A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…
We visited Batuu, a planet located at Galaxy’s Edge, or at least we really and truly felt like we did. Okay, so we weren’t really at Black Spire the last outpost before Wild Space on the planet Batuu, but rather in Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California.
In true Disney fashion no detail was spared, and we all agreed that our visit to Disneyland’s new Star Wars themed land was the most immersive theme park experience we’ve ever had.
During our visit we flew the Millennium Falcon, explored the market place, sampled the food and met the citizens of Black Spire, who very impressively don’t break character. Careful, you don’t want to catch the attention of a stormtrooper.
Located within Disney’s Magic Kingdom, you’ll need a theme park ticket to visit Galaxy’s Edge*. Access points are just next to Critter Country and Frontier Land. From the moment you walk through the entrance archways you are transported to another world, complete with two official languages, Aurebesh and Huttese.
If you listen carefully you’ll hear the citizens using them and see that many of the signs and items for sale are also labeled in these languages. English translations are posted, but if you’re interested in learning the native tongues you can download a handy app which will translate for you.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
There is one ride attraction within Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, with another attraction set to open later this year.
Smuggler’s Run is an interactive ride experience where guests (the minimum height requirement is 38 inches) will work together to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a smuggling mission.
While you’re waiting in line you’ll be treated to stunning views of both Black Spires and the Millennium Falcon. Decide whether you’ll be the pilot, the gunner, or the engineer, but remember you’ll need to work together to ensure a successful mission.
Once you get through the line you’ll find yourself walking through the passageways of the Millennium Falcon. Next thing you know you’re onboard!
Food choices in Black Spire (Galaxy’s Edge) are plentiful including, vegetarian options, unique snacks and even a cantina, which serves alcohol. If you are at all familiar with Disneyland you’ll know this is big news.
The market place includes multiple shops including, a toymaker, a creature shop, and an outfitter. If you’re in the market for a light saber or a droid you’ll have the opportunity to build your own, but you should know that these items are a hot and expensive commodity.
Keep your eye out for Planet Batuu’s many mysterious and unique creatures.
If your tastes run to the Dark Side you’ll want to visit First Order Cargo, which you’ll find just to the left of this Tie-Fighter.
Stick around to see Galaxy’s Edge after dark:
*Galaxy’s Edge officially opened on May 31, 2019, and as you can imagine its a popular destination. Access will be limited to those with a reservation until June 24, 2019.