Your Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World
Your Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World
Want to feel like you’ve landed on the outer rim of the Star Wars universe? Then get yourself to Disneyland or Disney World to enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as soon as your ship can make the jump to lightspeed!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu—while the setting might be new, it was created by Disney and Lucas Film to give fans an amazing experience across all timelines in the Star Wars story. That means that no matter where your heart lies in the Star Wars fandom, you’ll find so much to enjoy during your visit.
How Many Rides are in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Two! But one is still under wraps. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open in Disney World on December 5, 2019. Disneyland visitors will have to wait a bit longer—until January 17, 2020.
But right now you can ride The Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run at both parks. And believe me, it is so much fun! You’ll enter the interior of the Millenium Falcon with enough time to snap photos and take a seat at the Dejarik (chess) table before you enter the cockpit to pilot the ship! Each Smugglers Run Ride is based on the idea that you and 5 other guests will be using the Millenium Falcon to smuggle supplies to The Resistance—2 people fill the pilot positions and are responsible for the actual flying and steering of the Millenium Falcon, 2 people are gunners and are responsible for fighting off The First Order, and 2 people are engineers and responsible for making repairs and providing assistance. Millenium Falcon: Smugglers is a fantastic 3D gaming experience combined with an extraordinary amusement park ride. Just wait until you feel your stomach flip when you make the jump to lightspeed!
Keep in mind...part of the allure of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the immersive nature of this part of the parks, not just the rides. With the Disney Play App, you have the chance to engage in a live, interactive gaming experience with other guests in the park. You can pick a side (First Order or Resistance) and interact with droids, hack door panels, participate in challenges to earn points, translate Aurebesh, scan cargo crates to collect virtual items, and even—depending on which side you fight for—find yourself being harassed by Storm Troopers.
“Galaxy’s Edge is an incredible experience. You’re no longer in a Disney park, you really feel like you’re on Batuu!” @AdamH, Southwest Rapid Rewards Member
Will Star Wars Land Be The Same at Disneyland and Disney World?
Yes, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disney World and Disneyland are the same. The layout, shops, rides—it’s all the same.
Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Tips
If you’re a big Star Wars fan (like I am) plan on taking your time visiting Black Spire Outpost because there are so many hidden “easter eggs” that will delight all of the Star Wars fans in your party—including the music in the area and on the rides that were composed especially for the parks by John Williams! The Disney Imagineers have really outdone themselves with the creation of these immersive Star Wars-themed areas of the park—the sounds, smells, and sights are meant to make you feel like you’re on another planet!
Imagineers even took rubbings from the feet of the R2-D2 droid used in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and turned those into a set of three-dimensional wheels. Then they built a trolley with those wheels and rolled it through the land before the concrete pathways fully dried to leave behind authentic droid tracks that you’ll see as you explore Black Spire Outpost.
Here’s what you must see when you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge…
The Millenium Falcon
There’s nothing like coming around the corner and seeing the Millenium Falcon for the first time. You will gasp. You will!
The Blue Milk Stand
Will you be Team Blue Milk or Team Green Milk? You’ll just have to visit the Milk Stand to enjoy both versions of this creamy, slushy drink to find out for yourself. My favorite was blue, but both were delicious. The blue milk his a tropical flavor and the green has more a citrusy zing.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
At first glance, this is just another wonderful Disney gift shop, but look up, look around, and prepare to be amazed. The walls of this shop serve as a treasure trove of Star Wars relics and must-see items — like a stuffed wampa from the ice planet Hoth featured in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” along with countless other items that will make you whip out your camera to snap a photo.
The Droid Depot
Ready to build your own astromech droid? Trick question! Of course, you are! This little robot isn’t just some premium toy—it responds to elements of Galaxy’s Edge such as other droids, door panels, and possibly even those pesky Stormtroopers. Patrons can pick pieces off the conveyor belt to construct one of two models (R-series or BB-series) with a limitless number of design configurations. (A droid will run approximately $100, with additional accessories such as backpack carrying cases costing extra.)
In the Star Wars universe, a lightsaber is so much more than just a weapon issued to you by the Jedi Order. Patron’s at Savi’s Workshop will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jedi Padawans to select and construct the elements of their lightsaber including hilts, decor, and the all-important kyber crystals. (Constructing your very own lightsaber will cost approximately $200.)
The open-air market area of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is where you can find shops, food, and souvenirs with a distinctly Star Wars land vibe. If you’ve heard of the special BB-8 shaped Coca-Cola products, head to the market to get your hands on one.
I may or may not have overdone it when I visited Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge—I wanted to try it all! All of the food is delicious and fits into the whole Star Wars world environment. If I could give you one big tip it’s this: make a reservation as soon as you arrive for Oga’s Cantina. Oga’s is the “watering hole” you’d expect in the Star Wars universe. It’s a much classier version of the cantina we saw Luke and Obi Wan enter in a Star Wars: A New Hope and you can enjoy exotic beverages and concoctions (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic menu options are available.)
The Cast Members! Ahem, I mean “Inhabitants”
Get ready to say “Bright Suns!” to each person you meet—that’s the official greeting in Batuu and you’ll hear it a lot. You should also get ready for a Wookie run-in, or to see Kylo Ren stomping angrily through Black Spire Outpost. But hands down, one of the most entertaining elements of Galaxy’s Edge was seeing the Stormtroopers playfully harass visitors. The Stormtroopers are constantly on patrol and constantly hilarious. Also, Rey is as delightful as you imagine.
“Favorite parts: blue milk and being interrogated by Storm Troopers.
Least favorite part: my daughter’s reaction to our picture of blue milk when she realized it meant we were at Galaxy’s Edge without her. She is a HUGE Star Wars fan and wasn’t able to join us.” @SWDigits Southwest Rapid Rewards Member
Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Ride Guide
Until Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens, my best advice is this: Go on the Millenium Falcon ride more than once!
The ride is a totally different experience depending on what role or position you have on the ship. Every spot is so fun, but if you can swing it, go back and try for one of the pilot positions on the ride—there are two—and it is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!
Tips for Booking Your Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Trip
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May the force be with you!
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