In the summer of 2015, The Walt Disney Company’s CEO, Bob Iger, announced something people have been dreaming about for decades, Guests of Disneyland and Walt Disney World would be able to finally step into the world of Star Wars, as both parks would be opening up a brand new Star Wars themed land.
As construction began, the Company shared stunning concept art, a model of the land itself, and announced the land is to represent the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, on the outer rim of the galaxy, giving the land the name, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and an opening date of May 31.
Last week, Patrick and I, along with some friends finally visited Batuu for the first time, exploring its nooks and crannies, eclectic shops, and even piloting the Millennium Falcon.
For our first visit, I chose to Disneybound as Princess Leia, and was inspired by her look upon arriving at Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back (take a peek here if you don’t remember it). I have to give major kudos to Patrick for doing my hair in less than 15 minutes and with no practice run earlier!
Here on Batuu Guests of all ages can build a remote control droid, become a true Jedi by constructing their own lightsaber, sip the famous blue milk (or the green milk from the recent films if you prefer), enjoy unique libations at the Cantina, come face to face with Rey, Chewie, Kylo Ren, and of course Stormtroopers, along with a new inhabitant, Vi, a spy for the Resistance.
If you ever were a Gust aboard the original Star Tours attraction, then you’ll spy a familiar face inside the Cantina, as Rex, the original pilot, is now a DJ, playing delightful tunes for the patrons.
The land is absolutely stunning, and I love the amount of detail, especially inside some of the shops. There is one shop in particular I could spend forever in just looking at the decor. The immersion from a visual perspective is fantastic. PhotoPass photographers and Custodial Cast Members wear unique costumes, and Coca-Cola products are packaged in unique bottles and the names are spelled in Aurebesh, the written language of the world of Star Wars. The Millennium Falcon ride, Smuggler’s Run, is so well done, and I love the interactivity in it – no one is a spectator! I will also fully admit I almost cried when we entered the hallways of the Falcon leading into the room with the holochess table.
Currently only one attraction, Smuggler’s Run is open, the second attraction, Rise of the Resistance, is planned to open “later this year” with no exact date. Additionally, from now through June 23, the land is reservations only, which filled up within two hours of them becoming available.
Beginning on June 24, Disneyland will implement a new reservation system, and Guests will make reservations one of two ways. The first is using the Disneyland app, where once within the park, you create a “boarding group” and will receive a push notification when they can enter the land. The second is for those without the Disneyland app, where Guests can visit specific locations within the park to acquire a reservation. Within the foreseeable future it is vital to pay attention to the Disneyland website for all information. I’ll be creating a Disneyland guide later this year and will hopefully include this new system, as my current guide is now horrifically out of date, but I was waiting for Galaxy’s Edge to open up before doing a new one!
Meanwhile those in Florida will have to wait until August 29 visit the alluring planet of Batuu.