A galaxy far, far away is coming to Disneyland Resort this summer and Disney World Resort this fall. All life forms will be on Planet Batuu, located around the galaxy’s outer rim on the edge of Wild Space, which is fourteen acres wide in both parks. Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm, LTD have worked together to bring the planet to life.
The new land will be surrounded by forests, mountains, and rivers at an abandoned, ancient base to fight against the first order. Guests will run into characters face-to-face in the new land such as Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Chewbacca. Even though the base is abandoned guests can still be caught in front of the dreaded First Order.
To enter Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland guests have three options; Critter County, Fantasyland, or Frontierland, including two entrance points from Disneyland’s Hollywood Studios. To give a more cinematic view Disneyland designed the entrance view to be compressed and then expanded like a movie fading out and going back in. Original music has been specifically created for the new land of Galaxy’s Edge, award-winning composer, John Williams, and other composers and songwriters around the world have contributed in the song making.
Fans have been begging for a chance to fly on the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy,” the Millenium Falcon, and this is their opportunity. Guests can immersive themselves in Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, where they are the only member of the flight crew on board and they have to tackle the mission. Another attraction featured in Galaxy’s edge is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests will be joining the Resistance as new recruits to fight the First Order, and face-off with Kylo Ren. The new recruits will fight on a full-size starship and enter a nearby Star Destroyer.
When guests start to get thirsty Oga’s Cantina is open and ready to serve, run by alien proprietor Oga Garra. The Cantina offers alcoholic drinks such as Bespin Fizz, Jet Juice, Yub Nub, and more. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available like Black Spire Brew, Carbon Fizz, Jabba Juice, and many more. Captain Rex, the starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from Star Tours, will now go by DJ R-3X and be the Cantina’s musical entertainment.
After grabbing a drink at the Cantina guests can head over to Docking Bay 7 and Cargo for a bite to eat, located on top of a hangar where several food options are located. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has opened his own restaurant, Tuggs’ Grub, “a traveling diner, for diners traveling.” At Tuggs’ Grub dishes include Braised Shaak Roast, which is a beef pot roast, cavatelli pasta, kale, and mushrooms. Also on the menu is a Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, a chicken dish with a vegetable mash and herb gravy. There is even a vegetarian dish, the Felucian Garden Dish, a plant-based kefta “meatball” with herb hummus and tomato-cucumber relish with pita bread. There is also two children menu options: fried chicken with mac and cheese; and chilled shrimp with vegetables and a rice noodle salad. Dessert is also on the menu, featuring a raspberry creme puff with passion fruit mousse, and chocolate cake with a white chocolate mousse and coffee custard
Other food options include Ronto Roasters’ where barbeque sandwiches are being fired up. There is also a milk stand offering blue from Star Wars: A New Hope and green milk that was seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A popcorn stand, Kat Saka’s Kettle, is serving a mix of sweet, spicy, and savory popcorn snack.
Guests can build their own custom droid at the Droid Depot, parts and pieces are picked off of a conveyor belt. The droids are able to interact with elements in the land, and can respond to peoples’ behavior. Pre-built droids are also available to purchase and do tasks such as talk and play music from your phone via bluetooth.
Droids are not the only customizable gifts available, at Savi’s Workshop, one can build their own light saber. The guests will be able to choose their own kyber crystal, there are four options: Peace Justice (modeled Jedi from the republic era), Power Control (a nod to the Sith), Elemental Nature (harnessing air, earth,fire, and water) and Defense (shrouded in mystery).
There are ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, holocrons, light sabers, and other rare items from different Star Wars eras are for sale at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiques. There you can even find Dok-Ondar working, taking inventory and taking calls. Guests are able to purchase creatures and beasts at The Creature Stall. Plush, wooden, tin toys and instruments can be found in the Toydarian Toymaker Stall. The Resistance has a hidden command posts for guests to purchase pins, caps, gear, model ships, and more.
To make the experience at Batuu as immersive as possible guests can download the Play Disney Parks mobile app. The app allows guests to engage in the land to translate galactic language, find out what’s hidden inside crates and containers, or complete tasks to complete missions. With the app guests can interact with water fountains, door panels, ships, and more.