I recently had the opportunity to visit the Disneyland Resort and while I was there I explored the new land-Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This new area transports you out of Disneyland and into the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. You’re immersed in the Star Wars universe where you can live your own galactic story. It’s every Star Wars fan’s dream!
The headlining attraction is Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. You get to fly in the fastest ship in the galaxy as either a pilot, gunner, or engineer. Each role is vital as you work to complete a special mission. There are 2 pilots, 2 gunners and 2 engineers per ride. Two pilots sit in the front two seats. The co-pilot on the right controls vertical motion. The Pilot on the left controls horizontal motion. The Gunners sit in the second row of seats behind the pilots. They push buttons when they light up to shoot when directed. The Engineers are in the 3 rows of seats and push buttons as they light up to fix any damages to the ship.
When I rode, I was an engineer. You can request to be a pilot if you want that experience, you just might have to wait a little longer to ride. There is no FastPass for this attraction as of now but there is a single rider line and you can use the rider swap pass as well. I enjoyed riding as an engineer though I’ve heard you get the best experience as a pilot. I still had a great time pushing the buttons I was in charge of and watching from my seat. I would compare this attraction to Star Tours in terms of movement and feeling like you’re really flying in a ship. It was truly an amazing and interactive experience!
There are quite a few places to grab a bite to eat in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For smaller bites, try some popcorn at Kat Saka’s Kettle. It’s a mix of sweet & savory. Ronto Roasters has a delicious meat wrap along with some specialty beverages. And don’t forget to head to the Milk Stand to try the blue or green milk! Blue was my favorite of the two. It had a fruity flavor whereas the green left an odd aftertaste for me.
There are 2 other locations for dining on Batuu. Grab a drink and small snack at the popular Oga’s Cantina or stop into Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo for a quick service meal. Oga’s Cantina requires a reservation that can be made the day of starting at 7 am PST. At Docking Bay 7, choose from a variety of dishes made with ingredients from throughout the galaxy. I didn’t have a chance to dine at either of these locations but they’re on my list for my next trip for sure!
Have you ever wanted to design your own droid, or maybe your own lightsaber? If so, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the place to do it! At the Droid Depot, you can design, assemble and activate your very own droid. Choose from a BB-series or R-series droid then select from a colorful variety of components to customize your droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt. Droids start at $99.99 plus tax and there are other items you can add for an additional price. Over at Savi’s Workshop, you can construct your very own lightsaber and bring it to life under the guidance of a group called the “Gatherers”. There are 4 hilt themes along with 4 different colors to choose for your lightsaber. Reservations are required for Savi’s Workshop and can be made in advance. Lightsabers are $199.99 plus tax and come with a carrying case.
If the customizable merchandise isn’t your thing, check out the other shops in Black Spire Outpost. Get yourself your very own Jedi robes at Black Spire Outfitters, adopt an exotic creature from Creature Stall, or pick up a handcrafted toy from Toydarian Toymaker. You can also pledge your allegiance to the First Order and grab some recruitment gear at First Order Cargo, or join the Resistance and get some supplies at Resistance Supply.
There isn’t any real character meet and greets as of right now, however, Storm Troopers regularly patrol the area and sometimes Kylo Ren is with them. You also might run into some of your favorite Star Wars characters like Chewbacca and Rey. I saw Rey walking through Batuu and chatting with guests. Also be on the lookout for the Resistance spy, Vi Moradi. I saw her sneaking around Black Spire Outpost conversing with guests while avoiding the First Order.
While in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, I no longer felt like I was in Disneyland. It was as if I had just arrived on a unique planet. You can hear ships and speeders taking off and zooming past the outpost. Cast members develop their own Star Wars story and become a part of the experience as well. It truly is one of the most immersive and out of this world lands! Stay tuned for the 2nd attraction in the area, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, to open January 17, 2020. But don’t let that stop you from exploring Batuu now! Contact me at email@example.com to start planning your next galactic adventure.