'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). 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.
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.
Keep in mind that some changes are coming to Disneyland Resort as a whole, and they affect Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney Genie Plus service launched in winter 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 offers both standby and the ability to skip the line via individual Lightning Lane selection in the Disneyland app.
When to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
You can visit any time, although Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was not open during Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours previously; stay tuned to see what access is like when this perk returns this summer! The land is usually closed during special events, such as Disney Merriest Nites and most Disneyland After Dark parties (Star Wars Nite being the exception).
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.
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 Workshop, Oga'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. You can always look for walk-up availability for Oga's Cantina in the Disneyland app when you are on planet.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attractions
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 or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. You'll still encounter some cool queue elements in Millennium Falcon but will skip right to the first experience of Rise. You can now make DAS selections in the Disneyland app. If you're looking for the Guest Relations kiosk the two closest locations are on either end of the land. 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.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
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! 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. Virtual queues are no longer required for this attraction; guests can access via the standby line or individual Lightning Lane selection. We have a whole post on determining the best way to access Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with the shortest wait. Keep in mind that this ride closes several hours earlier than park closing, so check the hours in the Disneyland app and hop in line before the ride's posted closing time.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
"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. 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 when you take off and land 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 boost and brake buttons. 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 is included as a Genie+ option. You can 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
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, R2-D2, Vi Moradi (the spy) Kylo Ren and stormtroopers. Kylo Ren makes dramatic entrances and exits via the TIE Echelon ship in the First Order area.
It's so cool to see R2-D2 rolling through the land to scan people and items! His friends asked me if I spoke binary. When I rattled off some 0s and 1s, R2 screamed and slid away. I guess I offended him and it was toadally hilarious! We have seen him to the right of the land speeder garage but have also seen him at the Millennium Falcon or between the marketplace and Rise. You can check out other new droids near the new Coca-Cola carts.
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.
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.
What’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."
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
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.
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. You can always check the app to see if same-day reservations are available. Limited walk-up reservations may be available if there is space. 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.
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.
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. 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 Droid Depot, Pioneer Mercantile or 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 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. 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.
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.
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
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. If you visit during Star Wars Nite or another After Dark party, adults can wear costumes.
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! During May the Fourth and Star Wars After Dark parties — or during Life Day at Holiday Time —look for seasonal items on the menus.
Here are the dining locations available in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge:
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).
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 usually find walk-up availability in the Disneyland app. When making Oga's Cantina 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
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)
You 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.
Got 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. Flavors are seasonal. You might also find some additional seasonal items here. The snack shop does not have Mobile Order. Kat Saka's Kettle can be found in the Market to the left of Ronto Roasters.
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
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
Depending 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!
- 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.
- Read up on tips for riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland
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.
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