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When guests enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at The Disneyland Resort, they’ll immediately feel like they’ve landed in a galaxy far, far away — Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, to be exact.
Along with interactive and immersive adventures, the 14-acre land provides opportunities to sample exotic foods and drinks, as well as purchase unique merchandise.
“We wanted to infuse the Star Wars DNA in everything you experience,” said Margaret Kerrison, managing story editor for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney Imagineering. “So, we’ve really broken ground in terms of our food and drink and our merchandise.”
Food and Beverage“When you go to a new destination, you experience the food to immerse yourself into the culture of where you’re visiting, and that’s exactly what our guests are going to experience here,” said Brian Piasecki, culinary director for concept development at Walt Disney World.
Chefs partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop a menu that reinforces the land’s immersive storytelling. To accomplish that, they built on the idea that the remote planet’s rural population would eat farm-to-table-style comfort food that incorporates recipes passed down through generations.
Many of those recipes can be found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a quick-service restaurant serving entrees such as Braised Shaak Roast (beef pot roast with pasta, kale) and mushrooms; Fried Endorian Tip-yip (fried chicken with herb gravy); and Ithorian Garden Loaf (a plant-based "meatloaf" with mushroom sauce). The kids’ menu (for those ages 9 and under) includes a smaller portion of Tip-yip with macaroni and cheese.
Already a favorite in Galaxy’s Edge is the Ronto Wrap, the house specialty at Ronto Roasters in the Black Spire Outpost Marketplace. The hearty grilled pork sausage and shredded roast pork sandwich is served in pita bread and topped with tangy slaw and peppercorn sauce. Nearby, Kat Saka’s Kettle pops up colorful Outpost Mix, a combination of sweet, spicy, salty and even fruit-flavored popcorn.
Of course, no remote outpost inhabited by smugglers and scoundrels would be complete without a cantina, and Oga’s Cantina is a lively one. The cantina serves alcoholic drinks — a first for Disneyland, except in the members-only Club 33 — and features DJ R-3X, fresh off his snafu-filled stint as a Star Tours pilot.
In the morning, Oga serves a mean Bloody Rancor (vodka, chili liqueur and spicy bloody mary mix) and Spiran Caf, a spiked coffee with orange marmalade, rum, vanilla whipped cream and citrus zest. Nonalcoholic options include Black Spire Brew (coffee with honey, falernum, passion fruit and citrus) and Moogan Tea (tea with chocolate milk, vanilla and cinnamon).
Later in the day, Oga’s intergalactic concoctions include the Yub Nub (pineapple rum, spiced rum, citrus juices and passion fruit) and the Fuzzy Tauntaun (peach vodka, peach schnapps, tangerine-orange juice and “buzz” foam). Nonalcoholic drinks include Jabba Juice (orange juice with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe and blueberry popping pearls) and Hyperdrive (Punch it!), which is made with PowerAde mountain berry blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry puree and sprite.
According to Kerrison, drinking blue milk from “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” was No. 1 on the “Star Wars” bucket list that Imagineers wanted to fulfill. And I’m happy to report that it’s available on Batuu.
The iconic drink (as well as the green milk from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) is a frozen plant-based combination of rice and coconut milks. Blue milk is described as tropical, and green milk as citrus and floral, but either flavor is a perfect sweet treat on a hot Batuu day — and both provide excellent photo ops.
Note: Mobile Ordering is available on Batuu through the Disneyland app.
Merchandise“The story of Black Spire Outpost gave us creativity to deliver products that are authentic and immersive,” said Brad Schoeneberg, director of merchandise strategy and new park experiences development for Walt Disney Imagineering. “So, you’re not only going to pilot the Millennium Falcon; you’re going to have very rich, unique retail experiences.”
Merchandise options for parkgoers include Toydarian Toymaker, a marketplace stall selling handcrafted toys, instruments and games; Creature Stall, where animal lovers can adopt interplanetary pets such as a Kowakian monkey-lizard or an adorable chirping porg; and Black Spire Outfitters, which carries “Star Wars” clothing created from the original patterns in the LucasFilm archives.
Clients who are loyal to the Resistance can stock up on gear at Resistance Supply, which is located by the Resistance hidden command post, while those pledging allegiance to the First Order should check out First Order Cargo, which is next to a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon ship.
The must-see spot on Batuu is Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, where old-school fans can find a collection representing the past of “Star Wars.” A jar containing a dianoga, the trash compactor creature in “A New Hope,” and intergalactic taxidermy that includes a tauntaun and a wampa (Hoth snow beast) — both from “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” — are among Dok-Ondar’s treasures. He also sells lightsabers and holocrons — keepers of Jedi and Sith wisdom that can be unlocked with kyber crystals.
Fans who dream of having a trusty droid sidekick should head to Droid Depot. There, they can select from a variety of components to make a BB-series or R-Series droid, including the astromech chip that dictates sounds and personality as well as Resistance or First Order affiliation. Once assembled, the remote-controlled droids can interact with the land through Bluetooth technology.
But the big-ticket retail item can be found at Savi’s Workshop. Once inside, clients can make a bespoke lightsaber by choosing the type — Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, or Protection and Defense — and the kyber crystal that provides the lightsaber’s power. With over 120,000 possible combinations, each lightsaber will be unique.
“Star Wars is all about choice — not just choices you make, but the choices of things you leave behind,” Schoeneberg said. “You have a series of choices, and the result is the lightsaber that you walk out with.”
Note: Capacity for this interactive experience is limited, and builders can only have one guest with them.
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