Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A review of the NEW Disneyland land from someone who knows very little about Star Wars but very much loves Disneyland!

Hello friends! My name is Jessica and I was lucky enough to experience the BRAND NEW Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge last week during a special cast preview. I wanted to share my experience as someone who has only seen the original Star Wars movies and half of The Force Awakens (I tend to fall asleep during movies if I start them after 9pm… #thisis35.) I’m sure I’ve seen the ones with Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, but those don’t count right? I did grow up going to Disneyland all the time and Star Tours was one of my favorite rides as a kid. Even though I don’t know much about the movies, I love all things Disney!

The first picture we took inside Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

The first picture we took inside Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

That being said, Galaxy’s Edge was amazing! Keep reading as I’ll be sharing the things I loved, the weirdest parts of the park, and a few words you’ll need to know to keep up with the Star Wars Land Cast Members.

 

Things I LOVED

The Cantina – I mean duh! You can drink inside Disneyland now! The Cantina is a replica of the one in the movie. Not sure which movie it’s in, but it looks the exact same! You’ll have to wait to get in (about 30 min) and once you’re in you have 45 min to enjoy the Cantina. There is a 2 drink max and the drinks have to be consumed in the Cantina. Rex the robot from the original Star Tours ride makes an appearance in the Cantina as DJ Rex. He was hands down my favorite part of the Cantina! He’s got some good moves.

Smugglers Run Ride - I’ve been calling it the Millennium Falcon ride. I didn’t know this was the actual name of the ride until I googled it just now. This ride was INSANE!!!! We waited around 90 min the 1st time. Yes, my friends rode it 3 times. This old lady could only stomach 1 go. The wait was totally worth it! It’s like Star Tours meets Soarin Over California meets a real life video game. 6 people ride at a time. 2 pilots, 2 gunners and 2 engineers. It all goes so fast. The coolest part is the ship you ride it. It straight up looks like a real spaceship. I was the pilot and I was terrible. I screamed for the entire ride because it felt so real. I don’t think we accomplished any of the missions we had but it was awesome!

The Stormtroopers – Stormtroopers walk around the park as atmosphere characters and they look amazing! They have cool voice boxes or some high tech way of talking to the people in the park. They are super fun and crack a bunch of funny jokes.

The Ambiance and Décor – The attention to detail in this land is unreal! You truly feel like you are in another land. I kept forgetting I was in Disneyland. The marketplace, the bathrooms, the line for the ride; every detail has been thought out and helped make visiting Galaxy’s Edge a truly magical experience.

 

 

Anthony and I in front of the marketplace filled with shops.

Anthony and I in front of the marketplace filled with shops.

Things That Were Kinda Weird But Still Worked

The Food – As of now there are only 2 places to eat in the land. We opted for the pita wrap option. It was basically a hot dog wrapped in a pita with cheese and coleslaw. Weird, but actually delicious. There was also a smoothie drink that Anthony waited in line to get. Not quite too sure what it is. There was a blue option and a green option. Not my favorite treat I’ve ever had but everyone seemed to have one.

Keeping myself entertained in front of the Millennium Falcon while my friends rode Smugglers Run for the 2nd and 3rd time.

Keeping myself entertained in front of the Millennium Falcon while my friends rode Smugglers Run for the 2nd and 3rd time.

The Cast Members Commitment To Their Characters – I learned that Star Wars land is the fictional planet of Batuu. It takes place somewhere between the 7th and 8th movies. I think…  The cast members are committed to this story and literally never break character. After riding the Smugglers Run ride, I had a cast member come up to me and ask if I was ok. I told him I had just gotten off the Millennium Falcon ride and I wasn’t feeling awesome. His response was this, “The Millennium Falcon flies?” Then I was like, “Yeah, there’s a ride right over there.” He looked at me in shock and continued on about how he didn’t know the Millennium Falcon flew. I was super confused and thought he was losing his mind, but then I realized that in his fictional world of Batuu, the Millennium falcon didn’t fly. Commitment. I played along as I was still feeling sick and wanted him to stop talking to me. He asked if I needed to go to sick bay (lol) and I said no thank you. I just needed a Sprite. Even though I thought he was crazy for a minute there, he was super friendly and helpful!

Words You Should Know And Words I Still Don’t Know The Meaning Of

Credits – In the cantina, our server asked for credits after we ordered our drinks. I’m pretty sure he meant credit card but maybe it means ID?

Credentials – We still don’t know what this means. Anytime we went to buy something, the cast members would ask for credentials. We couldn’t figure out if it meant ID, annual pass or cast member badges?

Sick Bay – I guess that’s where you end up if you’re not feeling well.

Frequent Visitor – After getting my photo done by the photopass photographer, I showed him my annual pass and he said “Oh, you’re a frequent visitor to our planet.” Again, so much commitment to their characters.

 

Overall, we had such an amazing day! We were in the land for almost 7 hours and there was so much to see and experience. I’ve left so much out, but hopefully you’ll get to go soon and experience it for yourself! Congrats to everyone who made this land happen!

Forever thankful I got be experience a part of Disneyland history!

- Jessica Freitas 

To see more of my adventures in Southern California follow me on Instagram @jessonpointe!

 

The Best Time to Post on Instagram

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This week I’m talking about the best time to post!

I’m going to give you my thoughts on this topic, but I still think it’s a bit of a mystery. Lol. These are tips I’ve learned/used/found most effective. Please enjoy!

  1. Post when people are most active on Social Media. Morning, midday, right after work, and right before bedtime. Think about the times you are on Instagram each day of the week and start from there.

  2. Test out a few time options over the period of a week. My posts tend to get more engagement if I post at bedtime, but I know other accounts do best when they post first thing in the morning.

  3. That silly algorithm. This basically means Instagram decides when they show your followers your posts. If you post first thing in the morning, sometimes your followers see it right away and other times they see it later that afternoon. If there are accounts you interact with a lot, those will be the accounts you see first on your feed. This is why it’s important to interact with your followers!

  4. If you have a business profile you can utilize the Insights tab (Iocated in the top right corner of your profile) to see when your followers are most active on Instagram. This is according to Instagram’s analytics so try posting when your followers are most active.

  5. The moral of this story. Find a time that works for you and stick with it! People like consistency. If your followers know you always post in the morning, they will look out for your posts every morning.

This really is a hard topic to nail down but hopefully these tips can help guide you into finding the time that works best for you! Let me know below if there are any other topics in the social media realm you want to learn more about! #socialonpointe

Love,

Jessica


5 Basic Hashtag Tips for Instagram

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Hashtags are a great way to grow your Instagram following! If you don’t where to start, follow these basic tips below!

  1. You can use 30 (yes 30) hashtags in each post. If you’re trying to grow your brand or business, I suggest using all 30!

  2. Change your hashtags and make sure they are relevant to your post. I don’t know this for sure… but if you use the same hashtags on every post and don’t use hashtags directly related to your post, your post might be tagged as spam 😬This causes your post to not show up in the specific hashtag grouping.

  3. Post your hashtags in the comments of your post. This isn’t something you need to do, it just makes your post look cleaner. 

  4. Why do people use the 5 dots or asterisks before they post their hashtags? Again, this makes the “hashtags comment” look cleaner on your post. With Instagram being a visual platform, I always try to make my posts look as visually clean as possible.

  5. Keep a list of hashtags in the notes section of your phone. Title them and have them all typed out (with the 5 asterisks) so you can easily copy and paste them in the comments as soon as you publish your post!

Happy Hashtagging!


Jessica

5 Basic things to include in your Instagram Bio

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I love seeing how people present their bios on Instagram! People get super creative with hashtags and links and emojis. Here are 5 things I think are important to include in your bio no matter how creative you get!

Your Instagram Bio is one of the first things a potential new follower will look at. You only have 150 character so get creative and always make sure to include:

1. Your name or the name of your business

2. Location

3. Contact info

4. What is your page about

5. Link to a website 

1. Your name or the name of business - This may seem like a no brainer but you must list your name or the name of your business. Either in you Instagram handle or the name listed on your page. This way when people do a search on instagram they are able to find your page easily. Tip* Your handle and Instagram name can be different. That way you potential customers have another way to find you!

2. Location - As an avid Instagramer it's frustrating when I see a beautiful page with a really great service or product but I have no idea where to find them. Are they in NYC, California, London?! Please make sure you add your location in your bio! 

3. Contact Info - You now have an option on Instagram to have a business account. The business account puts an email button on your bio making it easy for potential customers to contact you. If you have NOT switched over to a business account be sure to list your email in your bio so customers will be able to contact you easily without having to search around for your email address.

4. What is your page about - Let us know what your page is all about! We want you to be pretty blunt. Do you style hair, sell t- shirts, have a blog about business, teach fitness. Tell us exactly what your page is about so we're not trying to guess what you sell or offer.

5. Link to a website - Use the clickable link in your bio to lead back to your website, an online story about you,  a YouTube video, your blog,  or a free download about your business. Use this clickable link to your advantage and don't be afraid to get creative!

*Bonus* You can now add clickable hashtags and account handles to your bio. Make sure to take advantage of that tool as well! 

Have fun creating your bio and don't be afraid to switch it up from time to time!

Jessica

Thrift Shopping Tips for Beginners

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I love thrift shopping and I love Macklemore for writing a song about it. I've always been the gal that loves digging through bins and racks at resale shops like Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill. Even as a kid I thought it was cool to wear my mom's and grandma's vintage t-shirts and dresses. I don't know if I actually looked cool but I thought I looked awesome.

Fast forward 20 years or so and here I am back to being obsessed with thrift shopping. I've never really liked spending a lot on clothes. I'm convinced you can look cute and fashionable without spending a ton of money. So I started shopping at resale shops. When I lived in Texas I would stop at Buffalo Exchange every Friday night to buy a new outfit for the weekend. Usually spending less than $10 for a top or dress or whatever random items I could find. 

I started getting back into thrift shopping last fall. I wanted to find "hidden gems" in NYC that I could either keep for myself or resell online. So I started hitting up Goodwills and thrift shops in Manhattan. I even went to the insane Goodwill outlet in Queens. I might need to do an entire blog post on that experience alone. It involved a lot of running, yelling, pushing, shopping carts and the purchase of my favorite sequin jacket ever.

This post might not be for you (as you're gonna have to dig and literally get your hands dirty) but here are some tips on thrift shopping I've picked up!

Goodwill - I usually never buy anything full price at Goodwill. All the clothing at Goodwill has different colored tags on them. Some Goodwills pick a color of the week and those colored items will be half price. Some Goodwills pick a color or two for the day and they will be half off. Again, you're gonna have to dig and sort through a bunch of racks to find the specific color that is half off. I always make sure they're aren't any holes or stains. I make sure the zippers and buttons work. I also make sure to look for popular brands. You can do a Google search or look on an app like Poshmark to see what brands are popular to sell/buy. I've noticed here in Orange County, CA Target loves to drop off brand new items to the Goodwill. These new items are usually marked with a pink tag.

Resale/Consignment Stores - Resale stores seem to be popping up all over. These stores are usually more beautifully curated than the Goodwill or Salvation Army. Most of these stores will have deals of the day. I've found resale stores a great place to find jewelry and accessories. 

Online Resale Stores - If you don't want to actually get your hands dirty you can shop online. Poshmark has been my favorite place to buy and sell gently used clothing. I set up a store last November and have had quite a bit of success selling my own clothing and clothing I found at thrift stores and resale stores. You can pretty much search anything on the app and with thousands of users you should have good luck finding whatever you are looking for. eBay is another great place to find vintage dresses and clothing. 

Hopefully this post has inspired you to check out your local resale shops. You never know what you're going to find. Plus when you buy from Goodwill or a local resale shop the proceeds usually go to a specific charity so you're helping others at the same time!

Good luck and happy thrifting!

- Jessica 

 

 

 

 

Meet Jess & Welcome to my site!

Welcome! 

Hi my name is Jessica Freitas and I want to help you live your best “On Pointe” life! I was a professional dancer for more than 15 years and have picked up quite a few other random skills along the way. In addition to dancing, I attended makeup school, help friends and family and clients with social media marketing, I’ve resold clothing online, braided & styled hair for parties and events, became a brand ambassador for several brands I LOVE, and help people become physically and mentally stronger by teaching Barre fitness classes!

I’m hoping this blog will be a great way to connect people, learn how to look and feel fabulous through beauty tips and fitness, teach you more about this social media marketing world, learn how to look fashionable on a budget, entertain, laugh and inspire you to live your best possible life.

Feel free to scroll through my posts and email me with any questions or comments. I’m excited to share what I know and love with the world. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to make this happen. Enjoy!

with love,

~ Jessica