In case you somehow missed the news, last week Disneyland Resort debuted its brand new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In the land, guests are transported to the planet Batuu, located at the edge of the galaxy with food, creatures, and experiences all themed after the iconic universe created for the Star Wars universe. There are countless blogs and vlogs already written about what the world of Batuu has to offer (click here to read a great one from a good friend of mine) so I’ll skip the whats and whys so I can dive right into the how.
Batuu is a brand new planet never before seen in any of the previous Star Wars films, so if you’re looking for typical, more familiar Star Wars movie experiences, they’re back in Tomorrowland. Because Batuu has no preexisting story of its own, your experience there will truly be whatever you make of it. I fell in love with how completely immersed I felt in this eccentric new land. But if you’re unsure where to start or how to get the best experience, here are my 5 tips on how to make the most of your time in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
1. Dress the part
Let me first and foremost be clear and say that costumes are NOT allowed to be worn by adults in any part of Disneyland including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. But they do very much encourage guests to disneybound and there are many ways to feel like part of the action without wearing a costume.
The citizens (cast members) of Batuu have a very distinct style that is simultaneously unique yet easy to emulate. Earth tones with lots of layers, belts, vests, scarves, etc. Finish it off with an “other-worldly” hair-do and you’ll fit right in with the locals.
You will also see people in disneybounds of their favorite movie characters. How can you resist? Vince and I love the droids, so in addition to our “Citizens of Batuu” disneybound, we also decided to disneybound as R2D2 and C3PO. I wrote a whole post about what to wear on Batuu because dressing up really does make the experience that much better.
2. Play the game
As I mentioned earlier, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is plenty immersive all on its own, but playing with the Star Wars: Data Pad on the Play Disney Parks App takes your involvement in the land to the next level. All throughout Batuu there are different tasks and missions that need to be completed, from “hacking” into enemy panels to flying the Millenium Falcon to earn credits (more on that later). Each mission will earn you credits and further your alliance’s chance at victory (this is still Star Wars after all and the First Order is hard at work trying to defeat the Resistance).
My favorite part of using the Data Pad in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the Aurebesh language translator. In true Star Wars fashion, much of the signage on Batuu is in Aurebesh so unless you’re fluent, this translator will come in handy. Don’t worry, bathrooms, attractions, and other important signs are in English as well, but I love having to translate certain things. It makes you feel even more like being in a foreign land and sort of reminds me of using Google Translate.
3. Try the local food
Trust me, it’s not as odd as it looks… but I really really love how odd it looks. One of my favorite things about traveling is trying out new foods. As a vegetarian, I am pleased to report that Batuu has plenty of options for all of your dietary needs so there’s no need to shy away (click here for a complete food guide). There’s just something about sitting in Oga’s Cantina, sipping on blue bantha milk, and snacking on Batuu Bits that made me truly feel like a tourist on another planet.
4. Talk to the Citizens of Batuu
You will definitely see familiar characters like Chewbacca, Rey, and even Kylo Ren roaming about in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and they’re happy to chat and pose for a photo (Well…except for Kylo. Let’s just say he’s not exactly friendly). But here’s one of my favorite things about Batuu; everyone working there is in character, many with their own stories to share. There is even a vernacular all their own which is fun to learn and use along with them. (For example, “Bright Suns” means hello and “Til the spire” is farewell).Just keep an eye out for The First Order because they will harass you and try to get you to come to the dark side, but sometimes it’s worth it to see the ever-entertaining Stormtroopers interacting with one another.
5. Get into your role on Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
What better way to feel fully immersed in the Star Wars Universe than to be part of the flight crew on the Millenium Falcon itself?! On the new attraction, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, you get to be part of the story as a hired crew member. In the queue (which in itself is AMAZING btw) you’ll receive a credential which will indicate your position on the team. EVERYONE has an important role to play. Remember earlier when I mentioned earning credits on the Star Wars: Data Pad? This is an opportunity to earn a ton! Every role is fun for its own reasons, but there is nothing like piloting the Falcon and making that epic jump to hyperspace. (I geeked out so hard I may or may not have crashed a little). This attraction is a game and ride in one and is best when everyone on your team of 6 works together.
When I left, I truly felt like a pilot and I was ready to join the resistance.