In a galaxy not so far away, Disneyland opened its first new “land” since Mickey’s Toontown in 1993. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may just represent the pinnacle of Disneyness. Far from rolling in his grave, impresario Walt Disney must be doing cartwheels.
With an eye for detail and a enormous amount of love, the 14-acre section with connections to Critter Country, Fantasyland and Frontierland, will positively delight fans of the George Lucas franchise and even hold the attention of those few stragglers who have failed to be taken in by Star Wars mania.
There are two rides in Galaxy’s Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Both rides are extremely popular at the moment, so get to them early and prepare to wait, or download the Disney Parks app and see if you can wait in line virtually.
Smugglers Run lets you board a replica of the Millennium Falcon and choose to be a pilot, gunner or engineer. The pilot role is the most fun, letting you press buttons and jerk gadgets while a dangerous mission plays out in front of you on a virtual screen.
Of course, beyond rides there are many things to buy in Galaxy’s Edge. The offerings lean into the experiential, with light sabers and robots that can be custom built, at Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot, respectively. There is also a collection of shops that resemble a futuristic Moroccan souk. Shop for rare artifacts at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, or adopt a cackling Kowakian monkey-lizard from the creature stall.
Finally, the eats abound in Galaxy’s Edge, surprisingly diverse and kooky, with an emphasize on healthier, fresher food than the rest of the park serves. Do yourself a favor and sample from a couple of the food stands.
You can’t miss the blue or green milk at the Milk Stand. Probably the most buzzy consumable in Galaxy’s Edge, this frosty confection hails from Batuu. The vaguely tropical (banana?) flavor of the green version struck the perfect chord of being not quite familiar but still enjoyable for everyone.
Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo embraces a sort of healthy/vaguely international aesthetic. The Endorian Roasted Chicken Salad features not only quinoa, but also pumpkin seeds and kale and a tasty green curry ranch dressing. This salad could be found on Venice’s Abbot Kinney, which is really quite a remarkable leap for Disney.
And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for, the ability to drink alcohol openly while enjoying a day at Disneyland. Oga’s Cantina serves up beer, hard cider, wine, and a slew of cocktails, from the Jedi Mind Trick to the Dagobah Slug Slinger.
All in all, the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may be just the thing to reenergize the amusement park for the 21st Century. The sincere love and affection poured into this addition reflects just the right amount of adoration the fans want to be able to experience for themselves. I think Walt would be proud.