What To Do at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

by | Oct 6, 2021 | Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, DLR Food

Live out your Star Wars fantasy on Batuu at Disneyland Resort. Shopping, dining, rides and attractions– Here’s what to do at Galaxy’s Edge! 

In 2019, a Star Wars-inspired land called Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland Resort. Replacing an area known as Big Thunder Ranch, it was a highly anticipated new attraction.

In this post, we’ll blast to hyperspeed to explore everything you should do during your visit to Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.

My First Time Exploring Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Kylo Ren interrogates a Stormtrooper at Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Resort

Photo by Adrienne White

As a passholder, the excitement had been building for a long time. Every time I visited the park, I watched eagerly as partitions were put up, and space was being allocated for the new project.

Those of us intrigued by its progress knew exactly where to look for an update. Mickey and Friends parking structure, Big Thunder Mountain, or a quick peek through the fence could fulfill your curiosity, offering a glimpse of all the action.

Once Galaxy’s Edge opened, I came up with a plan to make the most of my experience. I decided to dedicate an entire day to enjoying all that Batuu –the name given to this planet– had to offer. 

Growing up a huge Star Wars fan, and knowing this would be an epic dream come true for me, I took a deep breath before I walked in. As I anxiously made my way through the entrance tunnel, a galactic soundtrack immediately transported me to another galaxy.

A speeder sitting in a garage at Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Ashlee Tan

I’d arrived! This was it … I was now living out my very own Star Wars fantasy.

When you catch your first glimpse of Batuu, you simply have to stop and take it all in. The landscape is surreal, and you truly feel like you have stepped into another dimension.

Once you catch your breath, you are ready to explore. Batuu has a clever and imaginative layout, with the Resistance area positioned on one side of the land and the First Order on the other.

Although there are two different entrances to Galaxy’s Edge, I suggest traveling through the Frontierland passage, in order to embark upon the main hub of the galaxy. There is a broad array of shopping and dining in Batuu, as well as two unique attractions you won’t want to miss.

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Off-world Shopping on Batuu

Lightsaber crystals from Savi's workshop at Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Galaxy’s Edge offers two amazing interactive experiences, which, as a bonus, will also allow you to bring something special home from Batuu.

At the Droid Depot, you can build your own remote control droid, choosing its style, color, and parts. (My son and I did this, and it was a blast!)

If lightsabers are your jam, head over to Savi’s Workshop, where you can customize your very own space weapon. (Reservations are highly recommended.)

When it comes to both of these interactive options, don’t forget to look around––and up. The details are mind-blowing!

A Dejarik (holochess) set at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Laurie Sapp

Creature Stall and Toydarian Toymaker offer exclusive toys and stuffed animals, and you won’t want to miss their unique Star Wars whimsy. As for apparel and accessories, as well as art and collectibles (including pins), there are a few different options. 

Toward the resistance side of Batuu, Resistance Supply offers a little bit of everything, while Black Spire Outfitters focuses on specialized Star Wars clothing, in the form of upscale, costume-like apparel.

On the First Order side of the land, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and First Order Cargo both provide a variety of merchandise options that any Star Wars fan would be thrilled to peruse.

What to Eat on Batuu

Inside Oga's Cantina at Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Judd Helms

The standout dining experience of this Star Wars land is Oga’s Cantina, and I cannot say enough about this tremendous Imagineering feat.

If you want to truly experience Batuu in all its glory, this watering hole covers all the bases when it comes to ambiance, food, and music. (Reservations are highly recommended.)

The Cantina serves their breakfast, lunch, and dinner options in the form of drinks and snacks. For a more hearty meal, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo offers delicious, gourmet entrees and desserts. (I recommend the mouthwatering pot roast; it’s fantastic!)

For Quick-Service options, head over to Kat Saka’s Kettle for some sweet and savory popcorn with a pop of galactic color. Or sample Ronto Roasters for enticing meat and veggie wraps.

To quench your thirst, the Milk Stand sells a yummy blue or green frozen treat, and Just Kaa’s Coolers––which has three separate locations within Batuu––sells futuristic-looking, bottled soft drinks and water.

Rides and Attractions at Galaxy’s Edge

The exterior of Smuggler's Run at Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Brian Shih

There are only two rides within Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, which makes for high expectations when visiting for the first time. Speaking from experience, chances are, these attractions will exceed your wildest imaginations.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

The interior of the Millenium Falcon, part of the Smugglers Run line experience

Photo by Adrienne White

One of the most beloved landmarks in Batuu, if not the most beloved, is the “ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs!”  That’s right, it’s Han Solo’s starship, the Millenium Falcon.

Its sheer size and magnitude are quite something to behold, but the detail is even more breathtaking. As you make your way through the queue, this attention to detail continues, building your anticipation for actually being able to walk onboard this notorious vessel.

Once you actually step onto the ship, it is a euphoric and emotional moment you simply have to experience for yourself. Before you head into the control center to begin your adventure, you will be given the job of either pilot, engineer, or gunner. Brace yourself, and enjoy the ride!

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Lieutenant Bek, in the Rise of the Resistance attraction at Galaxy's Edge

Photo by Cliff Wang

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the newest addition to Batuu, and it is unlike any other experience you’ve ever had at Disneyland, offering a variety of different ride options on your journey to help the Resistance.

This is a virtual queue attraction, which can only be ridden once per day, after reserving a spot on the Disneyland app. 

After my experience in Batuu, Galaxy’s Edge quickly rose to become my favorite land at Disneyland Resort. Its galactic setting and immersive Star Wars experience make it an exciting adventure. So next time you visit the park, carve out some time to explore this amazing new planet for yourself.

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Written by Christy Weinberg

Written by Christy Weinberg

Growing up in Southern California, living in close proximity to Disneyland Resort, Christy has been a Disney girl for as long as she can remember. An annual passholder for 20 years, who would frequent the parks several times per week, she loves to share the inside scoop on Disneyland, California Adventure, and Aulani. Though she recently moved to Oregon, she keeps the Disney magic alive by writing, making videos, and connecting with the Disney community through her social media platforms.