Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Interesting Podcast about Light Sabers and Wands and our Search for Ritual

Hey there –

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might find the first part of The Holy Post, Episode 357 “Nones Love Nuns” very interesting in a weird Disney/Christian/Human Nature sort of way. The Holy Post comes from a Protestant Christian perspective and the show always starts with some humorous commentary on recent news or human interest stories. Their first story takes about 8-1/2 minutes and is about a woman growing a nose on her spine as a result of stem cell research but the second story, which starts about 8-minutes and 45-seconds into the episode, was very interesting because it was about non-religious Millennials moving in with old catholic nuns and it moves into a discussion of human yearning for rituals. Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, is one of the hosts and he compares this to the rituals surrounding building your own light saber in Savi’s Workshop at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the wand selection ritual at Universal Orlando. Then the story sort of pulls in elaborate Disney weddings where the wedding party dresses like Disney characters. I found it thought-provoking. That discussion ends at about the 25-minute point and then they have a guest interview which I have not yet listened to and probably should have before recommending the podcast. If this piques your interest at all, you can just search for “The Holy Post” on what ever podcast broadcasting platform you typically use or try http://thephilvischerpodcast.libsyn.com/ or ApplePodcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-holy-post/id591157388

The Holy Post, Episode 357 “Nones Love Nuns” -  interesting discussion that references Savi’s Light Saber Workshop at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Wand selection experience at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter into the human quest for ritual and meaning.

The Holy Post, Episode 357 “Nones Love Nuns” - interesting discussion that references Savi’s Light Saber Workshop at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Wand selection experience at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter into the human quest for ritual and meaning.

It was interesting to me because I was raised in a church context that rejected traditional religious rituals as without being aware that we we did not actually eliminate rituals at all, we just replaced them with our own practices. As an adult, I attended a Catholic funeral for a young person who died tragically in a car accident and could see where those rituals could help you find your footing again when the circumstances of life send you reeling. I was interested to hear how some non-religious Millennials were looking at the formation of rituals as away to sustain them as they pursue various causes. Since I am a travel agent who focuses on Disney and Universal theme park vacations, I was intrigued by the popularity of the wand or light saber rituals and it interesting that the experience is very meaningful to people.

Additional Information:

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates Announced

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

Disneyland California – Phase 1 opening on May 31, 2019

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Phase 1 opening on August 29, 2019

Hey, Star Wars Fans -

Today Disney announced opening dates for the first phase of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.   In this first phase, the shops, restaurants, and the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction will be open.  For an extra cost, you can create your own lightsaber or purchase your own droid modeled on R2-D2 or BB-8.  Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not open until later this year (dates not yet announced).   This is going to be an amazing, immersive Star Wars experience!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will put you in the seat of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as either a pilon, engineer, or gunner where you will blast off, jump into hyperspace and face danger at every turn.  This thrill ride features small drops, darkness and loud noises so guests must be at least 38-inches (97cm) to ride.   Guests age 7 years or younger must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older and it comes with all the usual warnings that riders should be in good health without high blood pressure, heart troubles, back or neck problems or other conditions that could be problematic.  Expectant mothers should not ride.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land designed to interact with the Play Disney parks app. Click here to learn more.

Important Information

Disneyland (California) – This is going to popular because it opens during summer vacation.  

  • Reservations required May 31 – June 23.   The no-cost reservation system has not been implemented yet but guests visiting Disneyland from May 31 to June 23, 2019 will need to purchase theme park admission prior to booking a no-cost reservation (one per ticket) to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests staying at one of the 3 Official Disneyland Hotels will get a designated reservation during their stay.   Book your trip now so that you make your reservation to enter at the earliest opportunity.

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be included in the Disneyland Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not initially be included in either FastPass or MaxPass.

  • Capacity is limited.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney World:

  • Reservations are not being offered to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Entry will be first come/first served and capacity is limited.

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not initially be included FastPass+

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be included in Extra Magic Hours which is a great benefit of staying at one of the official Walt Disney World Resort hotels or the select group of Good Neighbor hotels that qualify for Extra Magic Hour benefits.

WARNING: Availability at the official Disney World hotels is already EXTREMELY limited in early December – around Dec. 6-14 – because of the Pop Warner Super Bowl and Cheer & Dance National Events taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Most of the value resorts and several room categories at the moderate resorts are already booked to capacity.Good Neighbor hotels might be a good option.Contact us as soon as possible if this is when you want to visit.

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