It’s a great time to visit Star Wars Land at Walt Disney World and Disneyland! The twin attractions opened earlier this year and will complete phase two of construction by the beginning of 2020. That means Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, or Batuu as they refer to it on the inside, will finally be fully open and guests can experience this section of the parks the way it was intended. For your next Disney vacation, don’t forget to get a drink at Oga’s Cantina, bring your sunglasses, and wear sandals on Batuu as it can get very hot!
Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge
Here are some Galaxy’s Edge experiences you can’t miss while you are at Disneyland or Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run
This simulator attraction opened with the rest of Galaxy’s Edge in 2019, but it’s going to be a huge part of Star Wars Land and beyond. The technology allows the ride experience to change, but the current version is something you will want to experience as your operate controls in the Millennium Falcon cockpit to complete a smuggling mission for Hondo Ohnaka. The real-time controls make it so every flight experience is different. As a rider, you can fill the role of pilot, gunner, or engineer. Having a job while you ride that significantly affects the outcome is a totally unique thing you have to try at least once.
The cantina is inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine. It’s a small lounge without much seating, but the drink menu is huge and the atmosphere is unlike anything else. Oga’s Cantina is the best way to immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars while you visit Galaxy’s Edge. The beverages served there are not all alcoholic, but they are all very fun. The experience at Oga’s changes from breakfast to lunch, so make sure you stop by twice. Be sure to snap a selfie with DJ R3x as well. The Relic from another Star Wars Adventure has now landed himself a new gig spinning tunes for the patrons of the cantina.
Have you ever secretly dreamt of becoming a Jedi? Of creating your own custom handbuilt lightsaber? Dream no further! Galaxy’s Edge allows you to continue the ways of the Force with Savi’s Workshop at Black Spire Outpost. A group of “gatherers” from the workshop will guide you through this very special construction process. A lightsaber is a Jedi’s greatest weapon, or a Sith Lord’s most ruthless weapon in battle, so be sure to choose your hilt theme and kyber crystal carefully! There are four themes to choose from: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, and Protection and Defence. The heart of your lightsaber is available in blue, green, purple, and red. With your lightsaber at your side, the wrath of the First Order will be no match for an aspiring Jedi or Sith! Be aware that this experience requires an advanced reservation.
Black Spire Marketplace
The biggest set piece of all in Star Wars Land will still be the amazing Black Sprire Marketplace which is full of little pockets and shops that sell merchandise from local craftsmen on the planet of Batuu. Visit the Toydarian Toymaker for unique toys that work as in-world items rather than simple Star Wars Branded souvenirs. Black Spire is brimming with unique shops to explore and lots of hidden secrets to discover.
Don’t forget to download the Play Disney Parks app before you visit Star Wars Land 2020. Set up a profile in the Datapad feature of the app and use it to interact electronically with the environment. You can hack controls, decipher messages, perform tasks and even communicate with droids. The app allows you to pick what side you will be on as the region is currently in political turmoil. The rising resistance is always clashing against the occupying First Order.
At Black Spire Outpost, visit a droid workshop filled with parts, chips, manuals, and other materials handy for constructing your very own R-series or BB-series astromech unit! Every traveller across the galaxy needs their very own trusty droid sidekick to help them out of peril! After choosing which model you prefer, you’ll be provided a blueprint and a basket for parts to begin your very own droid-making experience! Once completed, your droid will be paired with a remote control and a box to carry it in! A customized droid is a great souvenir to bring back from your travels to Batuu! Be aware that this experience also requires an advanced reservation.
Rise of the Resistance
Finally, the wait will be over in Star Wars Land and Rise of the Resistance, the epic new dark ride will be operational. The ride is said to use multiple types of vehicles and has a running length of over 15 minutes. The ride is trackless and features full-scale AT-ATs, lightsabers, and an encounter with Kylo Ren. The attraction will transport guests to a Star Destroyer and have them crash land back on Batuu.
And this is only the beginning! Coming at Walt Disney World Resort in 2021 will be Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser! This immersive Disney vacation experience will be unlike anything else that only Disney could engineer! But until then, there plenty of amazing experiences to enjoy at Galaxy’s Edge! May the Force be with you, always.