I am starting to solidify some plans for my December trip and I wanted your input on a crucial detail - Galax’s Edge. First a few details:
We are headed down the day after Christmas and staying until New Year’s Day. I am expecting crazy crowds, so I am planning a lot at park opening and park closing. We will be at HS for the morning of our 2nd day, and for the afternoon/evening of our 5th day.
This trip will have a number of firsts. First time at WDW at Christmas, first time staying at DVC as a family (my DD and I did a “use it or lose it” three night trip this summer while my husband was out of town) and our first time seeing Galaxy’s Edge.
The Galaxy’s Edge component is particularly important. I am the Disney fan in my family and I have converted my daughter. My husband is Disney neutral, but has been nothing but supportive as long as we balance where we go on vacation. But, on this trip, he has one request: he wants to build a light saber.
I know I will be able to get him a Savi’s reservation. But I see this desire as an invitation to bring the magic. He loves Star Wars. And I want to bring the magic and plan the perfect evening. I pride myself on planning things for my family to magically stumble upon, have an amazing experience and never know how much thought went into it. And I would love your insight on how to do this for my husband and Galaxy’s Edge.
I am suspecting that the best way to maximize the GE experience in the midst of crazy crowds, is to spend a chunk of time there in the evening and after park closing. So the day 5 evening is my target date. I saw there are Savi’s reservations for as late as 1 hour after park closing, and I know there are Oga’s reservations after park close. If I need to, I will buy a ROTR IAS (this time and this time only) and Genie+ in order to make a perfect evening.
So my questions are these:
if you could create the perfect evening for a Star Wars lover who has never been to GE - what would you do in GE and in what order, including post-park closing reservations for Oga’s and/or Savi’s.
should we use any of our Day 2 HS time at GE or save it all for Day 5? That is my only rope drop day at HS and we really enjoy the other rides in HS. I want to use RD and Genie+ to really get to the other rides. We will need a mid-day break because we are doing Epcot extra hours that evening so time is limited. I don’t want to make the introduction to GE be a crazy RD or so crowded it is not a pleasant experience.
what were the most impactful moments for you? Favorite things that might be less known or out of the way?