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Here’s Your First Look at Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Get ready to travel to a galaxy far, far away when Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens later this year at both Disneyland and Disney World. The epic new lands will make you feel like you've walked straight on to the planet of Batuu, where you'll become part of the Star Wars world. Here are all the out-of-the-world details we know so far.

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We’ll all want to be on Planet Batuu

Batuu, according to Galaxy’s Edge back story, is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space, the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. You’ll enter the land here through Black Spire Outpost, storied to be an infamous port for smugglers, traders, and adventurers. Here you’ll encounter aliens, droids, and other Batuu Galaxy’s Edge inhabitants. The immersive Galaxy’s Edge will be the largest single-themed land expansion at both Disneyland in Anaheim when it opens May 31 and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, opening August 29. In the meantime, here are some other amazing Disney vacations you should take at least once.

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Race through space

Two thrilling rides will vie for your attention: In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests will climb into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” for their own Star Wars adventures. Take the controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurtles through space. Some riders will be pilots, some gunners, and some flight engineers, creating multiple ways to experience the attraction (so you’ll want to get right back on line after you ride).

In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll get to climb inside a full-size starship and go aboard a nearby Star Destroyer before joining a climactic battle against the First Order. It’s billed as the most immersive Disney ride ever.

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Meet and greet

Get ready to see some familiar faces here: Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Chewbacca will all make visits to Batuu and you may even find yourself in a face-off with Kylo Ren himself.

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Feeding the resistance

Expect lots of new innovative tastes at Galaxy’s Edge, all with a back story worthy of Disney; here are some highlights:

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo: A futuristic food experience described as a “multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar” run by Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs whose travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes. What to expect: Ithorian Garden Loaf, a plant-based “meatloaf” that comes served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauce. Smoked Kaadu Ribs, sticky pork ribs that 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. What to expect: Barbecue.

Milk Stand: The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. (Blue milk was first seen in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green milk was introduced in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi when Luke lived on the planet Ahch-To.) What to expect: Colorful drinks.

Kat Saka’s Kettle: One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix. What to expect: Sweet and salty popcorn snack with a hint of spice. These are the top foods you need to try when you’re at Walt Disney World.

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Shopping throughout the galaxy

Want to take home a piece of the galaxy? (Of course you do!) We’ve got the skinny on some of the top shopping spots at Galaxy’s Edge, start saving your intergalactic coin now!

Savi’s Workshop 

  • What to get: Create your own lightsabers.
  • Back story: 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, help guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers and instruct them on the ways of the Jedi.

Droid Depot

  • What to get: Build it yourself Droids.
  • Back story: 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 and Resistance Supply

  • What to get: All the Galaxy’s Edge merchandise you could dream of.
  • Back story: 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 is a stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, and more.
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May the app be with you

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land within a Disney park designed to be completely integrated with the free Play Disney Parks mobile app. By using the app, you’ll be able to discover what’s hidden inside crates and containers and participate in missions, and interact with droids, ships, media screens, door panels, antenna arrays—even drinking fountains. While you’re waiting for Galaxy’s Edge to open, check out these other amazing Disney Star Wars experiences you can have right now.

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Listen, you will

What would a Disney parks experience be without a soundtrack? The music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature original themes created especially for the land and its attractions by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams. Along with a collection of original cantina songs created by composers and songwriters from around the globe, Williams will build upon the iconic fanfares he created for the Star Wars films. Discover 10 other exciting new things coming to Disney in 2019.

Melissa Klurman
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