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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: 10 Essential Tips For Your Visit To Batuu

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Are you interested in visiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

Then you’ll want my tips and tricks to make sure you have the best possible experience in this immersive new land!

First, here are some quick and dirty basics on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:

  • It is an area located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, FL (there is also a Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland in California, but this post is concerned with the Florida version)
  • It is 14 acres in size and cost an estimated $1 billion to build
  • It opened at Walt Disney World in 2019

Next are my tips for visiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and things you need to know before visiting!

1) Be ready to feel like a stranger in a strange land – in a good way

galaxy's edge

The setting of Star Wars Land is a remote port called Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Paths wind through the land and while there are a few signs, you are meant to feel a bit lost here. 

Therein lies a lot of the fun at Galaxy’s Edge. It is designed to be explored and experienced like you are a visitor to a strange new planet. 

I really enjoyed wandering around the land and getting a bit turned around. I walked into every open door, sometimes having no idea what was inside. 

Visiting Star Wars Batuu is an adventure, so try to embrace that lost feeling and don’t hesitate to explore every part of the land.

2) Rise of the Resistance Is Ultra Popular (and For Good Reason)

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance stage show

The Galaxy’s Edge headliner attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is a next-generation attraction that truly puts you inside the Star Wars universe. 

The height requirement is 40″ but keep in mind that there are scary elements and your child should be able to understand that the attraction is pretend and they are in no real danger.

To experience it you can buy an Individual Lightning Lane pass or wait in the standby line. 

 Get my tips on using the Lightning Lane for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in this post on Disney Genie+ and the Lightning Lanes!

3) Arriving early isn’t necessary to ride the Millenium Falcon

leah standing outside of the millennium falcon

If you or members of your family can’t (or don’t want to) experience Rise of the Resistance, there is another fun attraction in Galaxy’s Edge – Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. 

Since there is currently no Fast Pass option for Millenium Falcon, many people think they need to arrive as early as possible to ride it with the shortest wait. 

However the longest waits of the day for Millenium Falcon have been in the first hour or two the park is open. 

Your best bet may be to visit the park later in the day, when many people have moved on to other things. During my visit, the standby queue was 30 minutes in the afternoon but 65 minutes at 6:30 am!

This pattern may change as crowds adapt to the new attractions. 

3) Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is super fun (but not Earth shattering amazing)

Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride

Photo Credit:  Disney Parks

Millennium Falcon is best described an interactive flight simulator.

You’ll be assigned one of three roles during your “flight” (pilot, gunner, or engineer) and you’ll be prompted to push buttons/steer during the ride. 

You won’t have much choice of what role you play but you can trade-off in your party if someone really wants to be the pilot, for example. Every role is fun in its own way but the engineer requires the least amount of work and allows you to watch the flight more. 

I found the ride very bumpy and was thrown against my seat belt quite a few times. I’m not prone to motion sickness but I think if you are you might find it not much fun. 

While the height requirement is 38 inches, I think the ride requires some maturity to ride.

You are seated alone across an aisle and it can get VERY intense. Just keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to bring a little one along. 

single rider line for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run

There is a single rider option for this ride but here are a few things to know about it:

  • You’ll miss the storytelling in the queue and a fantastic audio-animatronic of Hando Anaka. I suggest waiting in the standby queue at least once, then using the single rider line if you want to ride again. 
  • If you go through the single rider line with a companion, you may or may not be on the same ship. 
  • The single rider line may close if it reaches capacity, but will reopen after a while. If the standby queue is super long you may want to wait for the single rider line to reopen. 

I thought the Millenium Falcon was really fun, but not Earth-shattering. I would definitely ride it again but wouldn’t make a trip to Hollywood Studios just to do it.

4) Oga’s Cantina is a must-do experience (but not very kid-friendly)

oga's cantina bar

My hands-down favorite part of Galaxy’s Edge was Oga’s Cantina, the lounge that is located by the Millenium Falcon attraction. 

This place has incredible details and a club-like atmosphere: loud music, tons of people, lots of color, and lots of alcohol. 

90% of the “spots” in the Cantina involve standing at the bar or a counter-height table. You’ll be randomly assigned a spot and asked to stay there and not wander around. 

another view of oga's cantina bar

Taking kids here could be a big challenge if they aren’t tall enough to see over the counters. I saw some parents holding their little ones up the entire time, which doesn’t seem like much fun to me.

The drinks are very expensive but are exotic, strong, and delicious.

The Fuzzy Taun Taun even has a compound in the froth that causes short-term numbness/tingling in your mouth! Certainly not for the faint of heart. 

The Fuzzy Taun Taun drink

I had the T-16 Skyhopper which has vodka, melon liqueur, and half and half. It was delicious and not too sweet. 

The best parts of the Cantina experience were the antics of the cast members and talking with other “travelers” with who you are sharing a space with.

I don’t want to give away some of events that might happen while you are there, but if you’ve ever been to the interactive bar Trader Sam’s at the Polynesian then you will know what to expect!

outside of Oga's Cantina with a line waiting to get in

Currently you can try to make a reservation for Oga’s Cantina here.

But fear not if you can’t get one. There is also a stand-by queue and it moved quickly when I was there. Though it looked long I was inside within 10 minutes. 

Oga's Cantina hand menu

While the drinks are expensive (mine with tax and tip was $20) you are definitely paying for the experience – and I think the value is wonderful. I’d suggest highly prioritizing a visit to the Cantina, but it if you have little ones just be prepared. 

There is a 45 minutes limit so you get your drinks quickly and can even take them to go (a good option if you’ve got littles in tow).

5) The food is exotic-looking and fantastic

Batuu-Bon dessert

Batuu-Bon dessert

The main quick service dining location in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is called Docking Bay 7. It is located right by the Millenium Falcon and across the path from Oga’s Cantina. 

Breakfast is available from 6 am to 10 am and there is a combined lunch and dinner menu after 10 am.

Docking Bay 7 restaurant

The theming inside the restaurants in excellent so I’d suggest sitting in there if possible, but there is some seating outside as well. 

The food is made to look very exotic (what you would expect in a distant outpost) and in my experience was outstanding. 

“Tip Yip” (aka chicken) Endorean Salad

I had the “Tip Yip” (aka chicken) Endorean Salad and it was probably the best salad I’ve ever had a Disney World. 

It had roasted cauliflower and butternut squash in with greens and incredible marinated chicken. My only complaint was too much dressing but I often feel that way about salads so it might just be me. 

Honestly everything I saw served here looked amazing. I can’t wait to head back and try more items. 

I asked the cast members which dessert they recommended and they all agreed on the Batuu-Bon. It’s a chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and and coffee custard. It was crazy good and I ate the whole thing myself (full disclosure here). 

There other dining location that serves entrees is Ronto Roasters. It has a limited menu with grilled sausages and pork wraps. 

quick service restaurant waiting line

The Milk Stand is the place to get some famous Blue Milk or Green Milk. It is frozen fruity concoction and is plant-based (no real milk). I’ve heard good things about the berry-flavored Blue Milk and mixed reviews of the Green Milk. 

And last you can grab some colorful popcorn at Kat Satka’s Kettle. Overall the food and drink options at Galaxy’s Edge are plentiful and high quality. 

7) Merch is plentiful (but Droids and Lightsabers ain’t cheap)

merchandise store to build a light saber or droid

As I already mentioned, there are no fewer than NINE merchandise locations in Galaxy’s Edge. Clearly merch is a big deal in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. 

The two hot-ticket items are pricey, though. Building your own custom droid at the Droid Depot starts at $99 and building your own custom light saber in Savi’s Workshop is $199. 

BUT understand that you are paying for more than the item – both should be considered experiences and that is what you are truly paying for. 

There is ritual and process involved in both and they can be fulfilling lifetime dreams for Star Wars fans. I haven’t heard from anyone who was disappointed by the experience at either of these merchandise locations. 

So save up your “credits” (that’s the term for money on Batuu) if you want to experience building a droid or light saber!

8) The roaming characters are a big part of the fun

Storm trooper characters walking around Galaxy's Edge

There aren’t any character meet and greets in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (though you can meet the characters in Hollywood Studios – more on that soon). 

But characters are present, both randomly walking around and in impromptu performances. Hang around long enough and you can expect to see Kylo Ren, Storm Troopers, Ray, and Chewbacca around the land. 

The Storm Troopers are very interactive – they will question your allegiance and give you a hard time. They are particularly responsive to kids in costume so that is one reason to dress up!

9) You can dress up in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (kinda)

Julie in star wars inspired dress in galaxy's edge

Julie from Double Your WDW

In general Disney World has a no-costume policy for adults, and that’s not different in Galaxy’s Edge. 

However adults can wear clothing inspired by characters, such as this amazing dress worn by my friend Julie from Double Your WDW. Adults can also dress up like Star Wars Batuu locals in Earth tones and natural fibers. 

Kids under 14 can wear full blown costumes, but they have to have their eyes visible and have good peripheral vision (so no Storm Trooper masks).

Here’s a link to Disney’s official rules about dressing up for your visit to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

10) There’s WAY More Star Wars at Hollywood Studios Beyond Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is just a small part of the Star Wars-related things to do at Hollywood Studios. 

Here’s what else you can do to satisfy your need for all things Star Wars:

Star Wars Launch Bay

woman posing with disney character chewbaca

Launch Bay is an attraction located in the Animation Courtyard section of the park.

Inside this large building, you can meet and get pictures with BB-8, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader (for the first time outside of special events). 

You can also explore exhibits and props, buy merchandise (shocker, right?), and watch videos about the Star Wars universe. 

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Star Tours is an older 3-D motion simulator attraction, so if you haven’t had enough of flying through space on the Millenium Falcon you can do more here.

It is a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection. Learn all about Disney Genie Plus and the Lightning Lanes in this post. 

Jedi Training – Trials of the Temple

This is a popular show in which kids ages 4-12 can get trained in the Jedi way and maybe even battle with the dark side.

You can sign your little one up at the show location (right outside of Star Tours), at Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, and I saw cast members hanging out around the park signing kids up as well. There are shows throughout the day.  

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

This is a stage show that takes place several times daily right in front of the Chinese Theater. 

It’s an impressive show with lots of live characters, movie clips, and music. Pick up a Times Guide as soon as you enter the park to get the showtimes for that day. 

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

fireworks and projection show in front of the Chinese Theater

This is the nightly fireworks and projection show at Hollywood Studios. It is best viewed from in from of the Chinese Theater (or back a ways on Hollywood Boulevard) for the best experience. 

I think this is a fantastic show whether you are a Star Wars fan or not. Those big walky robots look like they are coming straight at you (clearly I can not call myself a fan). 

I hope this post helped you plan your visit to Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and all of the related attractions and shows there. 

If you have any questions just leave a comment below or join the discussion in my free private Facebook group for The Budget Mouse here.

May the force (and your wallet) be with you. 

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Jessica Owen

Sunday 12th of April 2020

I made a mistake! Its tough to be a bug and up is in animal kingdom. Can you give me best plan for Animal Kingdom. We want to visit Avatar, its tough to be a bug, tree of life awakening, navi river journey, kali river rapids, safari finding nemo, up, expedition everest. Is the River of Light worth the wait and time?

Also, if we visit Be our guest during lunch, will we be able to see the beast and Belle and is the west wing available to sit in during lunch? Is it worth it? What is the best route to take visiting magic kingdom?


Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Hi Jessica, hope your trip to WDW is the best it can be, on that note may I point out some things.

Frst Id say don't plan on a "best rout" the parks are big and like Leah says here of Galaxies Edge, most of them are made to get lost in and be explored and if you breeze threw them you will miss a lot of the magic, specially if you have little feet on your group that cant walk that much that fast, and kids tend to get aw struck at every little thing and by running a strict rout is a recipe fro them acting out as they see a lot of things pass them by, to plan your rout is best to take in what fast-passes and reservations you do have, and then just take in whats on the way, Because those two things are the only things that require you to be at one place in so also plan them well so they don't have you running from place to place, other then that normally take into consideration that WDW is large and popular so all requieres a lot of walking and a lot of standing in lines which is why taking your time to take in all around is helpful en between those long walks and long lines.

On another matter I recommend you get either a park hopper pass or passes for each park for different days as what you point out As your go to stops are in different parks .

Galaxies edge and toy story land are both on Hollywood studios they are next to each other on the far back of the park, GE is at the north west of the park and TSL is at the North East, take into consideration that These are the two most popular destinations on this park at the moment and that the rides have been to have the longest wait times (of corse these may change in these new normal tomes) so if you plan on fully doing all in both in one shot it will be quite hectic.

Take note that Nemo The ride ( The Seas with Nemo & Friends ) is not in Animal Kingdom you will find it in Epcot along with "Turtle Time with Crush" A great interactive experience with the character both within the second biggest aquarium in the USA, what you do find in Animal Kingdom is Nemo The Musical, its a 40 minute musical with great puppets that tells the story of the movie.

On the Be our guest I think you should call the park and see what "the new" normal is now, seating in food courts is now way more restrictive and there is no character greeting in any way shape or form at the moment so all characters are only seen from a far.

jessica owen

Sunday 12th of April 2020

We are visiting March 2021. I have an eight year old that want to visit Star Wars and Toy Story areas. Can you tell me the best route to take to get all the things in. Want to show him It tough to be a bug, Up, tree @ nite, galactic spectacular show at night, maybe finding nemo


Friday 7th of February 2020

I'd add that I was told by the Resort Front Desk that for ROR it is best to actually be completely out of the My Disney Experience App until they make the Boarding Group Announcement and then immediately open the app and join a boarding group. In other words, refreshing isn't as effective. I was also told to go away from the big groups of people so that the data demand wasn't quite as high. Day 1 (Refreshing and in the mass of people trying to get into SWGE): Boarding Group 89 (Didn't get in due to ROR having issues a fair amount of the time). Day 2 (Open the App right at 7 AM and away from people): Boarding Group 11. Those results suggest that advice was solid.


Saturday 8th of February 2020

This is so helpful, Steve. I am updating the post to reflect your advice. Thank you!!


Thursday 6th of February 2020

Thanks so much for this information - it is so helpful! Do you think one day is sufficient to see/do everything at Galaxy's Edge?


Friday 7th of February 2020

Hi Sarah! Yes, I think one day is definitely sufficient to see and do everything in Galaxy's Edge.


Sunday 19th of January 2020

Good information. Thank you!

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