• Elizabeth Perry (The Nerd Travel Pro)

What You Need to Know About Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge


Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens this week at Disneyland Park, and on August 29 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and I am so excited! These new lands will feature incredible attractions, adventurous encounters, and immersive theming to take guests right into the Star Wars universe - here's what you need to know!

Phased Opening

The first thing to make clear about the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is that it will be going through a phased opening. The lands will open earlier than anticipated on the opening dates listed above, but on those dates only Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be operating. The land’s second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open at a later time yet to be announced. There is more information on these attractions and what we know about the opening procedures for the lands below.

Shopping

Everything in the world of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has a story behind it, and the shops are no different. Check out what we know so far about the shops at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras. The mysterious Dok-Ondar will also be present in the shop to oversee his wares and employees.

Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers

Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.

Droid Depot

Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.

First Order Cargo

A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.

Resistance Supply

Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.

There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:

  • Toydarian Toymaker (toys)

  • Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you)

  • Black Spire Outfitters (clothing)

  • The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure)

Dining

There will be several different places for guests to get food, drinks, and snacks, and I’m excited to see how they tie these in to Galaxy’s Edge. Here’s what we know so far about dining at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Oga’s Cantina

Take a step into the local cantina, a favorite haunt of bounty hunters, smugglers, travelers, and rogues, where guests of all ages can grab a beverage. There are options perfect for younger visitors, as well as options that will require them to see your identification, such as the Jedi Mind Trick cocktail, Bad Motivator IPA or Toniray wine. The cantina is run by proprietor Oga Garra, who keeps a strict eye on things, but you never know what might happen with such an unpredictable crowd. Guests will also be able to take in the DJ skills of R-3X, the former Star Tours pilot.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of the large hangar will beckon Guests into this fast-casual restaurant, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills, so he moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant – like an intergalactic “food truck.” His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes inspired by the fare he created during his time working for Maz Kanata in her castle on Takodana. Now, “Cookie” is proud to share his cuisine with visitors at Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling.”

Dishes available here will include the Ithorian Garden Loaf, a plant-based “meatloaf” that comes served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauce. Another hearty option is the Smoked Kaadu Ribs. These country sticky pork ribs come with a unique blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw.

Ronto Roasters

A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare.

Milk Stand

The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.

Kat Saka’s Kettle

One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn).

Attractions

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature two major attractions that promise to have an incredible level of detail and immersion. Check out what we know so far about the attractions at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run

The first attraction we’ll get to see is Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, which will allow guests to enter and pilot the Millennium Falcon in a mission. The exterior will likely be one of the most popular photo spots in the land: a full-scale recreation of the Millennium Falcon, life-size and impeccably detailed. On the Millennium Falcon, guests will have one of three jobs to perform as they pilot the ship: pilot, gunner, and engineer. The attraction will have a minimum height of 38 inches.

Why is the Millennium Falcon on Batuu? Apparently Hondo Ohnaka has it here for safekeeping after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it’s the perfect vessel for the mission guests will embark on.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The other major attraction is an indoor dark ride called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Guests enter the Resistance side in a battle against the First Order in this incredibly immersive attraction, expected to be one of the most immersive that Disney has ever built. The trackless dark ride will take guests into the hangar of a Star Destroyer in the midst of a battle between the First Order and the Rebellion, including encounters with stormtroopers, full-size AT-ATs, and Kylo Ren himself. The attraction will have a minimum height of 40 inches.

Please note that when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland Resort on May 31 and at Walt Disney World Resort on August 29, only Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be open. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open at a later time yet to be announced. FastPass will also not be initially offered for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run at either theme park.

Disneyland® Resort: Reservations and valid Theme Park admission required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between May 31 and June 23, 2019. Capacity for Disneyland® Park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences is limited. Access to the Park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on Guest demand and other factors. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year.

Walt Disney World® Resort: Capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences is limited. Access to the Park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on Guest demand and other factors. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year.

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