go through hyperspace and take on the galaxy’s challenges, hurdles, and adventure. Keep reading and we’ll show you the step-by-step process for boarding this thrilling ride.

The Queue

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Upon entering the queue, you’ll walk past the Millennium Falcon, a popular sight in Batuu. Once in line, you will have the opportunity to get “on-the-job training” prior to your flight.

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We’re pretty sure that you, just like us, have never flown a starship before. Not to worry! Open your Play Disney Parks App where you’ll learn everything you need to know before you take on your spacecraft.

Keep your eyes peeled for QR codes you’ll be asked to scan the further you walk into the queue. Toward the middle of the queue, you’ll even help the empire by finding out further details about the falcon. Once you’re nearing the end, you are asked various questions to show that you can prove yourself to be a spy.

This is a great way to pass time until you reach the attraction. Here are a couple of screenshots to give you an idea, but we will leave the rest to your imagination.

 

 

Reaching the Falcon

Shortly before we arrived at the attraction, we were greeted by Hondo Ohnaka, a Weequay male pirate who is the captain of the Ohnaka Gang.

 

Above, you’ll see how Ohnaka explains the concept of the flight and how your crew will control the ship, Millennium Falcon. With your crew of six, you’ll have:

  • Two pilots, to navigate the ship
  • Two engineers, to operate the ship AND
  • Two gunners, to defend the ship

This combination will either make or break your flight across the galaxy, (depending on how you fly, of course).

 

The cards pictured above are some samples of where you will be stationed. Once you receive these, your positions and duties are explained to you. You are then sent off to your ship (and the moment you’ve all been waiting for), the Millennium Falcon!

Ready For Hyperspace

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Step into the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, where you will find a seat for each crew member (pilots in the front, gunners in the middle, and engineers in the back). When we stepped on board, our jaws dropped as we noticed all of the buttons, levers, and the view through the cockpit windows. Everything onboard is so perfectly themed, that you actually believe it’s all real. Design and accuracy to the movies are undoubtedly taken seriously, and it adds the extra spark to the experience.

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Once the ride begins, all of the cockpit overhead lights will shut off. Your only source of light is now your controls, the pilot screen, and whatever you can see through the cockpit windows. You’re ready to take flight and zoom through hyperspace on a journey entirely determined by your actions.

We were able to catch a quick video of our wild ride through the galaxy and how realistic it is once you’re in the middle of the action.

 

We have to be honest, this is one of the most immersive attractions in all of Walt Disney World® Resort. The illusion of flying through space beautifully mimicked reality, being computer-animated so well that it takes your imagination to the next level. While we had a short wait in line during the preview event, we would DEFINITELY wait hours to experience this again.

It’s a flight that changes with each time you take off, for you are the decision-makers creating your own galactic journey. We think that makes this ride a clear stand-out amongst many. It’s truly unlike anything we have ever expected!

TIP: Make your galactic journey a smooth and successful flight (this goes out to future pilots of the ride)! When flying left and right, focus on subtle motions rather than sharp turns. The controls to the ship are VERY sensitive. Turning left or right drastically can make for quite the bumpy ride for you and your crew.

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This tip actually comes to play upon exiting the cockpit. Once the ride comes to an end, you will walk through the exit hall that is said to be connected to the flight you just completed.

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See a bunch of flickering lights? It probably means you weren’t the best flyers. Don’t worry, though, this small detail is just a fun addition to the endlessly immersive experience. If the exit hall seems fine, however, that means your crew is the best in ALL of the galaxy, and that your flight skills are (quite literally) out-of-this-world!

Til The Spire

Have we convinced you yet? We’ve convinced ourselves to travel back to the galaxy, so it’s time for you all to take your first flight! Prepare for the journey that is unlike any other by booking your Disney Theme Park tickets. Land in the world of Batuu and discover what it’s like to take on the galaxy.

Once your travels through Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge comes to an end, head on back to your own vacation villa with Magical Vacation Homes! Our galactic getaways are located just minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort and are perfect for families of all sizes.

Stay tuned for tomorrow where we show you all of the best photo spots inside of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Until next time, Til the Spire, and have a Magical day!

 

*As to Disney artwork, logos, and properties: ©Disney*