The 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is the largest single-themed land in Disney Parks’ history. The land, which opened in May after years of anticipation from “Star Wars” fans, is amazing by day and stunning at night.
Three entrances lead into the new land, and each provides a completely different experience. Along with a collection of original cantina songs, Academy Award-winning composer John Williams created an all-new score for the land and its attractions.
Once inside, guests are immediately immersed into the Black Spire Outpost, a spaceport on a far-flung edge of the galaxy’s Outer Rim. Located on the planet Batuu, the outpost is a haven for outcasts – a port for smugglers, traders and adventurers. “Star Wars” aficionados will notice that the story of Galaxy’s Edge is set between “The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker”; accordingly, you won’t see Obi-Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader, but you will encounter Rey, Chewbacca and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and his posse of stormtroopers.
The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Who hasn’t dreamt of getting into the cockpit of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy? To board the Millennium Falcon through the same starboard airlock used by Han Solo and Chewbacca in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and to sit around the Dejarik table in the main hold of the ship – these are now dreams come true for many “Star Wars” fans. After going through an elaborate queue, riders settle into the cockpit of the ship in groups of six (two pilots, two gunners and two engineers); soon it’s time to jump into hyperspace.
You and your crew are partially in control of the ship. Therefore, full attention is required. Now is not the time to share your glory on social media, as how you execute your mission will have consequences that will be on record throughout your stay. Trust me, you don’t want an unhappy Wookiee to know who wrecked his ship.
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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, a next-generation dark ride, will open at the end of 2019. The 25-minute-long ride will incorporate four different ride experiences, including trackless vehicles, a walk-through component, a motion simulator and a final drop.
Remember that your actions have consequences! Learn more by downloading the Play Disney Parks app, known as the Star Wars: Datapad, to your phone. You can interact with the land’s control panels and droids, and even translate galactic languages. The question is, who will you support? Will you pledge alliance to the Resistance or the First Order, or are you a scoundrel looking out only for yourself? The choice is yours!
Flavors From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Oga’s Cantina is the land’s main watering hole. Here guests enjoy exotic beverages such as bubbling and smoking Carbon Freeze ($7.50), the herbal Dagobah Slug Slinger ($15) and the tropical rum-based Yub Nub served in a collectible mug ($42, mug included). Music is provided by DJ R-3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours.
You’ll find the main eatery, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, docked on top of a large hangar. Here guests enjoy culinary specialties prepared by chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs. The menu is extensive, but the Kaadu ribs are an absolute must. (Yes, you read that right, they’re named after the creature Jar Jar Binks rode in “Episode I.”) For dessert go for the Batuu-bon, a chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custard.
For a quick bite I recommend the Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters. I promise it tastes just like roasted pork and grilled sausages.
One stop at the Milk Stand and you’ll finally know what the famous blue milk tastes like. Also available is green milk. Both are a frozen blend of exotic tastes and fruity accents. A word of caution, though: The drinks are an acquired taste. I suggest buying one for your entire party and sharing to see if you like it.
Last but not least, fret not: Popcorn is available on Batuu. Colorful kettle-cooked popcorn with sweet, spicy and savory seasoning is for sale at Kat Saka’s Kettle.
You Reached the Outer Rim, So Now What?
Terrestrial visitors coming to Batuu in search of adventures won’t be disappointed. The land offers plenty of shopping, food, beverages and interactive games.
Savi’s Workshop is home of the custom-made lightsabers at $199 plus tax, while at Droid Depot guests can create astromech droids for $99 plus tax. Mysterious items from different eras of the “Star Wars” galaxy are available at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Just bring lots of terrestrial plastic with you, and don’t gamble it away at Oga’s Cantina!
At the vibrant marketplace check out the Black Spire Outfitters for robes and tunics inspired by those worn by famous Jedi. At the Toydarian Toymaker, a small stall filled with plush characters and fun games, stock up on Chance Cubes, Cards of Sabacc and (my favorite) the Dejarik game. Creatures and critters from across the galaxy can be found at the Creature Stall. If you want to pledge alliance to the Resistance, check out the Resistance Supply stall for caps and pins. If, on the other hand, you are pulled to the Dark Side, the First Order cargo stall is right for you. First Order-branded merchandise will make sure everybody knows which side you are on! At Jewels of Bith guests can purchase T-shirts and other items to commemorate their visit to Batuu.
May the Force Be with You (or How to Secure Access to Galaxy’s Edge)
For starters, make sure you download the official Disneyland app to your smartphone before your visit and link the theme park tickets of your entire party in the app. If guest demand for entry into Galaxy’s Edge is high – and it will be so for quite some time – Disney may, as needed, use a virtual queuing system.
Once you visit the park check the app to see if you can access the land right away or if you need to join a boarding group for later access. You must be signed on to the app and inside the park to join a boarding group; there are no advance reservations. You’ll then will receive a confirmation with a boarding group number, which you can check on the app or at digital signage in the park at any time. You’ll also get a smartphone notification when it’s time for you to enter the land. Once you get your notification you have two hours to enter Galaxy’s Edge.
If you don’t want to use the app, you can visit a FastPass location to obtain access to the land.
Savi’s Workshop and Oga’s Cantina have very limited capacities and reservations are required. Reservations begin at 7 a.m. on the day of your visit and must be guaranteed with a credit card. You can check availability and make reservations through the Disneyland mobile app.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Aug. 29.
How excited are you for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening? Will you be heading to Disney parks ASAP to check it out or will you wait for the crowds to die down? (Will they ever?)