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    23 Things To Know Before Taking Your Kids To Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

    This ain't your average Disneyland kids' experience!

    1. Meeting characters at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a little...different.

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    You know how you can check the schedule to find out where and when your kids can line up to meet favorites like Mickey and Belle? Well, because Black Spire Outpost — the village on the planet of Batuu you visit in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge — is a "living land," you're meant to encounter the characters organically as you would in real life! This is very cool, but means you will have to seek out your favorite characters and stumble across them. Of course, once you do run across them, they're happy to snap a picture as they go on their way!

    Hint: Cast members will be more likely to tell you when you can encounter the characters if you play along with the idea you are in a living and breathing part of the Star Wars universe. So, instead of saying, "Hey, bub, my kid's favorite character in the movies is Chewie, can we have a meet and greet?" try saying something like, "I was hoping to meet up with an old friend, Chewbacca. Any idea where I could find him?"

    2. We found Chewbacca fixing an X-wing in the Resistance encampment.

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    Chewbacca may also be spotted in Black Spire Outpost!

    3. Rey is also around — look for her near the ancient ruins outside Black Spire Outpost.

    4. Black Spire Outpost is also where you can encounter First Order Stormtroopers on patrol.

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    The Stormtroopers often snap orders at visitors or interrogate them about the Resistance, which is hilariously awesome! Don't worry, though — the stormtroopers are really good at not scaring kids.

    Other characters you may encounter include:

    Kylo Ren at the First Order encampment at Docking Bay 9. He will then march with Stormtroopers through Black Spire Outpost.

    —Resistance spy Vi Moradi in Black Spire Outpost. If you ask her, she might pass on some tricks of her trade and tell you about the Resistance.

    5. Kids will also love interacting with the other cast members — called "inhabitants."

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    All of the inhabitants — even those selling food or working at the stores — have a back story for how they came to Black Spire Outpost and will tell you about it. When my son asked one if they knew Han Solo, they replied, "I've heard the legends of Han Solo! He used to actually fly that big ship over there!" And when my son asked if they knew Mickey Mouse, they said, "Mickey...Mouse? I don't know who that is." Fun!

    6. Kids will get a blast out of visiting the Millennium Falcon (the first full-scale version ever built), and of course going on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

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    Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a simulator ride where you get to experience what it's like to fly the Millennium Falcon from the cockpit.

    A second ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open later in the year.

    7. To ride, kids must be 38" tall.

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    8. One of the cool things about the ride is getting to hang in the Millennium Falcon's lounge before you hit the cockpit.

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    The table where Han and the rest played Dejarik (that chess-like hologram game) is big enough to get a photo with the whole family, and the inhabitants will gladly take a photo of you if you ask.

    Hint: At this point of the ride there will be an interactive element where a button needs to be pushed. When you enter, tell your kids to be on their toes because they might be needed to do something!

    9. The ride itself is an A+ experience and not too scary for kids.

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    Yes, the cockpit jerks around a bit (as all of these simulators do), but my son, who just turned six (and has been scared by simulator rides in the past), had no problem with it whatsoever.

    Hint: Everyone wants to be the pilot (and rightfully so, it's cool!), but if your kid is a little nervous, ask to be the "gunner" (middle) or "engineer" (back), which are less intense roles.

    10. When you're off the ride, you might want to try drinking a glass of the super kid-friendly blue (or green) milk!

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    These milks — which Luke famously drank in the original film — are totally plant-based, lactose-free, gluten-friendly, and vegan-friendly, and are made of: coconut milk, rice milk, pineapple, dragon fruit, watermelon, and a few other secret ingredients. So almost all kids can enjoy them!

    Taste: These both have a surprising — but good! — taste, and are most comparable to a smoothie (or smoothie/slurpee). My son tried both, and liked both a lot! I liked the blue best.

    11. Speaking of drinks, Oga's Cantina is a standout part of Galaxy's Edge — and kid-friendly — but just know it does have a bar-like atmosphere and serves alcoholic beverages.

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    This IS Disney, though, so it is definitely fine for the whole family, and serves a number of kid-friendly, alcohol-free drinks (see above). The ambience is very cool, and features musical entertainment courtesy of DJ R-3X.

    12. The most kid-friendly food at Galaxy's Edge is found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.

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    Kids ages 3-9 can enjoy kid-tailored menu items for breakfast, lunch, dinner:

    Breakfast

    —Bright Suns Youngling Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, purple potatoes, fresh fruit. 

    Lunch and dinner

    —Yobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, noodle vegetables, sweet orange dressing.

    —A Taste of Takodana: Black bean hummus, edible soil with nuts, chilled dipping vegetables, multi-grain crisps.

    —Fried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, macaroni and cheese, seasonal vegetables.

    13. Kids would also likely enjoy the sweet and savory popcorn sold at Kat Saka's Kettle.

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    Another place to eat: Ronto Roasters serves grilled sausage and roasted pork wraps which some kids may want to try.

    14. After all that eating and drinking, you'll be pleased to know there ARE changing tables in the men's room.

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    Disney is always good about changing tables in men's rooms, but it's good to see here — and if you ever wanted to know what a changing table in space would look like, well, now you know!

    15. Part of the fun of Galaxy's Edge is just walking around and seeing everything. You'll come across lots of cool stuff, like these androids that beep and whirl when you come close.

    16. You can also download the Play Disney Parks app, which will let your kids (and you) interact with the world even more!

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    The app lets you do cool stuff like translate galactic languages (like what's written on the equipment above), scan cargo to see what's inside, tune into secret communications, and hack into devices, control panels and even droids!

    17. OK, parents, so now we need to talk. The merchandise is very, very cool, but it comes at different price points. So you'll want to know what costs what before you promise your kids anything.

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    Like, don't say, "Sure, you can get the kid-sized stormtrooper costume!" unless you're ready to shell out $100.

    18. My favorite shop was the Toydarian Toymaker — which was also one of the most-affordable.

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    The concept behind this shop is really charming — it's owned by the local toymaker, Zabaka the Toydarian, who makes the toys by hand. These include very kid-friendly artisan plush characters including Yoda, Chewbacca, Ewoks, and Rey (which cost $19.99 each, which...isn't bad!)

    I didn't check the price on that Wooden Stormtropper doll (sorry, my bad), but how cool is it? Might have to go back for one.

    19. Kids will also love seeing the Creature Stall — if not to buy anything, just to see all the creatures and critters from across the galaxy.

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    There are a couple animatronic animals in cages and behind glass that are a blast for kids to see. Also, many of these toys won't break the bank.

    Other places to find less expensive merchandise: Resistance Supply, Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, and First Order Cargo have more affordable stuff mixed in with more expensive gifts.

    20. But the merchandise you may have heard buzzed about — the ones that come with an interactive element — are more expensive.

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    For example, at the Droid Depot, you can design, assemble, and activate your very own android!

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    Know, though, that making one of these costs $100 (or more). They DO turn out really cool (as you can see below), but — again — you want to know what you're getting into before you make any promises.

    21. You can also customize your own hand-built lightsaber at Savi's Workshop. As you can see from this guy's Instagram, the results are amazing, but it costs $200.

    22. If that's a little rich for your blood, you CAN buy a much more affordable lightsaber at Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, which my little guy was more than happy with!

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    23. One last thing — the current Disneyland Resort costume policy is in effect at Galaxy’s Edge — which means guests 13 and younger can wear costumes, so let your kids throw on their Rey and Porg costumes!

    Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now open! Reservations are needed until June 23rd, but after that anyone can visit — no reservation needed!

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