Star Wars Land Disneyland: It's HERE! This is the Ultimate Guide to Galaxy's Edge………
The time has come, Star Wars Land Disneyland (aka Galaxy's Edge) is open…..and we got to attend the press preview. Yup, I've seen it and it's even better than I imagined. As you prepare for a visit to a Galaxy far, far away…..I wanted to provide as much information as possible. From Disneyland Outfits: the Star Wars version to our full guide to the best photo spots in Galaxy's Edge…….we covered it all during our four hours inside of Star Wars Land Disneyland.
To do FIRST:
Before heading to the park, download the Disney Play App. The Disney Play App is not new, but it is amazingly integrated into the Galaxy's Edge experience and will enhance your visit to Star Wars Land in more ways that you can imagine. Once you enter the land, you'll be able to activate the Star Wars: Datapad. You'll be able to explore the land (even translating signs), scan boxes for cargo, tap into communications between residents, to chose a side, and to experience special activations in the cue for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Full disclosure, this was my first time using the Disney Play App and I'm so so so glad I downloaded it. It added a really fun layer to our experience.
Galaxy's Edge: Star Wars Land Disneyland Rides
Want the true story on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run? Keep in mind I'm DEATHLY afraid of heights, so I was a little worried about this ride (even virtual heights). Well, it was 100% worth my nerves and honestly? One of the best rides I've done at ANY Disney park. Smuggler's Run takes you on a flight in from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, and fits a maximum of 6 people. There are some very small drops, and it is loud……but I think most kids will LOVE it (especially the Star Wars fans — just be sure that they are over 38 inches). The ride is amazingly interactive, and I don't want to spoil the fun with too much info…..but it's definitely a must do while visiting Galaxy's Edge.
Galaxy's Edge: Star Wars Land Disneyland Food
There are a TON of fun and unique dining options inside Galaxy's Edge (and yes, even a bar. In Disneyland). We tried EVERYTHING, and I definitely have opinions about what is a must visit when it comes to Star Wars Land food and drink.
Oga's Cantina (the bar): Oga's Cantina absolutely brings the colorful cantinas and water holes from the films to life and is a total must do. The Cantina has both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. They offer small snacks throughout the day, but they also have a breakfast menu including lattes and overnight oats that I'm dying to try on our next visit.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo (Quick Service Restaurant, mobile ordering available): If you are looking for a sit down dining experience inside of Star Wars Land…….Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is it. They also offer breakfast (and those overnight oats), in addition to an all menu (and some great kids' meal options).
Snack and Food Stalls:
Galaxy's Edge also has unique snack and food stall offerings. They're straight out of the movies, and trust, you need to AT LEAST walk by to check out the details of each one.
Milk Stand: Ok Star Wars fans…..you know what the Milk Stand is, right? In A New Hope Luke drinks blue milk (aka Bantha milk), and in the Last Jedi, he drinks green milk. Both are available for Jedis and Jedis in Training at the Milk Stand and spoiler? They're DELISH!
Ronto Roasters (counter service, mobile ordering available): Meat eaters, this one is definitely for you. Non-meat eaters, you might want to stop by Ronto Roasters just to see the sights. This meat stall has breakfast and lunch, plus you can even see a driod turning the spit! Our favorite food item (the Ronto Wrap) is on the menu here and we'll be back for it ASAP!
Kat Saka's Kettle: Looking for a sweet treat? Kat Saka's Kettle sells Outpost Popcorn Mix. It's a mix of spicy and sweet and perfect to snack on while exploring Galaxy's Edge (they also sell the famous Star Wars Coca Cola products).
Galaxy's Edge: Star Wars Land Disneyland Merchandise
Disneyland is notorious for amazing, unique merchandise and trust……the Galaxy's Edge Merchandise offerings are no exception. From regular merchandise to special creation experiences…….Star Wars Disneyland has it ALL.
One of the truly unique offerings inside of Galaxy's edge? The opportunity to create unique merchandise. You can customize Star Wars themed items, and bring home a one of a kind souvenir.
Savi's Workshop – Build a Lightsaber
Building a custom lightsaber is literally every Star Wars fans dream. Inside of Black Spire Outpost, you have the option of visiting a secret workshop where you construct your own lightsaber and activate it. The experience is about 20 minutes long, and you may bring two people total per lightsaber purchased.
Price: $199 per lightsaber
Droid Depot – Build a Custom Droid Unit
Also inside of Black Spire Outpost (and my personal favorite experience)……guests inside of Star Wars Land have the opportunity to custom build their own droid. The droids (after activation) use bluetooth technology to communicate with each other (and with certain elements within Galaxy's Edge). Be warned, your droid WILL be active throughout the land as you walk around together. I shared a bit of this experience on my Instagram Stories, and I'd HIGHLY recommend it. It was a lot of fun, and leaves you with a really special item to take home.
Price: $99 per droid unit
Black Spire Outpost Shops
If you looking for more traditional merchandise, the Black Spire Outpost Shops have a TON of great options.
Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities: From jewelry to Star Wars themed artifacts to even pre-made light sabers, the Den of Antiquities is an EXPERIENCE. It's really fun to sift through the items and explore. If you're looking for a home decor item or jewelry piece, this is definitely your best bet.
Black Spire Outfitters: Looking for pieces to add to your Disneyland Outfits (Star Wars version)? Black Spire Outfitters is the perfect place. This apparel shop has a TON of amazing options perfect for the Disney Style maven in all of us.
Creature Stall: Creature Stall is a must visit even if you're not taking an animal home (spoiler alert, we totally bought one). It's so much fun to see the animals on display, and truly a unique experience!
Toydarian Toymaker: Every kid (and kid at heart) will fall in love with the Toydarian Toymaker stand. From dolls to traditional toys, there is something for every collector in the store and some AMAZING gift options (who doesn't want a birthday gift all the way from Galaxy's Edge?).
These two stands are located in a slightly different area just beyond the main marketplace:
First Order Cargo: Obsessed with Storm Troopers and the First Order? Then First Order Cargo is your spot. You can see how they are rallying the locals on Batuu and buy some awesome merchandise while you're there.
Resistance Supply: If you're swearing allegiance to the Resistance, then Resistance Supply is the perfect place to start. This “hidden” meeting point is the spot for all info Resistance related, and they sell really fun Star Wars Merchandise.
Don't Miss Activities inside Galaxy's Edge:
After hours of exploring Star Wars Land, want to know my top recommendations? With limited time inside Galaxy's Edge……my absolute must do activities are: Smuggler's Run, a Ronto Wrap, Droid Making, and using the Disney Play App to explore.
Have you visited Star Wars Land Disneyland yet? What were your favorite elements?