This summer, Disney World opened its newest themed area with its newest attraction and restaurants. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened to the public on August 29, and was greeted with amazing reactions and reviews. Similar to Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which immerses guests in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade from the Harry Potter universe, Galaxy’s Edge transports visitors to the planet Batuu. Now, inside Galaxy’s Edge you can ride on the Millenium Falcon in Disney’s newest ride – Smuggler’s Run. On Smuggler’s Run, you are either a pilot, engineer or gunner and you and your group take the Falcon on a new adventure. In early 2020, Galaxy’s Edge will be complete with its second ride – Rise of the Resistance. On Rise of the Resistance, you accompany familiar faces from the Star Wars films on a mission to keep the Resistance alive against the evil First Order. Rise of the Resistance is going to be a revolutionary ride, featuring all new immersive technology.
Galaxy’s Edge also boasts three new food stands with authentic Batuu cuisine. Kat Saka’s Kettle, Ronto Roasters and the Milk Stand all offer their unique brand of Star Wars food. The most notable of the three is the Milk Stand, where guests can enjoy Blue Milk, the famed drink from Star Wars: A New Hope. Two new restaurants, Oga’s Cantina and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo serve classic Batuu food and drinks with a full out of this world experience. Oga’s has many alcoholic and non alcoholic Star Wars beverages, and has Batuu Bits, unique bite size sweet snacks. For a more full meal, Docking Bay 7 is your best bet. With everything from Fried Endorian Tip-Yip (fried chicken) to the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad (chilled shrimp), they have great unique meals.
Of course, this is Walt Disney World, we can’t forget about souvenirs. Galaxy’s Edge has two all-new immersive keepsake experiences. At Savi’s Workshop guests can build their own lightsaber for $199.99. The lightsaber comes with a hilt and kyber crystal of the guest’s choosing. At Droid Depot guests can build their own custom droid of either the BB series or R series. This interactive, personalized experience runs $99.99 per droid.
SyFyWire declared Galaxy’s Edge “breathtaking,” and the California Disneyland version of Galaxy’s Edge is on Time Magazine’s Greatest Places of 2019. Guests have been dazzled by the park ever since its opening, and opening weekend was so busy guests waited over four hour to ride Smuggler’s Run. As the crowds die down, visitors are able to admire all the hard work and handiwork of this incredibly detailed, $1 billion land.
By Eliana Sauer