Greetings from Batuu
The hottest trip this summer is to the land of Batuu, and The Jet Set Family has your boarding passes! We just returned from Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and here’s everything you need to know before you go! Good journey, friends!
Disneyland – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
To celebrate the end of another school year, I brought Kiddo and her friends to Disneyland so they could experience the attraction everyone’s been talking about, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I really wanted to do something special to kick-off summer and I’m fairly certain nothing else could have beat the day we had. Batuu is seriously one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited, and coming from a travel writer, that’s a big statement.
I decided not to go in with any expectations because I knew it would be impressive, but there was so much hype surrounding the opening of this new land. We’ve been hearing about it for years, but would it really live up to its reputation? The answer to that is a resounding, “Yes!” Right now, until June 23rd, the only way to get into Batuu is to have scored one of the coveted reservations online (which has since sold out,) or by spending the night at one of Disneyland’s hotels on property.
Once the reservation period is over, anyone with a Disneyland ticket will be able to enter Batuu, but expect deep crowds, so get their early before the area reaches capacity.
The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Upon entering Batuu, my three sidekicks took on the roles of “Hans, Chewie, and Leia,” by accepting a mission aboard the Millennium Falcon to try and steal cargo from the First Order. Let me tell you, it might be the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy,” but that ship is the greatest attraction Disney has ever produced. Completely interactive, each passenger is assigned a pivotal role as pilot, gunner, or engineer. I use the word pivotal because your ride is determined by the passengers’ participation.
Pilots are responsible for handling the ship, with one controlling vertical movement and the other horizontal, gunners are required to shoot down enemy ships, and engineers are on board to handle any repairs that the ship needs.
I’ll be honest, the 12 year old in me experienced all kinds of feels being aboard the Millennium Falcon. I mean, this is a childhood dream come true. It’s a lifesize replica and you really can’t help to feel as though you are a legit Star Wars character getting ready to do battle with the Galactic Empire.
Batuu: Where To Eat? What to Eat?
Docking Bay 7
Needless to say, dealing with the First Order works up an appetite, so I took the Padawan, Wookiee, and leader of the Rebel Alliance to Docking Bay 7 for dinner, and it was pretty fantastic. The good people of Batuu know how to cook. I suggest trying the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad served cold with chilled shrimp, marinated noodles, vegetables, and cilantro. The flavors were fantastic, and the portions were generous. The kids’ meal came with six large prawns, while the full-sized serving featured 12. The Smoked Kaadu Ribs: sticky pork ribs, blueberry corn muffin, cabbage slaw, was hearty and finger-licking good. And finally, the Braised Shaak Roast: beef pot roast with cavatelli, wilted kale, and mushrooms did not disappoint.
Again, portions are generous, and it’s a nice way to have a sit-down meal in the park sans fast food like pizza, hot dogs, chicken fingers.
Pro Tips: What to Know Before You Go to Batuu
Don’t waste time in Batuu waiting in line for food.
While in line for The Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, do yourself a huge solid and use the Disneyland app to order food at Docking Bay 7. This way you will avoid long lines and your food will be ready upon arrival. By the way, if you have yet to download the app, this park tool is invaluable.
Use the force and grab a map.
Get acquainted with the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge map before you arrive. There’s so much to do in Batuu, but it’s not always that obvious or easy to find. Disney’s Imagineers succeeded when they sought after to build the most believable version of the Black Spire city. With that in mind, none of the buildings have signage in English. It’s easy to stroll right past Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.
Lightsabers and Libations
If you are planning on building your very own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop, then be ready to stand in line. The $200 price tag is not a deterrent to diehard Star Wars and Disney fans. But just as popular as the ultimate Batuu souvenir are the cocktails being served inside Oga’s Cantina. See, Oga’s is the one place that serves alcohol in Disneyland other than the prestigious, Club 33. Lines for Savi’s and Oga’s will easily reach the two-hour-plus mark.
Make New Friends
If $200 is too much cheddar to drop, for half the price you can go home with your own droid. Yep. Your very own customized buddy. You’ll see everyone toting Android packages around the parks from the Droid Depot. It’s there where you will design and bring to life R2 or BB complete with “personality chips.”
Brush up on your expressions and terminology
All of the Cast Members are deep in character, so be sure to interact with them for an amazing experience. And if you really want to have fun, point at your kids and tell the Stormtroopers they are rebel spies. Then watch what happens. A few ways to also heighten the overall experience is to learn a few important sayings so you can converse more easily with the cast members. Our favorites Star Wars phrases to use at Galaxy’s Edge:
“bright suns” translates to “good morning”
“rising moons” translates to “good evening”
“good journey” is an informal good-bye
“May the Spires keep you” is a formal good-bye
Have You Visited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
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