After years of anticipation and planning, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is finally here! The official opening day was May 31, 2019, and I was there to see it all!
Disneyland last welcomed a new land in 1993 with Mickey’s Toontown. Things have changed a lot in the last 26 years, and now with social media and cell phones and Youtube and a million blogs like this one, the hype is … out of this galaxy. (Sorry.)
Considering how limited the land is around Disneyland Park, we may likely never see an expansion of Disneyland like this again in our lifetimes. It’s truly a special time to be a Disneyland fan!
This guide will be broken up into sections, and will cover what you need to know before you arrive to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, what to do once you get there, what to ride, what to eat, what to drink, what to buy, etc! Keep checking this guide because it will be updated frequently.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland – Complete Guide
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first major expansion of Disneyland Park since 1993. The new land will be 14 acres (for reference, Disneyland Park is 85 acres without the new land, and appears to be at least three times the size of Mickey’s Toontown). Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is built on land formerly occupied by Big Thunder Ranch and a portion of the Rivers of America, as well as backstage area.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set on the planet of Batuu. It’s a new planet never before seen in Star Wars movies; however, it has been discussed and visited in some of the more recent Star Wars novels and comic books. (If you want to learn a lot about the planet of Batuu, read Thrawn: Alliances.)
Batuu is a planet on the outer rim of the galaxy and its main village, Black Spire Outpost, is frequented by smugglers. You’ll encounter members of both the Resistance and the First Order, so be careful what you wear and say when in certain parts of the land, or you may find yourself being grilled by a Stormtrooper!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is incredibly immersive, with Cast Members really getting into their roles as residents of Batuu. You may encounter Resistance sympathizers, First Order spies, or even smugglers. It will serve you well to learn some of the Batuuan lingo before you visit:
- Hello: “Bright suns” (morning) / “Rising moons” (evening)
- Goodbye: “‘Til the spire,” “May the spires keep you,” or “Good journey”
- Cell phone: Data pad
- Restrooms: Refreshers
- Water fountain: Hydrators
Don’t ask about Mickey ears in Batuu; they don’t have them in their galaxy!
If you need help translating Batuuese, download the Play Disney Parks app to access the “Galaxy’s Edge Data Pad,” where you can find a translator and play games.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a totally unique Star Wars experience that takes guests through a wild escape from the First Order.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
I’m not a huge fan of motion simulator rides, they tend to make me feel nauseated, but I had a lot of fun on Smuggler’s Run! It’s a very smooth ride and doesn’t jerk you around too much. I was in the Gunner position, and I set mine to Automatic so I could pay attention to everything happening during the ride. And being INSIDE the Falcon, wow. It’s so realistic. I loved everything about this attraction.
There are no formal meet and greets, but characters are roaming around Batuu. I saw Chewbacca, Rey, and Kylo Ren, as well as Stormtroopers and members of the Imperial Army and Rebel Spies.
Mandalorian and Grogu are also known to lurk around the Marketplace.
Food and Drink
The most important thing, right? One exciting aspect of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the introduction of alcohol being served in Disneyland Park (outside of the private members-only Club 33).
Aside from drinks at Oga’s, a couple other options for refreshments are available at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Docking Bay 7 is the official quick service restaurant inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Here you’ll find unique and delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll want to use mobile order head of time, if you can.
This walk-up stand serves the Ronto Wrap: Roasted pork, grilled sausage, peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw wrapped in pita. It’s pretty tasty! Also, take a look at the droid roasting the meat under the podracer engine.
Kat Saka’s Kettle
This small food stand will sell kettle popcorn and bottled drinks (such as the specially packaged Coke products).
One of the most anticipated refreshments at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the ability to purchase and drink the famous Blue Milk. Both Blue and Green Milk are available here. They are completely vegan, made with rice and coconut milk, and have the consistency of a smoothie. I tried both; they are both sweetly flavored. I preferred the blue milk, which tasted a bit like pineapple.
Oga’s Cantina is sure to be one of the most popular spots inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This is where you can order “Concoctions without Alcohol” and “Concoctions with Alcohol.”
**Be advised this is not a full bar. The only drinks available are what’s on the menu, and the drinks are pre-mixed so there will be no substitutions.
There is no food menu at Oga’s except for a snack mix, called Batuu Bits. For breakfast (before 10am) you can order Overnight Oats or the Mustafarian Lava Roll. Here is a sampling of the “Concoctions with Alcohol” menu:
- Yub Nub – Malibu Pineapple Rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Citrus Juices, and Passion Fruit (available with souvenir mug, while supplies last)
- Fuzzy Tauntaun – Cîroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, and Simply Orange® topped with Tangerine, Pure Cane Sugar, “Buzzz” Foam
- Dagobah Slug Slinger – Herradura Reposado Tequila, Bols Blue Curaçao, Citrus Juices, Ginger, Herbs, and Bitters
- Jedi Mind Trick- Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Vodka, John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, Bols Blue Curaçao, White Grape Juice, Lime Juice, and Grapefruit Bitters
- Jet Juice – Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Cedilla Açaí Liqueur, White Grape Juice, and Lemon Juice
- Bad Motivator IPA
- White Wampa Ale
- Spice Runner Hard Cider
- Toniray Wine
We stood at the bar and I tried two drinks. The Yub Nub with souvenir mug, and the Toniray wine. Both were good … not great but not bad. Can’t wait to try more drinks.
Reservations are strongly recommended, or you can try your luck with the Wait List on the Disneyland app.
The main shopping area is the Marketplace, with different stalls selling different goods including clothing, toys, collectibles, and jewelry. There are also some unique and popular merchandise opportunities:
Savi’s Workshop: Handbuilt Lightsabers
The lightsaber building experience sounds really cool. A “Gatherer” will help you construct a one-of-a-kind lightsaber from a mish-mash of parts they have collected over the years. You can pick the type of lightsaber you want, the color of the kyber crystal, and the different components on the hilt. Building your own lightsaber will cost $249.99 and no discounts available.
If you don’t have enough galactic credits for a custom lightsaber, consider building your own droid. Both R and BB units are available for customization, choosing from blue, red, orange, and purple parts. Add a personality chip to bring your droid to life and watch it interact with various areas of the land. Starting at $119.99 and no discounts.
What To Do First?
Once you’re actually inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, I’m sure you’ll feel a certain level of overwhelm! Here’s what I recommend:
If going inside Oga’s Cantina is important to you, try to get on the wait list asap.
If the wait for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is under an hour, I recommend jumping in. Or you can purchase the Individual Lightning Lane passes and return at a later time.
If you want to eat I recommend using mobile ordering. Mobile order wait times were sometimes 1-2 hours out, so plan ahead. Mobile ordering will save you TONS of time in line.
If you plan to purchase a ton of merch (guilty!), it’s recommended you wait until the end of your day so you don’t have to carry your items.
Restrooms and Drinking Fountains
- Restrooms are located in the Droid Depot area adjacent to the Milk Stand.
- Additional restrooms are located in the Black Spire outpost. There is also a water bottle refilling station by the entrance to these restrooms.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Secrets and Fun Facts
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was the first major expansion of Disneyland Park since Mickey’s Toontown in 1993.
- The land was built over the Big Thunder Ranch area, replacing the petting zoo and the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ restaurant.
- Guests with Magic Band+ can play the “Batuu Bounty Hunters” game around the land.
- Oga’s Cantina is just one of few locations where guests can purchase and consume alcohol inside Disneyland Park.
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