Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
The Disneyland Resort's newest land has become a Mecca for Star Wars fans everywhere! There are many names for the new Star Wars land: for the locals it is the planet of Batuu, for the Resistance and the First Order it is Black Spire Outpost and for Disney fans it is Galaxy’s Edge. For Star Wars fans everywhere it is a must see. This article focuses on the hard-to-find and hidden gems that connect Star Wars fans to previous movies through a little Disney magic and well, um… “The Force.” Whether you are heading to “Tosche Station for some power converters” or avoiding “Imperial entanglements,” Black Spire Outpost is the place you want to be in order to capture all of the fun and excitement of Star Wars!
“The longing that you seek is not behind you, it is in front of you.” - Maz Kanata
Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - An Homage to the Original Star Wars Trilogy
Just above Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo are three containers. They have numbers on the sides: 77, 80 and 83. The numbers are dates that represent the years the three original trilogy films were released. You will notice that “80” is lowered down a bit; look in the restaurant for a full a full view of the “80 cargo box.”
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Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - The Millennium Falcon
The Millennium Falcon is not easy to hide and certainly not a surprise. But how can we do an article about Star Wars without mentioning the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!”? “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less that 12 Parsecs!” The black spires behind the ship are the inspiration for the name of this space port at the edge of the galaxy.
Fun fact: Smuggler’s Run was built by a company in the town where Get Away Today Vacations is located: Ogden, Utah. Petersen, Inc. is a world-class fabrication, manufacturing and project company.
When visiting Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, be sure to stop by for one of the best photo ops in the Galaxy! Take a seat and play a round of chess on the Dejarik Holo chess set in the queue for Smuggler's Run. Our advice? Let the Wookiee win “because a droid doesn’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose!” C-3PO
Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Gear
Luke Skywalker and Obi Won Kenobi have a few moments to discuss the Force in A New Hope. Just above the chess set in the Smuggler’s Run queue, you can spot the blast shield and training orb. “This time, let go of your conscious self and act on instinct… your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi Won Kenobi.
As a way to save Han Solo, Princess Leia showed up to Jabba the Hutt’s Palace in a bounty hunter’s uniform. She planned to rescue Han Solo by threatening Jabba with a thermal detonator. As a way to contribute to the fun of Star Wars land, Coke products are available throughout Batuu in the form of a thermal detonator!
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Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - The Dianoga
The Dianoga is the creature that wraps around Luke’s legs in the trash compactor in A New Hope. Keep your eyes peeled to see the Dianoga on the streets of Black Spire Outpost. It often travels through the pipes, so be careful and avoid its seven tentacles and mouth full of sharp teeth. “Into the garbage shute flyboy!” - Princess Leia.
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Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Droids
Darth Vader and the Emperor were on a search for the Rebels after they destroyed the Death Star in The Empire Strikes Back. The Empire sent out Viper Probe droids that crash landed on Hoth, the snowy planet. They slowly emerged from their shells to scan the area for life signs and details. Chewbacca and Han Solo looked into the situation. “It’s a droid of some kind. I didn’t hit it that hard. It must have had a self-destruct.” – Han Solo. Chewbacca: “Arrghhgghhh!” Somehow one of the droids found its way to Batuu.
After Luke Skywalker was rescued by Han Solo by storing him in the Tauntaun, he rushed him back to the Rebel base on Hoth. Luke had just been traumatized by the Wampa and was freezing. The health team placed him in a water tank to assess his health, led by Watto's Pit droid, a 2-1B surgical droid. These droids were built to help at Watto’s Junk Yard and the Pod Races. Both of these and many other examples of droids can be found at the Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge. Trust me – these are totally the droids you are looking for!
Nute Gunray and other Trade Federation leaders sent their battle droids to Naboo, in Episode 1. Some of the Trade Federation droids can be found caged on the streets of Black Spire Outpost.
Oga’s Cantina is the center of culture in Black Spire Outpost. Make a reservation and experience this family-friendly snack and beverage outpost in Galaxy's Edge. It is not quite the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” found in Mos Eisley, but it would not surprise anyone to see Greedo or a Storm Trooper strolling around. Oga’s serves fun drinks and treats that look like they are from a galaxy far, far away! Check out the Carbon Freeze, complete with a bubbling fizz that throws popping pearls up and down in the drink like popcorn. In the background is DJ R-3X. You might recognize R-3X from the first version of Star Tours; he has moved over to Oga’s Cantina to play some intergalactic tunes for guests. Stick around for a bit to catch DJ R-3X malfunction like he used to in Star Tours. He resets himself and uses dialogue from the Star Tours attraction right before he plays the “cantina song” from A New Hope.
Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
Shopping outpost Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities has an amazing collection of Star Wars memorabilia, props and hidden gems. There are many trophies of alien creatures on the wall, including a Tauntaun from The Empire Strikes Back. Tauntauns were the bi-pedal creatures used to transport Rebels across in the snowy tundra. “And I thought they smelled back on the outside!” – Han Solo.
As Luke was exploring Hoth, the Wampa attacked him, hanging him in his lair for “keeping.” Using the Force, Luke was able to access his Lightsaber in order to get away. The Wampa looks just a little bit like his friend Harold the Yeti over at the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction. Look for the Wampa in the Den of Antiquities.
The Emperor had special guards to protect him and his fortress. The contrasting red helmets of the Imperial Guarde stood out in The Return of the Jedi. Take a look at one of the examples in Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities.
While in the Den of Antiquities make sure to take the time to find the Golden Jar Jar. Many Star Wars do not have a lot of love for Jar Jar Binks, but they love to search for him!
Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Land Speeder
Located on a side street of Galaxy's Edge, look closely for vehicles that have appeared in Star Wars films. You can take a look at a land speeder, like Luke Skywalker’s, that is parked in the driveway ready to speed out for another adventure.
Choose your adventure and make lasting memories. “May the Force be with you! Always!” Interacting with some of the famous Star Wars characters and the amazing details that you will find along the way makes a visit to Galaxy's Edge incredibly memorable. To experience it for yourself, book online or call 855-GET-AWAY for personalized assistance.