I had the most out of this world time visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day! Batuu, the remote and forgotten planet on the outer rim of space, is truly like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve done a lot of fun Disney things in my day, and this is at the top of my memories list!
Walking into Galaxy’s Edge for the first time was unreal. As soon as I made my way down the walkway off of Critter Country, I immediately felt like I was not in Disneyland anymore; I was transported to another planet. Batuu really feels so separated, which I love!
The thing that caught my attention first as I was waiting in line to enter the land, was the music and sounds I heard - it gave me chills, and right then and there I knew I was about to be a part of the most immersive and unforgettable adventure in a galaxy far, far away…
There is just so much to absorb and admire in Black Spire Outpost, which is the remote village on the planet of Batuu. I could spend hours studying and discovering intricate details that so perfectly make the 14-acre expansion feel like a completely different world. It is sensory overload in the best way possible.
It was so neat to finally be in the presence of the spires that surround the land; the spires that have become such a familiar landmark to those of us who have watched Galaxy’s Edge come to life from the outskirts of Disneyland over the past few years!
Important Reservation Information
Before I get into more details about my experience, a bit of important information regarding a visit to Batuu needs to be shared! Between now and June 23, reservations are required to enter Galaxy’s Edge. Unfortunately, there are no more reservations available through Disneyland.com, but you can still book a stay at one of the three Disneyland Resort Hotels to receive a reservation into Galaxy’s Edge - includes the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
The reservation gives guests a 4-hour time slot to explore Galaxy’s Edge. If you have a reservation, check-in is located at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland. You may check-in two hours before your Galaxy’s Edge reservation start time.
You can get a lot done in the allotted four-hour time frame during this reservation period, but I have a few suggestions to maximize your time on Batuu. Let’s begin with what I believe are the most popular things to do!
First, a visit to Oga’s Cantina for galactic libations, tunes (spun by none other than DJ R-3X) and snacks should be a top priority! This place is a hot spot for the locals and travelers alike! Another popular activity is a flight on the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, where you and your crew of pilots, gunners and engineers work together to fly the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy! Lastly, a couple of souvenir stops: creating a custom light saber at Savi’s Workshop, and building a droid at the Droid Depot.
Keep on reading for more detail about these three popular experiences, plus everything else that Batuu has to offer.
Learn the Lingo
First things first, let me fill you in on the lingo that the citizens of the village of Black Spire Outpost use! These phrases in Batuunese will become more familiar as you stroll about the land!
Citizens of Black Spire Outpost
One of my favorite things about my experience on Batuu were the characters. They weren’t just characters standing stationary for meet and greets as you’d see on Main Street U.S.A., they seemed so real as they made their way around Black Spire Outpost. They are locals, just going about their business, many of them hoping to remain under the radar and out of the way of the First Order.
Of course, Chewbacca and Rey are more friendly when it comes to travelers asking for photos, but if you cross paths with Kylo Ren and his Storm Troopers, good luck!
Black Spire Outpost is home to some of the most bizarre, but delicious eats I’ve ever had at Disneyland! I thoroughly enjoyed everything I tried, not just because of the flavors of the food, but because of the entire immersive experience at each location that I indulged at. I especially loved how most everything I ate made me really have to think about what flavors I was tasting, or better yet, wonder what in the world I was even eating! Even utensils and plates are not what you’d see at a traditional restaurant in Disneyland!
I was able to enjoy food and beverages from all of the restaurants on Batuu, thanks to mobile ordering in the Disneyland app! Mobile ordering allows guests to save time by using the app to select and order food. Once your food is ordered, simply choose a pick-up time, then retrieve your meal at the mobile order pick-up window. It is well worth utilizing this tool!
The restaurants that offer mobile ordering include Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, set in a working hangar bay where exotic and unique flavors satisfy the travelers who visit (open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), the Milk Stand where you can finally get a taste of the iconic blue and green milk, and Ronto Roasters for sausage wraps, jerky, and exotic beverages (open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
If you’re looking for a quick snack, be sure to stop by Kat Saka’s Kettle in the marketplace, where they’re serving up “Outpost Mix,” a colorful blend of warm, sweet & salty popcorn. You can even purchase a “mouse droid” popcorn bucket while you’re there!
Now for the answer to the number one question: what does Blue and Green Milk taste like? I thought the Blue Milk tasted like a not too overly sweet skittles smoothie, and the Green Milk was similar but less sweet (hard to pinpoint the flavor!). My suggestion is to get the Blue Milk! These beverages are made of a blend of plant-based of rice and coconut milks, so they’re dairy-free!
As mentioned earlier, Oga’s Cantina is one of the most popular stops in Black Spire Outpost. If you’re wanting to stop by for some unique beverage concoctions, a souvenir mug or some Batuu bites, keep in mind, there is a wait to get in. The line forms outside of the entrance to the Cantina, and if the inside of the Cantina is too full, or the line gets too long, it will be cut off by Cast Members. Not to worry though, the line is re-opened periodically as capacity allows, but just know that you might have to keep checking back for the status of the wait to get in! My suggestion is to get in line for the Cantina right when you enter Blackspire Outpost.
Oga’s Cantina is open in the morning for breakfast beverages and snacks. Also open afternoon and evening with a more extensive beverage menu (cocktails served here!).
Lastly, don’t forget to pick up the specially made just for Galaxy’s Edge Coca Cola products, available for purchase at the snack/beverage stands!
Black Spire Outpost is a hot spot for not only the food but shopping! The shops in the marketplace are packed full of souvenirs and keepsakes that you won’t find in other shops at Disneyland.
The Creature Stall is home to creatures that are frightening, yet somehow adorable & cuddly, and you can adopt one (or two or three!) as your own!
Jewels of Bith is a small shop offering trinkets and treasures like mugs, magnets, pins, and so many more goodies, a lot of which feature the recognizable landscape of Black Spire Outpost.
Black Spire Outfitters is where you’ll find all of your Outpost-themed gear.
Toydarian Toymaker quickly became one of my favorite shops! You’ll find the most adorable knit plush Star Wars characters and many more collectibles here.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is a rare gem, hidden behind a set of automatic sliding doors, there is a treasure trove of the most bizarre, rare and must-have merchandise (be on the lookout for Dok-Ondar himself!) - it’s worth walking in just to check the place out, even if you don’t buy anything!
Lastly, if you’re looking to pledge your allegiance to the dark or light side of the force, stop by either Resistance Supply, or First Order Cargo. Both locations have shops and souvenir stands full of everything you need to proclaim your loyalty to your chosen side.
Two places that I mentioned earlier that should be top of your must-do list (if you’re into this kind of thing) are Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot. Both attract many travelers of all ages, which means there is a line and a wait to begin creating your dream droid or custom lightsaber.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
I’m still processing this attraction experience! It was such a blast, literally and figuratively - I was in the “Gunner” position!
Inside each Millennium Falcon, there are six seats, and everyone on board actually has a role in the mission to keep the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy from crashing while on a special mission, thankfully with the help of Hondo Ohnaka’s experience and instruction! There are two Pilots, two Gunners, and two Engineers. The pilots have one of the most important roles since they actually fly the falcon, but everyone plays a crucial part in the ride! When you end your mission, you’ll notice the exit route out of the Millennium Falcon will be an indicator of how smooth or not so smooth your ride was. You might see lights flickering and other forms of damage done from the bumpy ride!
MaxPass and FASTPASS are not currently offered for this attraction. Must be 38 inches to ride. The line queue for Smugglers Run is packed full of detail - just so much to look at and discover, which is perfect for an attraction that will likely have a very long wait time once the reservation period ends after June 23!
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which is said to be the most immersive and complex attraction experience Disney Imagineers have ever created, will be opening later this year! Get ready for an epic battle against the First Order!
Play Disney Parks App
Before you enter Batuu, be sure to download the Play Disney Parks app! The app interacts with various things inside Black Spire Outpost. You can hack into droids, control panels and other devices with the hacking device, or use the translate tool which is actually extremely helpful because all of the names of shops, restaurants and other important landmarks/signage around the area are in Aurebesh. The tune tool allows guests to eavesdrop on satellite transmissions and learn stories from residents of Batuu, and lastly, the scan tool gives guests a peek inside completely closed cargo crates. You can even play an interactive game while you’re in line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run!
Wow! That was a lot of information. I am already anxiously awaiting my next visit! I am confident that each time I step into Black Spire Outpost, new adventures and discoveries await! I hope everyone gets to experience a Star Wars adventure of their own soon! ‘Til the Spire and thanks for reading!