This morning, Renée braved the crowds and the weather at Disney's Hollywood Studios to experience the all new Rise of the Resistance that just opened in Galaxy's Edge.
How did she fare? And more importantly, what are the changes you need to be made aware of if you want to experience Rise of the Resistance any time soon?
Written by Renée Girard
It’s currently 5:25am and I’m here with just a few others at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
CMs are saying that park will open at 7am and that we may be entering the park before then but cannot join the virtual queue for RotR till 7am. Has that always been the case? From what I’ve seen, people have joined the virtual queue before 7?
30 minutes later at 5:55am and the line behind me is huge.
Cast Compliment to all the cast members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that are up and working before the sun is up and managing the insane crowds. May The Force be with you this holiday season.
6:35am, it’s raining. Gates are open!
6:48am and I’m in the park but can’t join a boarding group yet. And Starbucks has quite the line!
6:53am. Nothing to do but wait and keep check for boarding groups to open, go shopping, or get Starbucks.
People are not happy that they got here early and can’t get a boarding pass yet. We’ll see how the app handles everyone trying to get one at 7am.
While I wait for my boarding group... let’s ride!
No boarding groups have been called for RotR yet, so wait times for other rides are starting to climb.
“How about some boarding passes?”.
Even with boarding groups opening at 7am, they are still gone before 8am.
Not a bad score for so early in the morning!
Breakfast at Oga’s and then it’s time to join the resistance.
My group got called about 8:30am while I was at Oga’s.
I’m going in! No spoilers, I promise!
The queue has a Flight of Passage feel to me so far. Pretty sure the key word here is immersive.
Heading in to get our assignment from BB8 and Rey.
Just got off Rise of the Resistance. Absolutely incredible! There wasn’t any down time at all while I was in there. Lives up to all of the hype.
I’m exhausted and going to nap now but once again, Rise of the Resistance is amazing. If the virtual queue bookings are going to continue to open at 7, I’d still get there early - they were already gone before 8. I was off the ride just before 10. Totally worth it.
We're back with more of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, but this time on a coast far, far away (well, 2,501 miles) from the other Galaxy's Edge.
Excited to see how Galaxy's Edge is received in Florida, so far reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Let's head in and see what Renée was up to on her birthday!!
Written by Renée Girard
Bright suns! Rising moons! Afternoon thunderstorms! The east coast Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is up and running for WDW cast member this month and we got to experience it
I hate to admit it, but where you’re seated on Smuggler’s Run does make a difference. On our first ride, we were the engineers, and weren’t impressed at all with the ride itself (the queue and entire building is phenomenal). But going on two more times as pilots was such a blast!
The Droid Depot was totally worth doing. I loved putting it together and then making it come to life. Very cool!
Really enjoyed our meal at Docking Bay 7. We got the vegetarian option, plus the chocolate cake. The cake was fine, but the garden spread was delicious!
There are still so many details I haven’t even seen yet, but I do think I spotted a Hidden Mickey on board the Millennium Falcon.
Oga’s Cantina is such a fun and well themed bar. So glad Rex made a comeback as a DJ! The drinks are quite pricey but we split all of the different beers. White Wampa Ale was the best!
I liked having no formal character meet and greets for a change. Towards the end of the evening, we were just walking around and Rey invited me to participate in a droid race!
Since the time slot we had for the preview was later in the day, we got to see the land transition into night.
Don’t know when I’ll be back yet, and I’m sure it’ll be much busier next time, but I really enjoyed my first visit to the Hollywood Studios SW:GE.
Time for a quick update from Walt Disney World where some great Halloween merchandise is now available. Just in time for the first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party that is this week. Yes, this week.
Written by Renée Girard
With the first a Halloween party just a few days away (!!), all of the merchandise is beginning to appear in stores today.
I’m so excited for two and a half months of Halloween!
Does anyone care that this opened today?
Some of the Farewell IllumiNations merchandise is already on sale. $10 for the cup? Yes please!