Explore the edge of the galaxy, purchase wares from parts unknown and finally sample Blue Milk. The far way planet of Batuu is open to strangers far and wide at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland! And we’ve got the tips and tricks you need to make your next Disneyland trip out of this world.
Everything You Need to Know about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland
1. What is Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
2. Who needs reservations to Star Wars Land
3. Where to find the best souvenirs in Black Spire Outpost
4. What to eat in Galaxy’s Edge
5. How to save time with mobile ordering in Batuu
6. How to enhance your Star Wars experience with the Play Disney Parks app
7. What Star Wars characters can you meet
8. What attractions are open in Galaxy’s Edge
Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for the rides and adventures of a lifetime in a galaxy far, far away with everything you need to know about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland.
1. What is Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?
Galaxy’s Edge is a new Star Wars themed land in Disneyland Theme Park in Anaheim, California. It’s the largest expansion in Disney theme parks history and Disney Imagineering built it to be fully immersive. As we stepped inside Star Wars Land, we were instantly transported to the outer rim of the galaxy landing on the planet Batuu. The remote settlement is home to riffraff and scoundrels and is the perfect hideaway for rebels.
TravelingMom Tip: Keep your eyes peeled because you just might see your favorite intergalactic hero!
2. Do You Need Reservations for Star Wars Land?
To help manage crowds for the new land from May 31 – June 23, 2019, are required to have a reservation. At this late date, the only way to snag a reservation to Galaxy’s Edge is to stay at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels – Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa, The Disneyland Hotel or Paradise Pier Hotel.
Starting June 24, 2019, reservations will no longer be required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney has announced it will implement a virtual queue during this time. There will be no physical stand-by line. Instead, guests will secure their spot in the virtual queue only after entering the Disneyland Park. It’s sort of like a Fastpass for getting into the land, rather than just getting on a ride. You book a time and return at your appointed hour to experience all the Star Wars wonder of Galaxy’s Edge.
Trust me, this is good news! No more wasting hours of park time just to get into the land. You’ll be free to explore the rest of the park until it is your turn to enter Star Wars Land.
3. Where Are the Best Souvenirs?
I have been counting down the days till I could buy All Things Star Wars and I wasn’t disappointed! From build-your-own lightsaber to bringing home one of a kind creatures, head to Black Spire Outpost. This is a marketplace filled with shops including Black Spire Outfitters, Jewels of Bith, Resistance Supply and First Order Cargo. I’ve never seen so much Star Wars Memorabilia on one planet!
Here are a few of my don’t miss Star Wars shopping experiences:
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers
We customized our own epic lightsabers with the help of Gatherers. There are four paths to choose from:
- Peace and Justice. This uses salvaged scraps of fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships in Republic-era lightsaber designs that honor the galaxy’s former guardians.
- Power and Control. Originally forged by warriors from the Dark Side, objects used in this lightsaber style are rumored remnants from the Sith home world and abandoned temples.
- Elemental Nature. These lightsabers use special components born from the Force, such as Brylark trees, Cartusion whale bones or Rancor teeth.
- Protection and Defense.These incorporate hilt materials bearing mysterious motifs and inscriptions that reconnect a lightsaber’s wielder with the ancient wellspring of the Force.
Once you have chosen your path, the Gatherers guide you as you assemble your lightsaber and bring it to life with the power of the kyber crystal. Be forewarned: These specially constructed lightsabers are deemed collectibles and come with a hefty price tag of $199.99 plus tax.
Find all things droids at the Droid Depot, including a build-your-own-droid station! As we entered the workshop, we saw conveyor belts bearing droid parts that can be used to construct a BB-series or R-series unit. Once built, these droids come to life by placing them in the activation station. Again, these bad boys come with a price — $99.99 plus tax. Compared with the lightsabers, it seems like a bargain.
The Droid Depot also offers housewares, pre-built droids and apparel for serious droid fans.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
The Den of Antiquities is the place to buy replicas of famous lightsabers that belonged to favorites like Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. There are also accessories for your lightsabers, including carrier bags and display stands.
Bina, the proprietor of the Creature Stall has been hard at work to bring these unique critters to her shop. Discover Kowakian Monkey Lizards, Porgs and more at this interesting storefront.
This was by far my favorite shop. I may have gotten lost inside for quite some time. Going in, I was set on buying my own Loth-Cat. But once I got inside, I wanted to bring home one of everything!
Toydarians made their first appearance in “Star Wars: Phantom Menace.” They now have their own shop on the planet of Batuu. Here you’ll find stuffed toys, musical instruments and more, all handcrafted by the Toydarians.
4. What to Eat in Galaxy’s Edge
There are four dining locations in Galaxy’s Edge and each is as unique as the Star Wars films. Batuu is a lesser populated planet, so the food offerings are more “farm to table” recipes handed down through generations of Batuuans.
Oga’s Cantina is the local hangout where an interesting mix of characters come to pass the time. Share stories of grand adventures over adult beverages such as the spicy Bloody Rancor, the foamy Fuzzy Tauntaun or the fruity Carbon Freeze.
Friendly warning: The Fuzzy Tauntaun has an odd fuzz on top that leaves your lips tingly and slightly numb. The drink is good, but it could do without the fuzz.
The Milk Stand
Finally, after 40 years, we all get to discover what Blue Milk tastes like! And the milk stand will also be serving up Green Milk which we saw Luke Skywalker drink after milking a Thala-siren in The Last Jedi.
Both drinks use a plant base that includes rice milk and coconut milk. But Blue Milk has a hint of a tropical flavor while the Green Milk has a citrus floral taste. Personally, I wasn’t overly impressed with either, but Blue Milk was by far the better of the two.
Ronto Roasters draws everyone in with the mouthwatering scents of roasting meats. With signature dishes like the Ronto Wrap filled with roasted pork, grilled sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in pita and the Nuna Turkey Jerky, this is the place to eat on Batuu!
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
This quick service restaurant offers a wide variety of options. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is widely known for his culinary skills and serves up creative dishes such as Braised Shaak Roast and Felucian Garden Spread. There are also specialty non-alcoholic drinks such as the Phattro and Moof Juice.
Kat Saka’s Kettle
Kat Saka’s Kettle is a hidden gem in the Black Spire Outpost where you can find a sweet and spicy kettle corn snack. A grain vendor, Kat Saka’s motto is “pop it together, eat it together.”
5. How to Save Time with Mobile Ordering in Batuu
With limited time in Galaxy’s Edge, learning how to save time is very important. That’s where mobile ordering comes in. It’s available at The Milk Stand, Ronto Roasters and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.
To use mobile ordering, install the Disneyland app on your smartphone. Open the app and press the “+” at the bottom, then click “order food.” This will bring up a list of locations available for mobile ordering. Place your order, pay with a credit card, then head to the restaurant to pick up your food.
6. How to Enhance your Star Wars experience with the Play Disney Parks App
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land built around the Play Disney Parks app experience. To be fully immersed in Galaxy’s Edge, make sure to download the Play Disney app before heading to Disneyland Park. Then, once you land on Batuu, your phone will transform into Star Wars: Datapads. Four main functions of the app help guest become part of the story developing around them.
- Scan the contents of containers and cargo to collect virtual items.
- Interact with droids, door panels and more.
- Listen in on character’s conversations.
- Translate the ancient written Star Wars language.
It’s also possible to play a multiplayer game called “Outpost Control.” There you must decide which side to chose – Light Side or Dark Side. The game ends when one side successfully hacks the majority of the door panels.
7. What Star Wars Characters Can You Meet in Galaxy’s Edge?
The Star Wars films are brought to life by the characters and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is no different. There are many opportunities to meet your favorite character when visiting Black Spire Outpost.
- Chewbacca has been spotted outside the Resistance encampment or wandering Black Spire Outpost.
- Rey can be seen close to the ancient ruins of Black Spire Outpost where she is recruiting locals and Batuu visitors to the resistance cause.
- The Supreme Leader Kylo Ren will appear at the First Order encampment found at Docking Bay 9 and with his faithful Stormtroopers will march through Black Spire Outpost searching for rebel scum.
- Resistance spy Vi Moradi might appear in Black Spire Outpost where she might pass along some tricks of the trade.
- The First Order Stormtroops will be marching all areas of Black Spire Outpost searching for rebel spies and barking orders at visitors that have overstayed their welcome.
8. What Rides Are in Galaxy’s Edge?
There are two rides in Galaxy’s Edge: “The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.” Only Smugglers Run is currently open to guests. The Rise of the Resistance will open sometime later in 2019.
For any Star Wars junkie, the chance to take the wheel of the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” is the ultimate fantasy. And the Millennium Falcom: Smugglers Run lives up to the hype.
Three roles will be assigned upon entering – pilot, engineer and gunner. Each of these positions has a specific job to do upon take off. I was the right side pilot and had to control the up and down flying of the Falcon and pull the lever for hyperdrive. It was a little like “Star Tours” meets “Mission: SPACE.” And it was AWESOME!
Disney’s Maxpass and Fastpasses will not be available for Smugglers Run, so plan accordingly. With Disney limiting access to the land, hopefully, the line won’t be hours long.
The Walt Disney Company, LucasFilm and Disney Imagineers outdid themselves when it came to Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars Fans everywhere are in for an out of this galaxy treat!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on August 29, 2019. For more information on Florida’s, Galaxy’s Edge check out “May the Force be with you at Disney Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge“.