Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now officially open in Disneyland over in California, and while only one of the two signature attractions are open at this time, there is no shortage of details and fun to explore. With Galaxy’s Edge being the largest single themed expansion in any Disney Park, it is also perhaps the most interactive, with the most details, and the most unique experiences, since this is, after all, a whole new planet to most of us.
We thought all of these new places and encounters deserved a bit of a primer for those of us who may not be as familiar with the “Ways of the Force.” This 14-acre space is huge, so if you’d like to familiarize yourself with the space, the newly released park map with food and merchandise locations will be a great help. Now let’s dive in to the info!
What to Know Before You Go:
The Territory –
As I’m sure you know by now, the land known as “Galaxy’s Edge” is actually located on the outer rim planet of Batuu, specifically at “Black Spire Outpost.” Once a bustling trading post, Black Spire Outpost is now a rundown settlement. With the advent of hyperspace, the land dissolved into a port for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers (that’s you!). Named for the once towering trees which are now petrified into black spires, this is a place to go if you don’t want to be found.
Despite that reputation, there is one section of Black Spire Outpost that is First Order Territory, so rebels of the Resistance be warned. Each faction has their own establishments in the land, so First Order allies can purchase merchandise to support their cause, just as Resistance fighters can as well.
The time frame for now (storylines could always change in the future) is between episodes 8 and 9 of the current Star Wars film series. Despite that, you’ll find no mention or understanding among “cast members” present in the land or Star Wars as a separate entity to their own reality. Even the merchandise and food will not reveal anything but local ties and you will not find any merchandise from neighboring Disneyland within Batuu. It is truly an immersive experience like no other. Which brings us to our next thing to know: what to say!
The Language –
For all the reasons noted above, there are some words and phrases exclusive to Batuu and Black Spire Outpost that you may want to familiarize yourself with before your visit, so you don’t draw attention to yourself like C-3PO walking into Mos Eisley Cantina. Here’s a rundown of the most common and useful phrases in Black Spire Outpost:
- Bright suns/Rising moons – like “good morning” and “good evening” you use these greetings based on the time of day.
- Til the spires! – this is one of a few ways to say goodbye or farewell, however in Batuu it has become a rallying cry, so feel free to say it with energy and style.
- May the spires keep you – a more formal goodbye
- Good journey – a more casual goodbye
- Younglings – familiar to existing Star Wars fans as a word for children, you could also use padawans if the Force is strong with them. You may also hear youngling transport – known here on Earth as a stroller.
- Refreshers – restrooms to us
- Hydrators – water fountains
- Data pad – local word for smartphone, and a convenient place to check any language questions when using the Play Disney Parks app’s Star Wars Data Pad, available while you’re in that section of the park.
- Only the ancients know – Simply translated as ‘I don’t know,’ is always a good way to get out of an awkward conversation among locals.
The Food –
There are many unique items to be found within Black Spire Outpost, including the famous “blue milk” as well as green milk, and many other options.
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is housed in a working hangar bay, where you can choose from a variety of dishes prepared with ingredients from across the galaxy—all of it delicious, but none of it familiar.
- Ronto Roasters is a favorite stop for crews prepping for their next mission. Inside, spot the hanging podracer engine heating up a spit of meats. A pitmaster droid turns the mechanical spit, grilling a large side of ronto—a massive beast native to the planet Tatooine.
- Oga’s Cantina is where you can enjoy some bold musical entertainment courtesy of droid DJ R-3X, a former Starspeeder 3000 pilot. The cantina adheres to proprietor Oga Garra’s strict code of conduct, but patrons can be… unpredictable, so just keep your head down—and drink casual.
We’ll have more updates on the food of Batuu in the future, but for now here’s a quick peek at some of the offerings:
The Merchandise –
As mentioned above, the merchandise within Batuu at Black Spire Outpost will not be “Star Wars” branded, these items will be “hand-crafted” by artisans within the land, and sold to visiting travellers (that’s you again!). Here are some highlights of the exclusive merchandise:
- Droid Depot is where you can build your own R-series or BB-series droids that will act as a friend throughout the village of Black Spire Outpost.
- Toydarian Toymaker stall offers an assortment of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys and musical instruments.
- Creature Stall sells creatures of the galaxy ready for a home, including porgs, tauntauns and more.
- Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers is where you will be able to build your own lightsaber, guided by ancient wisdom but crafted by the choices you make on your own adventure. Each build will begin with a personal connection to a kyber crystal used to ignite the custom lightsaber.
- Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities will lead you to discover rare and unique items for sale, including relics left behind by the Sith
There are also merchandise locations offering clothing for both First Order and Resistance members.
The Attractions –
As of now, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is the only attraction opened in Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, with Rise of the Resistance needing a little more time to welcome visitors. This is the attraction Star Wars fans have dreamed of; where you get to pilot the Millennium Falcon – the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
Hondo Ohnaka is running a “legitimate business” out of the spaceport, called Ohnaka Transport Solutions. When guests meet Hondo in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, he tells them he has more cargo than he can handle and needs extra flight crews to make some runs for him – especially crews that won’t ask too many questions about the cargo or how Hondo acquired it! – LaughingPlace.com
This is a motion simulator ride where you have one of 3 options when you get onboard:
- Pilots (2) – Work together to steer the ship – the left pilot controls horizontal motion, the right pilot controls vertical motion – avoiding obstacles that could cause damage
- Gunners (2) – Use blasters and missiles to defend the Falcon and its precious cargo (switching to manual targeting creates an even greater challenge!)
- Flight Engineers (2) – Keep the Falcon from falling apart on its mission by managing the ship’s systems, repairing any damage the ship encounters and take control of the “special modifications” Hondo installed for these unusual missions – LaughingPlace.com
Once you are done with your mission, Hondo will tell you how you did and if you hit some things along the way, the exit hallway will show the damage your crew caused.
The height requirement for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is 38in (97cm) or taller to ride. It has some small drops, it is dark and loud so plan accordingly with your smaller smugglers.
Also be aware that part of being a pilot is possibly crashing into some things, which may make the rest of your crew slightly annoyed at you, so if you can’t take some good-natured rubbing, or don’t want to be known as “that guy that crashed the Falcon…” maybe opt for a different position on deck.
Since we don’t want to spoil all the details and interactive elements, we wanted to point those who do want all the info before they go to some of our Disney friends and advertising partners. For details, photos, videos and reactions to Galaxy’s Edge, the food, the merchandise, and Smuggler’s Run – head to any of our partners below to view their amazing coverage of Batuu’s grand opening in Disneyland:
As well as our own Beci Mahnken, MEI & Mouse Fan Travel owner, CEO and President, who was also on hand at all the grand opening hoopla!
When to Go:
Reservations are required to visit Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between May 31 and June 23, 2019. Beginning June 24, 2019, Disneyland Park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences will be subject to capacity. At this moment in time, the only way to enter Galaxy’s Edge through June 23, will be by having a reservation booked at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Luckily, we can help with that!
After that, well, all bets are off as far as being able to get into Batuu. Disneyland has not announced as of now how they will handle crowds or if that area will be closed due to capacity after the reservations window has ended. We will of course keep you posted as we get official updates.
Our recommendation is to plan a little further out, perhaps the time between Thanksgiving and before the Christmas holidays and school vacations start, or even planning a vacation for next year, to ensure most of the first wave of visitors to the new land has died down a little. Again, we can help you plan for that, and our Mouse Fan Travel agents, armed with the knowledge or annual passholder blockout dates being lifted, schools being out, and other events which would affect crowd levels, will check the latest availability and make sure your visit to Batuu is a smooth one.
We hope this planning guide has helped take some of the mystery and confusion out of visiting Galaxy’s Edge and given you even more excitement to look forward to! If you have any questions, be sure to comment below or visit us on our social media channels, where we’re happy always happy to help.