So you couldn’t snag reservations to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or simply did not want to brave the crowds. That’s ok! We have a handful of fun things to do without stepping foot into the land that are stellar Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge alternatives.
Binge Watch the Movies
Nothing puts you more in the STAR WARS spirit than watching the stories unfold on the screen! You can snuggle up on the couch, grab some popcorn or candy, and spend days watching the saga of STAR WARS! Upside is that you can pause the movie whenever you have to go to the bathroom without missing any important parts! Even better, with 8 movies and counting in the series, that’s 8 times the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge alternatives to enjoy.
The debates are real over the “proper” order in which to watch the STAR WARS movies.
Empire Online does a fantastic job of presenting you with options more in depth including pros and cons. A few of these suggested viewing orders I have heard of but a few I have not! You decide which is best for you.
Episode Order (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX)
Production Order (IV, V, VI, I, II, III, VII, VIII, IX)
Ernst Rister Order (IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX)
Machete Order (IV, V, II, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX)
Time Machine Order (IV*, V*, VI*, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX – I know this one was new to me too)
Comment below and let me know your thoughts on these! Has anyone watched Machete Order?
Host a Star Wars Party
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After watching all the movies in the order of your liking, be sure you were taking notes or use our STAR WARS 101 primer so you can have the most epic STAR WARS party themed down to the blue milk and all.
Here is an awesome STAR WARS Dance Party playlist on Spotify.
You can find some good party decor on Amazon too! Use that Prime membership and get it in 2 days!
This fantastic STAR WARS Party pack I found has cups, plates, napkins, wall decor, AND masks!! But don’t take my word for it! Search Amazon for more STAR WARS goodies then you even know existed!
I even made an excellent STAR WARS Party Pinterest board with a ton more of ideas just for such an event! Check it out!
Remember these parties don’t just need to be for kids! Adults can host their own STAR WARS party complete with STAR WARS costumes and spiked Jedi Juice – just saying!
“STAR WARS: Secrets Of The Empire” VR
Pushing the boundaries of location-based virtual reality, The VOID and ILMxLAB bring the Star Wars universe to life through a multi-sensory, untethered story.
HOT TIP: You must be a min. of 48 inches and ages 10+, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.
On a personal note, my husband did this recently and LOVED it! He is looking forward to other story lines they might have in the future!
STAR WARS Day at the OC Zoo
If you have never been to the OC Zoo then this is an excellent time to check it out…and then keep coming back over and over! This is one of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge alternatives that is perfect for kids of all ages.
On June 22nd, OC Zoo will be hosting a STAR WARS Day where guests can enjoy fun STAR WARS crafts, games, and photo opps. And of course there will be adorable zoo animals joining in the fun!
Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress in STAR WARS attire and costumes, and the first 100 children (12 and under) wearing a STAR WARS costume will receive a special gift and free train ticket to the Irvine Park Railroad. No reservations are required.
Here are the specifics:
June 22 – Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Event Cost: Free with paid zoo admission of $2 per person; ages 2 & under are free
Location: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Contact: (714) 973-6846
Your Friendly Neighborhood Geek Bar
While STAR WARS seems to be the main theme of this bar in Hollywood, it also features Game Of Thrones to Harry Potter and all the things in between! You are encouraged to dress in costume if you want and the drinks do not disappoint! They have trivia with Geeks Who Drink every Wednesday at 8pm!
HOT TIP: You can bring kids to the bar from 6-8pm. After 8pm it’s 21+ only, so make it a date night and impress with your underground knowledge of the perfect nerdy bar!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
I know I know I said that this post was if you COULDN’T get into to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but hear me out! After June 24th, no reservations will be required to enter Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu! So even if you missed the reservations this round, you can still make it into the land in late June!
Now you have the ideas, tools, and locations for all the best STAR WARS adventures outside of Disneyland! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @orangecounty_momsblog so we can see all the fun!