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Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

by Tad on November 1, 2021 28 Los Angeles   Video

Tad's note: For the first time ever, during the 2021 holidays, visitors to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland can celebrate the Wookiee holiday, Life Day, with special food and celebration. More information is yet to come, but hop over to our guides to the Yummiest Holiday Treats & Foods at Disneyland Resort and Holiday Time at Disneyland for the details.

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Pinterest'Sup! Tad here, family videographer and young Padawan who has been practicing with my lightsaber. I’ve explored the edge of the galaxy at length and have put together this guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland to share everything I know about the rides, food, beverages, shopping and experiences to be found on this planet called Batuu, which is far, far away (as in, all the way across the back of the park behind Frontierland at Disneyland Park).

Our frog family has made several visits since Disneyland reopened in April and I am hoppy to say that the entire land is open, although food items are a little more limited than before the pandemic.  But this is a change seen throughout the resort (and everywhere else for that matter). Character interactions are still from a safe distance as well. Since the face covering rules have changed multiple times, some of the photos in this post may or may not reflect the current mask policies.

I love sharing everything I know about this land (without too many spoilers, because, of course, I want you to explore and discover on your own). Consider me your Jedi Master for mastering Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And be sure to keep hoppin’ back, because as my frog crew and I continue to explore this new land, I'll be sharing more deets here so you can prepare yourself for the journey.

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Guest with Lightsaber Near Landspeeder Garage

Keep in mind that some changes are coming to Disneyland Resort as a whole, and they affect Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney Genie launches fall 2021. With it, a new optional paid replacement of MaxPass called Genie+ is on the scene. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is included in Genie+. That means guests who purchase Genie+ can use the former FASTPASS lane, now called the Lightning Lane, to skip the line. The free standby and Single Rider lines remain in place. As for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, this ride is not on Genie+. It still has a virtual queue, but guests who want to skip the virtual queue and line will be able to purchase this attraction individually through Disney Genie in the Disneyland app.

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Disneyland’s largest land — at 14 acres! It transports guests to another galaxy and immerses them in a village on the remote planet of Batuu. It is home to strange aliens, creatures, droids, spaceships, buildings and terrain. Black Spire Outpost, as the village and Batuu's largest settlement, is known for its petrified spires that are the ancient remains of towering trees. This remote outpost was once a busy stop along trade routes, but as hyperspace travel has taken off and drawn traders to more popular routes, Batuu has been left behind for those trying to keep a low profile, out of sight of the First Order. It’s still a thriving port for smugglers, traders and adventurers.

When to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge | Rides | Characters | Shopping | Costume Guidelines | Restaurants, Food & Drink | Activities | Tips

When to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Fireworks from the land

You can visit any time, although Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not open during Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours (those perks are temporarily unavailable anyway). The land is usually closed during special events, such as Disney Merriest Nites and most Disneyland After Dark parties.

Saying you have options, you might wonder when is the best time to visit Batuu? We have been able to visit Batuu in the morning, afternoon and evening. Each time of day has unique qualities.

The morning and evening times have the most comfortable temperatures, and there is something to be said for arriving early and getting in line before everyone else IF you can be one of the first to arrive. Mommy Frog has a saying: "The early frog gets the flies." We actually prefer to enjoy the rest of Disneyland in the morning because we can get the most done before the lines get long. Then, we make a trip to Batuu later in the day.

The exception is if we get an early Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. We have little control over what Boarding Group we get, but we prefer getting an early number because once we scan in for this ride, there is a standby line and that line grows throughout the day. The earlier the Boarding Group, the shorter the wait! If we have conflicting plans or dining reservations that are near the time our group gets called, we'll make a special trip back later to explore. We generally prefer to avoid the hottest and brightest hours of the day if we can, but keep in mind that there is a lot of walking involved in getting to the land. Ideally, we try to visit just once and do everything while we are there to avoid multiple trips.

If you aren't planning on being one of the first ones in the park, we recommend waiting until evening to visit. Why is that? The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride wait time surges in the morning and then levels off later in the day. There is not a lot of shade in the land, so it gets bright and hot in the afternoon. The largest variety of food choices are available late morning until the land closes. At night, the land is beautifully lit, and you may be treated to a bit of the Disneyland fireworks show behind the spires.

The cast members may refer to the fireworks as a "celebration" of light above the spires or even a battle in the sky because they don't call them fireworks in Black Spire Outpost! You can see the celebration well from the raised area in front of Docking Bay 7. The celebration usually takes place at 9 p.m. on nights that Disneyland has fireworks. You will not hear any music with the fireworks in Batuu.

While access to the land is as easy as accessing any of Disneyland's other lands (except for the tunnels and longer pathways used to travel there), we do highly recommend making reservations for certain experiences. Make an advance or same-day reservation to access Savi's WorkshopOga's Cantina and Droid Depot. You may book reservations up to 60 days in advance. To reserve, you'll use a valid credit card through the Disneyland app or through the Disneyland site. Advance reservations may be canceled at least one day in advance. Same-day cancellations are not allowed and will result in a no-show fee.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attractions

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Rise of the Resistance Entrance

Let's cut to the chase and talk about the most important part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — at least to this young frog — the attractions! There are two large “E-Ticket” thrill rides in the land. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run opened with the land, and the second, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened Jan. 17, 2020. Be sure to use the Play Disney Parks app to interact with the fun ride queue elements!

If you use the Disneyland Disability Access Service (DAS), you can get a ride return time for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You'll still encounter some cool queue elements. If you're looking for familiar umbrellas for the information kiosks found in other parts of Disneyland, you should know that there is no longer a Guest Relations kiosk in Batuu's tunnel. The two closest locations are on either end. A new kiosk location sits between Fantasyland and the entrance to Galaxy's Edge closest to the Milk Stand. On the other end, the closest kiosk is across from Haunted Mansion. After you ride once, you can get another return time if you want to ride again and try another position on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

With the virtual queue, the process for obtaining DAS for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a little different. All riders, including those with DAS, must join a Boarding Group (if in use). Once a DAS user joins a Boarding Group, they visit the Guest Relations kiosk in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge before heading to the ride. Depending on their needs, their party might enter a separate queue.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance* 

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Stormtroopers

Join the epic battle in the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever! Before boarding, you’ll walk through themed interiors. The Resistance is recruiting you to join them in a battle against the First Order. Expect to see Rey and BB-8 (but not right now)! The experience begins with several pre-show rooms that are important parts of the whole experience (think the stretching room in the Haunted Mansion or the Collector's private office in Guardians of the Galaxy but on steroids and more involved) that lead up to you boarding the actual ride vehicle. Each vehicle seats eight, and two vehicles take off at the same time. They each have slightly different views and experiences. We have ridden each one and noticed different details based on the ride vehicle!

Don’t get captured by the enemy as you navigate through a Star Destroyer, getting yourself caught in a conflict between the First Order and the Resistance. Do you have what it takes to come face-to-face with Kylo Ren? If you make it back from your mission, you’ll be a celebrated hero. If not, who knows what will become of you? We do not want to give any spoilers, but this is more than just a ride. It’s an experience that makes you feel like you are in a "Star Wars" movie!

Riders must be 40 inches (102 cm) or taller to ride. As mentioned, Disneyland has instituted a virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Guests will join a Boarding Group through the Disneyland app. You can best prepare to join a Boarding Group by downloading the Disneyland app or making sure you have the most updated version of the app. Be sure all tickets in your party are linked. Another option in fall 2021 is to pay to skip the line.

How to Join a Boarding Group (aka Virtual Queue)

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Virtual Queue ScreenshotWe have new instructions and now an entire post on joining the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Guests will now have two opportunities per day to join a Boarding Group at Disneyland, at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. Distribution times are subject to change or cancellation.

The Disneyland app has a new Virtual Queues menu with a Join Boarding Group button. Keep in mind that guests may only join one Boarding Group for Rise per day. So if you get lucky in the morning and join a Boarding Group, you cannot try again for the afternoon. If you're park hopping, you could get Rise of the Resistance in the morning and WEB SLINGERS in the afternoon, if the Force is with you that day.

Once Disney Genie launches in fall 2021, guests can choose to bypass the virtual queue process and standby line ... for a fee. This ride is one of the few rides that guests may pay a fee to select a time to ride and use the Lightning Lane to skip the line to access the attraction.

Here are some tips and guidelines for preparing to join the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance:

  • Before you arrive, download the latest update of the Disneyland mobile app.
  • The attraction’s virtual queue is only accessible via the Disneyland mobile app.
  • Make sure you have a valid park ticket and theme park reservation for Disneyland Park to access the virtual queue system and check for an available Boarding Group on the morning of the day of your park reservation. For the 7 a.m. window, you can be anywhere to join and do not have to have entered a theme park.
  • To access the second virtual queue opportunity at 12 p.m. you must have a valid ticket and park reservation and have entered Disneyland Park (or Disney California Adventure Park with a Park Hopper ticket) by the second enrollment time. Guests beginning their day at Disney California Adventure Park may then enter Disneyland Park with their Park Hopper ticket after 1 p.m. for their Boarding Group.

Prepared, you must be (I'm sure Yoda would agree). Here is how to prepare to join a Boarding Group:

  • Link your entire party's tickets in the app. They are likely already linked to the person who made reservations.
  • Use a speed-checking app to make sure you have a good signal. Areas vary based on your carrier.
  • Guests will be allowed to join one Boarding Group per day.
  • Guests may have an easier time joining a Boarding Group by turning off Wi-Fi and using data instead when in the park.
  • Bring phone chargers. You want to stay fully juiced so you don't miss any notifications!
  • Have someone pull up a world clock and count down the seconds so you can join at exactly the right time.

Here's how to Join a Boarding Group:

  • Before it's time to join, open the Disneyland app.
  • Located the three lines on the bottom right of the screen.
  • Tap Virtual Queues
  • Tap Join Boarding Group then Join Virtual Queue.
  • Within the hour before the enrollment window, you may tap Confirm Your Party.
  • Anyone who has a reservation for Disneyland Park and is currently linked to your app should automatically be selected for the 7 a.m. joining opportunity. For the 12 p.m. entry, everyone must also have entered a theme park that day.
  • There's a new "Refresh" button at the bottom of that screen. You can tap that as the joining period approaches or pull down to refresh. (Alternatively, if you continue to refresh the previous screen with the "Confirm Your Party" button, the button will switch to "Join Virtual Queue" at exactly 7 a.m. or 12 p.m.)
  • Have another member of the party pull up the world clock and tap Refresh about a half-second before 7 a.m. or 12 p.m.
  • Click Join a Virtual Queue the second it appears at the bottom and you'll see your Boarding Group number!

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Ready to Board NoticeOnce you have a Boarding Group:

  • Admission to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is subject to capacity. Being assigned to a Boarding Group does not guarantee entrance to the attraction (and we have had boarding groups and not gotten to ride).
  • Boarding Groups above a certain number may receive a push notification in the afternoon or evening that tells them that they will not be boarding. The Boarding Groups move at different rates each day, and we expect each day to be a little different to account for breakdowns and varying park hours.
  • Guests who use Disability Access Service (DAS) must also join a Boarding Group. Once the group is called, the DAS users can let the cast members know they have DAS and may enter a separate queue. The line for people with disabilities joins the standard queue just before the pre-show experience begins.
  • If you have a tadpole who cannot ride, ask about Rider Switch at the ride entrance.
  • Go enjoy the rest of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure while you wait for your group to be called. You do not have to stay in Disneyland Park while you wait.

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Code to show cast member at ride

  • To check your status in the app, Click My Queues on your home screen. It will display which groups are now boarding. A bar across the top will turn green in sections as your time approaches. You can view your party and remove guests from your party from that screen.
  • A range of Boarding Groups is accepted at a given time. The app may say, Now Boarding Groups 27-52. Signage in the park near the Plaza Inn kiosk will also display this information.
  • Boarding Groups are sent push notifications when it's time to ride. (Be sure to keep checking the status on your own as well since the notifications can be easy to miss or not come as expected.)
  • When it's time to board, you'll receive a boarding pass with a scan code. Read the part that says Please Return by. Some groups have an hour to return (especially in the morning and evening). Some groups have two hours. It can vary, so read it carefully. (We haven't had any trouble arriving late through.)
  • Even if your Boarding Group gets called and you're in line, there's no guarantee that you'll get to ride. That can be super frustrating, but that's the reality as Disneyland works out breakdowns for this complicated ride. When the ride breaks down, it can take an hour to reset it. But we promise, once you do ride it, it's toadally worth it.
  • The Boarding Groups do not always start with group 1. Sometimes the first group of the day given out is 11, especially if the ride is getting a late start.
  • If the ride breaks down while you're in line, you may receive a Multiple Experiences pass that allows you the choice of coming back to ride Rise of the Resistance later, or perhaps a choice of other rides, such as another ride that offers Genie+ or Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

We found the Boarding Groups for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance also easy to use, except for having to rise early to acquire them at 7 a.m.! Nothing like a little anxiety in the morning to get your heart going!

Yes, Boarding Groups usually do fill quickly — in seconds on some days — so you need to be ready to go. The slightest hesitation or error can mean you cannot get a Boarding Group. Go make the best of your day at Disneyland. But if you do acquire a Boarding Group, you're free to enjoy your day without standing in a long line. Wait times may vary but are not too long. Once we entered the ride queue, we waited about 30 minutes before we reached the pre-show experience. If you have a very high boarding group number, you are not likely to ride. It's not impossible, but every day is different, so there's no way to know if a particular group will be called.

If you have dining reservations, prioritize those over your Boarding Group. You can usually arrive late to your Boarding Group, but the restaurants may not be able to hold your reservation. Talk to them in advance if you have a conflict.

May the Force be with you! At some point, it will get easier again. It seems easier to acquire a Boarding Group at noon; however, finding a location with a good phone signal (and getting off park Wi-Fi) is key.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Cockpit

"Punch it" to this attraction, which features Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. On this intense adventure, you'll embark on a critical secret mission on behalf of Hondo Ohnaka, a space pirate from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” animated TV series. Your goal is to bring back loot to a vengeful space pirate as you pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy while hurtling through hyperspace. Your six-person crew will be in the cockpit right behind the controls, acting in one of three roles as a pilot, gunner or flight engineer. I have taken a turn as each one!

A cast member will assign you a role in the mission by handing you a card with your job and job description. For now, your party members can pick whatever they want to do. You don't get to pick normally, although you may trade with members in your group. Pilots (up in the front) need the most skills and definitely feel the most pressure. Gunners (in the second row) have a pretty easy job. Gunner is a great job for younger family members ... although we've seen some "younglings" fly the ship, and it's hilarious. Engineers have to keep their eyes on a number of buttons and switches to repair the ship. Engineers sit in the back. If you get motion sickness, the engineer position can allow you to take your eyes off of the front of the cockpit and focus on buttons to keep you from turning green. We've noticed a cool feature — the sky matches the actual time of day outside. During the day, we had bright skies when piloting the Millennium Falcon (within a planet's atmosphere), and at night we had night skies. See if you notice that too!

The left pilot moves the ship from left to right and has a boost button. The red button on the dash is the brake. Listen for the command from Hondo to brake. The right pilot makes the ship go up and down. The pilots work together to fly the ship. The left pilot gets the command to fire the boosters and the right pilot pulls a lever to put the ship in hyperspace. Be sure to yell, "Punch it, Chewie!" In fact, be sure to call out commands and praise to your crew because this is a team effort! The gunners have options for automatic (easier with the press of a single button) and manual (three buttons for up, middle and down) for firing. You can hold your button down for continuous shooting. Both gunners and engineers can launch a harpoon. Engineers fix the ship by pressing buttons and levers when they flash. The worse the pilots are, the more work the engineers have to do (because there's more damage to fix!). There is an autopilot mode if you don't have a pilot or are missing any positions.

When you exit the cockpit, you may notice damage and hissing sounds that are in relation to the condition you returned the ship. Let's just say some of my missions have gone better than others. The more I ride, the better I get. It's not so easy to fly that "hunk of junk!" May the Force be with you!

Riders must be 38 inches (97 cm) or taller to ride. Rider Switch is available for families with young tadpoles not tall enough to ride. If you choose to ride Solo (get it?) as a Single Rider, you'll skip the cool line elements, but also will skip some of the wait, so keep that in mind. It's a good idea for a second or third go at it.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was about to join FASTPASS and MaxPass just as the pandemic started. Both FASTPASS and MaxPass have been retired but a MaxPass replacement called Genie+ launches fall 2021 and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is included. You will be able to skip the line using the Lightning Lane.

Also, there is a Chewie mode! You can try to hack the Millennium Falcon. If you succeed, instead of getting Hondo's instructions, Chewie will talk to you in Shyriiwook dialect (and get angry with you if you damage the ship). I wish we could say we've been successful hackers, but we're still working on hacking the Falcon into Chewie mode. Once we succeed, we'll share the deets on how to do it! You need six skilled hackers to pull this off!

Characters of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland (Currently modified with less roaming)

It's toadally cool when you encounter some characters you'll recognize from the "Star Wars" films walking (or rolling) about. This is their world, so they roam free and interact with the visitors and citizens of Batuu. Be aware that some may encourage you to join the Dark Side, whereas others may be looking for fighters to join the Resistance. We've encountered Rey, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and stormtroopers. Kylo Ren makes dramatic entrances and exits via the TIE Echelon ship in the First Order area.

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Chewie and Vi Moradi fix speeders in the garage

We even saw R2-D2 rolling through the land to scan people and items before the pandemic! We saw him enter from an area to the right of the land speeder garage. If you miss his outings, you can always visit his full-size model inside Droid Depot. You can check out other new droids near the new Coca-Cola carts. We hope he returns soon when it's safer for crowds to gather.

Keep an eye out for Vi Moradi. The spy has an orange jacket and blue hair. You can find her running about and trying to dodge Kylo Ren and the stormtroopers! Sometimes she joins Chewbacca for fun with guests.

While characters previously freely roamed the land, after Disneyland's reopening, you can find most near the land speeder garage. They still get into plenty of adventures from a safe distance!

Did you ever wonder where Captain “Rex” (RX-3X) from Star Tours disappeared to after C-3PO took over as the accidental captain? You can find him in Oga’s Cantina, reinvented as the DJ. He’s still trying his best. You can learn more about these experiences in Leap's post on characters in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland.

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - ChewieWhat’s most interesting in this new land is that you become part of the village and storyline. You can also dive deeper into the "Star Wars" story while you're in the land by using the Play Disney Parks app and Datapad for a more immersive experience.

The cast members of Batuu are also characters themselves. They are dressed as villagers, rogues, Resistance fighters and First Order officers. The First Order uniforms carry encrypted information in “code cylinders” on the chest. Cast members have been trained to interact with guests, making the experience unique and toadally immersive. If you ask a cast member if they worked elsewhere at Disneyland, they may be confused and tell you they've always lived on Batuu. If they don't answer your questions properly, it's because they're in character.

You'll want to learn the language if you want to pass as a local. "Bright suns" is the morning greeting. "Rising moons," or "Bright stars," are the evening greetings. To say goodbye, say, "'til the spires," "may the spires keep you," or "good journey." Drinking fountains are "hydrators," and restrooms are "refreshers." The refreshers are cool, by the way, and there is a companion bathroom. Say, "only the ancients know," instead of, "I don't know." Even though "Datapad" may be part of the Play Disney Parks app, it's also the name for cellphones on Batuu. If someone greets you with, "Ignite the spark," your response should be, "Light the fire."

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Magic Shot Hologram for The Child

There are other helpful terms in the land. The PhotoPass photographers are "imagers," and Magic Shots are "holograms." Ask for holograms anytime you get your photo taken for some fun surprises. There's a new "The Child" hologram in the Market entryway. When paying for food or merchandise, dollars are "credits." If a cashier asks if you have any credit reductions, hand over any annual passes or Disney credit cards for the discount.

Shopping in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Monkey

If you want commemorative items for the land's opening, minus the gift card coin (which we'll discuss below), you won't find them in Batuu. You also won't find souvenirs that say Star Wars or Galaxy's Edge inside Batuu because you will be creating your own story as a character in the land. Those items instead are sprinkled throughout the resort.

Inside the land, you'll find exciting new merchandise in Outpost stores and market stalls with cool animatronics and themes. I saved my allowance money for the unexpected surprises I couldn't resist! What's a little unnerving about this alien planet is that all of the entrance signs are written in another language and alphabet. It's hard to know what store or attraction you are entering. And the store entrances do not necessarily look like you should be entering them. It's a little disorienting! Try to follow the map on the Disneyland app, or just see where you end up! You can use the Play Disney Parks app, which turns into a Datapad to help translate.

Galacatic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Coin

Before you start shopping, you might want to pick up a "Batuuan Spira" gift card. There is often a long line for it and it does sell out from time to time, so this might be your first or second stop in the land if it's a priority. This credit coin has a $100 minimum. The medallion coin can be used anywhere that accepts Disney gift cards.

Now, let's take a look at what you can buy inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities

Get ready to wheel and deal with Dok-Ondar. This Ithorian sells and buys rare and uniquely valued items from across the galaxy and all eras! He’s a moody one. Each crate, box and carving in the store has a story to tell. This is the place to get your hands on jewelry, kyber crystals, statues and even famous lightsabers!

Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers

I could barely contain myself when I heard I could build my own lightsaber! Inside Savi's Workshop, you're able to customize your own one-of-a-kind lightsaber under the guide of one of the Gatherers. This secret group has dedicated their lives to restoring balance and has extensive knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force.

Select from the following lightsaber themes:

  • Peace and Justice
  • Power and Control
  • Elemental Nature
  • Protection and Defense

Reservations are highly recommended for the lightsaber experience. You can reserve up to 60 days in advance through the Disneyland app or this link to Savi's Workshop reservations. More same-day reservations are released at 7 a.m. each day. Limited walk-up reservations are available. You must reserve with a credit card and will have to pay the $219.99 cost of the lightsaber if you miss your reservation. You can cancel an advance reservation at least one day in advance. Check in 15 minutes before your reservation. If you have an early morning reservation, you can enter Disneyland early (bring proof of your reservation!) through a special turnstile so that you can get to Savi's Workshop on time.

Looking to store your large purchases? The Droid Depot or the Stroller Shop in the Esplanade will hold onto them for you. If you're flying back to your home on Earth, you can bring your lightsaber on the plane and store it in the overhead bin. You can also ship it home from First Order Cargo.

Droid Depot

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Building a Droid at Droid Depot

If you're not ready for a lightsaber, head to the Droid Depot. You can build your own astromech unit! Do you need a useful droid sidekick? Choose from the BB- or R-series and assemble your new best friend from stacks of chips, parts and tech items. You can purchase pre-made droids, model kits, accessories and upcycled objects made from scrap parts.

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Droid Mats

You'll take your droid home in a box. You can take your droid out of its box in the land for photos. Look for the new pads on the ground (perhaps after physical distancing guidelines are lifted). You can put your droid down there to interact with other droids and practice operating it. If you do not yet have a droid and want to play with one, you can borrow an iPad from a cast member and control one of their R-Series droids. You might want to purchase a droid backpack for easier carrying. Your droid can also interact with areas and elements in the land from its box or backpack!

Unfortunately, these boxed droids are bulky and get heavy. They can make riding rides challenging and cannot go with you on some rides, such as Indiana Jones Adventure. You don't want to hurt or lose your droid (or get it wet)! You have two options for riding attractions after building a droid. You can use Rider Switch and take turns watching the droid, or drop it off at the Stroller Shop in the Esplanade (this is also a good idea for lightsabers). You can ship it to your home planet from First Order Cargo.

We used Rider Switch while droid sitting at Indiana Jones Adventure. Four people rode while one person watched the droid near the ride loading area, then the watcher got a chance to ride and took three people along — those lucky three got to ride twice! Then, we dropped the droid off at Pioneer Mercantile so we could ride more rides without worrying about the droid (also to give our hands and arms a break). Other Disneyland drop-off options in more normal times include Star Trader, Small World Toys, Mlle. Antoinette's Parfumerie and Port Orleans. You can also drop packages at Elias & Co. in Disney California Adventure or at the stroller shop in the Esplanade. You'll need to show your receipt, proving you purchased the item that day. For now, the only places to drop your droid are the stroller shop and Droid Depot.

Reservations are not currently needed for the build a droid experience. You can reserve up to 60 days in advance. You must reserve with a credit card and will have to pay the $99.99 cost of the droid if you miss your reservation. You can cancel an advance reservation at least one day in advance. Check-in no earlier than 15 minutes before your reservation. You can get a same-day appointment beginning at 7 a.m. through the Disneyland app or online. Limited walk-in reservations are available each day.

First Order Cargo

This spaceport hangar bay is the outpost's temporary base and landing spot of the First Order. Officers are determined to win over your hearts and minds (as if!) with gear, uniforms and other supplies! This shop will help you ship purchases to your home planet.

Resistance Supply

This secret makeshift stall supplies Resistance apparel, pins, badges, jackets, tools, training supplies and more! Join the cause to defeat the First Order... but use caution and do not get caught!

Street Market Stalls

Toydarian Toymaker - This alien species, as seen in "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace," sells handcrafted toys made by local artisans that may or may not have been made with scavenged droid junkyard parts right there in Batuu.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland - Creature Stalls

Creature Stall - Interesting "critters" can be taken home. The toys come to life when you touch them, such as the tentacled Rathar that moves when you pet it. Just try to keep holding onto it when it vibrates out of control! This stall was a favorite stop for us, and it was so hard not to take all the creatures home. They sell porg puppets and colorful pet monkey lizards who sit on your shoulder. If you want a Loth-cat, head there early because this is a popular pet. So fun!

Black Spire Outfitters - Clothing fit for space travelers to commemorate their adventures. Whether you need a robe or casual garb to blend in with the locals, you'll find an eclectic selection of functional clothing that suits the style of Batuu.

The Jewels of Bith - Accessories, trinkets and other treasures

Attire in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Disneybound

Even though guests become part of the story when they enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Disneyland costume guidelines still apply there. Guests over 13 may not wear costumes or the robes, masks and other merchandise purchased in the apparel shops in the land. Some accessories are OK though.

If dressing up is an important part of the experience for you, Disneyland’s costume policy has a DisneyBounding allowance — in fact, DisneyBounding is encouraged! You can use a little creativity to mimic the color schemes and design elements or patterns of characters and incorporate those details into your regular park wardrobe. If your street clothes capture the essence of a character, that is toadally fine. Just do not wear an actual costume — you do not want to go through the effort of choosing your perfect outfit and arriving to Disneyland only to be sent away. Do not wear robes or costumes sold in the land. People with long sweaters (past the knees) or items that could be mistaken as a robe have been asked to remove them.

Of course, "younglings," tadpoles up to age 13, can still wear costumes. Masks must not obstruct vision, and the eyes must be fully seen. No parts of costumes should drag on the ground. You may not bring weapons or anything that resembles a weapon. Lightsabers are allowed.

Eating and Drinking in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland

Are you hungry for information about the special food and drinks in this new land? Join the party! You can sample delicacies you won't find elsewhere in Disneyland. Got Blue Milk? If not, you can find this non-dairy drink here. Green milk too! The only place in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge that takes reservations is Oga's Cantina. All other restaurants are quick service, and several locations offer Mobile Order to help you skip the lines. Bring your refillable water bottles to save money on bottled water because you'll find filling stations throughout the land. For all of the delicious details on the food and drinks offered in Galaxy's Edge, including full menu options, be sure to hop over to our galactic foodie guide!

Here are the dining locations available in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge:

Oga’s Cantina

Welcome, weary space travelers, to Oga's Cantina. It's a watering hole for smugglers, pilots, bounty hunters, locals and travelers alike. Oga's Cantina serves adult drinks and nonalcoholic beverages in unique vessels. It's also the first place to ever serve alcoholic drinks inside Disneyland Park (outside the private Club 33, of course). Oga's Cantina offers other-worldly themed cocktails, nonalcoholic “mocktails” and other options! Selections may vary by time of day (although some daytime items may be requested in the morning).

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Oga's drinks

You’ll have to consume the beverages and snacks inside the cantina — no taking them to-go — so kick back, enjoy DJ “Rex” and keep your eyes on the other cantina patrons. You might recognize the DJ from his last gig at Star Tours. He's still trying his best in his new job, spinning some alien tunes.

Oga's Cantina is a popular spot in the village of Black Spire Outpost. Reservations are highly recommended. You can make reservations (up to 60 days in advance). You can also score same-day reservations starting at 7 a.m. through the Disneyland app or the link to Oga's Cantina reservations on the Disneyland site. Have all your accurate credit card information handy. When choosing a reservation time, you can keep scrolling for more times. We find it easier to select a more general time period such as "morning," "afternoon" and "evening" to get more choices than a specific time. Limited walk-in reservations may also be available each day, but reservations are definitely recommended. If you have an early morning reservation, you can enter Disneyland early (bring proof of your reservation) through a special turnstile so that you can get to Oga's on time.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo 

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Vegetarian dish

One of our favorite gems in Galaxy's Edge is the building of Docking Bay 7. You can see the cargo being lowered through the roof of the building from the outside. As you enter the restaurant, you can see the box suspended from the ceiling and all the open cargo containers used for restaurant seating. Besides the toadally cool environment, this restaurant offers out-of-this-world 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.

Even in space, you can find dishes like the Endorian Roasted Chicken Tip-Yip salad with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds. The Endorian Fried Chicken Tip-Yip is a breaded chicken dish with herb gravy and vegetable mash. The Bauuan Beef Pot Roast comes with pasta, kale and mushrooms. There are a few plant-based entrees, as well. This restaurant offers the largest variety of tasty vegetables that we've seen in a theme park. You can also enjoy nonalcoholic beverages such as Phattro and Moof Juice (a tasty fruit punch), or the Cold Brew Black Caf. End your meal with an out-of-this-world dessert such as the Batuu-bon chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custard. The Docking Bay 7 offers Mobile Order.

Ronto Roasters (limited menu)

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland - Ronto-less Garden WrapYou can't miss Ronto Roasters in the marketplace. Former smelter droid 8D-J8 continuously turns the spit on tasty meats (heated by podracing engine!) at Ronto Roasters. Wash down your Ronto Wrap with a nonalcoholic libation, such as Meiloorun Juice (pineapple, lemonade with blueberry, white cranberry juice, lemon juice and desert pear) or a Tatooine Sunset (unsweetened tea, lemonade, melon and blueberry).

The Ronto Wrap is one of our favorite quick meals in Batuu. You can get a meat or plant-based version and they are both tasty. The Ronto Wrap is a pita-like bread filled with grilled sausage and roasted pork with peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw. We also love the plant-based version, the Ronto-less Garden Wrap, which is sweeter, with crunchy cucumbers, and is less spicy. Ronto Roasters has Mobile Order. Ronto Roasters also offers breakfast items, including a morning version of the Ronto Wrap, complete with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese and peppercorn sauce. It's yummy and filling.

Milk Stand

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Blue milkGot plant-based milk? Get your farm-fresh Blue Milk or Green Milk from this stand direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. The frozen concoctions promise to be refreshing and unlike any milk you’ve ever had. Milk Stand offers Mobile Order, so you don't have to wait. The Blue Milk is coconut and rice milk with flavors of dragon fruit, pineapple, lime and watermelon. The Green Milk is coconut and rice milk with flavors of mandarin orange, passion fruit, grapefruit and orange blossom. You may choose to purchase a Bubo Wamba Family Farms novelty drink vessel to hold your beverage.

You can also get the Toydaria Swirl. It includes green milk with swirls of savory chili lime seasoning and mango jelly. Yum!

Kat Saka's Kettle

If you need a crunchy snack, you won't find Disneyland popcorn in Batuu. Instead, grab some Outpost Mix, a blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn. The newest flavor is banana. The snack shop does not have Mobile Order. Kat Saka's Kettle can be found in the Market to the left of Ronto Roasters.

Refreshment Stands

Be sure to pick up a special "thermal detonator" bottle of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite or Dasani, packaged just for Batuu. These are sprinkled throughout the land at new stands with droids. If you'll be using the planet Earth airspace to fly back home, just be aware that the TSA has repealed the ban on the "thermal detonator" round bottles. If you want to take a bottle home, you can empty it and bring it in your carry-on luggage.

The stands have crunchy snacks, as well. Look for the Galma Garlic Puffed Cheese Chips. We've also found bags of chocolate popcorn at the refreshment stands.

Interact with a Galactic Datapad in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Data pad

Traveling to an alien land has its challenges, such as interacting with beings and droids who speak different languages, trying to locate hidden bounty and deciphering or intercepting transmissions coming in from far, far away. You’ll want a tool to help you translate spoken and written languages, unscramble messages and hack into the devices, droids and control panels. Luckily, the Play Disney Parks app is a way to enhance your adventure in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Don't froget to download the Play Disney Parks app before you arrive in Batuu!

Shortly after your arrival, the app will transform into a Galactic Datapad you can use to interact with your new surroundings. You’ll have an opportunity to pledge loyalty to the First Order, the Resistance or even yourself as you strike out on your own with ties to no one. You can complete jobs to receive digital rewards. It’s just another option for enhancing your adventure and uncovering secrets in the new land. Bring your device chargers and arrive fully juiced, because you don’t want a dying phone battery to thwart your ability to hack, scan, translate or tune!

Getting Ready for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

Galaxy's Edge Disneyland - Kylo Ren patrols with StormtroopersDepending on how big of a Star Wars fan you are, you'll want to budget some time to explore this land. Big fans will want a few hours. Lesser fans can pass through more quickly.

Set priorities for your most important experience and make reservations. If you live close enough to make a future visit, perhaps spread your exploring out over several visits to see and do it all.

Use your time to explore the shops, sip some Blue Milk, try some unique foods (we recommend the Ronto Wrap) hang out with Chewbacca and Rey and try not to get into too much trouble with Kylo Ren and the stormtroopers. You'll also want to keep an eye out for some of the toadally cool hidden gems of Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland.

Here's some more advice for visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland:

  • Download the latest version of the Disneyland app before your arrival.
  • Download the Play Disney Parks app to interact with elements in the land.
  • Make sure your phone has Bluetooth on to use the Datapad in the Play Disney Parks app. The Datapad is a helpful translator and so much more!
  • During the time that the virtual queue is in place for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, be ready to join a Boarding Group via the Disneyland app at 7 a.m. or 12 p.m.
  • Study the map in the Disneyland app before your visit to find stores and experiences since signs are in Aurebesh, not English.
  • If making a lightsaber or a droid or visiting the cantina is a bucket list item for you, book up to 60 days in advance.
  • Choose a realistic reservation time, because you will be charged a "no-show fee" if you do not make it.
  • If you have reservation times that are close to park opening, use the special turnstile to enter the park early with proof of reservation.
  • Take time to shop, even if you are just browsing.
  • Use Mobile Order to skip food lines at Ronto Roasters, Milk Stand or Docking Bay 7.
  • Know that a few breakfast items are served at Ronto Roasters.
  • Bring your reusable water bottles, because the "hydrators" have filling stations.
  • Be sure to use the "hydrator" near the Market stalls for some creepy fun, but be patient.
  • Be flexible and just have fun exploring the land.
  • Drop off lightsabers or droids at various shops around the park so you don't have to carry them or worry about them on rides (for same-day purchases only).
  • You can delay your visit to the land until later in the day. No need to rush straight there unless you simply can't wait another minute to see it.

If you're wondering about crowds, we've added our thoughts to one of our most popular posts — the best time to visit Disneyland — and we'll be sharing more as time goes on. Plan ahead, arrive early, make reservations and expect crowds during holiday periods.

If you plan for crowds, you'll be prepared for anything. The new land has a lot of space in it, so it does not usually feel too crowded. All of our visits have been very smooth and stress-free. If you visit during a busier time, you may be able to avoid the crowds by planning your visit to Batuu for later in the day.

Are you planning a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Feb 17, 2020 at 8:43 p.m. Mark Says...

We'll be staying at the Grand Californian Hotel. Can you join the virtual queue during early entry hours or do you have to wait until the general public is allowed entrance into the parks?

Feb 18, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

You can more easily get into the park before the park opens during Early Entry. But the virtual queue will not open until the park officially opens to everyone. You have to have entered Disneyland park to join the queue, so entering just DCA will unfortunately not work for getting a Boarding Group.

Stay cool!


Jan 6, 2020 at 11:48 p.m. Andrew Smith Says...

Question for those that may know ..............

How long does it take to build a light saber in Savi's Workshop?

Jan 7, 2020 at 7:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew!

This takes about 20 minutes to build; we'd allot about 30 from check-in to finish.

Stay cool!


Dec 12, 2019 at 6:03 p.m. Lainey Cohen Says...

Can you enter twice? We are going the weekend of Rise of Resistance and will try to get on that first thing in the morning, but would like to come back and actually explore Batuu at night.


Dec 12, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lainey!

You sure can! Exiting and re-entering Galaxy's Edge is toadally fine. The only exception to this is when the virtual queue is in place for the land, but that so far has only been used on opening weekend. If a virtual queue is in place, you'll find signs around Hollywood Studios letting you know.

Stay cool!


Sep 29, 2019 at 7:23 p.m. Kathy Says...

Is Darth Vader wandering around in Galaxy's Edge?

Oct 1, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

No, Darth Vader is not in Galaxy's Edge, though Kylo Ren is there! However, you can meet Darth Vader in Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. Chewbacca is in both locations.

Stay cool!


Sep 2, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. Scott Says...

Definitely talk to Vi. She recruited nearly our whole group (8+). We escorted her to Kylo Ren's Tie-fighter and eventually had to protect and hide her from Stormtroopers. My family is now officially Star Wars cannon and have a guest appearance in the vacation photos of many people who were watching our adventures.

Aug 10, 2019 at 7:42 p.m. Ellen Says...

Thank you for this post! Can't wait to be there this week... have a question about standing in line for Smuggler's Run because we're traveling with 2 kids who hate to wait in line. I was thinking to have one parent enter the line and hold the group's place while the other parent take the kids to the bathroom and walk around. And then the parent waiting in line calls the other parent when it's close to come meet in the line. Will that be allowed? Thanks so much!

Aug 12, 2019 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellen!

From what we've seen, your whole party will need to wait in line together. (And you may see some Undercover Tourist froggies in line with you this week! Ribbit!)

Stay cool!


Jun 27, 2019 at 2:02 a.m. dgt Says...

Can't wait will be there this weekend

Jun 26, 2019 at 12:55 a.m. Kathryn Cooke Says...

My husband can't wait for this to come to Disney World (since we're much closer to FL than CA)!

Jun 25, 2019 at 9:09 p.m. Denise Says...

My family is so excited to return to Disneyland in late September! We are all big Star Wars fans so this should be awesome!!

Jun 25, 2019 at 3:54 p.m. Jen B Says...

Love this blog! Very comprehensive information and tips.

Jun 25, 2019 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Thank you! We are hoppy you found it helpful. Keep hopping back for updates.

Stay cool!


Jun 6, 2019 at 6:01 p.m. Sue Says...

Waiting for info to come out after reservations end. We’re going to DL in Aug. Will updated park touring plans come out? I’m sure Galaxy’s Edge will have a huge effect on the parks and how we tour them.

Jun 7, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue,

Yes! We have Galaxy's Edge on our maps now, but we don't yet have them incorporated in the plans, but they will be soon! Please check back before your trip.

Stay cool!


Jun 1, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. Ron Says...

If I am still alive in the year 2030, I plan on going back to Disneyland once more to celebrate one of my "milestone" birthdays...if "Star Wars land" is not still totally insanely crowded by then and I can actually "wander around" there, would a Disney employee still be allowed to take a picture of me standing somewhere close to the "life-sized" Millennium Falcon? Or is that a "perk" only for the folks that are going during the "reservations-only time" that ends on June 23rd?

Jun 3, 2019 at 5:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron!

There are PhotoPass photographers currently there to help snap photos for all outpost visitors, and we expect them to stick around for some time for this iconic location (though we can't guarantee they'll be there in 2030, of course!)

Stay cool!


Jun 8, 2019 at 10:26 p.m. Ron Says...

Thanks for the excellent feedback! If I decide to go in 2030 after all, I hope it will be a good time...

Apr 12, 2019 at 5:22 a.m. Jeff Boyd Says...

Will WDW Hollywood Studios have limited rev time for there opening of Star Wars just like

Disneyland ???

Apr 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeff!

No reservation information has been released thus far regarding Star Wars at Disney World (unlike its counterpart in Disneyland). We'll update as soon as we know more!

Stay cool!


Mar 19, 2019 at 10:28 p.m. Christopher C Bongers Says...

Beginning June 24, 2019, a separate reservation for the land will no longer be required. Information on how to make a reservation and details about the reservations will be available at a later date.

You would think they would figure out the details of how they are going to do the reservations, before they put out the dates. That would be the smart thing to do. Hard to plan a trip with out proper details. Not every one is made out of money and can stay on a Disney Land Hotel. So what is the game plan...I think leaving people hanging is not smart.

Mar 11, 2019 at 9:46 p.m. Michael Says...

Great info! Will you be updating crowd calendars to account for the opening?

Mar 12, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

Yes! We have already updated our crowd calendars to reflect these openings!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 8, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. Jen North Says...

My family of 5 is SO excited to experience Galaxy's Edge! I grew up in So Cal so was at Disneyland all the time and love that I can share the magic of Disneyland with my kids even though we live further away now. We have a trip planned the last week of June, is there any information out about reservations after June 23?

Mar 8, 2019 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

We are right there with you - such an exciting time! No news has been released just yet about reservations after June 23, but we're watching.

Stay cool!


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