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Insider’s Guide – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Insider’s Guide – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Imagine yourself exploring Black Spire Outpost, a remote trading port on the planet Batuu, where Star Wars characters and stories come to life – and where Guests find themselves in the middle of the action.

The highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has arrived, and Dream Builders Travel had exclusive access to experience the magic on opening day! So, of course, we’re sharing the inside scoop with you!

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge exceeded even my wildest dreams!” exclaimed Tami Schaefer, Dream Builders Travel Co-owner and Travel Advisor. “I am a huge Star Wars fan, and Disney has blown me away!”

Read on for our comprehensive guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open in Walt Disney World and Disneyland:

QUICK FACTS

  • Immersive 14-acre land, the largest single-themed land ever created in a Disney park
  • Two attractions – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opens Dec. 5, 2019)
  • Five food & beverage locations (Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters, the Milk Stand, and Kat Saka’s Kettle)
  • Nine merchandise locations (Droid Depot, Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, Creature Stall, Toydarian Toymaker, Resistance Supply, First Order Cargo, Jewels of Bith, and Black Spire Outfitters)
  • Discover the land’s hidden secrets and stories with the Play Disney Parks App
  • Original music created especially for the land was created by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams. Along with a collection of original cantina songs created by composers and songwriters from around the globe, this new music will deepen Guests’ connection to the land as Williams complements and builds upon the iconic fanfares he created for the Star Wars films.

BLACK SPIRE OUTPOST

Batuu’s largest settlement is Black Spire Outpost, a thriving destination for those who would prefer to go about their business unnoticed—scoundrels, rogues, smugglers and, recently, sightings of individuals associated with the Resistance hidden deep in the ruins.

This news of the Resistance has drawn the attention of the First Order, eager to stomp out any remaining flickers of opposition to their absolute control.

Amid this brewing conflict, sits an exotic outpost surrounded by the petrified remains of towering ancient trees, from which Black Spire Outpost draws its name. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.

Now Guests are invited to visit this beautiful and mysterious village of secrets, built upon secrets. Chat with the locals, and meet other travelers from across the galaxy. Drop by the local cantina to sample the exotic beverages and curious concoctions. Wander a street market filled with rare and unusual artifacts… and more than a few hidden treasures.
When Guests are ready for more adventure, opportunities abound.

Answer the call from pirate turned “legitimate” businessman Hondo Ohnaka to deliver hard-to-find items to a particular clientele aboard a ship in his employ, the famous Millennium Falcon.

Once it opens Dec. 5, join up with the Resistance on a secret mission that may find you trapped deep inside the belly of an imposing First Order Star Destroyer on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Discover the secrets of Black Spire Outpost through the Play Disney Parks app, which will transform into a galactic Datapad soon after Guests arrive—and allow them to take on jobs, interact with droids, translate galactic languages, and so much more. Guests can visit Batuu to live their Star Wars story!

MERCHANTS

DOK-ONDAR
Location: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
A larger-than-life collector of all things odd, Dok-Ondar buys, sells and trades valuable items in his antiquities shop. The Ithorian is a proud curator, amassing a collection unrivaled in the galaxy. He is also known as the “gatekeeper” of the black market in Black Spire Outpost, so locals know not to cross him. Guests in his shop can see him working at his desk, taking inventory and barking the occasional order at his assistants between incoming calls.

THE GATHERERS
Location: Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers
As “keepers” of the Force, the Gatherers are a group of men and women dedicated to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on knowledge of the Force. Part of their mission is guiding the next generation of Jedi-hopefuls in building their own unique lightsabers.

HONDO OHNAKA
Location: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Established in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated television series, Hondo Ohnaka is a Weequay pirate turned “legitimate” businessman (although most would call him a smuggler). A rough-around-the-edges rogue, he is always looking out for the next big score. Hondo founded Ohnaka Transport Solutions, which specializes in delivering hard-to-find items; in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, he asks Guests to help him transport prized cargo.

OGA GARRA
Location: Oga’s Cantina
This crime boss of Black Spire Outpost is a mysterious figure – she is never seen, but often heard yelling at her servers inside Oga’s Cantina. Her influence stretches throughout the outpost, as her fingers are in every business transaction and she knows everyone coming and going. No one wants to be on her bad side, as some of the blaster marks inside the cantina will attest.

ZABAKA
Location: Toydarian Toymaker
Zabaka is a Toydarian, the flying alien species first seen in “Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.” Her small stall has survived in Black Spire Outpost by selling quality toys and through her good relationships with other proprietors in town. Guests can see Zabaka going about her daily business through her workshop window in the rear of the stall.

ENTERTAINMENT

ROAMING STORMTROOPERS
Location: Garrison, Garage, Village Pathways
Recently arrived, First Order stormtroopers patrol the area and ensure compliance throughout the day. Wherever someone goes in Black Spire Outpost, the First Order is always watching.

KYLO REN AND FIRST ORDER OFFICER
Location: Garrison, Garage, Village PathwaysSupreme Leader Kylo Ren himself may even arrive in Black Spire Outpost, impressing upon its inhabitants the power and strength of the First Order. He consults with the First Order officer assigned to this trading port and sets out with a contingent of stormtroopers to interrogate the locals, seeking any Resistance sympathizer.

REY AND CHEWBACCA
Location: Ancient ruins, Resistance area
Rey and Chewbacca, Resistance hero and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, roam the area in search of new recruits for the Resistance at various times throughout the day.

VI MORADI
Location: Ancient ruins/Village area
Vi Moradi, a Resistance spy sent by General Leia Organa, scours Black Spire Outpost for Resistance support throughout the day.

ATTRACTIONS

MILLENNIUM FALCON: SMUGGLERS RUN
Height requirement 38”
Climb aboard the Falcon in all her ramshackle glory, and fly the fastest ship in the galaxy – Guests may just discover the ship has a few surprises left in her. Though the Millennium Falcon may not look like much, she’s got it where it counts.
Guests board the Millennium Falcon cockpit in groups of six, and each person is assigned one of three critical roles to complete their mission:

  • Pilots work together to steer the ship, avoiding obstacles that could cause damage
  • Gunners use triggers in the cockpit to blast enemy targets as they surround the Falcon
  • Engineers repair the ship as necessary while performing other tasks crucial to the mission’s success

STAR WARS: RISE OF THE RESISTANCE
Opening Dec. 5. Height requirement 40”

Hidden in the forest outside Black Spire Outpost, the Resistance is gathering recruits to join their cause. With the First Order desperate to extinguish the spark of the Resistance, the mission is bound to have unexpected twists and turns. When their transport is captured by an imposing First Order Star Destroyer—with Kylo Ren on board — Guests are going to need all the help you can get. Fortunately, a covert team of Resistance fighters is at the ready to give you a fighting chance to escape—and a chance for the Resistance to rise.

MERCHANDISE

SAVI’S WORKSHOP – HANDBUILT LIGHTSABERS

In this mystical experience, Guests have the opportunity to customize and craft their very own lightsabers. Here Guests will be guided through the experience by The Gatherers, a hidden group of people dedicated to restoring balance to the galaxy and passing on their knowledge of the Force. During the experience, Guests choose one of four hilt themes – Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, or Protection and Defense. The Gatherers then assist in selecting the heart of the Guest’s lightsaber – the kyber crystal. Once assembled, Guests will be ready for anything the galaxy throws their way.
Guests are encouraged to make a reservation for this experience to better maximize their time in the land. $199.99 per lightsaber, plus tax. One lightsaber per building per experience; Experience area is limited to the builder and one Guest.

DROID DEPOT

The Droid Depot invites Guests to construct their own astromech droids. Patrons pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build one of two core models (R-series or BB-series) and they can customize their droids with various parts and colors. These droids are capable of interacting with elements in the land, responding to Guests’ adventures. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. In addition, the Droid Depot offers pre-built droids, droid-inspired products and more. Guests are encouraged to make a reservation for this experience to better maximize their time in the land. $99.99 per astromech droid unit, plus tax. Experience area is limited to the building and up to two Guests.

DOK-ONDAR’S DEN OF ANTIQUITIES

Peruse a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more. As they explore the shop, Guests will also see Dok at his desk as he checks his inventory, takes incoming calls and barks the occasional order at his assistants.

FIRST ORDER CARGO
The First Order has recently arrived in Black Spire Outpost in pursuit of the Resistance. Guests can report for duty and make their way to Docking Bay 9 where the First Order has set up a temporary post next to their shuttle to win the hearts and minds of the locals. Here, Guests can browse for gear and other products to show support for the First Order.

RESISTANCE SUPPLY
Guests can rendezvous with other Resistance allies in a forested area near the ancient ruins. There, members of the Resistance have set up a secret makeshift post where you can join the cause to defeat the First Order. Travelers can stock up on essential gear and supplies so they’re prepared for their next mission, wherever it may take them.

TOYDARIAN TOYMAKER
Guests will find all manner of artisanal playthings and collectibles handmade by the busy toymaker, Zabaka the Toydarian, including dolls, collectibles, games and other playful mementos based on the rumors and tales she has heard around the Outpost.

CREATURE STALL
Travelers can adopt exotic creatures from across the galaxy including cackling Kowakian monkey-lizards, porgs, mynocks, loth cats and more.

BLACK SPIRE OUTFITTERS
At this local shop, Guests can browse through an eclectic selection of stylish, functional clothing suitable for a variety of occasions and worlds.

JEWELS OF BITH
In addition to jewelry and accessories, this local shop offers “trinkets to treasures” from Black Spire Outpost. It’s the perfect spot to buy souvenirs for family and friends.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

OGA’S CANTINA
Here, Guests gather to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels and listen to spirited musical entertainment provided by DJ R-3X. otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex re-invents himself as the cantina’s DJ, and he’s as quirky and talkative as ever. Guests are encouraged to make a reservation to better maximize their time in the land.

Menu offerings include:
Concoctions with alcohol

  • Bloody Rancor
  • Fuzzy Tauntaun

Concoctions without alcohol

  • Blue Bantha
  • Jabba Juice
  • Black Spire Brew
  • Carbon Freeze

DOCKING BAY 7 FOOD AND CARGO
A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar beckons Guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills, so he moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant. His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes. He is proud to present Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling,” inspired by dishes he created during his time working for Maz Kanata on Takodana.

Menu offerings include:

  • Braised Shaak Roast
  • Yobshrimp Noodle Salad
  • Smoked Kaadu Ribs
  • Fried Endorian Tip-Yip
  • Non-alcoholic specialty beverages such as the Moof Juice and Batuubucha Tea

RONTO ROASTERS
In the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters draws attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for the mouth-watering Ronto Wrap. When hungry customers queue up to order, they encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. Guests are able to choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.

MILK STAND
No visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is complete without a frosty confection from the Milk Stand. Under Batuu’s three suns, the vendors at this quirky stall offer travelers an invigorating, refreshing drink that’s a favorite among the locals– blue and green milk. Beverages are plant-based and dairy-free.

KAT SAKA’S KETTLE
Venture into the market to find this colorful snack shop, where grains from all over the galaxy are on display. Order a generous, piping-hot helping of this popular and flavorful local specialty popcorn with a mix of sweet, spicy and savory flavors. Refreshing beverages are also sold here.

PLAY DISNEY PARKS

Guests who download the Play Disney Parks app and have Bluetooth and location services turned on, will see their app transform into their very own Star Wars Datapad that they can use to interact with Black Spire Outpost.

HACK
Use the Datapad to hack into some of the land’s many devices, control panels and droids.

SCAN
Discover and collect digital cargo by scanning crates around the bustling spaceport.

TRANSLATE
Use the Datapad to translate galactic languages all around the outpost.

TUNE
Tune into communications sent by the planet’s many residents to uncover stories and secrets throughout the land, and unscramble transmissions being sent from far, far away.

JOBS
Take on jobs to help out digital characters, completing tasks and tracking down items to earn credits, exclusive items, and increase affiliation with a faction.

OUTPOST CONTROL
Help the Resistance or the First Order take control of Black Spire Outpost by hacking into door control panels and claiming them for your faction in a land-wide game that everyone can play together.

PROFILE
Profile is where Guests can see their standing in Black Spire Outpost. Profile shows what they’ve done in the land and whether their actions lean towards the Resistance, First Order or Scoundrels. Here, travelers can also view items they’ve collected, like ship schematics, droid data and even galactic credits.

TITLES
Guests earn titles as they use their Datapad to bring their adventure to life in the land. Guest’s titles reflect their actions in Black Spire Outpost – and the locals won’t be shy to comment.

OFF-PLANET EXPERIENCES

Guests can discover amazing Star Wars experiences throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios that bring them closer to the epic saga than ever before.

STAR WARS: A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY
Witness the power of a live stage show that brings beloved moments from Star Wars to life.

STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY
Watch an exclusive short documentary on the creative team behind the ever-evolving story. Explore galleries featuring treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of Star Wars artifacts. Come face-to-face with characters including BB-8 and Darth Vader (starting August 29).

STAR WARS: A GALACTIC SPECTACULAR
As John Williams’ majestic theme fills the air, feel the Force of beloved Star Wars characters, iconic starships and a heroic finale. State-of-the-art projection effects, dynamic lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics allow them to celebrate the saga as iconic movie moments unfold all around them in an epic Star Wars extravaganza.

STAR TOURS – THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE
Make the jump to hyperspace on a thrilling 3D space flight to legendary destinations from the Star Wars saga.

JEDI TRAINING: TRIALS OF THE TEMPLE
Cheer on younglings as they learn the ways of The Force and battle the dark side.

LAUNCH BAY CARGO
Guests can take home a piece of the Star Wars saga—including life-size sculptures, autographed memorabilia, high-end movie prop replicas and print-on-demand phone cases featuring their choice of extraordinary Star Wars art.

TATOOINE TRADERS
Guests can descend upon this desert dome to procure rare Star Wars memorabilia including action figures, apparel, gadgets, LEGO kits, books and gifts galore—a captivating selection that would please any Jedi Knight.

If you’re ready to explore planet Batuu, reach out to one of our Dream Builders to help you customize the perfect trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Jessie Marushak

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