Galaxy’s edge


Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the newest and most immersive theme park world ever created. There are so many layers and details to the new Star Wars world that there are many Galaxy’s Edge secrets to uncover. Here are five of my favorites, that you may spot on your visit to planet Batuu.


Dok Ondar Wampa

In Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities you will see a lot of artifacts, some one which are very authentic replicas of what as shown in the films. These include Princess Leia’s necklace from Return of the Jedi and the medals given to Luke Chewy and Han at the end of A New Hope. Imagineers went to great lengths to track down original designers for the molds to make these antiquities. One painstaking element of Dog Ondar’s shop is not for sale. It’s a Wampa you can see on the second floor. It was carefully crafted based on the footage from The Empire Strikes Back.


Dok Ondar Mural

Also in Dok Ondars Den you can find a familiar looking mural. It’s the same Bas-Relief Mural found in Chancellor Palpetines chambers in the prequels. The mural is a depiction of battle which Jedi assumed was a sign of respect from Palpatine. On the contrary it was a statement of his belief that the Sith are superior to Jedi.


Toydarian Toymaker

Every store has a story. All of the marketplace shops and eateries have a proprietor that contributes to the story of the land. The toy store is no different. You may notice the toys are not what you would expect to find when looking for typical Star Wars Merchandise. instead, everything was thought up as it would make sense in-world. Therefore, the toys in the shop are toys that the children of Black Spire are likely to play with. This includes games such as Dejarik, and Sabacc. There are also toys made to not look mass produced. The toymaker is a Toydarian that you might spot flitting around behind the closed door to her workshop as she busily makes more toys for the children of Batuu and other visiting guests.


Droid Tracks

The droid tracks on the pavement in Galaxy’s Edge were reverse engineered by imagineering. They used the cast of R2-D2’s feet and manufactured wheels for them. Then set the tracks in the wet cement before it dried. You can find secrets like this in the ground in many areas of Disney Parks.


Ronto Roasters Smelter Droid

8D-JB is the name of the droid roasting Rontos under a pod racer engine. He complains a lot about his job, which you can hear as you wait in line; but it’s hard to imagine things were any better for him before. This is the very same droid found in Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. Go to Ronto Roasters for one of Galaxy’s Edge’s signature dishes. A Ronto Wrap is made up of sausage and roasted pork on a pita with tang slaw and peppercorn sauce. Ronto Rosters is also open for breakfast.


When I entered Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for the first time at Disney World thanks to Disney for hosting I didn’t know if I should smile with excitement or cry happy tears. I felt it was a long time coming but so worth the wait!

Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars Experiences You Must Not Miss


Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge finally opened Phase 1 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While Rise of the Resistance won’t open until December 5, and the Star Wars Star Cruiseliner 2 night experience is still far off, there are some must-do Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars experiences that you should not skip. When you visit Batuu make time to do these things if you don’t do anything else while in the land.



The Datapad is found in the Play Disney Parks app. Download this app if you don’t have it and set up your Galaxy’s Edge profile. When you are inside the land, you can use your datapad in a few different ways to interact with the environment. You can translate galactic languages, intercept communications via satellite, scan items for jobs to earn credits, and even hack devices in the outpost to seize control for the First Order or the Resistance.

Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has a very strategic breakdown. On one end, you have the Resistance side. The First Order is occupying the opposite end. In the middle, you have a triangle of activity called Black Spire Outpost. A marketplace contains an assortment of shops that sell local goods; a docking bay holds the Millenium Falcon and a dining area. Next, you will find more significant experiences, such as droid and lightsaber building workshops. Among these retail locations is Dok Ondar’s Den, which is full of easter eggs and a wide variety of Star Wars merchandise and collectibles. Visit the Hammerhead, Dok Ondar, himself as he works diligently on his inventory.



Oga’s Cantina

Oga’s Cantina is a tribute to the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope. The bar offers several concoctions with and without alcohol. The creative cocktails are imbued with Star Wars references and even contain some unique ingredients from around the galaxy. Space is limited, but Oga’s takes reservations 180 days in advance. My favorites were the Carbon Freeze and the Mustafarian Lava Roll.

Savi’s Workshop

Savi’s Workshop is a haven for force wielders who seek knowledge from gatherers. It’s cleverly hidden behind the front company Savi and Son Salvage. This is where you go to learn about the force, choose your kyber crystal, and construct a custom lightsaber from four style categories. Each option contains an assortment of salvaged metals that you can use to build your lightsaber fully.


Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run

The premier attraction at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the Millennium Falcon. This exciting thrill right combines simulated motion with real-time visuals that sync with whatever you do in the cockpit. This is your chance to truly feel what it’s like to pilot the Millennium Falcon. The six-seater is a unique Disney ride that has specific positions to fill and what you do in the ride matters. Do you want to be one of the co-pilots, or would you rather be a gunner or engineer? Share your comments below.


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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Overview

If your vacation to the Disney Parks is nearing, you are no doubt ramping up to experience the all new Star Wars based area Galaxy’s Edge! Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is opening on both coasts this year, actually much closer together than expected. Disneyland has set the date for the new land, which will be located between Frontierland and Fantasyland, to open on May 31. Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World is opening the same land in place of the old Backlot Tour and Lights! Motors! Action! stunt show. That opening date is only 3 months later, on August 29. Whichever park you go to, this Galaxy’s Edge overview will help you plan and know what to expect.

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What is Galaxy’s Edge?

Aside from being a new area of the park, to explore, Galaxy’s edge is a unique, themed environment that pushes the envelope in terms of total immersion. Galaxy’s Edge may be the official title, but once inside you will find yourself in a port city called Black Spire Outpost. Black Spire has a history of its own that goes way deeper than the backstory created for Mickey’s Toontown just a few decades ago. Batuu, a remote planet on the edge of the Galaxy provides this setting for a host of nefarious characters, outcasts and misfits. Every place and proprietor in Galaxy’s edge has a fleshed out history and you are invited to be part of the story.

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Galaxy’s Edge Overview of Attractions and Features

This section of the park will eventually feature two major rides. However, only one will be available on opening day. The second ride, Rise of the Resistance does not yet have a date set to open. In the meantime Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will provide more than enough excitement. This cutting edge, state of the art attraction lets you actually fly the millennium falcon. The results of your mission will have an impact on your reputation around Black Spire.

star-wars-land-market-placeAnother way your choices impact your experience in Galaxy’s Edge will be how you use the Disney Play app while you are there. There are not many details about this yet, but your allegiance to the resistance or the dark side will be tested.

Star-Wars-Land-MarketplaceStar-Wars-Land-PhotosAs you pass through the busy marketplace you will find shops that stick to the theme and keep you grounded on planet Batuu. Toys and games remain tied in with the areas internal logic and story and you will find opportunities to make and purchase some impressive souvenirs, including droids and lightsabers.

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This will be the first time cocktails are introduced to Disneyland. Galaxy’s Edge at both parks will have an impressive menu of specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Dining experiences will include Oga’s Cantina where the resident DJ will remind some guests of a former star speeder pilot. Docking Bay 7 will be the go to spot for galactic grub straight from the Star Wars universe. There are so many delicious food and drinks you’ll want to try when visiting. View the complete list of food and drinks at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. 


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Food, Drinks, Rides & Shops Checklist

You don’t want to miss anything when visiting the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I created a checklist that you can fold us and place in your guide map of all the attractions, drinks, food, rides and shops so you can check them off as you visit and try out each one. 


Download and the print the complete list of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions, food, drinks, rides and shops! 

galaxys-edge-food-and-drinksWhen you visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, you might come for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but you will stay for the interplanetary grub. A huge aspect to this Star Wars story immersion is the details wrapped into the dining environments and the backstories of these places and proprietors. As you enjoy the local food you will find yourself going even deeper into the culture found at Black Spire Outpost on the distant planet Batuu. Here is a sneak peek at Galaxy’s Edge food.

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Galaxy’s Edge Food and Drinks You’ll Want to Try

Milk Stand

One of the must-do things in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is go to the Milk Stand for a green Thala Siren milk shake, or blue Bantha milk shake. What will you choose?

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Ronto Roasters

No Ronto’s were harmed, but it’s hard not to imagine otherwise while you are eating a Ronto Wrap. This counter will serve sandwiches and jerky (turkey) as well.

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Kat Saka’s Kettle

This exciting and flavorful mix of colored kettle corn combines sweet, spicy and savory for a blend you can only find in a galaxy far, far away.

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Oga’s Cantina

You can’t have a Star Wars dedicated land and not have a cantina. Oga Garra is the proprietor of the bar, where those looking to evade the authorities mingle and share tales of their galactic adventures. One of my favorite gags is that this haven for outcasts is home to DJ R-3X. You may recognize him as a failed Starspeeder 3000 pilot.

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There is an extensive list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage choices. Each more exotic looking than the last and all of them served in unique vessels for added visual and storytelling appeal.

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Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

Chef Strong “Cookie” Tuggs is another colorful character found in Black Spire. his utilipede transport is modified into a mobile kitchen for travelers across the galaxy. If you have a taste for Tip-Yip from Endor, or Felucian Kefta, you have come to the right place. No idea what these things are? That’s the point! Even the menu supports the story in Galaxy’s Edge. I’ll give you a hint though. The Tip-Yip tastes like chicken… because it is. You could also order Kaadu Ribs (pork), Ithorian Garden Loaf (plant based Meatloaf), Shaak Roast (beef), or Burra Fish; that last one is “sustainable” fish which- I dunno– maybe it is Burra.

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There is also a menu for the kids here and it won’t scare them off, so don’t worry. for the uninitiated there is the Fried Chicken and Macaroni and Cheese option. More adventurous kids will love the chilled shrimp and rice noodle salad with a sweet orange dressing.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31, 2019 at Disneyland Park and August 29, 2019 at Disney World so be sure to make your list of what you want to try before you hit the parks.