Bright suns! Here it is – my first Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge blog post including my go-to guide and the beginning of a tour of the land! I had heard Disney was going to randomly be announcing its Annual Passholder Preview for Galaxy’s Edge via email. At the end of July on a Thursday morning at 9am I got that email. 9:33am I officially had us set for this special event! It was a tricky process waiting in virtual queues as the lottery happened, but we are so thankful it was meant to be for us! A few weeks later we were here & couldn’t believe it!
The future queue entrance for Rise of the Resistance, opening this December!
The scale of this land is gigantic in person. As usual, pictures will never do it justice.
Character interactions here happen very frequently and feel so natural! Cast Members supervising are part of the story or back off enough to not get in the way. They wander around the entire land engaging with travelers. I was able to film Rey checking parts underneath the Millennium Falcon so it’s like they’re truly living here around us.
We couldn’t believe we got to enter Galaxy’s Edge a lot earlier than our set time. We were able to play from 3:30pm-9pm! It was really cool to be able to see what the land looked like during the day and at night.
Approaching the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace. We entered through the Grand Boulevard entrance so this tour is headed straight from that direction. The Toy Story entrance is now open as well.
The Marketplace definitely reminds us of the Morocco pavilion in Epcot – just Star Wars themed. This is where you’ll find little nooks – (really tiny and tucked away compared to the guests who fill these spaces) – to shop for Batuu exclusive souvenirs, drinks and snacks. I’ll include a more detailed look of the Outpost Marketplace in a next post. There’s just so much to go over!
Ronto Roasters – Quick Service is located at the other end of the Marketplace. Unfortunately we did not eat any food on Batuu – but we did try drinks at Oga’s Cantina! Ronto Roasters’ menu is pretty small, offering breakfast and lunch/dinner options – overnight oats, wraps, turkey jerky and alcoholic beverages. Check out their menu here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/ronto-roasters/menus/
I also want to mention this Quick Service restaurant is open to outside – not air conditioned. There are a lot of covered tables out of the sun, but it is not inside an enclosed air conditioned building like Docking Bay 7 is. Just past Ronto Roasters you will get your first view of the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run! RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What are some tips for first-time travelers visiting Batuu? Definitely download the My Disney Experience app on your phone for real-time maps, wait times and *most importantly* to make Fastpass + special experience reservations for Droid Depot (building your own droid), Oga’s Cantina (local watering hole) and Savi’s Workshop (building your own lightsaber) as early as you can. I’ve included the link for each experience above so you can check availability and details. You can always try to walk into/wait for any of these experiences if you do not have reservations, however there is no guarantee that there will be availability especially during peak times. Take advantage of virtual queues to make the most of your time – eat/shop/explore first while holding your place in line! There is so much to see and explore here, especially if you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan, so enjoy it! During really crowded days they are implementing these virtual queues in Galaxy’s Edge to make your day smoother. Wait times for rides also tend to be lower latest in the day, so I’d highly advise to ride as late as you can. While we were there for the Annual Passholder Preview, we saw wait times for Smuggler’s Run range from 65 minutes to 10 minutes. We were able to walk-on two times in row right before the park closed at 9pm because everyone was clearing out. Smuggler’s Run has a Single Rider line you can take advantage of if you don’t mind being split up by your party to potentially decrease wait times. This is currently the only ride open in the land. There are no Table Service restaurants in Galaxy’s Edge (yet), so if you’re wanting something other than Quick Service be mindful of that.
I think anyone standing next to the Millennium Falcon is going to feel tiny. It randomly makes noises, lights turn on and off and steam appears (connected to the Disney Parks Play app, so even you could make it react to something)!
Spot the red drink symbol on the left wall when you turn around from facing the Millennium Falcon and you have found Oga’s Cantina! This was my favorite place in all of Batuu so my next blog post will be dedicated to that! Till the spire!