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Rising Suns! Earlier this year Disney celebrated the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, at both Disneyand CA and Disney World and is the largest single land expansion in park history. All Jedi’s young and old will instantly feel a force of excitement as they venture into Batuu, a Black Spire Outpost.

In Disneyland California, Galaxy’s Edge is located in the far northwest of the park. There are 3 entry paths with access from Fantasyland, Critter Country or Frontierland. At Disney World the land is featured in the southern section of Hollywood Studios park with entrances from Toy Story Land and Grand Avenue.

The Rides

There are two state of the art rides featured in Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run and Rise of Resistance.

The former is a 6 passenger interactive simulator ride where you battle the First Order as part of the Resistance. Each rider gets assigned a job; pilot, engineer or gunner and all work together to complete a mission. Fear not, if your more of a Han SOLO there’s a single rider line too!

A portal view of the full scale Millennium Falcon.

While piloting the Millennium Falcon is a dream for many, the main attraction is the Rise of the Resistance ride. This massive, visually spectacular, trackless dark ride is insanely immersive and takes Disney ride story telling to the next level. Some have already labelled it the best ride at a Disney Park. You can reserve your judgement for when you go.

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The understated entrance to the Rise of the Resistance.

Not a Ride person? No problem.

Even if you don’t like rides you could easily spend a few hours here depending what you see. A perfect starting point is heading to the Milk Stand and grabbing yourself a blue or green milk. Both are dairy free beverages like nothing you’ve ever had before.

As you explore the village you’ll admire all the intricate detail on offer, over the massive 14 acres.

You could spend hours checking out the intricate details on offer in Galaxy’s Edge!

A heads up, there are Storm Troopers roaming the streets, my advice; take refuge and blend in as a local at the famous watering hole, Oga’s Cantina. From Batuu Brew to a Fizzy TaunTaun there’s bound to be something to quench your thirst. There’s also plenty of entertainment with Droid DJ R-3X spinning beats all day long. Bookings are highly recommended.

Plenty of thirst quenchers for young and old available at Oga’s Cantina

A few drinks leads to hungry bellies. My top choice would be a Ronto Wrap from Ronto Roasters. Docking Bay 7 has plenty more meals on offer too. Or a light snack more your thing, keep a look out for Kat Saka’s Kettle for some Outpost Mix – delicious speciality popcorn.

If you’re inspired to join the Rebellion you might need a weapon. Make your way to Savi’s workshop for a truely unique experience where under guidance of the Gatherers you’ll be able to build your very own Lightsaber and be shown how to help restore balance to the Force. Builders can bring up 2 guests with them to witness this once in a lifetime opportunity. Once again reservations open 60days in advance so bookings are highly recommended.

Your credits (Batuu’s currency) might be starting to burn a hole in your pocket, so it’s time to hit the street markets. From Droids to apparel, from creatures to cargo there’s enough merchandise to fill the Death Star. Having the strength to carry it all across the galaxy is up to you, but if you’re lucky enough you might bump into a strong hairy Wookie, who you could ask for help, but good luck!

One last tip before you travel light years back home, grab yourself a specially designed bottle of Coca-Cola! The packaging is out of this world and a perfect keepsake.

The exclusive Coca-Cola bottles available in Galaxy’s Edge.

Have fun Jedi’s, and may the force be with you!

Author: Karley

Karley is an avid local Disney fan and Down Under Disney’s newest contributor.

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