It seems impossible that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been open for more than a year now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it’s true. The new 14-acre addition to the park opened on August 29, 2019 to thousands of Star Wars fans who had dreamed of that day for a very long time. If you’ve never experienced Galaxy’s Edge, there are several really intriguing things to know about the park, and even if you have visited, it seems like each time we visit, we find something else to love about the amazing planet of Batuu. Here are 8 of those things, in no particular order.
8. Guests arrive on the planet Batuu.
The entire experience within Galaxy’s Edge takes place on the planet of Batuu. You won’t find Batuu mentioned in any previous Star Wars films. It’s a unique place created just for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
7. You can actually pilot the Millennium Falcon.
Okay, you can virtually pilot the Millennium Falcon, but the experience is so real, you’ll just know you’ve been at the controls of Hans Solo’s preferred choice in intergalactic transportation. Batuu is the only place in the parks where Star Wars fans can climb aboard a Millennium Falcon and test their skill in one of six seats aboard the massive ship. The “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” attraction is one of two attractions at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and until last December, it was the only one open to Guests. Be sure your skills are up to par, or you might end up in a crash-and-burn situation!
6. Pick your side at Rise of the Resistance.
Are you a member of the Dark Side? Do you side with the Resistance or the First Order? In the Rise of the Resistance attraction, you’ll be transported far away from Batuu and put right in the middle of the action in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. You’ll board an 8-passenger First Order Fleet Transport and be on your way on a trackless ride where you’ll see life-size AT-AT units, Kylo Ren and General Hux, a multitude of Stormtroopers and other characters from the Star Wars saga. In fact, there are 65 animatronics in this state-of-the-art experience. It is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced at Disney World and a definite must-see, even if you aren’t a Star Wars fanatic.
5. Return to earth with a custom lightsaber.
At Galaxy’s Edge, you can visit Savi’s Workshop and build your very own custom-made lightsaber. Every part of the saber is customized, from the handles to the ornamentation to the colors of the saber. There is often a wait to build a saber, so get there early if taking home a new lightsaber is on your bucket list.
4. Drink the Blue Milk.
Relive part of “Star Wars: A New Hope” and try the blue milk at The Milk Stand at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You can even try the green milk from “The Last Jedi.” Both beverages are made from different fruits and coconut milk and have a slushy consistency to them. They run about $8 per drink and make great Instagram fodder.
3. Try Ronto Roasters or Docking Bay 7.
There are places to get snacks and beverages along your journey on the planet Batuu, but if you should need more substantial sustenance, you can try either Ronto Roasters—an open-air venue that serves a menu with several great options, most notably the Ronto Wrap which is a pita wrap with grilled sausage and roasted pork. It’s served with peppercorn sauce and slaw. Or try Docking Bay 7 located to the left of the entrance to the Millennium Falcon attraction. If you have trouble finding it, just look for the multi-transport unit on the roof. You can’t miss it, and you won’t want to miss out on this venue’s offerings, like the Smoke Kaadu Ribs, the Fried Endorian Tip Yip or the Braised Shaak Roast. (Bonus points if you can pronounce each of them on the first try.)
2. Pick up a specially packaged Coca-Cola drink.
If you like Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, etc., you’ll want to pick up a specially designed bottle of your favorite soda. Each one is spherical in shape and is, of course, complete with the drinks’ names printed in “Batuuese.” They run about $6 each and make for a unique souvenir of your time on the distant planet.
1. Don’t look for Star Tours.
If you’re a fan of the longstanding Star Tours attraction, you’ll want to know that you can’t find it at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It’s still outside the new land between the Backlot Express quick-service restaurant and Grand Avenue. If you’re hoping to board the StarSpeeder 1000 and jet off with C-3PO at the controls, you’ll want to make time to do so before or after your visit to Batuu.