Batuu is a remote outpost located on the edge of the galaxy. It was once a busy trading route but is now thriving port for those wishing to stay under the radar. It has also become a safe haven for those trying to escape the First Order. Luckily, it is very easy to get to Batuu from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World!
“Chewie, we’re home.” — Han Solo
We were so excited to get invited to the Annual Passholder preview to be able to travel to Batuu and explore Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World at Hollywood Studios before the official opening date! It’s always exciting when Disney opens something new, like most recently Toy Story Land and Pandora.
There has been much anticipation building for Star Wars Land here in Disney World (the one in Disneyland opened on May 31). We tried to avoid looking at photos and reading blogs about it just so it would be completely new and exciting the first time we walked in.
Review of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World
Our first impressions were we loved the way we walked into the land. It completely cuts you off from the rest of the park and immerses you into Batuu with all the sights and sounds. Even the garbage cans looked cool.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Currently this is the only ride that will be open at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be opening December 5. Our first stop was to get on the ride because we weren’t sure what the wait would be. We ended up waiting about 40 minutes, which was not bad at all!
This is probably going to be a very unpopular opinion, but we did not like this ride. We loved everything leading up to the ride (the queue and waiting areas) but the actual ride itself we found very boring. The interactive part was fun, but it was mostly just pressing a button over and over. Honestly, we would rather go on Star Tours because that is more entertaining.
Now, if you are a really big Star Wars fan, we definitely would recommend being the Pilot because then you can actually steer the Millennium Falcon. Of course, if you are visiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge you are going to want to go on the ride, but we would not wait in line for this again. (Or we might be the only people that didn’t like it, and you can tell us how wrong we are!)
There is a single rider line available for Smugglers Run, however we were told that the line isn’t usually faster than the regular line. Ask a Cast Member before hopping in the single rider line. After checking out the ride we decided to wander around and check out what else there is to do here.
Black Spire Outpost
Black Spire Outpost is where you can find Oga’s Cantina and the Milk Stand. Unfortunately, they were only taking reservations to get into Oga’s Cantina while we were there and we didn’t have one. You can go and ask the Cast Members if you can walk in just to look and take pictures. They were more than happy to bring us in just so we could look around. This place was rocking and rolling even at 2:00pm on a Monday afternoon! We definitely will be making a reservation in the future to have a few drinks here.
The Milk Stand is where you can get the blue and green milk , made famous by Luke Skywalker. The milk is actually made with dairy free milk, which is pretty cool. There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions available.
Black Spire Outpost is also where you can pick a side. There are merchants from the Resistance and First Order here. You never know who you will see walking around. This is also where you can build your own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop, or customize your very own droid at the Droid Depot.
The Market was our favorite section to walk around. There are stalls and stores, food stands, and so much great decor to check out. Make sure when you are walking around that you’re taking the time to look up, down, and all around. There is so much cool stuff to see.
For food options, you can get snacks at Kat Saka’s Kettle or quick service meals at Ronto Roasters and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Kat Saka’s Kettle and Ronto Roasters are more to-go foods, while Docking Bay 7 is quick service but there are lots of tables inside you can sit at. Docking Bay 7 and Ronto Roasters both serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Docking Bay 7 is where you can get the delicious vegan “kefta” meal, Felucian Garden Spread.
There are more shops to explore here as well with great merchandise. Grab the perfect outfit for your adventure at the Black Spire Outfitters or take home an exotic creature from the Creature Stall. There is plenty to see in the Market.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World Travel Tips
Here are some tips for when you travel to Batuu:
- Interact with the Cast Members. Most of the ones we talked to were really, really into their roles here at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. That just makes it so much more fun!
- Look around. After you’ve gone on the ride and had your milk, make sure to really take the time to walk around and notice all the details. The level of detail is really what makes Star Wars Land special.
- Make a reservation. Since Disney is currently not offering Fastpass for Smugglers Run, to maximize your time try to make a reservation for Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop, and Droid Depot.
- Keep an eye out. Apart from the character meet and greets, so many of the characters are just randomly walking around, which was so fun. We walked out of a store and Rey was hiding from the First Order and then took off running when she was spotted.
- Learn Aurebesh. Throughout Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge there are many Aurebesh phrases. Use the decoder on the back of your map to translate them.
- Be photo ready. There are tons of photo ops here. There were also a lot of Photo Pass Photographers located throughout Batuu.
Overall, we thought the land was really fun to walk around. However, it definitely didn’t wow us, especially Smugglers Run. In all fairness, we are not the biggest Star Wars fans, so we would love to hear from mega fans of the franchise to see what you think of Galaxy’s Edge!
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World officially opens on August 29. May The Force Be With You.
Have you been to Galaxy’s Edge? Please let us know what you thought!
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