True confession: I tried to watch a Star Wars movie, but could never make it to the end as I just could not get into the movies and the characters. But let me tell you, back in 2017, my friend and Imagineer, Chris Beatty, explained the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to me that would be at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s while I attended the D23 Expo. So, since I was told the attractions would be accessible, I could not pass up the opportunity to explore Planet Batuu in Disneyland back in August.
Well, this non-Star Wars fan was truly surprised at how I truly enjoyed discovering this new land. Just walking through and seeing all of the details was truly amazing. You can hear TIE fighters and other ships buzzing overhead with the audio cues. If you listen closely, you can hear other special sound effects throughout the land. And look at the buildings – there are great details from battles and normal wear and tear.
Don’t miss stopping at Oga’s Cantina for a quick drink and watching DJ R3X (aka DJ Rex) spinning some unique songs recorded especially for the cantina. I enjoyed the Blue Milk and all of the details within the cantina.
A Cast Member suggested we try a Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters. I enjoyed watching the animatronics “roasting” the “beef” while I waited in the queue.
My favorite experience at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was being an Engineer on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Who would have thought that? I was told it was totally accessible, and it was. I was able to enter with the white credentials, which indicated we needed the accessible Falcon, and the CM told us to take our time getting seated. Wow – I totally need to ride this attraction again!
I also highly recommend walking around Batuu and exploring Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Make sure you take time and look up and all around at the artifacts relating to the movies. The other shops/experiences on the Black Spire Outpost are also worth exploring.
Next year I am looking forward to experiencing Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, because according to Lou Mongello, as he was able to walk through part of the attraction during a media event and was speechless, this is one not to miss!
A Galaxy of Stories – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – D23 Expo 2017
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