I Went to Galaxy’s Edge And All I Got Were Memories To Last A Lifetime, Part 2: The Falcon, Disney Play App, Batuuan Spira & Star Wars Cokes

After the Cantina my friends and I decided to head to the Droid Depot to get a Batuuan Spira, the gift card in the shape of the local currency. On the way there…well, we got a little distracted. We turned the corner and got our first look at the Millennium Falcon, and yeah, I totally teared up. We headed over to take a closer look and she’s everything you could hope for and more. I kept saying, “It’s the freaking Falcon!” because it was all I could do to wrap my brain around the fact that the ship I’ve loved since 1977 is there, right in front of me, as real as can be. She’s beautiful, and what’s great is there are so many places to take photos of her, including inside the Smuggler’s Run ride.

There was a short line to take photos with a photographer in front of the Falcon, and we got our first official photo and experience with a Battuan/Disney photographer (scan specialist.) Even if you have an annual pass, I suggest taking the photopass card (image data card) the scan specialist offers. It’s themed for Batuu/Black Spire Outpost and another cheap souvenir from your time on Batuu.

Refocusing on our mission to get Batuuan Spira (Galaxy’s Edge themed gift cards) we headed back towards the Droid Depot. On our way, we stopped for a restroom (refresher) break. Like everything else there, even the bathrooms were themed.

We got distracted again by all the panels that interact with the Disney Play app. There’s a section of the Disney Play app that is only accessible when you’re in Batuu. Once you leave, you can see it, but it doesn’t work. Using various aspects of the app, you can earn credits, costumes for your profile, gear, accept and perform jobs, and various other things. None of us expected to get so caught up using it, and we all wanted a trip to Batuu where we did nothing but run around the outpost hacking, scanning, translating, etc., because we were having so much fun. It led us to find all sorts of little details (hey there Boba Fett’s jetpack) and added an other layer to our experience.

Noemi, our Batuuan line manager, had a great tip for us regarding the app. She highly recommended each person in your group bring at least one, ideally two, chargers per phone, as you will use it a lot! It’s recommended you keep the app open when you fly the Millennium Falcon, as you earn (or lose) credits depending on how you do. It’s a great addition to the experience, but keeping the app open and accessing it, as well as our cameras, on a regular basis had one phone dying by 11 a.m. and the rest of ours running pretty low. So bring an extra charger or two as the last thing you want is your phone dying, and we didn’t see any fuelrod locations in Galaxy’s Edge.

We also saw Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtroopers walking around, interacting with guests. It was so fun to see them outside of Launch Bay and they were really having conversations and interacting with so many people. Highly entertaining to watch and worth taking a moment or several just to follow them and see what they do, particularly with kids in costumes.

Back on track, we FINALLY headed into the Droid Depot. Our first experience in a shop, it’s all things Droid, with one room full merchandise, not to mention a $25,000 customizable R2-D2 that actually interacted with us on a later visit to the shop. The other room also has merchandise, but the big attraction is the droid building workshop. Conveyor belts everywhere move droid parts all around the room. While none of us got in line to build a droid, we stopped a bit just to watch, and look at some of the parts and it’s amazing. I had zero intentions of building a droid, but after learning that, at certain bluetooth capable locations, they not only interact throughout Black Spire Outpost, they also can interact at the parks and resorts, I really want one now! One person said they had two droids in their car and the droids chatted with each other the whole drive home!

The Force was with us as we got some of the last remaining Batuuan Spira (gift cards) at that location. From what I understand, they restock these for each reservation group, but people have reported them being sold out for the day, so if you want to get one, get it early. It has a $100 minimum purchase balance, but you can add more, plus they are not only refillable, but you can use them anywhere in the parks and resorts, just like a regular Disney gift card. But these are hardly regular looking. Small, sculpted, metal, and heavy, you feel like you’re holding a real coin or currency! It’s such a small (though not necessarily cheap) thing, but again, another thing that added to our experience and atmosphere of being on another world.

After changing our currency, right outside the Droid Depot was a drink location that sold the new Star Wars redesigned Cokes. Much like other merchandise in Batuu, there was a limit to how many you could get, and in this case you could only get three. They’re much bigger than I thought they’d be, and kind of hard to drink out of since they’re so round (and roll if you drop them), but the detailing is great, and another fairly cheap souvenir. Note that these were cheaper at the drink location, than at other food places, so something to keep in mind. We took a few more photos around this area before heading back over to the Falcon to finally experience Smuggler’s Run.

Stay tuned for Part 3: Flying the Falcon!

Star Wars Candles: A New Hope

I’m a huge fan of geek scented candles. For years, I used candles to heat my house since I didn’t have a working heater, and plug in heaters would trip the circuits. Once the heater was replaced, I didn’t need the candles for heat anymore, but I always loved the look and smell of them. A few years ago I discovered several vendors that sell geeky themed candles and I’ve been hooked ever since. Well, when I found out that Star Wars was releasing candles based on the original trilogy, I was sold and ordered all three sets online. Here’s my review of set one: Star Wars: A New Hope

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the packaging these came in, as I could hear broken glass as I moved the shipping box, and was concerned about getting broken glass everywhere. Below are photos from the website from which I ordered the candles. When I opened the shipping box, there was a long black box with STAR WARS printed on it. When I opened that, I found that 2 out of the 5 candles had completely shattered. There’s a cardboard base in the black box that the candles sit in, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from falling out in transit. I carefully took the candles and candle holder out, cleaned it up and this is what I was left with.

Star Wars: A New Hope candles, minus two broken containers
Themed base/candle holder

The candles are small, roughly 2″ square, with a neat black and silver label with the Star Wars logo, the candle name, and “A New Hope” printed on it. They sit perfectly in a 15″ x 5″ themed black and silver display holder. While there are no lids included, even though the packaging recommends them, lids are apparently available to purchase separately.

But the big question: How do they smell?

“Bantha Milk”
A light blue candle that smells strongly of sugar. It’s super sweet, kind of milky smelling (to be expected) and also a little plastic-y, as if I could smell the pitcher Aunt Beru was pouring it from. If you imagine adding powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a glass of milk colored with blue food coloring, and then drinking that out of those old plastic tumblers most of us had in the 70s and 80s, you get the idea.

A bright yellow candle, it smells like leather, sand, dust, and also vaguely tropical, like a fruity tropical drink. You get a sense of the patrons of the bar, and it makes me wonder just what were they serving all those pilots and smugglers there on Tatooine.

Chocolate brown in color, this straight up smells like Chewbacca on a hot desert planet. A mix of shag carpet, dog fur, a hint of musk, and leather, that have all been on a space ship and in the twin suns a bit too long.

“Trash Compactor”
This one reeked. Red like the outer edges of a dianoga’s eye, it smells like wet trash and food that’s been sitting in a metal waste basket decaying for some time. If you enjoy the smell of sour, rotting, stagnant water, this candle’s for you. No wonder Leia, Luke, Han, and Chewie were so anxious to get out of there.

“X-Wing Cockpit”
Bright orange flight suit colored, this smelled exactly like I thought it would: a warm mix of old, worn upholstery, leather, sweat, dust, adrenaline, and metal. I could practically hear Luke sitting in the cockpit saying, “Red 5, standing by.”

Overall impression:
As regular candles, for me, they’re just okay. A couple I wouldn’t mind keeping to burn, but that Trash Compactor one is making its way to the garbage chute shortly! These look pretty sitting on their base, and the novelty of them is fun. If you wanted a whole new experience while watching your 592nd viewing Star Wars: A New Hope, these candles would be fun to break out during the appropriate scenes in the movie. Not sure that’s worth the price, though, but these would make a fun gift.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post reviewing the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Candle set. I know you’re curious to find out just what DOES the inside of a Tauntaun smell like…