Star Wars Land is now open in Disneyland and in Walt Disney World. These new Star Wars land additions to Walt Disney World and Disneyland are referred to as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
These new lands are breathtaking experiences that fully immerse you in the Star Wars universe. The lands consist of restaurants, stores, and two magnificent new attractions. The lands at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are 14-acres, the largest single addition to any Disney theme park ever.
Join us for our complete Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge guide for everything that you need to know about the new Star Wars Land plus the exclusive Walt Disney World Star Wars hotel.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened to the public on May 31st in Disneyland! Here is a huge video featuring jaw dropping highlights from the land.
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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge- Reservations Needed for Popular Experiences
Accessing Savi's Workshop, Droid Depot, and Oga's Cantina- Reservations Needed
Due to the large popularity of both Savi's Workshop and Oga's Cantina reservations are highly recommended to visit these experiences. This means if you do not have a reservation, you will not be able to enter if there is no available space! The Droid Depot was also added to the list of experiences you can make reservations for but at this point they are still offering same day reservations that are subject to availability in both Disneyland and Disney World.
You can make these reservations 60 days out from your travel date like other popular Disneyland experiences.
This is the direct link for making reservations at Oga's Cantina, Droid Depot, and Savi's Workshop at Disneyland. Make sure to have your Disneyland.com account username and password available as the current system will make you login again to make the reservation.
For Oga's Cantina, guests will be asked to use a credit card to hold their reservation. If guests do not show, they will be charged a $10 per person penalty. For Savi's Workshop, guests will also need a credit card to hold the reservation. If they no show, the card will be charged a $199.99 builder penalty. Guests will be allowed to bring two non-paying guests into the experience with them. Both of these experiences do not allow same day cancellations so make sure you're committed to these reservations when you make them. For Droid Depot, guests can bring one guest into the building area with them. If guests do not show, they will be charged a $99 per person penalty.
Accessing Rise of the Resistance- Virtual Queue
Walt Disney World and Disneyland has been using a virtual queue for guests to ride the new e-ticket attraction Rise of the Resistance. Here are the steps you will need to take to access the ride:
- Download the Disneyland app for Disneyland/My Experience App for Walt Disney World and make sure everyone's tickets are already scanned into your app so that way once you enter you can seamlessly sign up for a boarding group.
- Arrive at least an hour prior to park opening to have the best chance for accessing a boarding pass in the virtual queue as there are not guarantees.
- Once you're scanned into the park, immediately access the app and look for the link on the home page labeled “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group”and request a boarding group. Be ready to do this the instant the park officially opens for the best chance of getting to ride!
- You will be given a boarding group number, the larger the number, the later in the day you will ride.
- Enable push notifications for the app on your phone and when it's time to enter the queue for Rise of the Resistance you will receive a notification instantly. You will then have two hours to access your boarding time.
Keep in mind the various disclaimers Disneyland has offered for the popular new ride such as:
- The virtual queue will not be available until published park opening hours which means even if you're let into the park early (which is common on busy days to hold guests behind rope access) you won't be able to access the virtual queue until the park officially opens.
- You can also join a boarding group without the use of the app at select locations inside the park. We do not recommend this as you will likely have a lower success of getting a spot in the queue than those utilizing the app.
- Signs in the park will display the boarding group status.
- Admission into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be subject to capacity, and having an assigned boarding group will not guarantee entrance to the attraction.
- There will be no standby line, guests will be required to have a valid boarding group to experience the ride.
Keep in mind that this ride has been extremely popular at Walt Disney World with boarding groups for the day being gone within ten minutes of opening! Be prepared if you want to ride and arrive early to secure your spot. Read our Rise of Resistance guide for strategies on getting a boarding group.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are nearly identical so our guide will have you covered on everything from dining advice to lightsaber building reviews!
There are a few differences between the two lands but most of these are fairly minor such as:
- Due to a more lax alcohol policy in Hollywood Studios in Disney World, the Milk Stand there offers an alcoholic option with rum for Blue Milk and tequila for Green Milk.
- There are real minor menu differences, for instance the Ithorian Garden Loaf option isn't on the menu at the Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo at Disney World.
- There are three entrances to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland but only two in Hollywood Studios. In Disneyland guests enter through Critter Country, behind Big Thunder Mountain, and near Fantasyland. In Disney World, guests enter through Grand Avenue and Toy Story Land.
- The spaceships are arranged a little differently at both lands in the First Order and Resistance areas due to the minor difference in layouts. Disneyland's version is laid out in a east-west pattern while Disney World's is a north-south pattern. According to Imagineers, these differences produce different angles for sunsets and sunrises. There are also small paint color differences to accommodate different weather patterns in California and Florida.
And really, that's about it when it comes to differences! So if you're trying to decide which land to visit- it really doesn't matter as the lands and the experiences that are offered are nearly identical. Pick whichever resort best fits your needs (Disneyland or Disney World) and your experience at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be great either way.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Disneyland Touring Strategy
Based on my experience visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and the experiences of many others who also visited the land, this is my advice on what your strategy for visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge should be. In this section I wanted to give you some tips and feedback on how to utilize these new policies to your best touring advantage at Disneyland.
People made the same mistake during the first public morning that others did during the opening preview periods–they went directly to the Millennium Falcon attraction. In the morning, the line stretched to nearly 3 hours at one point before returning back to 35 minutes just a couple hours later. In fact, the bigger mistake that guests may have made was going directly to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. During the first four hours of the day, the other lines throughout Disneyland were shockingly slow for a summer day (we saw wait times for Peter Pan below 25 minutes). All of the crowds rushed to Star Wars Land and left the rest of the resort empty.
This way you can enjoy an empty Disneyland with all of the crowds headed to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and basically switch places with them after you've already enjoyed all the other rides. Wait times for the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride also dropped significantly towards the end of the night, we were able to ride it three times within the hour prior to the park closing.
If you do decide to head to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with the morning crowds in Disneyland, your entrance may look something like the video below which I took on the first day of preview operation back on May 31st.
Star Wars Land Planet Appearance
Walt Disney Imagineering has worked tirelessly to make Star Wars Land the most impressive step forward in theme parks ever. The new land is fully immersive into the world of Star Wars. The Imagineering Star Wars Studio worked closely with the Lucasfilm Story Group to situate the land into the stories told in the films perfectly.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge takes place on a new remote planet called Batuu. This planet is rough and tumble, themed to an outer frontier trading post in the Outer Rim Territories just before Wild Space. Although this planet is not specifically mentioned in the movies, it is said to have existed for thousands of years. The village on the planet of Batuu that will be the main focus of this new land with the shops and dining options is called Black Spire Outpost.
The Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge consists of lush greenery and buildings made of stone and metal. Batuu is home to smugglers, rogue traders, and a presence from the imperial First Order. Not all the characters in the land are new though, you can be sure you'll see R2-D2, Rey, BB-8, Chewbacca, and other fan favorites interacting with guests.
When you step into the land, you'll forget that a few hundred yards away you could be chewing on a corn dog. You are in another world on another planet. Overhead you'll hear the sounds of roaring engines of space ships and in front of you you'll see rockwork that seems to touch the sky. I was blown away the most by simply being inside the land.
That also means you won't see Cast Members refer to anything outside of the land or shirts that actually say “Star Wars” on them. When you step into the portals for Star Wars Land you will literally be on Galaxy's Edge on the planet of Batuu.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Rides and Attractions
Star Wars Land has two brand new high tech attractions that will fully immerse you in the Star Wars universe: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are open now at both Disney World and Disneyland!
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run attraction pulls together six guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Each guests is assigned to one of three roles: pilot, engineer, or gunner. Cast Members will assign the roles and guests are able to trade amongst themselves for who wants each role. Each role has a significant impact on the success of the mission. Each role is pretty balanced with what they contribute to the mission (I experienced all three during the opening), but overall I preferred the pilot position as there is nothing quite as fulfilling for my childhood self as pulling a lever to make the ship jump to light speed. Our editor, Lindsay, also agrees with this sentiment! During her first experience piloting the falcon, she shed a few tears when it was time to make the jump to light speed- it was a spiritual experience.
The mission and attraction is quite a bit of fun, but the experiencing leading up to the actual ride was by far the highlight for me. This is true not only for the Millennium Falcon, but for the entire land. The true joy of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is just being inside the land.
Long before you head to the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or lay your hands on one of the highly interactive buttons to pilot the ship, you will wind your way alongside the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy”, come face to face with one of the most high-tech Audio-Animatronic figures that Disney has ever built, and finally enter the galley room of the Falcon.
Here's a video from previews of the land showing the completely empty queue of the attraction and view of the Falcon from above.
My favorite spot for photos in the land and another one of those dream fulfillment Star Wars backlist items was sitting at the Holochess table. Every guest has a perfect amount of time in this room before taking your place in the cockpit to take pictures and explore.
When you ride the Falcon, don't get too caught up in the need for a perfect score or a seamless journey. Take in the setting and appreciate how close the Falcon is to matching the exact original version of the attraction.
Some specifics about the attraction:
- FastPass/MaxPass and FastPass+ (in Walt Disney World) will eventually be available for the attraction, but currently the attraction does not offer this.
- Single Rider is currently offered for the attraction.
- The Rider Switch system is being offered in the standard style.
- The ride is completely ADA compliant so that wheelchairs can maneuver through the regular queue and also works with the DAS system. There are Guest Relations Cast Members right under the Frontierland entrance of the land to help with any questions.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Attraction Open Now
The largest new Star Wars Land ride is the First Order Fleet attraction. This incredible trackless ride takes place during an epic battle between the First Order and Resistance with massive real-life sets and Audio-Animatronics setting the scene.
BREAKING NEWS: The attraction is NOW OPEN!
Guests will feel like they are hurtling through a massive Star Destroyer as they are being pursued by the First Order. Images were shared of the incredible scale of the attraction. In one scene riders will face massive two story tall AT-AT figures and dodge through their legs below. In another scene, guests will come face to face with Kylo Ren in an interrogation.
Guests will board multiple ride vehicles, face enemies, and walk down the halls of a real Star Destroyer as if you are truly a Resistance fighter captured by the First Order. For the first time a Disney ride will move you from experience to experience in different vehicles and different segments to really capture that immersive feel that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is aiming to achieve. This ride has been painted as the most ambitious that Disney has ever attempted! I am quite excited if you can't tell.
Check out this detailed description of the attraction from one of the lucky journalists invited a preview event earlier this year:
When it begins, BB-8 and Rey will ask participants to join a mission to fight the First Order. A door will open and suddenly, you’ll be outside, walking past Poe Dameron’s X-Wing on a busy flight deck as 50 or so guests board a ship piloted by Nien Nunb — the first of multiple ride vehicles you’ll encounter. Things go well from first glance outside the high-tech monitor “windows,” but soon, you’ll be sucked inside a Star Destroyer. Once taken prisoner, you’ll see a full-sized TIE Fighter on your right and a 100-foot “window” out towards the sky as 50 Stormtroopers stand at attention, set to intimidate your group as you’re ushered through the vessel towards small detention cells modeled after the one Poe Dameron is interrogated in during “The Force Awakens.” From here, Kylo Ren will make his first of multiple appearances as you prepare to escape the First Order’s grasp — and that’s just the first third of the ride.
The queue works hard to set the scene for guests waiting to experience this immersive attraction. Disney has prepared well for this anticipated ride by creating a long indoor queue that appears to be carved from stone with laser torches with ancient carvings and high-tech Rebel equipment on display. This will be a queue added to Disney's list of queues that will be interactive with the Play Disney Parks app that allow guests to find glowing holographic star maps. Portions of the queue also feature stone benches which is a Disney first for any line space.
Another unique aspect of this attraction is that unlike other Disney attractions that broadcast the area of its location with signs to welcome guests, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will blend in with the forested area outside of the Black Spire Outpost. To get to the ride guests will walk down a side path to reach the X-Wing and A-Wing waiting to launch before they see the entrance to the attraction. Once guests enter, nothing will be visible from the trees of which there are 600 in the land.
Disney has promised that this attraction will be on a scale unlike anything that you have ever seen at any theme park (and that is including the best ride at Universal Studios Hollywood in Harry Potter World.)
Check out these recent photos from the press release this past February!
I might be a First Order sympathizer once I experience this larger than life attraction.
You can also view this NEW picture taken from inside the attraction at the Rise of Resistance ride in Disney World. Note that this is NOT concept art but an actual picture from inside the ride!
Rise of the Resistance is now open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Restaurants and Food Stalls
Star Wars: Galaxy Edge is home to shopping and dining experiences like nothing you have ever seen before. These experiences are seamless with the land. They are disparate and unique with each stall having their own merchandise that you can only get in that one area. The feeling is of a bazaar from the other side of the world.
Oga's Cantina – Buying Alcohol in Disneyland
For guests visiting Oga's Cantina reservations are required to enter! Here is everything you need to know about making a reservation to Oga's Cantina.
*Starting October 21st, Disneyland will begin offering advance reservations up to 60 days in advance, following the 60-day reservation process currently offered for restaurants and experiences requiring reservations throughout the Disneyland Resort
- A credit card number is required at the time of booking. A fee of $10 per person will be applied to that credit card if you fail to check in for your reservation. You will not be able to cancel same day reservations.
- Oga's Cantina now takes reservations up to 14 days in advance and same day reservations beginning at 7AM each day, you can make your reservation online or through the Disneyland app. Eventually this will be pushed out to 60 days in a advance like other Disneyland restaurants.
- Guests should be ready to check in at least 15 minutes prior to their reservation time at the queue at Oga's Cantina. Each person should be present to check in and get admission.
- Be prepared to present your reservation confirmation email, photo ID and the credit card provided at the time of booking the reservation.
- There is a 45 minute time limit and two drink maximum inside the cantina.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts guests can dine at a cantina similar to Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina from Episode IV: A New Hope called Oga's Cantina. The cantina is not a directly replica as it takes place on the new and unique planet of Batuu. The feelings evoked are similar and the music takes you back to that original tune.
Here patrons can try Star Wars-inspired food and unique drink concoctions! This cantina is another immersive experience where guests can buy their food and drink to feel like they are truly at a space trading post. This location also serves alcohol- a first for Disneyland in California. The drinks offered are beer, wine, and premixed cocktails.
New Food Items Coming to Oga's Cantina!
A new charcuterie plate will join the menu on October 16th: the Happabore Sampler featuring a selection of cured meats, artisan cheeses, pickled and preserved rations, and crackers.
On trading cards that were given away in the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland one card showed Rex, the robot pilot from the original Star Tours, entertaining guests with the caption of “Rex entertains the crowd.” Rex has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ and provides the musical entertainment. The cantina songs are original to the land created by composers and songwriters worldwide.
Here is a full video of our walk through Oga's Cantina in Star Wars Land:
See the images below to see some of the drinks you can enjoy in this rambunctious cantina. Check out the full menu for Oga's Cantina here.
Disney has partnered with several breweries and winemakers to create beers and wines specific to Oga's Cantina. A few examples are: Bad Motivator IPA by Sierra Nevada, White Wampa Ale by Ballast Point, Spiced Rutter Cider by Angry Orchard, Imperial Red Cab Sav by Goldschmidt Vineyards, and Toniray White from Alderaan also by Goldschmidt Vineyards.
Oga's Cantina is mainly standing room only to prevent guests from camping out for too long so everyone can get a chance to experience this lively spot in Black Spire Outpost. Currently the maximum time guests can spend in the cantina is 45 minutes and each guest receives a two drink maximum.
Read our review of Oga's Cantina in our dining review guide of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
You will be able to find this designated location for ‘traveling food shuttles' under the large hanger that draw guests into the Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is the character running this culinary attraction and cooking is in high demand. In a galactic ‘food truck' style, he moves from site to site in his modified ‘Sienar-Chall Utilipede- Transport that you see docked on top of the restaurant. He offers many unusual dishes inspired by his time working for Maz Kanata (we first meet her in Star Wars: A Force Awakens) in her castle on Takodana.
During our visit to the land we tried a sampling of the dishes among our group in an attempt to bring back as much info for you as possible.
From the top to bottom. The Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, and Smoked Kaadu Ribs.
The Yobshimp Noodle salad is a tangy cold noodle salad with heavy dressing and big shrimp pieces topped with fresh parsley.
The Tip-Yip is the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge version of breaded chicken and is served with vegetable mash in one dish and a type of salad in another. It is pretty good piece of chicken.
The Smoked Kaadu Ribs are great BBQ ribs with a side of blue berry corn bread and slaw! We were very impressed by the dish and interesting mix of flavors. The slaw was also a nice addition of something healthier. Of the options we tried at Docking Bay 7, I would recommend the Kaadu ribs the most.
Below are some images that were released of the food for you to get a broader sampling of the menu offerings we haven't yet gotten a chance to cover.
This is the main restaurant that is accompanied by smaller vendors that you will find in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (below) while Oga's Cantina will serve as the local tavern option. Guests will be able to dine indoors in the hangar bay or outside in the courtyard. Mobile ordering is available. See the full menu to Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo here.
New Plant Based Kids Meal Option
The new Garden Patty Bun kids meal features a bao bun, roasted carrots, house sauce, and an orange!
Read our review of Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo in our dining review guide of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
Ronto Roasters – “Best Food in Star Wars Land”
The other substantial food offering in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is Ronto's Roasters. This stand, themed as a low-tech spit roaster cooking over an old pod racer engine, serves a couple of great meat pita bread warp/sandwiches.
See the picture below for items offered (we seemed to eat ours too quickly to get much of a beauty shot worthy to share). We tried all three…
Seen above, left to right, are the Meiloorun Juice, the Turkey Jerky and the Ronto Wrap. The Meiloorun Juice is overwhelming sweet, with an addictive quality. The juice seems to be a mix of cranberry and pineapple tastes. The Turkey jerky seems like a standard piece of jerky, especially when compared to the Ronto Wrap. I had at least three Ronto Wraps while in the land during opening!
The wrap is a mix of roasted pork pieces and tangy slaw on top of a grilled pork sausage in a pita bread,. While this mix sounds interesting at first, everyone who tried the sausage in our group said it was their favorite food of the land.
Also on the menu is a breakfast Ronto Wrap which includes scrambled eggs as a replacement for the pork pieces. We didn't get to try this wrap as it is only served until 10 am each day.
New Plant Based Ronto Wrap
There's also a new Ronto-less Garden Wrap featuring plant-based sausage, spicy kimchi slaw, sweet pickled cucumber, and Gochujang spread all wrapped in pita. Also being added to the Ronto Roaster menu is Kyryll Pork Rinds with cinnamon-sugar served in a MSE-6 Series Repair Droid souvenir vessel.
Star Wars Land Blue Milk and Green Milk Stand
You cannot have a Star Wars themed land without green and blue milk! This is the place to go to get your blue or green milk from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. And good news for many guests, these milk drinks aren't actually real milk so they are vegan friendly.
The drinks have very distinct flavors. I think that the Blue Milk tasted like artificial blueberry flavoring and the Green Milk tasted like a cross between green apple candy and Sweet Tarts. We weren't ever able to finish a glass on our own (not that I can finish a Butter Beer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter either).
Mobile ordering is also available here too!
See the full menu to the Blue Milk stand here.
Kat Saka’s Kettle – Star Wars Land Popcorn
One of the other street market stalls offering galaxy delicacies, this grain vendor sells the Outpost Mix (sweet and salty popcorn with a hint of spice) for guests to enjoy.
The loyal Disneyland popcorn fans will be happy about this! My take on the popcorn is that they took a unique mix of flavors that when combined resembled a taste something like fruity pebbles.
A new chocolate popcorn with Crait Red Salt also has been added to the menu! Crait was the planet featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where the rebels fled to at the end of the movie.
Unique Coca-Cola Products in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Guests can purchase these Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge themed Coca-Cola products inside the land. The bottles are fashioned in a droid-like shape with labels that appear scuffed up to fit within the ‘rusty look' of Star Wars.
The labels are written in Aurebesh- the Star Wars language you see used throughout Galaxy's Edge. The soda bottles are referred to as thermal detonators by the Cast Members in the land.
Check out the full list to all the foodie options at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge here!
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Shopping and Merchandise
The village of Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge consists of small storefronts that are stuffed with props to make them appear like vendor stalls. Each shop has an elaborate backstory and is run by a colorful character from the Star Wars universe.
The merchandise aims to be completely immersive by making it look like it was either hand-sewn by locals, put together from spare parts in a droid junkyard, or collected from high profile Star Wars locations in the galaxy.
And you will only be able to get this merchandise within the land- making it completely unique from other Star Wars merchandise typically sold in the parks that you can often purchase online on the Shop Disney website.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop
This is where you can come to build your lightsabers! This secretive group of people who run this shop, the Gathers, have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of the Jedi and the Force.
For guests visiting Savi's Workshop reservations are required! Here is everything you need to know about making a reservation to Savi's Workshop. This experience has been highly popular and reservations are recommended.
- A credit card number is required at the time of booking. A $199.99 no-show fee per builder will be applied to such credit card if you fail to check in for your reservation. No cancellations are allowed for same day reservations. You will have to cancel 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged.
- Savi's Workshop takes reservations up to 60 days in advance and same day reservations beginning at 7AM each day, you can make your reservation online or through the Disneyland app. Eventually this will be pushed out to 60 days in a advance like other Disneyland experiences.
- Guests should arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to their reservation time at the check-in location in front of Savi's Workshop.
- Be prepared to present your reservation confirmation email, photo ID and the credit card provided at the time of booking the reservation.
- You will be able to bring two non-paying guests into the experience with one paying builder.
The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own lightsabers and teach them the ways of the Jedi. Guests will choose four disciplines: Power and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental and Nature, or Protection and Defense. After that, they will choose their kyber crystal. Once those choices have been made, the workshop Master will give you a set of 10 lightsaber pieces to combine to create your custom lightsaber.
This is more than the average shopping option but a full immersive experience that will truly make any Padawan feel that they've stepped into the Star Wars universe. The shop only holds 14 builders at a time and the experience is 15 minutes long.
The Story of Savi's Workshop
The entrance to this shop is not marked and guests will have to find it (though the masses of people outside will likely help you)! Using the Disney Parks Play app, guests can seek out the hidden workshop by following the clues around the land where they can arrange their appointment to meet with the ‘Gatherers'- the groups of people that will pass on the ways of the Force. Once you find the correct symbol on front of the workshop along with giving the secret phrase to the Gatherers, you know you will be in the right place. Once the Gatherers know you are to be trusted, they will be willing to share their great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other sabar parts from around the galaxy. These ‘Keepers of the Force' are ready to pass down the knowledge. The character the shop is named after, Savi, was one of the original Gatherers and a friend to Lor San Tekka (we briefly meet in the beginning of Star Wars: A Force Awakens) and his salvage business is a front to hide his mission of guiding the next generation of Force wielders.
Lightsaber Themes and Options
In addition to this immersive character building in this shop, Disney has revealed the four themes of lightsabers that guests can build such as:
Peace and Justice: Salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships, these lightsaber pieces were created for Force wielders of the Republic era. The simple designs reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by – the Jedi Order – the once guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.
Power and Control: Reclaimed from the ashes of the rumored Sith homeworld and abandoned Sith temples, these lightsaber pieces were originally forged by the Sith of their time. Characterized by sharp and strong forms, these pieces showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.
Elemental Nature: As we have been told, The Force is an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. These lightsaber pieces are born of that same Force. They are as unique as the user and as the elements of nature: the wood from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale or even a tooth from a Rancor.
Protection and Defense: Cultivated from a time forgotten, these earliest lightsaber pieces contain designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be created for protection and defense, conferring anonymity and symbolizing emotional detachment, a lightsaber made from these pieces reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.
Full pricing of these lightsabers:
- $199.99 per lightsaber, plus tax
- Carry case included
- Additional customization items can be purchased at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
- Age Recommendation: 5+
- The experience area is limited to the builder and one Guest—at least one person in the party must be age 14 or older
- Custom lightsabers are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discounts
- The Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required
- If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated
And here are all the pieces of the lighstaber that you will make up your new lightsaber:
- kyber crystal, which is available in red, blue, green or violet.
- 1 hilt
- 4 sleeves (pick 2)
- 2 emitters (pick 1)
- 2 pommel caps (pick 1)
- 2 sets of activation plates and switches (pick 1 set)
Upon hilt completion, the unused parts will be collected by the Gatherers and returned to Savi’s inventory. These are not included with your lightsaber package.
Finally, the Gatherers will masterfully connect your hilt to a 36” lightsaber blade so you’re ready for anything the galaxy puts in your path!
When you are debating participating in the Savi's Workshop experience, you may want to check out some of the video of the experience.
Savi's Workshop Experience Review
Our editor, Lindsay Brookshier, did the Savi's Workshop experience with a group of dedicated Star Wars fans this past summer at the Disneyland Resort. Here is her review of the experience:
The Savi's Workshop experience is hands down one of my favorite things we did in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! I made a reservation on the Disneyland website for my group- I decided to do the reservation for evening so that way when we emerged with our lightsabers it would be dark so they'd be glowing extra bright.
The check in process was pretty simple, we checked in, and then proceeded to each pay for our lightsabers. Even though my card was used to guarantee the reservation, it wasn't required to use that same card to purchase all of the lightsabers. We were easily able to pay individually and I paid for mine with a Disney gift card.
When you get to the register, you will be asked to pick your type of lightsaber so make sure you're ready to make that decision. You will be given the corresponding pin that matches your lightsaber choice and be led to the waiting area with your group.
When it's time to enter, one of the cast members will come retrieve everyone. This is where the immersion truly begins- the cast member we had was so perfectly in character and remained in character for every single moment inside the experience. After we reassured her we weren't working for the First Order and were indeed, just here for ‘scraps,' she led us all inside.
Once inside the room we were able to all get our spots at the table and I easily felt that we had enough room. My son had plenty of space to hang out behind me with his droid. Because I had already fully researched my type of lightsaber (I chose Elemental) and the pieces, I had already made up mind on what I wanted so I was done building mine before many of the other people.
That was okay as I had plenty of time to take in the details of the room. They keep it darkly lit with candles (made out of Tauntaun wax, they told us) surrounding the walls and the cast member leading the experience imparts upon you the wisdom of the force and the responsibility of wielding the legendary lightsaber. It was amazing and was quite easy enough to close your eyes and pretend for a moment that you are a Jedi!
I won't spoil too much of the experience, watch the video above if you want that, but the moment when your lightsabers light up is truly magical. Be ready to shed a tear, if you're a hardcore Star Wars fan like our group is. The experience altogether took about 30 minutes including the time to check in. Once it's finished, they give each of you a carrying case for the lightsaber and you're sent on your way!
Are they worth the $200 price? Well, I think that depends on the person. For me as a hardcore Star Wars fan and someone who has gone to conventions and already collects Star Wars items, it was a must. The quality is amazing and on par with many of the high grade lightsabers you will find at comic cons and similar conventions. In fact, it's actually a good price compared to those and much more affordable. I plan on displaying it on my wall along with my other collectibles.
Should I buy them for children? Again, that depends. If money is no object, then why not! But the hilts are heavy metal and they definitely are heavier to wield than the general plastic toy. I did not purchase one for my son this visit and instead opted to get him a droid. When he turns 10 next year, I told him he'd get one then. But every parent is different- just know that they are heavy for smaller kids to try and hold.
Here are some general tips based on my own experience:
- If you're like me and have a hard time making up your mind on the spot at experiences like these- research the designs online first. They do give you at least ten minutes to build your saber but if you've never seen the designs until that moment it may not feel like enough time. I felt pretty prepared after looking at numerous pictures of all the designs before we came so I had my heart set on the elemental nature one and the specific choices in that design itself.
- Stay off your phone and be in the moment for this experience. I'm lucky that I had my son, photographer extraordinaire, taking pictures for me for our site so I could focus on the moment.
- Allow some time afterwards to go take some PhotoPass photos with your lightsabers. The photographers were great with our group and took tons of pictures with lots of cool poses in front of the Millennium Falcon. The picture above is one from that photographer- they were so fun!
- Be aware that the lightsabers do not fit in the lockers and you will have to carry them afterwards if you don't plan on returning to the hotel. The cast members at the Matterhorn Bobsleds let us ‘Rider Switch' with ours so we went in turns while half the group rode and the other half held them and then we swapped. When it came to Big Thunder Mountain, the cast members didn't even say anything and they fit fine at the bottom of the ride vehicle. They were a pain to carry around though but since we did them at the end of the day it wasn't a big deal.
- The airlines have officially said that they consider the lightsabers to be ‘carry on' items. They easily fit in overhead bins. On our flight in the SNA airport, the airline didn't even look twice at mine (even though our basic economy ticket via United doesn't allow any carry ons) and I was even able to put it at my feet during the flight since I removed the hilt prior to boarding. TSA was also easy to go through, again they didn't look twice. I think if you're flying out of the SNA or LAX airports, they've already seen quite a few at this point. I wouldn't stress too much about it! It definitely will not fit in many suitcases because even after the hilt removed the blade is 34 inches long.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience and easily one of my most favorite parts of my visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. I mounted my lightsaber on the wall (you can easily find cheap ones on Amazon) and it makes for great display. And when we go to comic cons, I can easily incorporate it into my Jedi outfits. (I said I was nerdy, right?)
Build Your Own Droid at the Droid Depot
The Droid Depot is where guests can build their own personal droids that will act as their friends throughout Black Spire Outpost.
Guests can build their own R-series or BB-series droids along with other droid varieties. These droids will be capable of interacting with the immersive elements of Batuu making them a popular merchandise option.
This is how the building process for your new droid works:
First, register your choice of the BB-series unit or R-series unit with the clerk, who’ll provide a basket and blueprint for parts. Next, proceed to the following stations and begin your droid-building experience.
Select from a colorful variety of components to customize your droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt:
- Dome Connection Plate
- Body Sphere
- Center Leg
- Set of Side-Legs
Here you’ll follow simple “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays to assemble your droid in the proper sequence. Once complete, your droid will be paired with a remote control and activated as you watch it come to life!
- $99.99 per astromech droid unit, plus tax
- Carry box and instructions included
- Various personality-affiliation chips and other accessories are available for an additional charge
- Age Recommendation: 3+
- The experience area is limited to the builder and one Guest—at least one person in the party must be age 14 or older
- Custom astromech droid units are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discounts
- The Droid Depot experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required
- If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated
The droids will not be allowed to roam the land but must be carried in order to to interact with the elements of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You can purchase a backpack made just for your new droid friend for $39.99- if they're in stock!
For guests visiting Droid Depot reservations are now available for your experience. Here is everything you need to know about making a reservation to the Droid Depot:
- A credit card number is required at the time of booking. A fee of $99 per person will be applied to that credit card if you fail to check in for your reservation.
- Droid Depot now takes reservations up to 60 days in advance and same day reservations beginning at 7AM each day, you can make your reservation online or through the Disneyland app. Eventually this will be pushed out to 60 days in a advance like other Disneyland restaurants.
- Guests should be ready to check in at least 15 minutes prior to their reservation time. Each person should be present to check in and get admission.
- Be prepared to present your reservation confirmation email, photo ID and the credit card provided at the time of booking the reservation.
Droid Depot Experience Review
Our editor, Lindsay Brookshier, did the Droid Depot experience with a group of dedicated Star Wars fans this past summer at the Disneyland Resort. Here is her review of the experience:
I made a bargain with my son on our trip that this time he would do the droid and I would do the lightsaber. I timed this so we did them on the same night so that he didn't feel left out when it was time to head over to Savi's Workshop.
I made the reservation via the app, they began offering online reservations right after we arrived, and was easily able to grab the reservation I wanted. When we checked in, I heard other people asking if they had openings and they did. So it seems like while a reservation is recommended, you may have good luck walking up and getting to build your droid on the spot. Anyone can walk around the store but only builders can go behind the gates to look at the droid building up close.
After we checked in, we paid right away and were asked which unit we were building: BB-Series or R-Series. Both cost the same price but they will give you a corresponding basket for the one you pick that will tell you which pieces you need.
Once you have your basket and you've paid, you proceed over to the conveyor belt and begin picking your pieces. You can have as long as you want and we didn't feel rushed at all during this process. Which is good because my son took a long time to make up his mind.
Once you have your pieces, you will head over to a building station and one of the cast members will direct you on how to put it all together. But really, there are instructions on the table in front of you that are pretty easy to follow. My nine year old was easily able to assemble his without any help at all. He loves to build things so when they came to ask if he needed assistance he shooed them away.
Once it's complete, you get to activate it! The cast member will come over and put the magic chip in that makes the droid come to life.
This is a little bit of a experience in itself, watch the video below to see what I mean. My son was so excited at this point, I thought his head was going to pop off!
Our finished work of art!
Afterwards, if you bought the R-Series you can head over to the store to look at accessories. We ended up getting the jet attachments and the serving tray. The serving tray is purely decorative, it falls off easily when the droid moves around. The jet attachments are cool, they snap in on the sides and light up with sounds when you push the button on the remote. I'd recommend those! There are also blaster attachments and a tool set to chose from for the R-Series. If you're into accessories, I'd get the R-Series just because of all the options. They're all $17.99.
Overall, I'd recommend the droid building experience! I don't think this is just for kids either- all the adults in our group built one too and had a blast. I can't wait to build my own on our next visit!
The Creature Stall
The Creature Stall, run by another new character named Bina, features different creatures of the Star Wars galaxy like porgs, tauntauns, Rathars, and more. These creatures will react when you squeeze, stroke or poke theme. Some vibrate and come to life in your hands!
Keep an eye out for the dozing Lothcat in the middle of the shop.
The Toydarian Toymaker
The toy stall run by local Batuu Toydarian, Zabaka, features Star Wars favorites like Chewbecca, Yoda, and stormtroopers all created to appear like they're handmade with scraps found in land. This store has the best priced items and what I believe are the best “souvenirs” to remember the land for those who don't have a strong desire to invest in either the build your own Droid or custom Lightsaber experiences.
The plush and wooden items in the store cost between $20-$30 and are “hand made” versions of the characters from the films. There is also an awesome wooden Millennium Falcon I almost gave in to purchase.
Some of the items beyond the plush in this stall include a C-3PO that kids can pull off causing him to cry in terror or put on backwards leading him to quote the movies by saying: “What’s going on? Turn around. I can’t see.” There will be a remote-controlled robotic R-3X or REX for short— the former Star Tours pilot turned cantina DJ — that will talk, roll, and play wireless music from your phone.
Toydarian, a character first introduced in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” runs this toy stall in Black Spire Outpost.
Black Spire Outpost
For the hardcore Star Wars fans, you can purchase full outfits at Black Spire Outfitters including options to mix and match clothing so you can fit right in with the immersive feel of the land. Be sure to clarify with cast members on the costume rules. It's been said that some of the tunics and vests are okay for people over the age of 13 to wear and are NOT considered costumes.
But a Jedi robe is considered a costume and cannot be worn by those over the age of 13. It's always best to ask first since this is a bit of a gray area. We have seen people wearing full robes around the parks that they purchased from the land, so it doesn't seem to be that Disney is heavily enforcing the rule.
Guests can find gear that showcases their Resistance loyalty with clothing, badges, and more at the Resistance Supply.
The Resistance Supply is located in the Resistance Forest area of the land near what will be the entrance to the Rise of the Resistance attraction.
First Order Cargo
If the First Order is your style, guests can display their allegiance and choose among gear and supplies that the 709th Legion brought with them to First Order Cargo.
There was also some propaganda style posters in this store that might pique a serious Star Wars fan's fancy.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
Talk about piquing a Star Wars fans fancy, the theme of Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities is that of a rare collector selling items that represent various eras of the Star Wars unviverse such as ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers, holocrons, and more.
Dok-Ondar is present in the shop as guests inspect his wares- taking calls at his desk and barking orders to his assistants. Be sure to scroll down through the article to read more about this colorful character and his special Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge comic book role!
The shop features rare Jedi artifacts to those studying to ancient lore to cultivate.
This shop also has collectibles or “relics” that have been left behind by the Sith.
Guests can also purchase Holocrons, which are ancient repositories of wisdom used by the Jedi and the Sith to record their teachings so future generations could understand the Force. Kyber crystals can unlock additional content in both Jedi and Sith Holocrons.
The Jewels of Bith
The Jewels of Bith marketplace stall carries accessories and other trinkets.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser: Disney World Hotel coming in 2021
“Chewie, we’re home.” Han Solo
In addition to Star Wars Land in Walt Disney World, Imagineers are working on a brand new Star Wars-themed immersive hotel at Walt Disney World called the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Guests can enjoy a “first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship.” The timing of opening for this new hotel will be sometime in 2021.
The new Star Wars hotel will be located next door to Disney's Hollywood Studios, the new home for Star Wars Land in Walt Disney World, and will even hook into the new land with experiences and the same ability to earn Galactic Credits through your adventures. Every window in the Halcyon including those in your cabin (aka- hotel room!) has a view of the galaxy with ever-changing scenes as you go through space. Guests can explore the Halcyon and discover hidden spaces deep in the ship perfect for finding secrets or holding secret meetings. Guests have complete control over their experience and their own Star Wars story!
Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek had this to say about this immersive hotel experience:
From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be an experience similar to that of the Disney Cruise Line where guests can stay for a two-night itinerary where all guests arrive and depart together. But unlike a cruise in this experience you become the hero of your own Star Wars story in an immersive experience that puts you right into the movies.
Guests will board the Halcyon ship and cruise the galaxy in style! Once onboard guests will stay in immersive cabins, onboard dining, make a trip to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and more. Disney has worked hard to carry that immersive detail we've seen in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edges lands into this hotel so guests are invited to dive deeper into their personal Star Wars journey by participating in onboard activities, interacting with characters, crew, and other passengers.
- This will be a two-night experience that begins when you arrive at the Galactic Starcruiser Terminal at Walt Disney World.
- Guests will be invited to enter a Launch Pod for transport into space. Through windows above, you’ll see yourself leave the real world behind as you jump to hyperspace and draw closer and closer to the Halcyon.
- When the Launch Pod docks with the Halcyon and the airlock opens, you will step into the ship’s main deck Atrium to begin your journey through a galaxy far, far away.
- A visit aboard the Halcyon becomes a multi-day story that interweaves with members of the crew, other passengers, familiar Star Wars characters, and an excursion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
- The all-immersive experience also features entertaining activities, such as:
- Wielding a lightsaber while facing off against a training remote, where you may discover your own connection with the Force.
- Visiting the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn about ship systems and how to operate them, including navigation and defense – skills that may come in handy during a journey through this adventure-filled galaxy.
Here is all the lingo for how this Disney World resort experienced is organized:
- Halcyon: the name of the Starcruiser you board in this immersive experience
- The Atrium: a welcoming place where crew and passengers gather
- Passenger Cabins: your hotel room but with a twist… they're made to look completely like a spaceship cabin and the windows display what part of the galaxy you are currently moving through
Will Disneyland have a Star Wars Hotel?
Currently there is only a Star Wars Hotel planned for the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for 2021.
The Phrases of Batuu- How to Speak the Lingo
Once inside Black Spire Outpost, you will notice that the cast members speak certain phrases throughout the land to guests which helps create that immersive quality that we all love about the new land. Here are the most common phrases to get you acquainted with the lingo before your visit!
“Bright Suns” = Good Morning
“Rising Moons” = Good Evening
“On Planet” = In the Land
“Refresher” = Bathroom
“Hydrator” = Water Fountain
“Ignite the Spark” = Greeting for the Resistance
“Light the Fire” = A Resistance callback to “Ignite the Spark”
“Only the ancients know” = I don’t know
“Til the Spire” = Farewell
“Good journey” = An Informal Goodbye
“May the Spires Keep You” = A Formal Goodbye
Characters of Batuu: Droids, Shopkeepers and Aliens
Some of the characters that are featured in and around Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge are…
Hondo Ohnaka is a fan favorite pirate from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels that has been brought to life as one of Disney's most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures ever made. You can find him waiting in the control tower in the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction. He has teamed up with Chewbecca and needs you to transport cargo on the fastest ship in the galaxy!
“Remember,” he tells guests in the queue. “The more you work together, the more you earn. Your lives — and my profit — depend on it!”
Dok-Ondar is another animatronic Ithorian who runs the black market on Batuu. He's mentioned briefly in Solo: A Star Wars Story so he also has some history in the Star Wars cannon. His shop, Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, carries all treasured artifacts. According to Walt Disney Imagineering, he is a fairly well-connected, dangerous scoundrel but he may be willing to barter! As Imagineering show programmer Amy Goodwin said at the recent press preview, “He has two moods. He can be happy or frustrated.” Be sure to scroll down to read more about him in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge comic.
Zabaka is a female Toydarian that runs the shop with artisan-style items, convor whitles, musical instruments (playable and come pre-loaded with tunes) along with plushies of aliens and heroes.
Bina runs The Creature Stall which offers oinking puffer pigs, writhing rathtars, and chirping porgs.
Fan favorites of Star Tours will also be happy to hear that R-3X, or Rex, our first Star Tours captain has taken over as the DJ in Oga's Cantina. He bops his head along to the music in Oga's Cantina and is a main focal point of the tavern.
Aside from these charming animatronics, the village of Black Spire Outpost is filled with Cast Members taking on roles of villagers with varying stories. Some might be Resistance sympathizers or some may be loyal to the First Order. Depending on your own allegiances, you may want to choose your words wisely as you converse with the locals.
Cast Member Attire for Black Spire Outpost
Cast Members working in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area of Disneyland are a huge part of the success of the immersive storytelling experience. The costumes are a large part of what makes this immersive feel so real to the guests of Black Spire Outpost.
There are different styles that allow Cast Members to mix and match pants and shirts and accessories to give every villager their unique look. The First Order and Resistance also have their own costumes that reflect their allegiances.
The costume designer behind this magic, Joe Kucharski, took his inspiration from all of the Star Wars films in addition to the animated series to create these looks. Disney worked hard to make these clothes comfortable for the Cast Members along with staying true to the Star Wars iconic look by working with innovative fabrics that make the costumes breathable and lighter for those hot summer months.
Cast Members can create their own characters but are limited on just how inspired they can get- for example, no relatives of any iconic characters allowed.
Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Cast Members
Cast Members from all over the Disneyland Resort have transferred to work in the new Star Wars Land. Nearly all 1,400 of these Cast Members involved with Galaxy's Edge gathered to celebrate the opening in this rally photo. May the Force be with them!
When Does Star Wars Land Open?
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now open in Disneyland and is opening later this Summer in Walt Disney World in Florida.
In addition to the restaurants and shops, the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run attraction is now open. The second Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction–Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance–will open “later this year” at a currently unannounced date. You can see all of the details on this attraction in the coming soon section at the bottom of the page.
Guests visiting Star Wars Land at Disneyland park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need a reservation to access the land. Check out our Star Wars Land reservations section below for information on the remaining reservation options and how the process will work.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in Walt Disney World on August 29th.
Disney has stated there will be no reservation system in place for viewing the land at Walt Disney World but it will be included in Early Magic Hours which guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels get as one of their on-site resort privileges.
Book your Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World tickets now! Get your discount Walt Disney World tickets now for your trip so that you can ensure you lock in the current low prices.
Star Wars Land Frequently Asked Questions
Devoted Star Wars fans have had many questions with the opening of this much anticipated land! Scroll down to find out more about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
Why the planet Batuu?
Imagineers wanted this to be a completely new land and created the planet of Batuu, which is not featured in the movies, so that this could be a new story to be told. According to the portfolio creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering Scott Trowbridge,“We know those places. We know the stories that happened there and we know we’re not in them. This place, Black Spire Outpost, is designed to be a place that invites exploration, discovery, a place that invites us to become a character in the world of Star Wars.”
What is Black Spire Outpost?
The planet name is Batuu- the name of the village that is the focus of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is called Black Spire Outpost.
Will guests get to see favorite characters?
Yes! Guests will see Poe, BB-8, Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren on the Rise of the Resistance Ride- portrayed mostly on screens. As for roaming characters or meeting them in person, you can meet all those same favorites around the land.
What is the timeline of Batuu in the Star Wars universe?
Imagineers have said that the story of Batuu and its village of Black Spire Outpost takes place at some point within the current trilogy. This gives Imagineers the freedom to change the land as new movies come out and the Star Wars universe continues to grow.
When you think of it that way, it does make sense they picked a brand new location within the time frame of these more recent movies. Picking a planet like Tatooine in the midst of the original series, for example, would truly limit how much it could grow since like Disney said… those stories have been told.
Are these new characters in the land and other added elements now Star Wars cannon?
Star Wars experts would say YES- everything revealed in Batuu has become official Star Wars cannon including the rides.
Is there a story behind the land's rock design?
Disney wanted Batuu to have its distinct element in the same way that Hoth's main physical feature is snow or Tatooine's is sand. So in the case of Batuu, the main feature are spires which are chunks of petrified rock that were once giant trees and have since cracked and broken.
One spire in the middle of the land is blacker than the rest- which is where we get the village name Black Spire Outpost.
What will happen to Star Tours once Galaxy's Edge opens?
Disney has already said that Star Tours will remain safe and sound in its long standing location inside Tomorrowland.
What other surprises can guests expect to see at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?
Well, this is the question that keeps on giving due to the large extent of easter eggs and hidden details in the land. Each visit will likely bring new details and surprises for guests.
If I can buy lightsabers, can I buy blasters?
Nope, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will adhere to Disney rules- no blasters. No Disney resort sells any sort of gun including blasters.
What kind of Star Wars easter eggs can I expect?
This land is going to be Star Wars fan HEAVEN- so yes, you can expect a plethora of Star Wars easter eggs from the classic films to the newest trilogy.
For example, guests can see a dianogo (the eyeball/snake creature from the trash compacter in A New Hope) hiding behind a tube above a water fountain. It pops out when people drink from the water fountain!
Will the lands in Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando be different?
Aside from slight differences in certain color schemes that work better with each state's weather/sun levels and Florida having one less entrance into the land- the lands are identical.
Do annual passholder discounts apply in the dining and shopping options?
No discounts apply in Savi's Workshop and no discounts apply for the dining options.
Can I wear costumes/cosplay into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?
No, the same costume rules apply within the land that no one over the age of 14 may wear costumes. However, guests can wear some of the clothing found in the marketplace shops as long as it isn't considered a costume. A jedi robe would be considered a costume while the matching tunic would not be. I recommend asking a cast member for clarification before you purchase something with the set goal of wearing it in the land.
How will disability access work for the rides inside the new land?
The same procedure applies to the attractions in the land as with those around the resort. You can read more about disability access in our guide here.
Do the lighstabers come apart for travel?
Yes, you can remove the blade in order to make flying on an airplane easier. Although there have been mixed reports from guests when it comes to checking the item vs. carrying it on. Clarify with a TSA agent if you have questions.
Where is Star Wars Land in Disneyland?
The Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy Edge is situated behind Big Thunder Mountain and the Rivers of America on land that was previously Big Thunder Ranch and backstage. As part of the construction process, the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America were closed for a few months to be rerouted so that they would not cut through the new Star Wars Land. Star Wars Land will have three entrances at Disneyland. The first is located right next to Fantasyland, the second is next to Frontierland, and the third is found via a trail from Critter Country below the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Which park at Disney World has Star Wars Land?
The addition to the Walt Disney World Resorts will be in Disney's Hollywood Studios park. The new land is replacing most of the park's Streets of America attractions, including Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, the Hollywood Studios Studio Tour and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure. The backlot facades and nearby restaurants and shops are also being replaced. There will just be two entrances leading into the Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios Star Wars Land.
Original Musical Score for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
“Oh, my dear friend. How I’ve missed you.” C-3PO
The Oscar-winning composer John Williams created new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land!
You can listen to the music in the video below.
Interact with Batuu with the Play Disney Parks App
The Play Disney Parks app is a central piece to helping guests feel the reality of being in the interactive village of Black Spire Outpost in Batuu. The app allows guests to translate the language of Aurebesh, a galactic language in the Star Wars universe, and find hidden crates and containers, play in-queue games, message characters, and participate in land specific missions.
Explore Using Your Star Wars: Datapad
The four tools in the Star Wars app are called Hack, Scan, Translate and Tune.
- hack into the devices of the land, control panels, and droids
- scan cargo and digital goods as you discover objects around the spaceport- including hidden items
- translate languages
- tune into communications sent by the planet's residents- uncover stories and secrets
Guests can accept jobs from the ‘job board' inside the app. These variety of jobs (which are truly just games) vary in time to complete and all encourage you to explore the land. There is a main game that is the center of the app that allows people to side with the Resistance or the First Order and then they can compete with others in the area to acquire land. And with each job you complete, you receive digital rewards like ship schematics, star maps, galactic credits and more!
Everything you do on the app saves to your profile so you can keep building on it with each visit! Your actions define your true allegiance as either Resistance, First Order, or Scoundrel.
Guests can use the app to interact with the elements in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge like droids, ships, media screens, door panels, antenna arrays and even drinking fountains. Don't worry- no WiFi is needed!
We tried out the app during our visit to Star Wars Land and quickly found that we preferred to walk around while the land was still entirely fresh to us. Once we have visited the land a number of times, I am sure that the Play Disney Parks app will provide a fresh new layer for future discover, but for now I have enjoyed just wandering and discovering things on my own.
Boarding Passes- How to Access Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge When It Hits Capacity
Disney has worked hard to make sure the land stays at a reasonable capacity for everyone to enjoy the land in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Their strategy to achieve this goal is through a system called boarding passes which they use to regulate the capacity of the land. Each boarding pass will include an entry time along with a two hour grace period to use the pass once your ‘boarding time' is called.
Guests will obtain these boarding passes through the Disneyland App at Disneyland or through the My Experience App at Disney World or from one of the numerous distribution points located throughout the park. The boarding pass will function as a virtual queue. Guests will be notified through the app and via electronic signs when their boarding group is being called. The groups will then have 2 hours to make their way into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
So far the Boarding Passes haven't been needed at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World since opening day. But if the land gets extremely crowded, both parks may chose to utilize the Boarding Pass option to ensure everyone entering Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has a positive experience.
Guests who make reservations for Oga's Cantina, Droid Depot, or Savi's Workshop do not need to also secure a boarding pass group. At one hour prior to the reservation time, guests with reservations can enter through the Fantasyland entrance in Disneyland.
For guests visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World, the same rules apply for the reservations for Savi's Workshop, Oga's Cantina, and the Droid Depot. If you have a reservation then that guarantees you entry and no Boarding Pass is required. You can enter up to one hour prior to your reservation time through the Grand Avenue entrance near Muppet*Vision 3D.
Update: Walt Disney World has been using the Boarding Pass system in order for guests to ride the new Rise of the Resistance attraction- read more about how this works in our article.
Here are all the full details of everything you need to know regarding the Boarding Pass system at Disneyland and Walt Disney World:
- Use the Disneyland app at Disneyland or the My Experience App at Disney World to check the status of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land will remain ‘open' until it fills capacity. Once it hits capacity then the Boarding Pass system will be implemented.
- To request to be part of a boarding group, you need to be inside the park. Once your ticket is scanned and you're inside you can either:
- Use the app to make the request for join a boarding group. Make sure everyone's park tickets are linked in the app to request the same boarding group for your party.
- Obtain a boarding group with your ticket at select Disney FastPass locations such as Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain or near the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland.
- For guests at Walt Disney World, if you need a non-technology option to request a Boarding Pass ask the nearest cast member.
- Make sure to enable push notifications on the app and you will be notified when it's time to enter. For those not using the app, there will be digital signs around the park letting guests know which boarding group is able to enter.
- Once your boarding group has been called to enter, you have two hours to enter the land. Guests with boarding passes will enter the land through the Frontierland entrance at Disneyland and the Grand Avenue entrance near Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney World.
- After you have entered the land, there is no time that you are required to exit. You may remain in Star Wars Land for as long as you would like.
*In Disney's announcement they made clear that guests need to be inside Disneyland Park to make their Boarding Group request at Disneyland. This means you can't make it from Disney's California Adventure or from outside Disneyland Park. You will have to be inside Disneyland park to be able to make this request. Same goes with Disney World, you need to be inside Hollywood Studios in order to make your Boarding Pass request.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge NEW Marvel Comic!
Yes, you read right! Star War: Galaxy's Edge has its own comic! The series is written by Ethan Sacks, author of a tale of Jedi Master, Mace Windu, in the Star Wars: Age of Republicseries. The series is illustrated by Will Sliney, who penciled the comic adaptation for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Cover art is created by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm artists.
This comic ties into the new land at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The first issue of the comic released in April and features the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu as pirates, smugglers, merchants, and wanderers travel to sell wares or settle scores.
This five-issue miniseries also feature the infamous Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian collector of rare antiquities, the First Order as they tangle with the Outer Rim smugglers, and an appearance from Han Solo and Chewbecca. In terms of the Star Wars cannon, Dok-Ondar was first mentioned in Solo: A Star Wars Story when Qi'ra asks if he's being ‘well attended to' when they're on the First Light- the yacht operated by Crimson Dawn leader Dryden Vos while Vos met with Tobias and Han Solo.
The first issue feaured some Han Solo and Chewbecca smuggling history- read our review on the first issue here.
Check out the cover art below:
The series gives fans a chance to connect with Black Spire Outpost before their vest and connect with the setting of this new immersive world.
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