Are you counting down the seconds until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019?
Spoiler alert: You’re not alone.
Whether you plan to blast off to Batuu on opening day or you’re planning a visit a few months later, now is the time to prepare for the best possible Walt Disney World vacation.
If you’re headed to Disney World for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge there is a lot of planning that needs to happen between now and August 29 — including deciding what Disney World Resort Hotel is best for you.
Lucky for you, our good friends at Small World Vacations have some suggestions on the BEST Disney World Hotels for your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
Picture this — it’s Galaxy’s Edge opening day and you want to be first in line! You don’t have to wait for a bus or deal with the INSANE traffic sure to be gumming up the roads around Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Just roll out of bed and WALK TO GALAXY’S EDGE! Yeah! It’s totally possible for that to BE YOUR LIFE!
And also, after a full day of exploring out-of-this-world attractions and experiences at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’re part of the huge crowds leaving the park. But, instead of waiting a really long time for a bus (or even a Friendship Boat) you can take a leisurely stroll back to your Epcot-area Resort Hotel including Beach Club, Yacht Club, BoardWalk Inn, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located on the shores of Crescent Lake and evokes memories of years gone by on the Atlantic Coast. At BoardWalk Inn you’ll find rooms and villas are available for 4 – 12 guests and include Garden or Water View rooms, Club Level with a Concierge Lounge, Deluxe Villas, or Garden Suites with a Jacuzzi tub.
Whether you’re staying at the BoardWalk Inn or just stopping by from another hotel, the Boardwalk is home to live entertainment, shopping, recreation, and more. You can also enjoy a variety of dining locations and lounges including Flying Fish, Trattoria al Forno, AbracadaBar, ESPN Club, Big River Grille & Brewing Works, Jellyrolls, and Atlantic Dance Hall.
If you stay at the BoardWalk Inn or Deluxe Villas you can enjoy a day off from the parks and zip down the 200 foot-long Keister Coaster water slide at Luna Park Pool. Or enjoy the serene setting at the quiet pool near the Garden Suites. Guests can also enjoy the resort’s gym arcade, general store, and tennis courts. And don’t forget to rent a Surrey Bike on the Boardwalk!
The BoardWalk Inn is just a short walk away from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the rest of Hollywood Studios!
Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
Disney’s Yacht Club, Beach Club, and Beach Club Villas are located across Crescent Lake from the BoardWalk Inn offering nautical and seashore themes, and like the BoardWalk Inn are fantastic locations if you’re headed to Hollywood Studios!
Guests of the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts can enjoy Stormalong Bay – arguably the best pool on Disney property – featuring a lazy river, pirate ship water slide, and sandy bottom. You can also rent a new poolside cabana!
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After a day at the parks you can relax in the spa or work out in the gym. Dining locations at Yacht and Beach Club include Beaches and Cream (which is closing for refurbishment this summer), Yachtsman Steakhouse, Ale and Compass, and an all-you-care-to-eat New England Clam Bake at dinnertime at Cape May Café.
At Yacht Club and Beach Club rooms and villas are available for 4 – 12 guests and include Garden or Water View rooms, Club Level with a Concierge Lounge, Deluxe Villas, and more.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels are also located in the Crescent Lake/Epcot area. And while they are technically located on Disney property, they are not owned or operated by Disney.
The amenities and services at the Swan and Dolphin are very similar to the Disney Deluxe Resorts and include Extra Magic Hours. Guests at the Swan and Dolphin can also book their FastPass+ selections 60 days before arrival. Guests at the Swan and Dolphin do not receive a complimentary MagicBand nor do they receive complimentary transportation on Disney’s Magical Express from Orlando International Airport to the resort.
But just like the BoardWalk Inn and Yacht and Beach Clubs, the Swan and Dolphin are within walking distance of Hollywood Studios (and Epcot)!
BoardWalk Area Resorts and Disney Festivals
In addition to being NOT so far, far away from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, these resorts are also within walking distance to Epcot.
The Epcot-area hotels are a convenient location if you’re making plans to attend one or more of the festivals held at Epcot throughout the year including the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Epcot Festival of the Holidays, and Epcot Festival of the Arts.
This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs from August 29 – November 23, 2019 – which means it opens on the same day that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens!
And remember – the new Disney Skyliner is also opening this fall – and you’ll be able to take the Skyliner from Epcot to Hollywood Studios, too!
All of this means NOW more than ever is the BEST time to make plans to visit Walt Disney World!
NOTE: Our friends at Small World Vacations want to remind everyone that capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and its experiences may be limited when it initially opens. Access to the park, Galaxy’s Edge, and related experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand and other factors. The second phase of the land, including the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction, is slated to open later in the year.
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