A note from Tad: Disneyland is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Even though the theme park is closed, you can get your Star Wars items that are normally only available in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the Star Wars: Trading Post at Downtown Disney. The Trading Post sells legacy lightsabers, pre-built droids, creatures, robes, holocrons, toys and more.
Unless you’ve been in a galaxy far, far away, you know by now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is officially open at Disneyland Park in California! The Frog Fam has visited that trading outpost on planet Batuu several times. We are literally hopping with excitement after riding the all-new attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Hop along as we share the details about this land below, along with important tips!
Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
'Sup! Tad here, family videographer and young Padawan who has been practicing with my new lightsaber. I’ve searched the galaxy for details 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 have been busily exploring the land and learning everything I can so that I can report everything back to you (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, plus posting video to the Undercover Tourist YouTube channel! Don't froget to hop along with us on Instagram @ThemeParkFrog too!
Overview of 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 called, 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.
If you’ve ridden Star Tours lately, you’ve probably spied Batuu in the safe landing in the end scene. And if you ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can catch glimpses of the land from the top of the hill. If you need a safe haven somewhere on the edge of wild space, sneak out of your world and into the Star Wars story on Batuu.
Getting in to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
After the first day of the land's opening, there has been no issue with accessing the land. You can visit any time, although Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not open during Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours. We particularly enjoy seeing those spires so beautifully lit up at night. People still rush to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in the morning, hoping to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run before the line gets long. To be honest, the line surges in the morning and then drops off. We prefer hopping by the land in the late afternoon or early evening, when the wait time drops and the land cools off. The line is usually shortest at the end of the night.
If you are deciding when to make the journey to Batuu, we recommend visiting later in the day (or plan around times when you can acquire reservations for your most must-do experiences). Go enjoy the rest of Disneyland without long lines in the early morning!
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. Additional same-day reservations are released at 7:00 a.m. PST. We have had no problems making same-day reservations. 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.
The official opening for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World was Aug. 29, 2019. (We hopped by during a preview, and there are a few minor differences compared to Disneyland, but it is nearly identical.) It also had a phased opening, with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance making its debut on Dec. 5, 2019.
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. FASTPASS is not currently offered, but the FASTPASS signs and queue areas are already in place. In the meantime, 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 are looking for the familiar umbrellas for the information kiosk found in other parks of Disneyland, you should know that in Batuu, you'll instead need to look for a pile of crates in the tunnel to the middle entrance to the land. 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. 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* - Opened Jan. 17, 2020
Join the epic battle in the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever! Before boarding, you’ll walk though themed interiors. The Resistance is recruiting you to join them in 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!
This ride, like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, is not initially available on the FASTPASS or MaxPass system. 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 once they have entered the park for the day 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 well before the park opens. If you do not have a smartphone, you can use your park ticket to join a Boarding Group at kiosks near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Splash Mountain. But, as we'll get into below, we highly recommend using your smartphone since it's the faster option.
Time is of the essence. For opening weekend and may other days, all Boarding Groups were distributed in seconds. If the park opened at 8:00, by 8:01, backup groups were assigned. By 8:02, Disneyland was done distributing all Boarding Groups. Higher number backup groups are unlikely to be called. While we expect that this will only improve with time, we have tips to set you up for the best chance of success.
How to Join a Boarding Group (aka Virtual Queue)
Keep in mind that the following instructions are from before the COVID-19 Disneyland closures. If there are changes to the virtual queue system once the parks reopen, we will update this post with the new procedures. We already know that Disney World has changed its times for joining a virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. At Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World, guests now have two chances per day to join a Boarding Group: at 7 a.m. (hours before park opening) and at 1 p.m. (for which guests must be in the park). The Disneyland app has a new Virtual Queues menu with a Join Boarding Group button. We are hopping with anticipation for Disneyland to reopen and see what this Virtual Queues menu has to offer and whether that means any changes to the Boarding Groups or the times they are released are coming.
Here are some tips and guidelines for joining the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance:
- Before you arrive, download the latest update of the Disneyland mobile app.
- If you do not have a smartphone, talk to a cast member before rope drop. (A cast member can escort you to the kiosk near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, or your can get to the Splash Mountain kiosk as quickly as possible, but be aware that you'll want to be one of the first people at the machines if you want to get a Boarding Group.)
- Link your entire party's tickets in the app.
- Delete tickets or passes of any people in your app who will not be in the park at park opening. This is an important time-saving step when you need to select party members.
- Arrive at the park early (aim to be at turnstile line an hour before the park opens). Parking lots generally open 90 minutes before the park opens. Toy Story Lot seems to get you in the esplanade faster than the structures.
- After you enter the park, close the app and reopen just to make sure your app has reset.
- Use a speed-checking app to make sure you have a good signal. Areas vary based on your carrier.
- Guests must have entered Disneyland Park to join a Boarding Group.
- 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.
- The recommended way to join a Boarding Group (i.e., the method that is assigning earlier group numbers) is to close the app before the posted park opening time and open just before park opening time. At official park opening (it was 8 a.m. during our visits, but the opening time can vary), click Find out More on your home screen under Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and then if Join Boarding Group is not highlighted (ours never is), click My Status and then Join a Boarding Group. All of the linked tickets will be automatically selected. Deselect any tickets that have not been scanned at the park entrance or it will not go through. (That's why removing them in advance saves time.) Click Join a Boarding Group at the bottom and you'll see your Boarding Group number!
- You can have multiple people attempt to get a Boarding Pass for the group, but once the first person secures a Boarding Group, the other people trying will get error messages.
- 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.
- Guests may be assigned a "backup" Boarding Group. These are called only if all other groups are called and there is extra capacity for additional guests. The number can vary based on the day. We have seen backup groups be anywhere from 71 to 82 and up. 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. The DAS users can talk to a cast member at any Guest Relations kiosk once their group is called. The closest kiosk to the ride is just inside the tunnel to Galaxy's Edge near Droid Depot. The DAS will be noted on the rider's ticket. Then, the rider will let the cast members at the ride entrance 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.
- To check status in the app, Click Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — Access by Boarding Group at the top of your home screen. It will display the Current Land Status and which groups are now boarding. Click My Status to get your own status and see your group. 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 will also display this information.
- Boarding Groups are sent push notifications when it is time to ride. (We have push notifications enabled for the app and we did not receive one, so be sure to keep checking the status on your own.)
- Bring phone chargers. You want to stay fully juiced so you don't miss any notifications!
- When it is time to board, you will 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.
- During the Boarding Group period, bring some snacks with you and grab your coffee before you enter the park. Make advance breakfast reservations at a table-service restaurant. The breakfast restaurants are vey busy with hungry early travelers once the park opens! Market House (Starbucks) on Main Street, U.S.A. opens before the park does, and the line is LONG! Jolly Holiday may be open, as well. Once the park opens, all breakfast restaurants get pretty busy, even with Mobile Order.
- Don't froget to make those MaxPass reservations. You can reserve as soon as you enter the park — even before the park officially opens.
- Troubleshooting: A few guests have had their tickets appear as not having entered the park even though they have entered. That prevents the party from being able to join a Boarding Group. There is only one way to make sure your tickets show that you have entered the park before you attempt to join a Boarding Group. That is to use MaxPass to reserve a ride. If any tickets are are not activated, you will not be able to book a ride and you can go back to the turnstile to get it fixed. (You can purchase tickets preloaded with MaxPass from Undercover Tourist!) We came up with this trick after talking to sad guests who failed to join a Boarding Group because their tickets did not register as being in the park. We confirmed with Guest Relations that MaxPass is the only way to check to make sure that your tickets were properly scanned and ready to go.
- Even if your Boarding Group gets called and you are in line, there is no guarantee that you will 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 is 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 are 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 FASTPASS or Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
We frogs used the Boarding Groups to enter Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on the day the land officially opened to the public at Disneyland in summer 2019, and we found it easy to use. It made for a calm and organized experience. We enjoyed the rest of Disneyland until we got notice that our Boarding Group was called. We could keep track of which groups were called through the app and digital park signs. After that day, Boarding Groups were no longer needed to enter the land.
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! Nothing like a little anxiety in the morning to get your heart going! Everyone who has entered the park by published park opening has an equal shot of joining a Boarding Group. But we aren't going to lie. It is a bit nerve-racking!
Yes, Boarding Groups usually do fill quickly, so you need to arrive early and 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 are 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 backup group number, you are not likely to ride. It's not impossible, but every day is different, so there is no way to know if a particular group will be called.
On the other hand, one quieter morning when the park opened at 9 a.m., we were able to acquire a "backup" Boarding Group 90 minutes after the park opened. So it's worth trying, even if you do not make it in time for park opening. The Force may be with you!
*Starting Jan. 17, as needed, a virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance may be implemented to deliver the best possible guest experience, so guests can enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their turn to ride. The Disneyland app will have a dedicated module, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Status and Access, available from the main page. Learn more about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and the virtual queue experience by visiting Disneyland.com/starwars.
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 though 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. You do not get to pick, although you may trade with members in your group. Pilots (up front) need the 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, in that 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 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 do not 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 will 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. Sometimes, the Single Rider line is longer than the actual line, so assess the situation before hopping in line.
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!
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 have encountered, Rey, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and stormtroopers. Kylo Ren makes dramatic entrances and exits via the TIE Echelon ship in the First Order area.
I am hoppy to announce that R2-D2 now rolls through the land and scans people and items! We saw him enter from an area to the right of the landspeeder 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.
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 themsleves. 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 have always lived on Batuu. If they do not answer your questions properly, it is because they are 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 cellphone 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." The PhotoPass card is a unique Image Data Card (think of it as a free souvenir). 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 will 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 are 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 have 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 7:00 a.m. each day. Limited walk-up reservations are available. You must reserve with a credit card and will have to pay the $199.99 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 you that you can get to Savi's Workshop on time.
If you are flying back your your home on Earth, you can bring your lightsaber on the plane and store it in the overhead bin. If that does not work for you, you can also hop into Droid Depot to ship your lightsaber home. (You can ship to many places from there, but not Mexico or Australia last time we checked.)
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 object 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 a store for safekeeping (this is also a good idea for lightsabers).
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.
Reservations are highly recommended 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 7:00 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 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 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.
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:
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 also score same-day reservations starting at 7:00 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 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
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 sticky Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs come with a blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw. 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 like Phattro and Moof Juice (a tasty fruit punch). End your meal with out-of-this-world desserts such as the colorful raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse or chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard. Docking Bay 7 offers Mobile Order.
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 Nuna Turkey Jerky (sweet or spicy) or 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.
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. It tastes a bit like fruity kettle corn, but then you feel a little heat. You can also snack on chocolate popcorn with Crait Red Salt. It comes in a bag, but you order MSE-6 Series Repair Droid Souvenir Popcorn Vessel. 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 the 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
We know that Disneyland has prepared for the visitors who traveling to this galaxy from far, far away. They added another parking structure, widened walkways and refurbished the park and castle so everything is magically stardust-ready for your visit. We have to say, it has made for a peaceful and uncrowded feeling. We know you still have a lot of questions, and are on the edge of your seat to learn more! Here's what you need to know about visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
When to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
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." Wait times seem to be highest about one hour after park opening, so unless you get there right away, wait until later. 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 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 9:30 p.m. on nights that Disneyland has fireworks. You will not hear any music with the fireworks in Batuu.
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 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 in the park before opening and be ready to join a Boarding Group via the Disneyland app as soon as the park opens to the public.
- 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. You can also book a same-day reservation at 7:00 a.m.
- 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 all dining locations.
- If you want the full drink menu or the lunch/dinner menu at Docking Bay 7 or Oga's Cantina, wait until those items are served starting late morning.
- 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 will be prepared for anything. That being said, we have been pleasantly surprised at how prepared Disneyland was for the opening of both the land and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The new land and ride have not made the rest of Disneyland more crowded in our humble froggy opinion. It spreads the people out over a larger space. Since then, all of our visits have been very smooth and stress-free. The land never feels too crowded. The biggest crowds head to the land first thing in the morning, leaving the rest of Disneyland park uncrowded. Then, the crowds in the land level off by midday. 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 for? Let us know in the comments below!
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