Now that all of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we’d like to take a look at the Black Spire Outpost as a whole. There is so much to see and explore on Batuu and for any Star Wars fan (or any Disney fan in general), it can be overwhelming at first.
As Walt Disney World’s most recent land to open, we’d like to give you a guide on how to traverse Galaxy’s Edge and the important information you need to know.
To give some context, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is located in what we like to call the back corner of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It occupies the space between Toy Story Land and Grand Avenue, home to Muppet*Vision 3D. For long-time guests, or those interested in a bit of Disney history, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge occupies the area that used to be the Lights, Motor, Action stunt show and the Studio Backlot Tour. That should give you a sense of how large this land is as well.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the name of the land in the park, but there is a little bit of backstory and lore around where you are in the Galaxy. Obviously (as the name implies), you are on a planet near the outer rim of the galaxy. The planet, Batuu, used to be a thriving place for trade and travel, before the invention of lightspeed travel. Since then, one of the main settlements, the Black Spire Outpost, has become a favourite spot for smugglers and rogues amongst the lush greenery and rocky towering spires that make up the landscape.
Throughout the Black Spire Outpost, you’ll see a number of different ships and vehicles that have made their way to Batuu. Landspeeders can be found in a maintenance yard. A Resistance X-Wing in need of repairs is stowed away on the outskirts of the Outpost. Even Kylo Ren’s TIE Echelon assault shuttle has parked itself in the West side of Galaxy’s Edge. Of course, one of the main reasons that guests travel to Batuu is to see the famed Millennium Falcon. The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy has parked itself for repairs in the heart of the Black Spire Outpost. Chewbacca has partnered with famed smuggling pirate Hondo Ohnaka to fund the repairs to the Falcon. In the meantime, guests can get up close to this beautiful ship as it has found refuge amongst the rocky spires. It’s a comfortable spot to make necessary repairs to keep the ship in service.
There are a number of places to check out in the Black Spire Outpost, but for most of your trading (purchasing), you’ll find it within the Market. Inside, the Market Merchants peddle their wares, from clothing to creatures and everything in between. The Market is designed to feel fairly snug, like most of the vendors just carved themselves a bit of a hole in the rocks and set up shop. Each store/shop is right beside the next and it’s easy to view it all as one large market. There is not a ton of space in each shop, so be prepared to be patient as you move through the crowd to see the merchandise.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
For other merchandise, you’ll definitely want to check out Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Even if you don’t have any interest in purchasing anything, you should still take a stroll through this unique collection of items and relics. Dok-Ondar is an infamous buyer/seller/collector and has amassed a great collection of some of the rarer items in the galaxy. Inside, you’ll see him tucked away at his workstation, making his deals with other traders.
The walls are covered with items for sale. Kyber crystals for lightsabers, along with holocrons take up a good portion of the room. Statues and other unique merchandise from both sides of the force adorn the outside walls. There are even some creature heads mounted on the wall (poor tauntaun).
Of course, the main attraction here is the grand display case, featuring just about every significant character’s lightsaber in all of Star Wars canon. Would you like to purchase Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, or Obi-Wan? How about Darth Vader or Darth Maul? Even less well-known characters like Asajj Ventress or Ahsoka Tano have their lightsabers for sale. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the lightsaber and the character, but expect to pay between $100 and $200 USD for the lightsaber of your choice.
For the Star Wars fans, there are a number of ways to immerse yourself even more so into the story being told around you on Batuu. For young fans (and fans who are young at heart), there’s the Droid Depot, where you get to build your own droid, customizing its look and then watch as it interacts with other droids, as well as the land around you.
If you have ever dreamed of building your own lightsaber, Savi’s Workshop is the place to do it, though they are fairly hush-hush about it, since the First Order isn’t particularly keen on new Jedi.
Both experiences are wonderful ways to let yourself be swept up in the lore that surrounds you in Galaxy’s Edge. We’ll take a closer look at these two experiences individually.
The Droid Depot
Inside the Droid Depot, you will find a large collection of parts and a variety of customizable options for building your very own droid. You first have to decide what type of droid you are hoping to construct. Either a BB-series droid or an R-series droid (think BB-8 or R2-D2). From there, you’ll make your way to a conveyer belt of parts that come by: domes, droid bodies, legs, etc… At a build station, you’ll have the instructions and tools you need to assemble your droid and bring it to life. Each droid is paired with a remote control and your droid is complete!
The experience costs $99.99 USD plus tax for each droid built. The building area is also limited to one builder and one guest, so larger parties only building one droid may have to have some guests watch from a bit of a distance.
It’s recommended that you make reservations at the Droid Depot to make sure you have a time slot to build and you can find a time that best suits your plans. Reservations can be made here.
Is building a lightsaber on your Star Wars bucket list? Because, if it is, you’re in luck. Savi’s Workshop is an interactive experience where you will be on a guided journey through the history and lore of lightsabers, their role in the force and how you too can build one of your very own. It’s quite a theatrical experience, with great storytelling.
We built our own lightsaber and wrote a review about it here (also talking about whether it was worth the cost).
Guests choose from 4 different themes of parts for their own lightsaber and are brought inside the workshop to assemble it under the guidance of Savi’s Gatherers. It’s a roughly 25 to 30-minute experience and building a lightsaber costs $199.99 USD plus tax. Like the Droid Depot, the experience is limited to one builder and one guest, though this time, there is not space to watch from if you are not one of those two people. Reservations are again recommended and you can make them here.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios hasn’t always had the best reputation when it came to its quick-service restaurants. With the introduction of Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge, however, that is starting to change. In Galaxy’s Edge, there are 2 larger quick-service restaurants to cater to guests who are hungry and looking for something unique on Batuu. There is also a bar and two snack stands to round out the food options in the Black Spire Outpost. Let’s take a look at them:
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
This is the largest quick-service restaurant in Galaxy’s Edge with Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs having docked a food freighter to meet the appetites of any guest to the Black Spire Outpost. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features galactic twists on American cuisine.
For breakfast, we recommend the Bright Suns Breakfast Platter, which features a three-cheese egg bite, pork sausage, purple potato hash and a mini Mustafarian cinnamon roll.
Lunch and Dinner have the same menu, and feature a number of great dishes. The names have changed since opening day, but the food remains the same. Dishes like the Batuuan Beef Pot Roast, the Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs and the Endorian Fried Chicken Tip Yip are all great options. As with other restaurants around Disney, there are plant-based options as well, with the Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread being a delicious choice for anyone.
The inside of the restaurant does feel like a docking station. It has a “thrown together” feel, but it’s a visually impressive place to sit in. There are lots of seats, though like most Disney restaurants, there is a rush in the prime lunch and dinner hours, so plan accordingly. You can make Mobile Orders here if you want to save some time in line.
Ronto Roasters is the other main quick-service restaurant in the Black Spire Outpost. It’s more open with large entrances to the space and some limited seating both inside and outside. The good news is that Ronto Roasters is meant to really grab and continue on your journey as you can easily eat on the go.
Also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Ronto Roasters makes a number of different wraps, which are perfect for travelling. The main namesake, the Ronto Wrap is filled with roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce and a tangy slaw. There is a chicken variation and even a breakfast Ronto Wrap to boot. If you are into Turkey Jerky, you can also find a sweet or spicy variety here, though at $7.49 USD per serving, you’d have to really be into jerky to make the investment.
The heart of the restaurant centres around a podracer engine, which is used to grill the ronto (a native beast from Tatooine. A mechanical pitmaster droid turns the meat without ceasing, though you do feel some sympathy for it. In reality, your food is prepared elsewhere, so don’t worry that your food may have been contaminated with podracer fuel. Your Ronto Wraps are safely prepared behind the scenes.
Oga Garra is an elusive local crime boss in the Black Spire Outpost. She is also the proprietor of Oga’s Cantina, the most popular watering hole on Batuu. Home to smugglers, bounty hunters and traders, Oga’s is the perfect spot to drop in for a drink whilst remaining annonymous.
It’s mostly standing-room only in the bar, and you would be best to get a reservation ahead of time. The central bar is a feast for the eyes. Unusual taps, contraptions and even creatures can be found, and they are all used to craft concoctions for your drinking pleasure.
The bartenders here are boisterous and engaging. The drinks are also unique and intriguing, though a tad on the expensive side with alcoholic drinks running from $15 to $18 USD each. That’s not to say they are not an experience on their own, it’s just worth noting that you may want to keep an eye on your tab, so as to not be in debt to Oga herself. There are non-alcoholic drinks to experience as well. Each drink on the menu is unique and usually has an interesting twist to its presentation. Some drinks bubble constantly (with dry ice). The Fuzzy Tauntaun has a “buzz button foam” on top that will leave your lips and tongue tingling for a while.
The Cantina is almost always full (except first thing in the morning) and the party never stops as DJ R-3X (a former droid pilot from Star Tours) keeps the music playing. Sadly, it’s not the infamous cantina band from Tatooine, but the music here is lively and as more time passes, the regulars will start to spot favourite songs of the bartenders.
Kat Saka’s Kettle
This is such a small place that you may just walk right past it without knowing it’s there. Here, you will find one item on the menu…the Outpost Popcorn Mix. This is a mix of sweet and spicy flavours (most guests agree it’s grape and a cinnamon heart-type flavour).
The infamous milk from the Star Wars universe is available here in a green or blue variety. Whether you saw Luke Skywalker drink Blue Milk in Episode IV – A New Hope or the Green Milk in Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, you too can experience this unique concoction.
Neither flavour has any dairy in it whatsoever. Instead, it’s a blend of Coconut and Rice Milk. The Blue Milk has a fruity taste to it, while the Green Milk has more of a citrus and tropical flavour profile. They are both served frozen (think a smoothie consistency) and we recommend drinking them whilst still frozen because once they warm up, the flavours don’t mix as well. At $7.99 USD, it’s not the cheapest drink out there. It’s also not for everyone, but certainly worth trying at some point along your journey through the Black Spire Outpost.
You can also booze these drinks up a little bit too. The Blue Milk Cooler is mixed with rum and the Green Milk Cooler has Tequila. The alcoholic versions are a little pricier too, coming in at $14 USD each. Give either version a try. At the very least, it makes for a good photo op
Disney has opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2 phases. The first phase only saw one attraction open, but we have now reached the glorious moment when the second has opened as well. Both of these attractions are immersive, unique and offer a real thrill for anyone who follows Star Wars lore.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
The first attraction in Galaxy’s Edge puts you onboard the infamous Millennium Falcon. Hondo Ohnaka has invited you to fly aboard the Falcon and help him procure and deliver some coaxium. This smuggling mission can be tricky as you don’t want to find yourself owing Hondo more than you are able to deliver.
Flight crews of six guests enter the Millennium Falcon cockpit and have specific roles to fill. There are 2 pilots to keep the ship steady, 2 gunners to keep the ship safe and 2 engineers, who have to fix all of the mistakes the first 4 crewmembers make.
It’s a simulator-type attraction, though there are no 3D glasses to worry about. The motion is fairly gentle and consistent, making it a little easier on guests prone to motion sickness. There is a height requirement of 38” to ride the attraction.
How well each crew member completes their assigned tasks will determine how successful the mission is as a whole. If you ever dreamt of flying the Millenium Falcon, this is a great attraction for you. Think of a much more interactive version of Star Tours with a good story and some thrills along the way.
Rise of the Resistance
The second attraction to open in Galaxy’s Edge has been highly anticipated ever since Disney first announced it as a concept. Touted as the most immersive and technical attractions that Disney Imagineering has ever built, there were high expectations for this attraction. We don’t want to spoil too much about the ride, so we’ll share just about as much as Disney has. On Rise of the Resistance, you are recruited into the Resistance for a secret mission. Along the way, your transport is captured by a First Order Star Destroyer with Kylo Ren on board. A covert team of Resistance fighters, including Rey and BB-8 are at the ready to help you with your escape.
This is a massive attraction, featuring different ride-systems and a variety of experiences including small drops and fast motion. Along the way you’ll encounter Storm Trooper garrisons and full-sized AT-AT walkers, as well as Kylo Ren himself. There is also a height requirement on this attraction too…it’s 40”.
It’s one of the biggest and best attractions that Disney has ever created. It’s sure to be at, or near the top of best attractions ever. We can’t go into too much more detail than that, without giving too much away. If you’d like to learn more about Rise of the Resistance, you can see our reviews here:
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been in the works for so long. It truly is great to finally see this vision come to fruition. Any fan of Star Wars is instantly overcome with the same feelings they got the first time they experienced the Star Wars universe. The land is incredibly immersive. Cast Members are dedicated bringing the lore of the Black Spire Outpost to life. There also isn’t any mention of the words Star Wars anywhere in the land (because you’re experiencing that universe).
The attractions are definitely worth the wait. That being said, we are waiting for the initial rush to Rise of the Resistance to settle down. It appears that Disney has thought long and hard about making sure the attractions have good crowd capacities. The hope is that we won’t ever be facing 3-hour waits again (we’re looking at you, Flight of Passage).
The food is a great step up for Hollywood Studios and Oga’s Cantina (while pricey) is a great experience. The atmosphere in the land is also incredible. You can walk around in awe of everything you see. It seems real. So much time and effort was put into making Galaxy’s Edge an authentic experience and fans fully appreciate the attention to detail that Disney is known for.
We will definitely continue to make Galaxy’s Edge a priority any time we visit Hollywood Studios. This park continues to grow, and with the consistent additions to the Star Wars Universe, we can’t help but think that Galaxy’s Edge will continue to grow and evolve as well.
Are you planning a trip to Batuu in the near future? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!