A short while ago, in a galaxy not too far away, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge unlocked its gates in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Orlando for the very first time. While the grand opening is set for August 29th.
I had the opportunity to discover the new land for you, so I'll be sharing all of the important "deets" and tips about the new land. That way, you'll have everything you need to know in order to prepare for your own visit! There was so much to do and see in that short period of time. I already can't wait to go back to Planet Batuu and explore some more!
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We made the trip to the Black Spire Outpost on the Planet of Batuu. This once-developing settlement is now home to smugglers, rogue traders, droids and other strange creatures trying to stay out of sight of the First Order. The keystone of Galaxy’s Edge is the life-size Falcon, parked right outside the entrance to the ride - Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. For a die-hard Star Wars fan, seeing the Falcon for the first time is a moment to remember. As a fellow traveler, you'll be able to visit a street market, shop in the food stalls and enjoy treats like Blue Milk or head over to Oga's Cantina for a drink.
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One of the things I loved about the land is meeting some of the colorful characters and exotic creatures hiding out and making deals in Black Spire Outpost (just keep a lookout for First Order soldiers)! You may also spot some familiar faces, including Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Rey! I also enjoyed running into Vi Moradi. Watch out for her because she keeps a low profile! The Resistance spy has blue hair and wears an orange jacket.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (ride)
Ready to ride the fastest ship in the galaxy? Space pirate Hondo Ohnaka of "Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels" fame has cut a deal with Chewbacca for use of the Falcon. He will lead you on a secret mission to bring back the goods as you sling through hyperspace. You'll be part of a six-person crew and can take a turn in one of three different flight crew positions: pilot, gunner or flight engineer! There’s no doubt the pilots are the most involved. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run uses real-time video technology that will respond to the way you use the cockpit controls.
The ride itself will not have a FastPass+ for the certain future, but there is a single-rider line. Disney’s FastPass+ service will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Rise of the Resistance (ride, opening Dec. 5, 2019)
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is set to open Dec. 5, 2019 and will be the biggest and most fascinating Disney Parks attraction ever built! This trackless dark ride puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. You'll board an Imperial Star Destroyer with 50 animatronic stormtroopers waiting in formation. Think you have what it takes to face off against Kylo Ren? You'll soon find out!
FastPass+ will not be available upon the ride's opening.
Oga’s Cantina (themed bar, kids allowed)
Local Black Spire Outpost, Oga's Cantina will be the it-spot for adult drinks, mocktails and other beverages. You should try the jello-like provision available with or without alcohol called Oga’s Obsession (without alcohol, $7.50) or with alcohol (Rodian Ration, $13.50). The cantina will offer mostly standing room only, with Captain Rex, formerly of Star Tours : The Adventures Continue fame, playing DJ. It has a fun vibe with the funky alien music playing in the background. Sometimes the bartenders even sing along!
You can make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance of your visit now on Disney’s website.
Docking Bay 7 (serves food all day)
This will be the place for exotic tastes and flavors procured by one Chef Strono "Cookie" Tuggs, who has traveled the galaxy far and wide after his time at Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana. Menu items include beef pot roast, shrimp noodle salad, smoked pork ribs, fried chicken, vegetarian kefta. You can also purchase alcohol throughout the park, including at Docking Bay 7 in the form of a Takodana Quencher, made of berry rum, pineapple and kiwi, or a Gold Squadron lager.
Ronto Roasters (serves a limited but good menu)
Former smelter droid 8D-J8 will be turning the spit on tasty meats at Ronto Roasters. A recycled podracing engine does the roasting for this dining experience. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with the Ronto, amorning breakfast wrap ($12), comes with what seemed like an egg patty (roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in a pita bread) and jerky (comes either sweet or spicy).
Savi’s Workshop (build a lightsaber)
Inside Savi's Workshop, you will be able to customize your own lightsaber under the guidance of one of the Masters, who have extensive knowledge in Jedi lore. But keep this on the down-low! Outside of the workshop, you should refer to lightsabers as "scrap metal" so the First Order does not suspect you.
Building a lightsaber in Savi's Workshop costs $199.99 per person, plus tax.
Droid Depot (build a droid)
Get ready to build your own astromech droid! Some of the most lovable companions in the Star Wars universe are droids. Who wouldn't want to bring home their very R2-D2 or BB-8? Pick pieces and parts off of a conveyor belt to construct either an R-series or BB-series of your very own ... then watch as they interact with elements throughout Galaxy's Edge! (You do have to keep them in the box though.)
Building a droid costs $99.99, plus tax.
Milk Bar (blue and green “Milk”)
Get your farm-fresh blue milk (or green!) from this stand direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. The frozen concoctions, made famous by Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope," are quite refreshing and unlike any milk you’ve ever tasted. For those feeling a little braver, $14 gets you alcoholic blue or green milk at Disney World, with rum for the blue and tequila for the green.
Now that we've gotten a sneak peek into the new land, I'll share some tips on how to make the most out of your experience on Planet Batuu.
Look out for details
The land is super fascinating, and there are tiny details everywhere you look. When you're checking out the shops in Black Spire Outpost, look at everything from the ground and up to the ceiling. There could be something in those details. My favorite details were the tracks found on the sidewalks. You could see where droids and alien creatures have stumble through Batuu. Meanwhile, my favorite view is through the window of the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, where you can look down and see the incredibly detailed top of the ship.
Listen to the sounds
No matter where you are in the land, you'll hear ambient noise. Whether it's droids beeping or the Millennium Falcon sputtering, there's always something to listen to. Take the time to use all of your senses as you travel through the land. If the crowds are high and the lines are long, you can spend a good amount of time between looking at the details and listening to sounds.
Interact with the characters
I know I've already mentioned it before, but I'll say it again. Possibly the most spectaculair aspect of the land are the characters, which includes the cast members! Stormtroopers may confront you, and ask what you are doing on your data pad, or Vi Moradi could try to recruit you to join the Resistance. Don't forget to strike up a conversation with the residents of Batuu. Ask them where they come from, every cast members has its own story and are serious about staying in character.
Go at night for a different experience
Just like Pandora over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the land completely transforms when the sun goes down. Blue lights behind the Millennium Falcon make the land glow in the night sky. The barbecue pit at Ronto Roasters turns a fiery red. And of course, you HAVE to bring out your lightsaber to see it all lit up ... a perfect photo-op!
Walt Disney World is also building a high-end, highly immersive Star Wars-themed hotel (opening date to be announced) that will take it to the next level.
Before you go, brush up on the language of Batuu! You'll hear the residents use these common phrases:
"Bright suns" = "Good morning"
"Rising moons" = "Good evening"
"Refresher" = "restroom"
"Hydrator" = "water fountain"
"Credits" = "money"
"Data pad" = "cell phone"
"Only the ancients know" = "I don't know"
"Til the Spire" or "May the Spires keep you" = "Goodbye"
There was so much to do and see in that short period of time. I already can't wait to go back to Batuu and explore some more!
Plan your adventure to the other side of the galaxy:
If you haven't book your trip yet, I recommend you get a hop on it! And I do recommend you plan to stay at Casiola vacation homes, they have about 250 vacation rentals just 15 minutes from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (lucky for you, they offer discounted tickets for Walt Disney World). Disney’s FastPass+ service will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.