Disneyland‘s latest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is finally open. Set on the planet Batuu, the new land offers a completely immersive experience for the Star Wars fan. For the time being, you can only enter Galaxy’s Edge with a reservation. Reservations are granted in four-hour chunks. You may be thinking, “Why do I need four hours in a single land, with a single ride?” Trust me, there is plenty to do, so read on for our Galaxy’s Edge tips!
I was able to visit the land on opening weekend, and while we got to see a lot of stuff, we still didn’t see everything. Below are some of the things not to miss (though we missed out on a few) along with pro tips to help you make the most out of your trip to Batuu.
MILLENNIUM FALCON: SMUGGLER’S RUN
The single ride in the land sends you on a mission in the Millennium Falcon. It is a motion ride, much like Star Tours, but without the 3D glasses. With six riders per vessel, you can choose to be the pilot, the gunner, or the engineer. Each position offers different tasks: pilots are responsible for steering the ship; gunners must shoot enemy ships; engineers must push buttons in sequence to repair damages.
PRO TIP: Don’t go straight to the ride. Everyone goes straight for the ride. We went on about an hour and a half into our reservation. By that time, the wait was less than 15 minutes and we were able to go on it three times.
This is where you can make your own lightsaber. It’s not cheap — $200 — but it is a full experience. No spoilers, but you go in and are walked through building your lightsaber by an actor. There are lights and music in a special room – as well as a couple surprises I won’t ruin for you. You get to customize every part of your lightsaber, including the kyber crystal, and you get a protective sheath so you can carry it home safely.
PRO TIP: If you want to build your own lightsaber, go here first. You pay for your lightsaber, then are given a time to come back for your “appointment.” There are a finite amount of appointments available, and they were all sold out within an hour of our reservation time.
MUBO’S DROID DEPOT
Similar to Savi’s Workshop, it is here that you can build your own droid. Choose from a BB unit or an R unit, and customize it with your own combination of colors. You can buy a separate, interchangeable personality unit that will align your droid with the Resistance, the First Order, or a “scoundrel.” You build every part of the droid, put it together, and then a Depot worker will help you activate your droid. It comes home with you in a carrying case, complete with a remote control.
PRO TIP: The droids interact with lots of things in Galaxy’s Edge. I didn’t get to experience this because the droid was the last thing I did in the land. It’s just as well, though: the droids are ridiculously heavy.
DOK-ONDAR’S DEN OF ANTIQUITIES
We did not get to go in, but this is more than just a gift shop. One of the cast members showed me a ring she bought in there. The Den of Antiquities seems to offer high-end jewelry and other artifacts, for both Jedi and Sith.
PRO TIP: If you have built a lightsaber, you can buy different kyber crystals in the antiquities shop, plus a fancy box to store and display them in.
BINA’S CREATURE STALL
If you are looking for a new pet, be sure to stop by the Creature Stall. With a wide variety of pets available for adoption, you can choose from a porg, a wampa, a dewback, a Kowakian monkey lizard, or a bantha, just to name a few. Most pets are “interactive,” too. Some sit on your shoulders and can be puppeted; others make noises when you pet them; or have other moveable, interactive features. Bonus: they go home with you in a critter carrier.
This wasn’t open when we visited. Apparently 11 a.m. is too early to serve alcohol. This is the only public area in Disneyland where you can purchase alcohol. They serve a wide variety of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. All are themed, with names like Blue Bantha, Jabba Juice, Bloody Rancor, and The Outer Rim.
THE MILK STAND
I am now a blue milk addict. The stand offers both blue and green milk. A vegan smoothie-type concoction with a coconut and rice milk base, blue milk is sweet and tropical, while I hear green milk is more citrusy. I couldn’t get past the blue milk to try the green. I had three in one day.
PRO TIP: The line looks scary, but it’s not. They only serve blue and green milk, so no matter how long the line looks, it only took about ten minutes to get some.
KAT SAKA’S KETTLE
Get your Outpost mix here from grain merchant Kat Saka. Colorful bags of popcorn offer a sweet and savory, colorful mix. Purple popcorn is sweet and fruity, while red popcorn is spicy and savory. You can also pick up sodas in Galaxy’s Edge-exclusive round bottles.
The central eatery in Batuu is Ronto Roasters, an “exotic meat stall.” Their menu isn’t extensive — and not suitable for vegetarians — but you can get sausage wraps, sweet or spicy turkey jerky, and specialty lemonades. The centerpiece of Ronto Roasters is the droid spinning wild beasts on spits over fire.
DOCKING BAY 7 FOOD AND CARGO
With more options, the Docking Bay will satisfy most appetites, including vegetarians. Offering Kaadu Ribs, Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, and Ithorian Garden Loaf — just to name a few — you can be sure to get a meal that is both satisfying and themed.
Make sure you download the Disney Play app for your phone before you go. This app offers all sorts of games and achievements you can get throughout the Disneyland park, but they put extra effort into the Galaxy’s Edge section.
When you log in to Datapad within Galaxy’s Edge, you are given a list of quests you can accept. These are often location-based and require you to complete a task (in the app) at the location. Some of these include “hacking,” or intercepting radio waves. They are simple puzzle games that will unlock achievements, costumes, and credits. You can also translate the alien text that is all over the land, and scan bar codes on packages to unlock games and treasures. These games are addictive, and add a new level of exploration to the land.
PRO TIP: Bring a portable charger because the Play app eats through your battery.
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