Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – A Guide to the Planet of Batuu at Disneyland

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The long-awaited Star Wars land has arrived! Are you ready to go on an adventure in a galaxy far, far away?

I’ll admit, I was skeptical as to how well this new land would fare at Disneyland. After seeing it for the first time shortly after it opened, my mind was blown.

Even if you’re not a fan of Star Wars, this land might still impress your socks off. 

It is inconceivably one of the most immersive and epic experiences I’ve ever had! You have to see it to believe it!

There is much you need to know about it, so follow along as I share some important tips for getting the most out of visiting this galaxy. 

History of the Land

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially launched on May 31, 2019. It is 14 acres in size (just a few acres bigger than Cars Land in DCA) and is the largest expansion Disneyland has ever created.

Star Wars Map at Disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set on a long-forgotten planet known as Batuu. The planet of Batuu rests on the edge of the galaxy, between the Unknown Regions and Wild Space.

While visiting Batuu, you’ll find smugglers, scoundrels, rogues, and traders scavenging the planet, trying to avoid the First Order who is eager to dispose of anyone who fails to succumb to their absolute control. 

You’ll also see some good guys wandering around, including R2-D2, Rey, Chewie, Kylo Ren, and Storm Troopers. 

Currently, this land includes two out-of-this-world attractions, several dining options, places to shop, and live entertainment (always check the Disneyland app for entertainment times).

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run 

The Millennium Falcon ride takes you inside the famous cockpit of Hans Solo. Whether you’re a Pilot, Engineer, or Gunner, every role is crucial on this daring flight to outmaneuver the odds and succeed your mission.

This ride seats 6 people at a time. Seating location is determined by the role you’re given.

Each role includes the following duties:

Pilots – There are 2 pilots. Each have control of the aircraft. The pilot on the left controls the up/down movement and the pilot on the right controls the side-to-side movement. 

Gunners – There are 2 gunners. Their main mission is to use blasters and missiles to protect and defend the aircraft. 

Engineers – There are 2 engineers whose job is to repair the aircraft as it flies through the galaxy.

Millennium Falcon

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Know Before You Go

FASTPASSES are NOT available for this attraction.

Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV.

Service animals may NOT accompany guests on this attraction.

Rider Switch is offered at this attraction.

The Disability Access Service (DAS) can be used on this attraction. Guests can enter through the standard queue and must be able to transfer onto the ride.

You must be 38″ inches or taller to enjoy this attraction.

This ride is dark, loud, and contains sudden drops.

As a safety precaution, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventurous ride.

Rise of the Resistance

This is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge newest and second ride that debuted on January 17, 2020. 

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Currently, this attraction can only be ridden by obtaining a Virtual Boarding Pass (not a physical line so you can enjoy the park while you wait) through the Disneyland app.

If you do not use an electronic device, sign up options will be available.

How to Use Virtual Queue

1.) After downloading the Disneyland app, go to the homepage and scroll down until you see Rise of the Resistance Access by Boarding Group. Then select “Find Out More“.

2.) Next, you’ll see current land status. Scroll down and click on “Join Boarding Group“.

2.) If you’ve linked all of your party’s tickets into the app, you can add all guests who want to ride with you. Once everyone is entered, you’ll receive a boarding group number. 

3.) Be sure you allow push notifications on your phone for the Disneyland app. You will receive a notification when it’s time for your boarding group to ride the attraction.

You will only have ONE-TWO HOURS to get in line once your boarding group is notified. 

4.) Cast members will scan your barcode on the app to confirm your entry into the attraction, so have your phone out and ready.

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Know Before You Go

FASTPASSES are not available for this attraction.

You only have ONE-TWO HOURS to get in line once your boarding group is notified.

The Disability Access Service (DAS) is available for this attraction.

There is no Single Rider line as of yet.

Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV.

You must be 40″ inches tall to ride this attraction.

Rider Switch is available for this attraction.

This ride is dark, loud, scary, and contains sudden small drops.

As a safety precaution, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.

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Droid Depot

Interested in building your own R2-D2 or BB-8 droid? For $100, the Droid Depot is the place to do it! This is probably my favorite thing to see and do in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (I love the droids!).

Prepare to enter a workshop stocked with droid parts, chips, manuals, and many other tech items useful for constructing your very own sidekick. The whole process usually takes between 10-20 minutes.

Building a droid consists of visiting several different stations:

First, you’ll choose from a variety of parts to customize your droid as it rolls by on a conveyor belt.  

Second, you’ll assemble your droid in the proper sequence (help is provided if you need it). 

Third, once your droid is built, it will be paired with a remote (or optional voice box) and activated. 

Last, name your droid and watch it come to life!

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Pricing & Other Info

Each droid cost $100 plus tax.

Carry box and instructions are included.

Annual Pass discounts are available.

Personality chips and other accessories are available at an extra cost.

Each station is wheelchair accessible; however, you may need help reaching items.

Only the builder is allowed to build the droid. But if you need help from a guest due to a disability or health condition, let a cast member know. 

Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance. Reservations are not required, but very recommended to ensure access.

Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge wouldn’t be complete without being able to build your own custom lightsaber. If you’re ready to become one with the Force, this specialty workshop is for you. (I have no interest in this.)

For $200, three people – including the guest who will be creating the lightsaber – may enter the building to watch the process. From start to finish usually takes about 20 minutes.

Build a lightsaber

Important Details

Each lightsaber cost $200 plus tax.

Annual Pass discounts are NOT available.

Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance and is highly recommended. 

Carrying case is included with purchase of lightsaber.

Guests of the builder may only watch and not participate in the actual building process.

Additional customization items can be purchased.

Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your reservation. Be prepared to present your reservation confirmation, photo ID, and credit card provided at time of booking.

Cancellations can be made up to one day prior to your reservation to avoid cancellation fees. 

Places to Eat

Oga’s Cantina

This highly popular watering hole is the place to go for themed drinks, with or without alcohol.

Oga's Cantina

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Price-point ranges between $15 – $35 per person.

Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance and are highly recommended.

There is limited seating inside. Guests who cannot stand for long periods should be cautioned.

Drinks must be consumed inside the restaurant.

Click here to view the full menu.

Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo

Hungry travelers will love fueling up at this counter service eatery. 

docking bay

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Accepts Mobile Orders

Offers healthy food options such as salads, meats, vegetarian, vegan, and allergy friendly foods.

Annual Pass discounts are accepted.

Cost is $15 and under per adult.

Click here to view full menu options.

Milk Stand

Get ready to quench your thirst with a cup of Batuu’s famous blue or green milk.

milk stand

Photo Credit: Disney Food Blog

Each flavor is plant-based with coconut milk and rice milk, mixed with fruit flavors.

Cost is $8 per drink, not including specialty cups.

Mobile Ordering is available.

No Annual Pass discounts.

Click here to view full menu.

Ronto Roasters

This is probably one of the more popular on-the-go places to eat in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Here you’ll be able to sink your teeth into the famous Ronto Wraps loaded with meats or plant-based options. 

Click here to view the full menu.

Mobile Orders are accepted.

Annual Pass discounts are accepted.

Cost is $15 or under per adult.

Allergy friendly options are available.

Kat Saka’s Kettle

On this galaxy, you find a small cart/kiosk that serves a sweet and savory popcorn snack made with an interstellar twist.

Click here to view the menu.

Popcorn costs $6.50.

Annual pass discounts are not accepted.

Shopping

Other than the coveted Droid Depot and Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop, there are multiple small merchants available around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (I still prefer shopping in Tomorrowland for all my Star Wars gear.)

Black Spire Outfitters

This is the place to go if you’re looking to dress as one of the locals roaming the galaxy. Most of the garments sold here comply with Disney’s dress code except the robes. Robes cannot be worn inside the parks. 

Annual Pass discounts are available. 

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Additional Insights

Take the time to wander around and look carefully at all the immaculate details of the land. The size of it may seem overwhelming at first, but there really is not a whole lot to do. There is, however, a TON of things to see.

Make sure to interact with the characters. Often they will be roaming the land, interacting with guests as they go about their business. It’s incredible how well they play (and stay) in character. 

Star Wars Land is handicap accessible and equipped with ramps, elevators, automatic doors, and companion bathrooms.

One of the best places to view the fireworks at night is near the Millennium Falcon!

Have you been to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Let me know your thoughts or questions in the comments below!

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