10 Top Picks at Disneyland's 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge'

Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge brings the iconic film franchise to life, from a galactic cantina to the chance to pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy.

May 30, 2019
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Travel to Batuu

Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the largest expansion in Disney park history with 14 incredibly-immersive acres of attractions, entertainment, shopping and more. It all takes place on the remote planet of Batuu, a new destination never-before-seen in the Star Wars universe. The desert planet was inspired by the petrified forests of Arizona and the new land features two themed areas: Black Spire Outpost and The Resistance Forest. As soon as you step into the land, you'll notice familiar towering domes, spheres and spires all emblematic of the Star Wars architectural design language. Galaxy's Edge is set during the time period of the current film trilogy. But don't worry, there are tons of Easter eggs, characters and attractions that nod to the planet's past (and the previous films).

Fly the Millennium Falcon

The Millennium Falcon is just as iconic as the most beloved Star Wars characters. And now you can get behind the controls of the famous "bucket of bolts." The marquee attraction at Galaxy's Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run allows guests to step aboard Han Solo's spacecraft and not just ride it, but literally take control. The premise is that Chewbacca has loaned the ship to Hondo, a character kids may recognize from the animated TV series "Star Wars Rebels." Hondo needs an extra flight crew to smuggle cargo to the resistance and there are three different crew roles on board depending on where you sit. You could be the pilot, the engineer or the gunner. And depending on how your adventure goes, the ship will change appearance when you exit the ride. If you crash a lot, it will show! It’s a great experience for families as the flight crew has to work together the entire time for a successful mission.

Interact With Cast Members

The cast members (Disney language for park employees) are in full character on Batuu. And it's not just the costumes. They actually speak with Batuunese phrases such as "bright suns" for hello, "rising moons" for goodbye and they'll refer to your smartphone as a "datapad."

Have a Space Cocktail

One of the most memorable scenes in the Star Wars franchise is the bustling cantina in A New Hope. And now, you too can step inside a space bar. Oga's Cantina is packed with space decor (and junk), strange creatures in tanks and tons of colorful beverages on draft. And it's designed for the whole family to enjoy. There are cocktails like the Jedi Mind Trick, but the galactic watering hole also has fun mocktails such as the Blue Bantha. And if you're wondering if the classic John Williams song plays inside, yes, yes it does. But it’s remixed along with other new space tunes (such as space rap!) by DJ R-3X. Disney theme park fans will recognize the former droid pilot from the Star Tours attraction.

Or Try the Milk

In addition to Oga's Cantina, you have to visit the milk stand. If you’ve always wondered what the blue milk first seen in A New Hope tastes like, now you have the chance to try it. And Disney has also created green milk as seen in The Last Jedi. Both blue and green milks are vegan as they’re a blend of rice and coconut milk with hints of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The beverage will surely be a fan favorite on a hot day as it’s served frozen.

Refuel With Space Grubb

Hungry? There are so many out-of-this-world eats. At Tugg's Grubb inside Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo you’ll find tons of dishes inspired by the Star Wars universe, from fried Endorian Tip-yip to Batuu-bon for dessert. And there are great vegetarian options including the Felucian garden spread inspired by the vegetarian planet of Felucia. If you just want a quick bite, head over to the Tatooine-inspired Ronto Roasters for wraps and jerky. And it wouldn't be Disneyland without flavored popcorn of some kind. You'll find a sweet and spicy space popcorn (popped from mushroom corn) at a stall inside the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace.

Look for Easter Eggs

While the land is set in the time period of the current film trilogy, there are tons of details and references to the older films that super fans will love. Look out for the droid tracks on the ground. Disney Imagineers (Disney language for designers, architects and engineers) took feet rubbings from the R2-D2 used in Star Wars: A New Hope to create authentic tracks throughout the land. And if you visit the restroom by the open-air market, look out for the dianoga from the Death Star's trash compactor hanging out in the water fountain pipes. You can also hear the one-eyed space squid traveling through the pipes in the walls inside the restroom!

Do Some Space Shopping

There are nine different retail locations inside the land with nearly 700 different items. And you won’t find the words "Star Wars" on anything. That’s because the land was designed to be completely immersive and the merchandise is supposed to feel authentic. No logo dad hats here. Instead, you'll find kyber crystals, Jedi journals and holocrons. Don't miss Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities. The Ithorian's mysterious store is packed with strange props and Easter eggs for Star Wars fans. And little padawans will love the Creature Stall in the marketplace. There are tons of plush critters, from adorable porgs to the temperamental loth-cat.

Build a Custom Souvenir

If you want something truly custom, there are two experiences you can’t miss. At the Droid Depot, you can build your very own droid ala R2-D2 or BB-8. There are nearly 280,000 different combinations using the different pieces so you're guaranteed to have a unique astromech droid. And these droids can interact with other droids inside the park! For those strong with the Force, head over to Savi's Workshop to build your own lightsaber. The experience includes choosing your own kyber crystal, the living crystal that channels the Force and is at the heart of every lightsaber. Crystals come in many colors from Yoda green to Sith red.

Disney has made waiting in lines actually kind of fun with the Play Disney Parks app and for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge the land was created with the app in mind. When you open the app inside the land, it transforms your phone into a galactic datapad that can trigger some seriously cool hidden gems throughout the land, from scanning Jedi ruins to translating messages written in the Aurebesh to even hacking into droids. Whether you pledge your allegiance to the resistance or the First Order, you can play games for your side and win galactic credits and prizes. And these can unlock some fun interactions with cast members.

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