This past Friday, I journeyed to a galaxy far far away…in the city of Anaheim California. I visited the Disneyland Resort with some good friends to be some of the first to experience the BRAND NEW land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I feel so lucky to have been able to experience this mind melting new themed land and need to give a huge shout out to Eric Oh for allowing me to join him on this awesome journey. In all honesty, it’s been a few days since my visit but I’m still trying to wrap my head around my experiences and form coherent thoughts. The short four hours we spent in GE was overwhelming and and finished within the blink of an eye. On our next episode, we will have my thoughts on my experiences in GE and see how they compare to our guests thoughts (Brad Hughes) from our last episode.
What follows are some beautiful photos of GE. I don’t think I’ve ever taken photos faster than I did during this visit. I wanted to take it all in, as much as humanly possible. I hope you all enjoy this photo journey into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland!
The Entrance to Batuu
As you walk the long path from Frontierland (the entrance closest to Fantasyland) to Galaxy’s Edge, you are greeted with starry music transitioning you from Disneyland proper to Batuu.
What immediately hits you about the land is how immense it truly is. Everything is larger than life!
I was harassed by some Stormtroopers and this First Order henchman. They kept asking me about my data-pad, I presume the meant my camera. I really loved the walk around characters the helps immerse you into the world of Star Wars.
I have some majorly mixed feelings about Oga’s Cantina, which I will get into in detail on the podcast. But, there is no doubt that this will be the busiest location in GE when it opens to the public.
I never realized how much I missed Pilot Rex until I finally saw him again inside the Cantina. Yes, you can still see broken Rex in the line for Star Tours, but this is very different.
Another fantastic example of how large the buildings are in GE, the Bazaar’s entrance is massive as well. The large archway leads you into an area that houses multiple small stores that all sell different pieces of merchandise from GE.
If you haven’t been under a rock recently, I’m sure you heard about how Coke was creating unique packaging for their products in GE. Pictured below are the Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and Sprite products specially designed to look like thermal detonators.
The Dasani water bottles are also specially designed to fit within the world.
This is a food location within the land. There are two locations, this and Docking Bay 7. We didn’t spend a good amount of time within Docking Bay 7, which is why it’s not pictured.
I was thoroughly impressed by the food and decore of Ronto’s Roasters.
Is this what we were eating? Appetizing…
The Blue and Green (Slightly Yellow) Milk
Ah yes, the divisive Blue and Green Milk. I definitely liked the Blue over the Yellow. After having half a cup of the Blue Milk, I totally understand what everyone was talking about and mine soon found it’s way into the trash as well. More to come on my thoughts about Blue Milk.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
This was one of the highlights of the trip. An amazing store where you can buy lightsabers, Kyber Crystles and collectables. But not only that, but the character in which the store founds its name is a full audio animatronic character sitting within the store. I found Dok-Ondar to be the most lifelike animatronic I’ve seen at a Disney Park. Although I have yet to see the animatronic within Navi River Journey.
I could have spent hours staring at this guy do his work at his desk. The movements were so lifelike and convincing that at first I swore it was a person in a suit.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
This attractions is one out of two attractions to call the land home. Although MFSR is the only attraction open currently.
The reveal of the Millennium Falcon was incredible and extremely moving. I definitely found myself getting verklempt at the sight of the Falcon. As a fan of the films, you go your whole life wanting to see the Falcon in person, and now we finally do. I know plenty of people who’s dreams have just come true.
This was one of the few times you could see outside of the land. You could see the top of Big Thunder Mountain in the distance from the queue of MFSR. If you looked closely, you could see Matterhorn from Ronto’s Roasters as well.
The Hondo Onaka audio animatronic was very impressive.
If you want to buy your own personal droid, this is the place to go! Also if you want to buy a $25,000 droid for your home, this is also the place.
Rise of the Resistance Entrance
Unfortunately, this attraction is not open yet. Although its entrance is extremely cool and just makes us even more excited to finally experience it in the future.
Chewbacca and another member of the Resistance walk around the forested area where the Resistance has set up base. They are staying out of the watchful eye of the First Order which have taken up camp at Black Spire Outpost, just a stones throw away from the Resistance.
This picture below really gives you a sense of the size and scope of the land. It’s truly massive.
I hope you enjoyed this journey to Batuu! On our next episode, we will have my full thoughts on my experiences at Galaxy’s Edge. Till then, may the force be with you and till the spire!