When I first visited Galaxy’s Edge last September, I was able to experience Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, Oga’s Cantina and the marketplace. ROTR wasn’t open yet, but I was truly obsessed with the land and how immersive it was. That said, I hadn’t really watched any Star Wars films before then. I had watched a few of the classics here and there, but didn’t remember or appreciate them. After seeing how incredible GE was without even understanding all of the references, I made a point of watching the films before I returned back.
In February, I was equipped with the knowledge of the main films, and truly enjoyed them. I was also super excited that the land and ROTR was based more on the films like Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. While I loved and appreciated the originals like Empire and A New Hope, I found it easier to follow the later films because they were more recent and tied in better with similar franchise styles like Marvel, if that makes sense. That said, the timeline of ROTR was around the likes of Rey and Kylo Ren, who I grew to adore. This made me much more excited to experience it. Plus, I avoided all spoilers somehow, and was about to embark on the most ambitious attraction in Disney history with a fresh canvas.
We arrived about 90 minutes early and snagged boarding group 48 when the clock struck 8. We were SO excited and the adrenaline of everyone waiting for a group was truly unlike anything I’ve seen in the parks. Around noon it was time. We waited on the actual line for only about 30 minutes and then the multiple parts of the attraction started.
I adored ROTR. I wish I could have been multiple times, but even just the first is of course incredible. While I don’t think you will hate it without watching Star Wars, and you’ll probably love it, (many people who haven’t watched Avatar love Flight of Passage,) I would see how watching a few of the films, if not all of them will greatly amplify the experience. Familiarizing yourself with Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe, Rey, BB8 and even General Hux would be a good idea.
Of any attraction in WDW, this one truly made me feel like I had gone to a different world. FOP does this as well, but I think due to the length of ROTR, it is much more immersive. In FOP, you are still in one spot for the actual ride. Sure you have the two pre-shows, (ugh Dr. Stevens) but ROTR has far more “rooms” for you to actually explore and take in. Not to mention, they’re in quite an amazing location.
The moving aspect of the ride is just packed with amazing sights, sounds, and movements. This is probably my favorite part and what makes the desire to ride again so strong. I definitely missed things. After going on, I watched some ride videos and realized how much I didn’t see!
This is truly unlike any attraction at WDW. It’s multiple-parts and amazing for any fan or non-fan, and I highly recommend you visit!
Hannah Bouchard is the co-creator for Completely Magic.