I know this blog is usually only about books, but I just went to Disney World in Florida and I need to talk about it.
I’m a die hard Star Wars fan, and I’ve been counting down the days for Florida’s Galaxy’s Edge to open since it was announced. So naturally, when I had the opportunity to go to the Annual Passholder Preview Event- I jumped.
If you’re planning on going to Galaxy’s Edge after it opens, read more for some tips to make the most of your visit to Batuu.
1. Make Your Reservations!
I cannot stress this one enough. Reservations have already opened up on Disney’s website for Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop (where you can build your own lightsaber), and the Droid Depot. If you want to do any of these experiences, make those reservations as soon as you can!
There might be standby available when you go, but don’t count on it. During the previews, some people were able to get into Savi’s Workshop without a reservation, but they had to wait over an hour to do it. Don’t waste your time waiting! Save the stress and make the reservation early!
2. Know the Language
Batuu is a planet in a galaxy far far away, which means there are some phrases you may not recognize. For example, you pay for things in Galactic Credits, not US dollars. Luckily, 1 Galactic Credit = 1 US Dollar so there’s no need to do any unnecessary math. How convenient.
Here’s a little cheat sheet to help you out with some other phrases you’ll hear most often:
- “Bright suns” – Hello (Good morning)
- “Rising moons” – Hello (Good evening)
- “Til the spires!” – Goodbye
- “Data pad” – Phone
- “Holoscan” – Photo
One last thing- lightsabers are illegal on Batuu, so if you’re looking for Savi’s Workshop where you can build one, ask a Cast Member where to get scrap metal. They should point you in the right direction.
3. Keep Your Eye Out For Characters
In Batuu, you’ll find many familiar faces roaming around the outpost. Chewie, Rey, Kylo Ren, and Vi Moradi can all be found wandering around. There are no official meet and greets, but if you happen to run into a character, you can always ask for photos.
I got to meet Vi coming out of Savi’s workshop, and it was amazing. Plus, Stormtroopers stopped to question me several different times. They even begrudgingly let me get a photo with them.
4. Talk to Cast Members
Don’t just focus on finding characters- each Cast Member has created their own character that they play, with their own backstories and allegiances.
One of my favorite things was seeing the different reactions to my service dog in training, Laia. Apparently there are no dogs on Batuu, so I got a lot of questions about what she was, and some people just chose to refer to her as different creatures (my personal favorite was womp rat).
5. Try To Pilot The Falcon
The Millenium Falcon ride is basically what you get if you combined Star Tours with Mission Space. The queue takes you through Ohnaka Transport Solutions, where you can get a great view of the Falcon and of Batuu. There’s also a very impressive Hondo animatronic!
However, the real tip here is about the positions you can get in this ride. The cockpit fits 6 people- 2 engineers, 2 gunners, and 2 pilots. You’ll be given a card with your role on it. I highly recommend trying to pilot the Falcon if you can. The best way to increase your chances of being pilot is by being one of the first two people handed cards for your group. However, if you’re flying single rider, this may be hard to control.
Pilot isn’t the only good position though! I loved being engineer as well because it gives you a great view of the entire cockpit. I haven’t tried gunner yet but I’ve heard good thing about that as well. It’s really up to what you are looking to get out of the experience.
Bonus tip: Try to be right pilot. You get to make the ship jump to light speed!!
6. Prepare Ahead of Time
If you plan on building a lightsaber or droid, and are as indecisive as me- do your research! Galaxy’s Edge isn’t cheap. Lightsabers cost $200 plus tax, while droids are $100 plus tax. Make sure you know what you want before you arrive. You don’t need to have it perfectly mapped out, but you might want to have an idea of what you want.
I built a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop, and when I arrived I had to choose between 4 different “themes”: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Protection and Defense, and Elemental and Nature. Once you pick a theme, you get a pin to match it. Inside the room where you build, you are then given 10 pieces of “scrap metal” that match your theme, and you can choose 5 of them for your lightsaber. I researched this heavily before I went to Disney, so I had already narrowed down what I wanted, and it made the whole building process go very smooth.
Also, think of what kyber crystal you might want. You have the option of green, blue, violet, and red, but you can always stop at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities to buy whichever of those you didn’t pick, plus white or yellow.
7. Enjoy It!
Take a moment to just take everything in. Disney spent a lot of money on this park, and it shows. From the details in the marketplace to the resistance area, there’s always something interesting hidden in plain sight.
This is definitely one of Disney World’s most immersive lands. You will truly believe you’re on a distant planet the moment you step through the tunnel and into Batuu.
Are you planning on visiting Galaxy’s Edge? What are you looking forward to the most?