Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide
If you're anything like us, chances are you've been waiting a long time to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You've been pumped for this day, but now that it's here, what do you do? We've put together our very own Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide to help you answer that question and more.
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - Pre-Prep
There are two things that will really make your visit to Batuu memorable. Dressing the part and speaking the language. Both of these take just a little bit of preparation. One thing that is unique to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is that there is no set uniform that the Cast Members must wear. Instead, there is a collection of costume pieces that Cast Members put together themselves to create their own work uniform. Because of that, it's pretty easy to "bound," or dress like a resident of Batuu. Dressing in layers with desert-inspired colors and unique hairstyles will make you fit right in. You can even purchase name badges that look like those they wear in the land. In fact, there were a few times when I thought for sure a park guest was a Cast Member. It's kind of fun to try to figure out who's who!
The next thing you can do to prepare, which is even easier than rounding up an outfit is learning a few key phrases. Galaxy's Edge does such a good job immersing you in the story that they have developed their own phrases you'll only find in Batuu. Here are some phrases you'll want to use while exploring:
Bright Suns = Good day/morning
Rising Moons = Good evening/night
Til the Spire = Farewell
It's also important to know two words that are quite different and should not be mixed up on Batuu:
Hydrator = Water Fountain
Refresher = Bathroom
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - How to Get In
Once you get to Disneyland, how do you get in? When Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge first opened, there were some processes that you had to be familiar with. We have a whole guide on How to Get Into Star Wars Land that covers both the reservation system (reservations were required for access May 31 - June 23, 2019) and the virtual queue system (beginning June 24, 2019). Read that if you want the nitty, gritty details. But, if you just want to know the general flow, read on below.
The good news is that since Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened, there have only been a few days where the boarding pass system was required. If the boarding pass system is not being used, that means the land is open to anyone with a theme park ticket to come and go as they please.
There are three entrances to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge; one in Critter Country, another in Frontier Land, and one in Fantasyland. If you are visiting during a busier time and are using the virtual queue, you'll also be given your entry point when you're given your return time. When it's your time, you'll just head towards your entry point and show your credentials. If the boarding pass system isn't being used, you can use any of the entry/exit points you wish. You can always find out what the status of the land is (open boarding or using the boarding pass system) by checking the Disneyland app.
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - How Early to Get There
Disneyland has done an incredible job of making sure that crowd flow throughout Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Disneyland Park, in general, is good. Part of that flow includes rules against lining up early for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. With the way things are set up, there is no benefit to arriving early. If you arrive when the land opens, you are just great. In fact, some guests find that the land is busier in the morning and opt to visit in the afternoon or evening. You can always check wait times for Smuggler's Run to get a decent gage on crowds in the land.
If you are using the virtual queue or boarding pass system, you have two hours from when you receive your notification to enter Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. There truly is no rush from that time because you do not have a time limit on how long you can stay in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Just remember that every time you exit the land, you will need to make another boarding pass request in order to re-enter.
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - Where to Go First
Now that you're in, where do you go first? The answer to that question is going to depend on what you want to do most. If you want to build a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop, or grab a drink at Oga's Cantina, you'll need a reservation. Both are very limited capacity experiences that will take your visit to Batuu to the next level of immersion. You can find out more about how to get into Oga's Cantina and Savi's Workshop in this article. If you have a reservation for either Oga's or Savi's, you can check-in for the experiences about 15 minutes prior to your reservation time, which we highly recommend. Don't get lost in Batuu before your reservation, because you won't want to miss it!
As of right now, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run is the other main attraction you'll want to visit, and may consider visiting first. While FastPass is not currently available for the Falcon, a Single Rider line is an option. However, if you opt to do the Single Rider line, you will miss some pretty incredible parts of the queue that add to the overall experience. The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run is by far the most interactive of all of the Disneyland attractions to date. And stand-by wait times have been manageable. You can always check the Disneyland app to find current wait times. Certain times of the day, especially in the evening, wait times can dip to around 30 minutes. When Rise of the Resistance opens on January 17, 2020, we imagine that it will split the wait times between both of the major attractions.
And finally, if you just want to really soak up everything that there is at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you may just want to roam and not rush to anything when you arrive at the land. A huge draw to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is that you genuinely feel as though you've been transported to another planet. There is something to be said for simply wandering through the marketplace and listening to the sounds of Batuu.
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - What to Buy
Decisions, decisions... when it comes to shopping, you may really have to control yourself and not buy all the things at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. In our opinion, there are a few things that really stood out and cover all price ranges. So, I'm going to break it down into best souvenir by budget.
Best Souvenir Under $10: Aurebesh Coke Bottle
For just $5.50 (or 5.5 credits as they say on Batuu), you'll get a refreshing beverage in the coolest bottle. The round bottles have the soft drink name printed in Aurebesh, the official language of Batuu. They also have a really sturdy screw-on cap that looks like it belongs to a legit canteen, making it something you'll want to hold onto.
Best Souvenir $20: Handmade Toys
Toydarian Toymaker has some of the cutest take homes in all of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You'll find handmade plushes of Characters from the First Order and the Resistance as well as some nods to the early days of Star Wars. There are wooden games and really fun collectibles, most around $20.
Best Souvenir Splurge: Droid
For $100, you can create your very own droid at the Droid Depot. Not only will you feel like you have a new bestie when you're done, but the entire experience is also incredibly immersive. It's as interactive as Savi's, but has a much higher capacity and is half the price. In our opinion, it's a real value. When you get to the depot, you'll be given a guide, then you can pick your custom pieces from a conveyor belt. When you have all of your pieces, you actually put your droid together, complete with its own personality. It truly is something you'll remember forever.
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - What to Eat
If you want the full breakdown of everything there is to eat at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you'll want to read our complete Guide to Food at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. However, for a quick guide, here's what you should do if you want a little sample of everything:
- Either Blue or Green Milk - You have to try one for the experience, it doesn't matter which. Choose Blue Milk if you prefer sweeter, tropical flavors. Pick Green Milk if tart, citrus is more your flavor.
- Ronto Wrap - While unassuming, this was my favorite flavor by far out of everything I tried on Batuu. There is a savory version of the wrap for lunch or dinner, and a breakfast version in the morning.
- Docking Bay 7 - Anything from Docking Bay 7 is going to be good, and it's going to be an experience. It's also the only place that serves dessert, so grab a Batuu-bon, aka chocolate cake.
And if trying these fun menu items isn't exciting enough, all of the above can be mobile ordered using your datapad, aka smartphone. It doesn't get much better (or Batuu) than that!
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - Disney Play App
In addition to the shopping, dining and ride (soon to be rides), there is so much to just explore throughout Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. In addition to the incredible photo ops with the Millennium Falcon, Kylo Ren's Tie Fighter, numerous droids and more, you can interact with the land around you. Once you enter into Batuu, your smartphone becomes your "datapad." And if you have the Disney Play App already downloaded, you can be part of the story. You can translate languages, hack a droid and so much more. Using the Disney Play app will heighten your experience in Star Wars Land.
Star Wars Land Visitor's Guide - Planning Your Trip
We hope that this article gives you a good idea of what to expect and all that you can experience within the world of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We'd love to help you get there! Not only do we give you all of the insider tips and tricks, we have the lowest prices and the best customer service available. You can find all of our Disneyland packages and discount Disneyland tickets on our website. You can also find those same deals by calling our agents directly at 855-GET-AWAY.