Sunday, June 9, 2019

Star Wars :: Galaxy's Edge Photography

      Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a huge Star Wars fan.  I've seen most of the movies (sometimes against my will LOL) and while I can appreciate this story line, I'd never classify myself as a die hard Star Wars fan.  That being said, I was definitely excited to take pictures of Galaxy's Edge - so excited that upon turning on my camera that had been packed for over a week - I discovered that it had only two bars left of power.  At that moment, I saw the downside to mirrorless cameras.  The battery drains so much faster because of the EVF and the fact that I often like to use the back screen instead of the EVF.  I had a friend bring me two batteries, but unfortunately, they were almost dead upon arrival - thanks, Chris! 😐

     So after my batteries completely died, I used my cell phone most of the day.  Here is what I was able to fire off before the end LOL.  

     They let each crowd with reservations in at their designated time.  It starts out crowded at first, but quickly dissipates once the crowd makes their way through the land.

     The busiest parts initially are always Olga's Cantina and the Millenium Falcon.  

     The only ride right now is Smugglers Run and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the wait times were not long at all.  We basically got in line and kept moving until we were on the ride.  It also helped that there were a ton of details to check out.  Seriously, Disney spared no expense on this place.

     It really felt like we were on a space ship. It reminded me a lot of the ship on Aliens (sorry, Star Wars fans).

     I found the walk to the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon to be the most fascinating.  It really did feel like you were on a space ship.  The lighting was perfect to create that spaceship feel.

     We were each assigned a task on the Falcon.  

     The ride itself is visually pretty cool.  I would say it is cooler than Star Tours.  However, I found it had a lot of sudden jolts, which I didn't like.  

     There were all these buttons you could push and they made a lot of sounds.  I had no idea what I was doing LOL. 😄

     This was at one of the food places - Cargo Bay 7?  I forget the name, but it was so well done.  Everything from the decor right down to the utensils was awesome.  I noticed they aren't using plastic utensils, and this is a big win in my book for Disney.  It's about time!

     There was no shortage of pricey merchandise to buy!  I am proud to say I didn't buy anything. 

     Chewy is gettin' a little old. 😃

     The one thing I was looking forward to getting was this themed Diet Coke - so cute!  I plan on refilling it and bringing it into the park each time, because at $5.50 for a 13 oz. bottle, I kinda have to hahahaha...

     You'll see signs with all kinds of writing that you don't understand.  I think there's an app you can use to translate it all.  This adds to the feel that you really are in another world.

     This red Mickey balloon was the only evidence of being at Disneyland.  I didn't see any hidden mickeys or anything else remotely Disney.

     I preferred the green milk over the blue milk.  It had more of a tropical taste and wasn't as sweet as the blue milk.  If you prefer more of a sweet taste, definitely opt for the blue milk!

     I know people always love it when the storm troopers come out in Tomorrow Land.  If that's your thing, you will love Batuu.  They are out and about all the time, and interact often with the crowd.  

     View of Galaxy's Edge from outside.

     I was glad to see the clouds parting and some definition in the clouds.  I was not glad to know that I was just a few shots from dead batteries.

     Galaxy's Edge becomes open to park goers without a reservation on June 23, 2019.  I can't even imagine what the crowds will be like at that time!  Bring lots of snacks and dress comfortably for sure!  Maybe I'll compile a Disneyland survival guide in the near future - we'll see! Thanks for reading! 😄


  1. Aurubesh is the language you see on everything in Galaxy's Edge (and the Star Wars parts of Tomorrowland) :). A few years ago, you could use Google Translate to translate the language, but they removed that feature for some reason. You have to translate it by hand for now.

    1. I saw some guy using his phone to scan something on the "packages" around the land. I wonder what that was all about?