Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Disneyland’s newest and most immersive addition and we’ve got all the details to help you get the most out of this galaxy far, far away! You can now step foot into the Star Wars universe and visit the planet of Batuu, home to Black Spire Outpost. This seedy little spaceport on the edge of the galaxy is hopping with Resistance fighters, First Order officers and a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
This once-thriving settlement is now home to smugglers, rogue traders, droids and other alien operatives working in secret while under the watchful eye of Kylo Ren and his ranks. The remote outpost takes its name from the petrified spires that were once ancient, towering trees surrounding the river valleys and plains.
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run: If you’ve ever dreamed of getting in the cockpit of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, your dream has come true! Guests can work as pilots, gunners or engineers to help famous smuggler Hondo Ohnaka steal an important item for the Resistance. The job isn’t easy though, and you’ll have to face the First Order and escape with the cargo. Positions are assigned at random by Cast Members as you enter the ride. There are a total of six positions guests can control. The left-side pilot controls horizontal movement, while the right-side pilot steers the ship up and down. The gunners, who sit in the middle row, hit buttons to fire and shoot the lasers and guns. The flight engineers fix any damage to the ship. These jobs aren’t just for show, and your crew’s actions during the ride will determine how well the run goes. This makes every experience different and you’ll see the effects of your treatment of the Falcon as you exit. Guests 38″ and taller may ride, and rider swap is available for this attraction.
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: (Opening January 17) This attraction promises to be one of Disney’s most impressive offerings. Help the Resistance battle the evil First Order in this new and innovative ride. The ride is slated to feature massive showrooms including 50 audio-animatronic Stormtroopers, full-size AT-ATs, and groundbreaking special effects. Guests 40″ and taller may ride, and rider swap is available for this attraction.
Guests of Batuu can take part in the ancient Jedi art of lightsaber building, hidden from the sight of the First Order. Those who are strong with the force can meet with The Gatherers, a group of historical collectors, to create their weapon. This group has amassed a collection of scrap parts, Kyber Crystals, and ancient lore from across the galaxy. The proprietor Savi has created a salvage business as a cover-up to conceal this forbidden practice. There are four themes of lightsabers that guests can build: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, and Protection and Defense. Reservations are accepted 60 days in advance and must be made for each person who wants to build a lightsaber. Each builder is allowed to bring only one guest who will not build. The cost is $199.99 + tax per lightsaber, and a credit card guarantee is required for the reservation.
If you’ve ever wanted your own robot sidekick like R2-D2 or BB-8, you’ll want to stop by this shop. Here you can choose from a selection of droid parts to create a remote-controlled robotic companion. First, you’ll register your choice of the BB-series unit or R-series unit with the clerk, who’ll provide a basket and blueprint for parts. Next, proceed to the stations and begin your droid-building experience. At the Parts Station, you can select from a colorful variety of components to customize your droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt. Then visit the Build Station where you will follow “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays to assemble your droid in the proper sequence. Once complete, your droid will be paired with a remote control and activated as you watch it come to life! Reservations must be made for each person who wants to build a lightsaber and each builder is allowed to bring only one guest who will not build. Cost is $99.99 + tax per droid, and a credit card guarantee is required for reservation.
- Oga’s Cantina: Just like the cantina made famous in A New Hope, this otherworldly tavern is a great place to grab a frosty-yet-strange beverage while enjoying the sights of Batuu. Oga’s specializes in fantastic drinks sourced with ingredients from across the galaxy and enticing concoctions that will delight even the youngest crew members. Live entertainment is provided by DJ-R3X, a former Starspeeder 3000 pilot who might look a bit familiar to fans of Star Tours. This robotic DJ spins some of the galaxy’s biggest hits to keep the cantina hopping. Space is limited, so reservations for Oga’s Cantina are highly recommended and can be made up to 60 days in advance.
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo: This Quick Service restaurant housed in a working hangar bay offers a variety of dishes prepared with ingredients from across the galaxy. Dishes include out of this world entrees like Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, and Smoked Kaadu Ribs. Sit inside the spacious hanger or grab a table in the outdoor seating area surrounded by the crumbling walls of the old marketplace.
- Ronto Roasters: This Quick Service location is a favorite stop for crews prepping for their next mission. Guests can enjoy sausage and pork wraps cooked right under a Podracer engine, manned by a stoic droid.
- Kat Saka’s Kettle: This walk-up spot is a great place to grab Batuu’s favorite snack: Outpost Mix. This treat is a sweet and savory snack made with colorful popcorn. Guests can even enjoy their mix in a souvenir MSE-6 repair droid bucket.
- Milk Stand: Here guests can sip on alien blue and green milk as seen in A New Hope and The Last Jedi. These beverages are actually fruit and non-dairy milk smoothies that are quite refreshing and a great concoction to enjoy as you tour Black Spire Outpost.
Lines and Virtual Queue
To get the most out of your visit to Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll want to arrive as early as possible. Arriving at Disneyland park at least 60 minutes prior to park opening and heading straight to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (not stopping for any reason) is a good way to ride with less of a wait. If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, you can utilize the early morning entry to get a jump on the day guests. Near closing time is also a good time to try for shorter wait times, as many guests will be leaving or have already left the park.
A virtual queue to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be used as needed, but the implementation has been rare since opening. The goal of the virtual queue is to let you enjoy the rest of Disneyland while you wait to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Joining the virtual queue only provides access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Once inside the new land, you will need to enter a separate queue for each attraction. To join the virtual queue you (and all members of your party who would like to use the virtual queue) must have entered Disneyland.
Once you have entered Disneyland, you can request to join the virtual queue via the Disneyland mobile app and will be assigned a boarding group. There are also kiosks available for guests without the app. Each boarding group may include other guests, in addition to members of your individual party. The app will send you a notification when it’s your turn to enter the land. You will have 2 hours to enter from that time. When your boarding group is called, simply scan your ticket at one of the land’s three entrances.
Guests with an existing reservation for Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot or Savi’s Workshop can proceed directly to the land entrance up to one hour prior to the reservation time and do not need a boarding group.
Star Wars: Datapad
Soon after you arrive at the planet Batuu, you’ll be able to transform the Play Disney Parks app into your Star Wars: Datapad designed to guide you deeper and deeper into an adventure in a galaxy far, far away. This interactive feature allows you to go in-depth with the land, translate alien languages, and even affect your surroundings. Whether you’re interacting with droids, scanning crates or tuning into transmissions, the Play Disney Parks app will be a vital tool when it comes to living your own Star Wars story!
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