Ever wonder what it’s like to go over to the dark side? What about being able to look a Storm Trooper right in the eyes, errr mask?, and tell them they need to STORM OFF. All of your fan girl dreams of being right in the middle of the galaxy to fight for good (or evil!) can come true at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland!
So, what is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge all about then, huh? Well, I give you a break down on everything you need to know about the coolest place in all the universe. Or at least the park.
Listen here, young Padawan. I know you have been practicing for this day since you were young as you held your first lightsaber. Your skills are about to be put to the test. I think you are ready for your first and final test. I know you will love Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as much as I did.
Overview – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The newest home to the creepiest and oddest of creatures like aliens and droids, hopping on and off spaceships, and a very extraterrestrial, rugged terrain – you are going to be transported to an entirely new universe. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge spans more than 14 acres, making these the largest single-themed lands in Disney Parks history! Immediately, you are standing in the middle of the remote planet of Batuu with nothing but you and The Force to help back you up against deadly forces.
Batuu has kept a low profile over the years, sitting as a retired trading post for intergalactic salesmen. Since it stays on the down low, the New Order tends to not even bother with the planet ridden with smugglers and thieves. Buildings stand tall and brooding during the day, but look almost majestic and hypnotizing at night among the lights.
Since access has just recently been granted to Earthlings like you and I in May 2019, the planet is still being discovered. Here are some secrets that I was able to uncover.
Things to Do – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Despite the obvious “save the galaxy” kind of thing, there is so much to do in the newest area of Disneyland Park. Let’s start out with what you need to know about the two biggest attractions inside this part of the park. (Quick tip: When looking for the obvious open, fun umbrellas to help with your information needs like Fast Passes or entrances into the rides – take note that you will be needing to look for stacks of boxes instead.)
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Punch it, Chewie! You are going to want to try your hand at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This motion simulator attraction lets you play pilot in your very own spacecraft to fly through the starry galaxy. Each passenger in your spacecraft plays a vital role in ensuring you complete your smuggler’s mission – there is no role that goes without being utilized so be prepared to work for your treasures!
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
The crown jewel of rides within Batuu is definitely Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. If you thought that last one was interactive and realistic, then you will want to buckle up for this high-tech and crazy ride.
Essentially what will happen before you even get on, is that you will be walking through those who are with The Resistance to persuade you in joining them in battle against The New Order. You will find familiar characters like BB-8 there to get you to join forces to fight for the betterment of the entire galaxy!
As you are waiting and walking through to the ride, you will be introduced to several different types of “shows” where you will want to pay special attention to. The information they give you then will only benefit you as you continue on.
As you board your vehicle, you better start believing that you have what it takes to be a real intergalactic hero! If you succeed the mission set before you, you get to come home and be adored by everyone on the planet. If not, who knows what they will do with you. (I’m sure your family will still love you!)
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance tip – This is a NEW massive ride that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at Disneyland or anywhere else in the galaxy! This ride is popular so use the Disney app to reserve your shuttle time and be on the app just before 8am because it is fills up fast.
Critics and fans alike have come together to claim this ride as one of the most innovative and immersive Disney Parks attractions to ever be created. That is a bold claim, but I kind of have to agree because it truly is EPIC.
Eating at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
If you are feeling just slightly peckish after all of that fighting through space and time on a spaceship that almost exploded about 129 times, you should probably look up these places at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Oga’s Cantina is a great place to grab a cold one and maybe a snack or two. Ran by Oga Garra (Duh), the crime boss who takes the lead in the Black Spire Outpost’s underworld. Oga Garra serves mostly beverages and only a few snacks. Outside of the hush hush and exclusive Club 33, this is the only other place in Disneyland that serves alcoholic beverages. You can set reservations for up to 60 days in advance by going onto the Disneyland app. Just search for Oga’s Cantina and make the reservation.
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If you are looking for a substantial amount of food, wander on over to Ronto Roasters. You need to try their amazing and hearty pork sandwiches. They are huge and are a great bang for their buck. If you are vegetarian, they also have a non-Ronto sandwich that makes it meatless for you! How awesome, right?!
Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo is right where all of the planet’s food and drink supply arrive. You can order full on meals, big enough for the whole family, that are from all over the Milky Way! Okay, maybe not that big, but at least around Earth.
Speaking of reserving spots at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you may want to look into doing so for Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot. Since everyone wants to feel like a Skywalker, you probably will want to make your own lightsaber. And if R2D2 was one of the most adorable characters (except for baby Yoda!) to you, you’re going to want to customize your very own Droid, as well. These experiences are very popular, and as such, reservations are strongly recommended.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Fun Facts
Want to hear some fun facts about the part of the galaxy? Cast Members are taught Batuuese and are fluent. They will wish you a bright sun to say good morning and hope the spires keep you to wish you well until next time.
There are also fun little Easter Eggs hidden throughout this section of the park. This means there are nods to the films and the series that are “hidden” in plain sight. And few of them are actually just little nods to other popular and beloved attractions in the park! How many can you spot and what are their significance?
“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Tips
To ensure a quality time that doesn’t talk up a lot of time, you might want to consider the following MUST DO’S that I am telling you that you MUST. DO.
- Download the Disneyland mobile app before you even step into the park. This isn’t only going to get you the best idea on what times to go on just these rides, but for any ride in the park.
- Want to get an easy in? Be kind and friendly to a Cast Member and tell them about you wanting to go into the Resistance ride. They likely can’t get you to the front of the row, but kindness does go a long way with them. They may manage to get you to a forgotten kiosk.
- Although the Star Wars section of the park is not included in the Early Morning Magic Hour, be sure to get to the park right as it opens for general pass holders so that you can be first in line. Because of how new it is, the ride is insanely popular.
- Because of these long wait times, you do not have to stay in the Star Wars section. You don’t even have to stay in Disneyland as you wait for your Boarding Group to be called. Many people don’t realize this and spend an entire day literally waiting around when they could be experiencing the fun elsewhere. They will give you a decent heads-up, in case you are venturing out in Disney California Adventure Park.
I hope those tips and tricks are a great resource. Go and win the battle of good versus evil! They sure were handy for me and my group as we survived our way through Batuu. May the force be with you. Always.
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Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.