With more than 40 years of fandom behind it, the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, California, opened to the public on May 31 for reservations-only visits, with general access beginning June 24. Because the land is designed to be a totally immersive experience—with a ride that responds to your touch, like a video game, and characters covertly asking whether you’re with the Resistance or First Order—Galaxy’s Edge isn’t the sort of place that you treat like a to-do list, leaving after you’ve seen the main attractions. The longer you’re there, the more real it all becomes. The 14-acre themed land is said to be nearly the same as the one opening in Orlando, Florida, on August 29. Read on for what to expect when you jump into hyperspace.
Welcome to Batuu
Though there are nearly a dozen Star Wars films to draw inspiration from, the team behind the park ensures that you won’t be reliving adventures at Galaxy’s Edge. Instead, the creators make you the hero in an interactive Star Wars story yet untold.
It all unfolds on Batuu, a remote planet that lies at the edge of a galaxy far, far away. Black Spire Outpost (which fans might recall from Solo: A Star Wars Story) is its largest settlement, where you’re treated as a character and given autonomy: Do you follow the dark side (the First Order, enforced by Kylo Ren) or the light (the Resistance, led by Gen. Leia Organa)? It’s up to you how much you embrace your role and interact with your surroundings.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Black Spire Outpost is littered with space relics at every turn, including a full-scale version of the Millennium Falcon, the famed starship flown by Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) in George Lucas’s original trilogy. It’s the first ever built in its entirety and marks the entrance of one of the land’s anchor attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
The interactive ride is part video game, part virtual reality, as it puts six people in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon after assigning each a job: pilot, gunner, or engineer. Your mission is to steal a precious resource for local pirate Hondo Ohnaka, who made a deal with Chewbacca to borrow the starship. The fate of the mission depends on your teamwork, as the Millennium Falcon reacts according to how your team maneuvers the levers, flashing buttons, and joysticks on the control panel and walls.
Marketplace, Oga’s Cantina, and More
The land is rounded out with a marketplace, akin to the souks of Morocco or bazaars of Jordan, lined with peddlers selling artisan-style toys, trinkets, and Batuuan clothing. There’s interactive shopping as well, including the opportunity to build your own custom lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop (the inside of which is accessible only with purchase).
Five different eateries offer themed food and drinks to refuel with, such as grilled or fried Endorian tip-yip (chicken) and a ronto wrap (pork two ways topped with a slaw and peppercorn sauce, served taco-style in a pita). At Oga’s Cantina, foams, smoke, and bubbles rise from creative concoctions in the dimly lit watering hole. Here, DJ R-3X (a droid you may recognize from the Star Tours attraction) spins bold electro beats as weary travelers of all ages drink in the scene.
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- Published: June 2019