How to Avoid Crowds at Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios

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Do you want to visit a galaxy far, far away in Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but are worried about the crowds that typically gather within that area? Then be sure to follow these tips and tricks!

In this article, we are breaking down the areas within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to avoid as well as which times of day are typically better to visit!

Related: The Best Time to Visit Disney World in 2021!

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Areas to Avoid Within Galaxy’s Edge

One of the most congested parts of Galaxy’s Edge is the area near the Milk Stand. Not only is the Milk Stand a very popular location, but right behind it is a small stage where Kylo Ren and the First Order come out to visit Guests at a safe social distance. For these two reasons, I highly recommend trying to avoid this area if you are looking to get away from crowds.

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Another popular area is where Rey and Chewbacca tend to come out to greet Guests. With this being a small walkway to begin with, and then Guests gathering around to snap a socially distanced selfie with Rey or Chewie, this area can get a bit congested as well.

Which Time of Day Is Best To Visit Galaxy’s Edge?

From my personal experiences when visiting Galaxy’s Edge, I have found that anytime in the evening is best to visit this area of the theme park.

As soon as the theme park opens in the morning, Guests rush into Batuu to try and get on the line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run or to grab a Black Caf and Ronto Morning Wrap from Ronto Roasters. And as the morning passes and lunchtime comes, another rush of Guests come into Galaxy’s Edge to refuel at Docking Bay 7.

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Related: Smugglers Run Line Takes Over Galaxy’s Edge This Week

But, once lunchtime passes, and we get later into the evening, I have found that crowds die down in the galaxy far, far away. Typically, the wait time for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is way less than what it is in the late morning, and many people are off visiting other portions of the theme park that they haven’t yet seen, such as Toy Story Land or Sunset Boulevard.

Plus, who doesn’t want to see the iconic Millennium Falcon lit up at nighttime? It certainly is a sight to see.

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Rise of the Resistance

Now, we are putting this attraction within its own section of the article because, honestly, depending on how well this attraction is running on any given day, it can really affect crowd levels.

For example, if Rise of the Resistance is running smoothly, they will continue calling boarding groups at a steady pace, allowing people to efficiently go through the line and experience Rise of the Resistance in a timely manner.

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However, if the ride breaks down (or if the ride breaks down multiple times within a day), the line can get backed up and Guests can tend to gather outside of the queue area to see when they will start calling boarding groups again. This, of course, can cause the Rise of the Resistance area of Galaxy’s Edge to build up crowds.

If you want to ride Rise of the Resistance, it is important to note that Guests must obtain a boarding group via a virtual queue. There is no physical line for this attraction. For more information on how to obtain a boarding group, visit our guide here.

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Related: How to Avoid Crowds at Magic Kingdom in Disney World

Do You Want to Visit Walt Disney World?

If you are looking to visit Disney World on your next vacation, there are some things you need to keep in mind. First, health and safety protocols have been added to the theme parks. These include social distancing markers, the requirement of a proper face covering, encouragement of Mobile Order, temporary suspension of meet and greets, parades, and fireworks, and more.

Additionally, Disney has a new Park Pass reservation system that requires those who wish to visit a Walt Disney World theme park — Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — to have both a valid ticket and a reservation for the park they wish to visit on that day.

At this time, the Disney Park Pass system currently allows Guests to book available theme parks through January 2023, indicating that theme park reservations are not going away anytime soon, so Guests should get familiarized with the system if they are wanting to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.

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If you want to visit Walt Disney World on your next family vacation but need help planning, be sure to get in touch with our friends over at Academy Travel. They will be with you every step of the way when planning your magical vacation. You can get started today by clicking here!

And if you are looking to avoid crowds at other parks, check out our guides here:

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