Know Before You Go: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios
The time has finally come! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been officially opened in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World!
A few friends and I, including Jaycee of S&D, were able to experience it last week for a preview of Black Spire Outpost on Batuu — the remote outpost planet that makes up the setting of Galaxy’s Edge.
We all had such an an amazing time, but we were also overwhelmed by all there was to see, the things to eat and drink, things to buy, things to do, etc. So, now that I’ve experienced it for myself, I wanted to share some tips and tricks so that you can be prepared for your trip through light speed to Batuu.
What order should I do things?
I might make edits to this in the future. We went during a preview, so wait times were nearly nonexistent. But from what I’ve experienced and what I’ve heard through the grapevine, this order is a good way to go about your day in Batuu:
If you don’t have a reservation already, then head straight for Oga’s Cantina and put your name down for a table. Or head straight for Smuggler’s Run (the Millennium Falcon ride). Depending on the wait time, you might spend a lot of your day in this line. At least while Galaxy’s Edge is new. I’ll update when FastPasses become available for this ride. You may be able to fit both of these into your visit, but it will depend on wait times. Plan on making one of these your priority.
Decide between either building a droid at the Droid Depot ($99.99 plus tax) or building a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop ($199.99 plus tax). Depending on how long lines are, you’ll most likely only be able to fit one of these experiences in a day.
Grab a bite to eat (meals or snacks) from Kat Saka’s Kettle, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters, or the Milk Stand at any time.
Stroll through the marketplace to purchase a wide vareity of items that will be recognisable from the films you love: Creature Stall, Black Spire Outfitters, Toydarian Toymaker, and Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
When you have some free time, walk around, get in trouble with Stormtroopers, get your iconic pic in front of the Millennium Falcon, snag a big hug from Chewie, and ask each cast member about their Batuu story!
WHAT SHOULD I EAT & DRINK?
Besides Oga’s Cantina, which mostly offers drinks and appetizers, there are a few quick service spots to grab meals or snacks in Batuu:
Ronto Roasters is a smaller quick service spot that has savory meats. We tried the Ronto Morning Wrap (Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Pork Sausage, Shredded Cheddar, and Peppercorn Sauce wrapped in Pita Bread) and seriously, I’m still thinking about how delicious it was!
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo has meals perfect for lunch or dinner. We only tried a drinks from here: the Moof Juice and Sour Sarlacc, both non-alcoholic and both delicious!
Kat Saka’s Kettle has sweet and spicy popcorn. To me, the popcorn was unique in the best way and tasted like spicy fruit loops!
The Milk Stand serves the iconic Blue and Green milk. These are a must-try! All of us enjoyed them, but weren’t in love. The Blue had a fruity bubblegum flavor, and the Green had a less sweet, coconut taste.
Like the rest of Disney parks, there are drink carts around the land that offer Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite in unique circular bottles, unique to Galaxy’s Edge.
What’s the Shopping like in batuu?
The Black Spire Outpost is home to Batuu’s Marketplace of shops, creature stalls, and collectible oddities.
You can “adopt” your own little Porg (YAS) and Kowakian Monkey-Lizards (that’s a no from me) from the Creature Stall. Try on some Jedi and Sith gear and clothing at Black Spire Outfitters. Or grab vintage-looking wooden figurines and cute plushies from Toydarian Toymaker.
If you have more “credits” to spend, then stop by Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, where there is art, standard lightsabers, and other novelties.
Experiencing this land land was truly like walking through a galaxy far, far away.
The cast members passion for story-telling was enjoyable, the food was uncommon in the best way, and the attention to every detail was inspiring!