The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest expansion plan to date that Disney has taken on since Cars Land opened in 2012, with the addition in both Disneyland California and one in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The one in Florida is expected to open on August 29, 2019. Both will be identical experiences in both parks so you do not need to worry about missing out.
As you enter Batuu, you leave Disneyland behind and you are instantly transported to a new universe, set on the planet Batuu, located on the Outer Rim of the Galaxy, where smugglers, traders and citizens convene to stay out of the First Order’s attention. The setting of the story takes place in the Star Wars timeline after "The Last Jedi" but before "Rise of the Skywalker" and all the experiences are original for guests to enjoy as its own story. Storm Troopers roam the land keeping things in order, and you may see Rey, Chewie or Kylo Ren roaming around the land. There is no Disneyland here. The Cast Members are all citizens of Batuu and you are immersed in their story the minute you enter the land.
Black Spire Outpost
Black Spire Outpost is the marketplace where merchants have set up shop for guests to pick up supplies and collect unique treasures from other planets in the galaxy.
Of course you can't miss out on the experience to try the Blue Milk, a local favourite! Blue milk, also known as Bantha milk is the milk produced by female banthas. It is a refreshing and slightly sweet drink, almost like a lemonade. Despite being called "milk", there is no dairy in the drink but rather a rice milk and coconut milk base for the beverage.
As you walk around the land, you come up to the current highlight of the land....seeing the Millennium Falcon! It is a breathtaking sight to see it in person!
The wait times for this ride were reasonable, being only 65 minutes for our first ride, and then 50 minutes for our second ride. Fast Passes are not available for the ride but it is an impressive queue to go through and worth the experience. As a part of the story, you become one of Hondo Ohnaka's crew to help collect precious coaxium, a rare form of hypermatter. Chewbacca has loaned the Millennium Falcon to Ohnaka for his less-than-legal missions in exchange for supplies for the Resistance. You board the ship in teams of six, as one of three positions - pilot, gunner or engineer and you work together as a team contributing to the overall success of your mission. The more successful you are, the longer the ride will be.
It's a very exhilarating ride and I was initially concerned about motion sickness but this ride didn't bother me at all! The Star Tours ride in Tomorrowland makes me nauseous so I didn't know what to think about this one, but it was fine and a lot of fun!
Below is a video of our ride if you are interested in seeing what the ride is like. But don't watch if you don't want to spoil it for yourself!
Oga's Cantina is a watering hole where the bounty hunters, smugglers and rogue travellers come together for drinks, enjoy music and "conduct meetings" and is the heart of Black Spire Outpost. It's a really neat experience and reservations are highly recommended. Enjoy unique menu items for both young and old, including alcoholic refreshments as the first and only place in Disneyland that you can purchase alcoholic beverages. The cantina is lively with entertainment courtesy of the droid DJ R-3X.
Another exclusive experience in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge where reservations are required is Savi's Workshop, where you can customize and build your very own lightsaber. You can make your reservation within the Disneyland app, 14 days in advance. The cost of a custom lightsaber starts at $200 and you can only bring two other guests in with you (in addition to the builder). Purchase of a lightsaber is required to enter Savi's workshop.
Visit the droid driven depot to assemble your very own droid, one of the galaxy's most indispensable sidekicks. You can choose from the R-series or BB-series models to build your own droid, based on the blueprint instructions provided to you. Each droid costs about $100 and you are permitted to bring in one other guest with you in help you build your droid companion.
The area is spacious with the majority of the crowd collecting in the Millennium Falcon area. At night, it is also a great place to watch the fireworks! The downside is that you won't hear the music or see any of the projections of the show as the music does not fit with the theme of the land. Nonetheless, you can still enjoy the fireworks from the area.
And when Rise of the Resistance attraction opens, it will be the flagship attraction of the land and promises to deliver an unmatched experience, putting guests in the middle of the battle between the First Order and the Resistance. I can't wait to see how that will all unfold!
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