With the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at both Walt Disney world and Disneyland comes a brand new interactive game you can play in the parks. Grab your phone, download the Disney Play App and get ready to Hack door panels, scan code, and unlock puzzles that gain you points and gear for your avatar.
How to Get Started
- Download the Disney Play App
- Select your Park- Walt Disney World or Disneyland
- Then select your park within the park (Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World or Disneyland in Disneyland Park)
- Click on the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge icon in the app.
- Open the App
Note: With GPS tracking the app knows your geolocation so will only work once you are inside the land.
Create Your Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Profile
Every player has to have a profile. And you can have up to 5 players playing the same game at once. Each person can tackle different missions and from there you can “win” things for your avatar along the way while you take down the bad guys.
How To Play the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Interactive Game
There are two parts to the Galaxy’s Edge Game experience.
- Star Wars Datapad is the game hub and where you’ll build your avatar and solve puzzles that unlock “doors”, scan crates that earn you points and so on. The missions in this part of the game are all over the land and can be played at random during your time there.
- Smugglers Run: Flight Crews is a Scavenger Hunt game that walks you through all the Star Wars Easter Eggs in the Smugglers Run queue line. The game only works if you are INSIDE the Smugglers Run queue. And your hunt for the items you’re looking for happens at different parts of the line. So this game would actually best work if you are in a long line. A shorter hurried line would cause you to miss many of the pieces.
Star Wars Datapad
The Star Wars Datapad is your profile and game hub. Here you can build your avatar and work through all the hacks you find throughout the land. You’ll have a collection of tools to use, map and a slew of jobs you can complete. These can be tackled in no particular order, and are specific to where you are in the land.
This part of the game experience involves wandering through the land and stumbling onto neat things to unlock, hack, scan or whatever.
Unlocking a Door Panel
In the Star Wars Datapad one of the easier-to-understand elements of the game is the ability to solve spatial puzzles. By solving a puzzle you are able to cause the door panel to light up, and essentially become hacked. As you can see from the screen above “Access Granted” gets you interaction with the panel. But you, unfortunately aren’t whisked away to any magical lands through the door you just hacked. so you move on to the next one.
Scanning the Crates
Many of the crates in Galaxy’s Edge have a QR code that needs scanned by the app. And we saw many players ahead of us approaching this part of the game play which much more gusto than we could muster. Because essentially you’re just scanning a QR code. Is this fun? Yeah, kinda. Strangely it becomes sorta like a job you can’t quit. You want to… because at one point you should probably go eat, or ride something… but you just have a few more to scan right? Right?
The First Order
Keep in mind that your work in the app is Rebel work. Some of the crates and door panels you will have to scan and hack are questionably close to the First Order area of the land and you DO NOT want to get caught lurking about some old crates when the stormtroopers arrive. While the First Order will be chatting up guests getting them to join their side, you’ll need to be diligent and not give away that you’re a Rebel.
Smugglers Run: Flight Crews Wanted
When you enter the smugglers run queue have the app open to identify what you need to play the scavenger hunt. If you’ve been playing the Star Wars Datapad portion of the app game, you may have to close out and re-open so that you can select “Flight Crews Wanted.” The App will prompt you as you move through the queue to identify certain things. Here’s just a few of the things you’ll find along the way.
- Check out the crates as you enter the queue. To the left of them you’ll see the table where Han and Lando played the game, sabacc in Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is the game that gets Han Solo the Millennium Falcon.
- To the right of the game table you’ll notice the DLT-34 heavy blasters used by the Imperial stromtroopers in Star Wars: A New Hope.
- And keep an eye out for an R2 unit that has been turned into a trash can.
Once on the second level of the queue it’s important to look down. Certain elements of the scavenger hunt can only be found from above.
You’ll see props and elements from every Star Wars movie along the queue. The attention to detail here does not disappoint! And there’s really no better way to learn all the elements than through the app.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Game in the Disney Play App
This is such a fun, interactive game to play with on the app while you’re in Galaxy’s Edge. Unfortunately many Disney Vacations don’t typically lend time to wandering about playing a game on your phone. We hope that you’ll find at least a little time to integrate this gaming experience into your next Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge visit. It’s fun for kids and grown ups alike. And really does make you see the land in a whole new light!