Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland’s biggest ever expansion, is officially open in Southern California. This all-new attraction provides a fully immersive Star Wars experience. It’s one that both diehard fans and newbies to the franchise can appreciate. Of course, with so much to see and do at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, there’s a lot to know before you go. As such, we’ve put together a guide detailing all of the new rides, restaurants, and shops as well as tips for visiting. So, grab your sense of adventure and come along for an experience you can only have in a galaxy far, far away (or in this case, California).
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland – All About the New Land
When you visit Star Wars Land, you’re entering planet Batuu. This is a part of the galaxy that’s never been explored on film before. As a result, although everything is themed as Star Wars, there’s not a direct timeline for Batuu within the film franchise. This allows Disneyland to explore all of the best parts of the Star Wars films.
Batuu is a remote outpost and thriving port. Further, it’s an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Its design is one that encourages exploration; signs are limited so one truly feels like you’re on a discovery mission.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland – Attractions
There are two main attractions at Star Wars Land but they’re massive, fan-serving rides that do not disappoint.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Climb aboard the Millennium Falcon, designed as an interactive motion simulator ride, for a daring flight on the fastest ship in the galaxy. Guests are grouped together in crews of six, and whether you’re designated as the pilot, engineer, or gunner, your role is crucial to the mission’s success. As the engines roar to life, you’ll blast off into the galaxy. Then, jump into hyperspace towards a danger-filled adventure. Watch out, though! The First Order is hot on your heels and trying to wreak havoc on your mission at every turn.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
On this new ride, you’re a recruit of the resistance aboard a transport captured by a Star Destroyer. Part walk-through, part trackless dark ride, there’s a mix of multimedia elements used, such as projections, audio, animatronics, and physical effects, that places you right in the middle of the action. Along the way, you’ll battle the First Order, including Stormtroopers. In the heat of battle, a showdown with Kylo Ren takes place. Will you be able to escape?
(Please note: This ride has is yet to open. Per Disney, “We are pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology with these signature attractions and will not open an attraction until it exceeds our expectations. We also know the level of excellence our Guests expect from Disney and we take that very seriously.”)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland – Dining
Disney Imagineers have methodically tried to capture the spirit of Star Wars with the dining selections available at Galaxy’s Edge. Currently, there is a bar, counter-service restaurant, and snack stalls, each of which serves special Stars Wars-themed food and beverages. Do keep in mind, there is no table service restaurant open at the moment but one might be added in the future.
Oga’s Cantina – If you’ve always wanted to step inside one of the Star Wars galaxy’s infamous cantina’s, a visit here is a must. This local watering hole is where bounty hunters, smugglers, rogue traders and weary travelers coming to refuel, conduct meetings and enjoy the musical entertainment of droid DJ R-3X. Alcoholic drinks, mocktails, and other specialty items, like Blue Milk, are served here.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – As the main dining option, Docking Bay 7 is where the majority of Star Wars Land visitors will eat. Food options are healthier here than they are at other sections of the park. And, maybe a bit more far-out too. Meal options include sticky pork ribs with a blueberry muffin and cabbage slaw; yobshrimp noodle salad with chilled shrimp, marinated noodles, vegetables, and cilantro; and braised shaak roast with pot roast, cavatelli pasta, kale, and mushrooms.
Ronto Roasters – Inside a hanging podracer, visitors will find a droid serving as pitmaster at this market dining stall. Featuring a mix of exotic meats, this food stall serves a delicious Ronto Wrap filled with grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce, and tangy slaw, all wrapped in a pita.
Milk Stand – Stop by the milk stand for a cold drink of blue or green milk, that’s both refreshing and delicious.
Kat Saka’s Kettle – Ran by grain merchant Kat Saka, this food stall serves specialty popcorn and bottled drinks.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland – Shopping
No Disneyland themed area is complete without a section dedicated to shopping. As such, Batuu, which is a set in the remote village of Black Spire Outpost, offers an array of small vendors in a street market-style set-up inspired by those in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Savi’s Workshop: Handbuilt Lightsabers – Construct one-of-a-kind lightsabers with the help of “Gathers,” a skilled group who will bring it to life through the power of kyber crystals.
Creature Stall – Discover curious creatures and critters from across the galaxy—and take home a new friend. (Don’t worry, parents. These creatures aren’t real!)
Black Spire Outfitters – Need some new duds for your galactic adventure? Stop here for an eclectic selection of stylish yet functional clothing.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – Shop for mysterious and unique galactic artifacts collected by a legendary antiquities dealer.
Droid Depot – Build your own droid at Black Spire Outpost’s industrial depot. It is stocked with parts, chips, manuals and other tech items useful for constructing your very own droid, one of the galaxy’s most indispensable sidekicks.
First Order Cargo – Proclaim your allegiance to the mighty First Order and shop for recruitment gear and supplies.
Resistance Supply – Rendezvous with other Resistance allies in a forested area near the ancient ruins. There, members of the Resistance have set up a secret makeshift post where you can join the cause to defeat the First Order.
The Jewels of Bith – This street stall is teeming with trinkets, treasures, and other must-have accessories.
Toydarian Toymaker – Here in this humble, jumbled shop you’ll find all manner of artisanal playthings and collectibles. Handmade by Zabaka the Toydarian, her fantastical storefront is cluttered with crates of toymaking supplies and other unique works in progress.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland – Tips for Visiting
Disneyland has put forth plenty of effort to consolidate crowds at the new Star Wars Land. First, they implemented a reservation policy for the first month, allowing the park to monitor crowd size. This reservation system was removed on June 24, 2019. Now, Disneyland visitors can come and go as they please to the new area. However, there are still lots of ways to optimize your visit to a galaxy far, far away.
Take advantage of Star Wars Land ‘Boarding Pass’ Virtual Queue
When crowds do get sizeable, Disneyland will implement a virtual queue. This timed entry, boarding pass system works as a sort of Fastpass for attractions. It is available via the Disneyland app or in-park kiosks. Note: this virtual queue is only available when crowds surge.
The easiest way to take advantage of this option is by downloading the Disneyland app. In addition, be sure to check the morning of your visit to see if the virtual queue has been activated for that day.
For guests not using the Disneyland app, a boarding group may be obtained with a park admission ticket at select Disney Fastpass service locations. These include Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain or near the Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Make Reservations for Savi’s Workshop and Oga’s Cantina
The reservation system to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has expired. However, there is still one in place to visit Savi’s Workshop and Oga’s Cantina. This is largely due to the small capacity of these shops. Likewise, Disneyland hopes to keep these experiences unique.
Guests wishing to book a reservation for these experiences may do so on the same day of their visit. Reservations open at 7 a.m., with a valid credit card. Please visit Disneyland.com/SavisWorkshop and Disneyland.com/Cantina for important details.
Book a Hotel Close to Disneyland
It’s always a good idea to reserve a room close to Disneyland. However, this is especially true during the summer season when crowds can peak and traffic can be atrocious. When you opt for a hotel close to the park, your access to Disneyland will be streamlined.
Use the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure
Disneyland is opening this parking structure no later than 5:30 am each morning. As a result, if you’re planning on arriving at Disneyland when it opens (8:00 am for regular hours, 7:00 am for Extra Magic Hours) this is a good place to park.
Live Your Own Star Wars Adventure
Now that you have all the details on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, you’re ready to conquer this all-new land. Will you be visiting this summer? Let us know all about your trip in the comments!
Disclaimer: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year.