We will be in Orlando on what will primarily be a Universal trip, but we're looking at just paying what it costs and hitting Disney Hollywood Studios/ Galaxy's edge. I'm just beginning to dig into the pieces and parts of what everyone would want to do there, and I know there are fast passes for smugglers run. Is there any benefit to bringing in a Disney travel agent? We're not staying on property, and while we'll eat there there's no need for a dining plan. I guess i'm just looking at the hoops to be able to get the fast pass or set up an appointment to build a droid and going do I need someone to hold my hand through this?
If smugglers run is the one with the boarding groups then you have to be at the park early so that you can get into the park immediately as it opens. Then you have to keep refreshing to see if you get into a breading group. The app has to be connected to something.
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You do not need an agent for one day. I just got back from multiple days at both parks (Universal and Disney) and we didn't have one. We did all of Galaxy's Edge. The only thing we had that you don't is staying on property.
Feb 19 they are adding the FP for Smuggler's Run, so you have that over what we did. You can set your Droid appointment 180 days in advance, just like you can set your Oga's Cantina, if you're interested. I had a reservation but cancelled after reading how you're limited on time and even seating options once you enter. It wasn't worth it to us.
However, my daughter built a droid and adores it. It's one of her favorite purchases from the entire trip.
As for your FP, you'll only have the 30 day window since you're not staying on property, so you'll have to make yours as soon as you can, but you most likely will not get Smuggler's Run. However, if you download the Disney app, you can watch the wait times and they go down to about an hour or less after lunch time. It's still not a FP, but it's less than some waits!
For Rise of the Resistance - the boarding group queue, you need to be in the park and all members of your group need to have entered the park, too. Make sure they are in your Disney App ahead of time, otherwise you will not get a boarding group. The extra .3 seconds to click all 5 of us pushed our group back to #73. I was in the app and refreshing right as the park opened and was on right at 8AM (open time that day). The app will tell you what boarding groups are boarding and when it comes your time, will give you a window of time to be back. As #73 last Thursday, we got to enter around 3:40pm. This fluctuates and obviously changes if the ride goes down.
I hope that helps... feel free to message me if you want anymore info.