If you’re a Star Wars fan, there’s no finer time to be alive.
And if you’re not a Star Wars fan… you’re about to be.
Disneyland’s newest attraction, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, is exactly what Star Wars fans have been waiting for. The Galaxy’s Edge experience combines movie-quality sets with costumed extras and the sparkle of Disney magic to create the ultimate Star Wars experience.
Entering the attraction is a straight shot to walking into your most vivid Star Wars fantasy… the environment is weathered to look like an honest-to-Yoda outpost on the distant planet of Batuu. The costumed cast members walking around, going about their daily business, just add the next layer of realism to the experience. (Warning: Kylo Ren is known to be stalking around Black Spire Outpost hunting for Resistance sympathizers, so be careful).
There’s so much to see and do in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge that you can easily spend a full day there, but we do understand that you might want to see the rest of the park too. Luckily, we’ve contacted our best Bothan spies and learned all the information you’ll need for a great visit.
Tips, Tricks & Info to Plan Your Visit
Entrances and Exits
The first entrance to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is near Fantasyland, just past Big Thunder Mountain. If you hit Fantasyland proper you’ve gone too far. The second entrance is between the Canoe ride and the Country Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. Follow the ramp that’s right before the restaurant to get to Batuu. Frontierland by Big Thunder Mountain holds the third entrance.
Pro-tip: Restrooms are just off that ramp in Critter Country. Make the stops you need now, then keep walking to get into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
Food and Drink Options
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has two main food options, one drink-centric and one fast/casual sit-down restaurant.
Pro-tip: Mobile ordering is available for most food options in this area, so take advantage of that to drastically cut your wait times. Hangry smugglers are known to get into trouble.
Unique Dining: No immersive Star Wars experience is complete without a visit to the local cantina, and Galaxy’s Edge has the dining experience called Oga’s Cantina to fill that bill.
Stepping into Oga’s is like walking into the local watering hole on an Outer Rim smuggler’s haven… which is what it’s built to simulate.
Like any self-respecting cantina, Oga’s Cantina does serve alcohol (the only place inside the park to do so). It also serves a small food selection for breakfast, and snacks for the rest of the time. The full menu changes depending on the meal time.
Since Oga’s Cantina is half attraction and half restaurant, there are certain rules that need to be followed:
- Reservations are pretty much required. Walk-ins are possible, but the attraction is very popular, so do reserve your spot (on the web or via the Disneyland app). A valid credit card will be required to secure reservation space.
- Guests must check in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to reservation time.
- Visits are restricted to 45 minutes maximum to ensure service to as many guests as possible.
- Cancellations must be made a day in advance. And don’t be a no-show. There’s a fee of $10/person if you are.
- The menu does rotate. Oga opens the Star Wars themed beer taps at lunch and keeps them open through dinner. Wine is also available. Guests are limited to two alcoholic drinks each.
- Oga’s is mostly standing room, with low lighting and high activity. Due to limited table space, larger parties may be separated, and smaller parties may find themselves at tables with friends they haven’t met yet.
- Prices range from $14 to $35. Some drinks include souvenir mugs, and Oga’s Cantina does offer discounts to annual passholders.
Fast/Casual Dining: Once you’ve grabbed your nondairy Bantha Blue at Oga’s you might be a little hungry. Head on over to Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, where you can satisfy the Wookie in your stomach with some galactic-themed grub.
Docking Bay 7 is a themed restaurant, not an attraction, but the detail on the interiors is just as high-quality as the rest of Black Spire Outpost. It’s a quick-service place, specializing in American and vegetarian eats, and they do accept mobile orders from the Disneyland app.
(Pro tip: All of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has free WiFi. Don’t forget to use it to download the Disneyland app to make your life a lot easier).
Docking Bay 7 has options for the pickiest eaters, including allergy-free meals, so head over here for meal options free from:
- Peanuts/tree nuts
Food Stalls and Kiosks: If you’re only on Batuu long enough to refuel your ship and don’t want to take a sit-down dining option, there are several places where you can still grab a bite without too much fuss.
- Kat Saka’s Kettle: the finest popped grains from across the galaxy.
- Ronto Roasters: Grilled savory sausage and roasted pork are the big draws at this little food stall. We hear the ronto is imported straight from Ord Mantell.
- Milk Stand: The name isn’t fancy, but these frosty blue and green plant-based “milk” drinks are popular with the local smuggler population for a good reason. Just like Aunt Beru used to make back on Tatooine… only better.
Important Pro-Tip for Milk Stand: The milk drinks aren’t made with dairy milk at all. They’re a custom mix of coconut and rice milk, and the colors are achieved by the addition of blue spirulina (Blue Milk) and spirulina, turmeric, and beta carotene (Green Milk). Both versions use a mix of sugar, coconut oil, stabilizers, thickeners and natural flavors. If you’re allergic to any of these ingredients, you’ll want to steer clear.
Like all good smugglers’ outposts, Black Spire has plenty of opportunities to acquire cool stuff. From artisan toys to exotic pets, there’s something for everyone. Reveal your inner Jedi or Sith with quality robes, pick up some First Order merch, or support the Resistance with your credits… it’s all possible in Galaxy’s Edge.
- Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities: Unique and unusual items from many different planets and eras. Kyber crystals, statues, more.
- First Order Cargo: Show your allegiance to the First Order and get in good with the future conquerors of the galaxy by purchasing your gear here.
- Resistance Supply: Keep the flame of freedom alive by shopping at this Resistance outpost.
- Toydarian Toymaker: Handcrafted toys and gifts made by local Black Spire artisans.
- Creature Stall: Bring home an exotic pet today! (Remember, rathtars are illegal in all civilized – and sensible – space, so don’t expect to find one, even here.).
- Jewels of Bith: Trinkets, treasure and local goods.
- Black Spire Outfitters: We didn’t ask where this merchant got the Sith robes. We didn’t really want to know. But whether you’re a follower of the Light side or the Dark side, you’ll find stylish and functional clothing for all your needs.
Special Shopping Attractions
A special mention needs to be made for the next two shops… because they’re shopping done as a Star Wars experience. We’re talking, of course, about Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop.
- Droid Depot: If you’ve ever really wanted your own astromech, here’s your chance. Create your own customized BB-series or R-series droid in a completely interactive experience. You can also buy premade droids if you’re not feeling particularly crafty. Model kits and accessories are available, too.
- Savi’s Workshop is unusual in that it’s in a semi-secret location and that you need to pay before entering. Once you do, join the line to be brought into this hidden sanctuary for Force sensitives and enjoy the interactive experience while you build your very own customized, high-quality lightsaber.
The Main Event… Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Right now, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has only one featured ride, but it’s amazing.
First, the technical details.
- There is no Fast Pass for this ride (or any ride in Galaxy’s Edge), but the Single Rider line helps take some of the load off the group line. Thankfully, the line is reported to move relatively quickly, and once you’re on the inside portion there’s air conditioning to make those summer smuggler’s runs bearable.
Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is entirely participatory. No sitting back and letting the Wookie handle it. Everyone on your 6-being crew has a job to do, how well you do it dictates what happens in the ride. Your actions matter.
Your crew will consist of two pilots, two gunners, and two navigators, and all of you cooperate to fly the Falcon through her mission. Some things to be aware of:
- Roles are assigned, not chosen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t swap with someone agreeable in your party.
- There isn’t a lot of actual detailed explanation given, but the ride is reasonably self-explanatory. Don’t worry, you’ll pick it up fast.
- As a player, you influence what happens in the ride. It’s not the same video for every ride because it evolves as you play.
- You get a score for your contribution.
Pro Tip: If you can, bring enough people to field your own team. Teams are always of 6, so if your party is less, you might be assigned with a group you don’t know. Newbies and people who haven’t played too often (or who wanted to actually look at what was going on) will slow down your score, but really… does that matter?
Don’t forget to be patient while you and the others experience a ride like no other and share the love of Star Wars.
Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is so immersive, so unlike any other ride, that there’s usually silence in the elevator ride back to the main floor as former smugglers absorb the experience they’ve just enjoyed. It really is the ultimate ride for Star Wars fans.
Smuggler’s Run is also setting the bar for the next ride that’ll open in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge… Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This ride is still under construction and is slated to open in January 2020, but fans can be sure that it will be as phenomenal as Smuggler’s Run… if not more.
No matter how you look at it, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the ultimate destination for any Star Wars fan but reading about it will never be as incredible as actually experiencing it. So go… and may the Force be with you.
|Disneyland||Disney’s California Adventure|
|Disney’s Avengers Campus||Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge|
|Jungle Cruise||Best Value Annual Passes In OC|
Kelly Smith is a freelance writer living in Southern California with one dog, two cats, two guinea pigs… and the rest of her family. She writes about Orange County, faith, family, special needs and tea, and world-builds science fiction universes on the side. Find her at www.bluerosecopywriting.com.