Well between glitches with my blog site and a busy couple of months I’m way behind! My blog format updated so I’m still figuring out how everything works. Here’s hoping this post works okay. Alright, the last part of my first trip to Batuu!
Flying the Millennium Falcon can build up an appetite and after being there for a few hours we decided to check out the food. One friend got the Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters and really enjoyed it. There’s a giant Pod racing engine being used to roast the meat which is being turned by a droid. My mom and I popped into Docking Bay 7 and got the Tip Yip and Smoked Kaadu Ribs. Both were really flavorful, though my mom wished they had a few more simpler items like a regular salad or such. Docking Bay 7 had all sorts of easter eggs inside, as does pretty much everywhere you look. I mean the trash cans alone have this little egg on them.
Anyone remember in Star Wars: A New Hope, the number of the trash compacter Luke tells C-3P0 their in? Yep, it’s 3263827, that same number on the trash bin.
We sat outside on the patio of Docking Bay 7, and after being on our feet since 5:30 that morning, it was nice to sit for a minute and just relax, charge our phones, and process everything. This was another lovely aspect of Black Spire Outpost. There are lots of great places to just sit, chill, people watch, and take in the atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite things to do at Disneyland park, is to just find a spot and enjoy the beauty of the land, and Galaxy’s Edge is no different. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, it’s so beautifully crafted I could spend all day just enjoying all the little details. Droid tracks and Wookiee tracks, the sounds of ships landing and taking off, characters passing by and interacting with guests/travelers, the landscaping, and all the gorgeous detailing on the architecture. Even though we never felt crowded, except inside the shops, it was a nice quite moment.
Having an hour left on our reservation, we decided to do some shopping. We went to Dok Ondar’s first. That was crowded and kind of hard to move around, but totally worth checking out. Dok Ondar himself is amazing to watch and listen to as he goes about his day. There’s creatures in cases around the bottom level and the top level is so full of details and easter eggs people are still discovering more each day. Remember Raider’s of the Lost Ark? Well…Dok’s go the Ark stashed up there, which is a nice nod since in Raider’s R2-D2 and C3P0 can be found in the hieroglyphs in one scene in the movie.
This is where I made my biggest purchase and got a Jedi Holocron and one kyber crystal of each color. The CM showed me how to use the holocron and made sure it worked and it’s pretty special to see them in person. I also picked up the Galaxy’s Edge/Batuu themed reuseable bag. Mine is black and white, but apparently there are blue and red ones. It took quite a bit of time as there was a long line to pay, so I only had about 20 minutes left.
After that I headed into the marketplace. It’s small but packed with a ton of details and the shops have even more. I can’t wait to go back and fully explore it. I really wanted to get the MSE droid popcorn bucket and some travel postcards I’d seen so my first stop was at the Jewels of Bith. It’s here that you’ll find clothing, pins, and a mug with Black Spire Outpost on them, as well as keychains, patches, postcards and more. It’s a small shop, but if you want Black Spire Outpost/Batuu themed items, this is the place to get it.
I got distracted by the Creature Shop which has a sleeping Loth Cat inside. My only lament there was that they didn’t have Convors as a creature you could adopt, but there were tons of other creatures there.
Next stop was Kat Saka’s Kettle. I have a weakness for Marvel and Star Wars themed sipper cups and popcorn buckets, not to mention I love the MSE droids, so when I heard Kat Saka’s Kettle was offering a MSE droid popcorn bucket, it went to the top of my list. And it didn’t disappoint. It’s adorable! Right now the Kettle only offers the Outpost mix popcorn, which was sweet and spicy and really good when you ate both together, but on a sign on the wall there was an offering that was crossed out with Aurebesh saying “seasonal.” I’m hoping this isn’t just a design detail, but maybe something to look forward to?
Also…the MSE droid popcorn buckets have hooks and loops on them so you can connect them and form a train! My mom, being the geek she is, gave me hers and suggested I get more and use them as a train to put around a Christmas tree come Christmas time. She suggested adding snow and little Santa hats. Did I mention the geek is strong in my family?
My group made a final stop back at the droid depo for some quick shopping and we realized we never made it to the Resistence side of the outpost. Our time was pretty much up but there was neither any announcement to leave, nor any CMs telling us our time was up so we decided to walk over to the Resistence side and see how far we got before they kicked us out.
This section was much quieter as there’s not as much to do/see other than a small shop, a couple ships, and the entrance to Rise of the Resistance. I’d heard there was a Porg magic shot over by the X-Wing there so we got in line for that and you could hear the ship powering up and down as we waited. As we were finishing up our photos I noticed a new character I hadn’t seen before hanging out with some members of the Resistance. Having read about her in the book, Phasma, I recognized Vi Moradi, the Resistance spy.
My group went up to her and we had a great conversation about flying the Falcon and working for Hondo, and when we praised our engineer for the great job he did, she said Chewbacca was looking for someone to fix the X-wing and could he fix it? We were talking about Chewie and Wookiee hugs when who shows up but the main Wookiee himself, Chewbacca! Vi told Chewie how she found him someone to fix the X-Wing and Chewie took a moment with each of us as well as giving us all hugs before moving on. We figured Wookiee hugs were the perfect end to an incredible morning, decided to call it a day, and made our way out of Galaxy’s Edge and off planet, back to Disneyland.
My final haul.
I never made it to the Milk Stand or a few of the other shops. We saw, but never went back to the First Order section and explored there. I didn’t build a droid or a lightsaber, and yet, I don’t feel like I missed out on anything. It was such an incredible morning filled with so much Star Wars magic and memories made with friends, I left feeling absolutely happy and content with what I’d experienced, and I cannot wait to go again. One of the many things I love about Galaxy’s Edge is can be whatever experience you want it to be. It can be something as simple as just being new “land” with new food, shopping, and a ride. Get in, eat, shop, ride, and get out. It can be a sort of LARPing experience where you’re a character of your own making with goals and agendas and interactions based on that. It can be somewhere in between.
I feel that Galaxy’s Edge was made for Star Wars fans. Yes, there are a few fans who think it’s horrible, hate that it takes place in the new trilogy, and that it’s not Tatooine, or Endor, or someplace preestablished in the movies. I get that, and it would have been cool to visit those places. But the thing I love about Star Wars is how massive it is. They could have easily pulled from something we’ve seen before, but instead, they gave us something new. Something that adds to and furthers the story and leaves it open for even more. And that’s not to say you can’t enjoy Galaxy’s Edge if you’re not a Star Wars fan, either. It’s a beautiful new land with fun things to see and do even without getting into the backstory of things.
But I think those who enjoy the movies, or take their enjoyment further, will really get the most out of this new addition. All those little details, like the trash can number, and such, they’re ambiance to the casual fan, but they’re also a tip of the hat to the fans that take it deeper. I mean, who remembers a single line in a movie about the number of the garbage masher on the detention level? Well, THIS girl does and it’s those details and more, the details that work for all levels of fans, that are going to keep me coming back for many years to come.
When Galaxy’s Edge opens to the public, it’s absolutely worth getting up early to get a chance to get inside. I’ll probably be one of those people. And, yes, you’ll probably have to wait in lines, but Star Wars fans know all about waiting, and this, in my hardcore Star Wars fangirl opinion, is totally worth the wait. Til the Spire, my friends.