Sunday, May 3, 2020

Our Trip To Batuu: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Hello everyone!
Tomorrow is May 4th and for those of you who are not Star Wars fans, that means it's unofficially Star Wars day!
May the Fourth be with you!
To celebrate I thought I would share about our experience at the newly opened Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland.
We were lucky enough to visit last September just a few months after it's initial opening.

Erik and I were both rather impressed by it.
The size of the land is unparalleled to any other in the park. 
The buildings and rock rise over your head making you feel minuscule.
The attention to detail is insane...
Every rock, light, and rundown building was specifically designed to keep the theme of the park in mind.

Our first stop was for breakfast at the restaurant Ronto Roasters.
It is famous for its Ronto Wrap.
Roasted Pork, Grilled Pork Sausage, Peppercorn Sauce, and tangy Slaw wrapped in Pita.

Since it was so early we opted for the Ronto Morning Wrap.
Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Pork Sausage, Shredded Cheddar, and Peppercorn Sauce wrapped in Pita.
It was tasty but, didn't blow me away.
Next time we are there we are going to try the original to see if it lives up to the hype.

After breakfast, we had a small window to explore before heading over to Oga's Cantina.
Oga's Cantina is a themed bar that serves snacks and drinks.
You do need a reservation to dine at Oga's.
When we visited you were only allowed to make a reservation the day of but now you can make them up to 60 days in advance.

We waited a short time after checking in and were given menus to look over while waiting to be seated.

After a few minutes, we were taken inside to our table.
Since it was just the two of us we were seated with a group of two other couples.
I am not sure if this was just for the few first months to get as many people in as possible but, we really enjoyed the company of the other couples we were placed with.
They were all interesting, friendly, and local to California so, they were able to give us some tips for our visits to other destinations.

The details in the bar did not disappoint!
There were many weirdly shaped bottles with odd liquids inside, different creatures lurking about and a robot DJ to keep the bar theme strong.

Erik and I each ordered our own drink.
I ordered a HyperDrive (Punch It!)
Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, White Cranberry Juice, Black Cherry Puree, and Sprite.

Erik ordered a Fuzzy Tauntaun.
Ciroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, and Simply Orange topped with Tangerine, Pure Cane Sugar, and "Buzzz" Foam.

When they brought us our drinks, they told Erik to be careful and not to inhale the "Buzzz" foam on top.
Since it was going into is mouth and would be near his nose this was a little off-putting...
We quickly learned why.
The buzz foam served on top of the drink numbs your mouth!
It was such a weird sensation.
It felt like we had just left the dentist.
Not the best feeling in the world but, it did make me interested in what other crazy items they have to enjoy.

After our drinks at Oga's, we wandered around the nearby shops.
We visited Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities.
It has anything and everything for the Sith or Jedi in your life.
Clothes, toys, home goods, you name it.

Next door is Savi's Workshop where you can customize your own lightsaber.
You need a reservation to enter and Erik and I couldn't justify spending $199.99 on a lightsaber, though we might have wanted to...
So, we headed to the Droid Depot where you can build your own BB or R Unit piece by piece.
You are allowed to walk around the Droid Depot and can watch other people create droids.
There was a little boy building a BB unit and he let us in on the fun.
He kindly held up which pieces he was choosing from the conveyor belt and we watched him build it and bring it to life.
You get to customize the color of your droid and can even pick out a personality chip to go with it.
Droids start at $99.99 and Erik and I were this close to breaking down and building one of our own.

We were lucky enough to ride Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run twice while we were there.
On the ride, you are sorted into groups of six and given a role.
There are two pilots, two enginers and two gunners.
You are given a ticket that assigns you a role and gives a short description of what you will be in charge of.
Erik and I were gunners and engineers both times we rode.
I have heard the pilot role is where it is at.
Your crew is in charge of your flight and how well you do.
The pilots actually fly the ship, the gunners push buttons to shoot at objects and the engineers push buttons and pull levers to fix the ship when damage occurs.
The ride is very immersive and a lot of fun when you have good pilots. 😂

Unfortunately, the Rise of the Resistance ride was not open when we went.
It opened in January of this year and I have heard nothing but good things about it.
I cannot wait to ride it the next time we are at Disneyland.

After riding Smugglers Run we wandered over to Blackspire Outpost to explore the shops.

The outpost has a handful of shops with specific themes.
A Toy Store, a Creature Stall, a Clothing Store, and so on.

Once again the attention to detail was incredible.
The shopowners are dressed as though they are actually native to Batuu, whenever you make a purchase they refer to dollars as credits, and if you listen carefully you can hear some strange noises while shopping around.

Then it was off to the Milk Stand to try the famous Blue and Green Milk.
We had to get one of each to decide what team we were on.

Both types of milk were very refreshing.
The Blue Milk leans to the fruity side and the Green Milk is more tropical.
Also, it is NOT a glass of colored milk.
The drinks are made of coconut and rice milk and are similar to the consistency of a slushie.
Erik and I both preferred the Blue Milk.
After speaking with many people about this I have come to learn we are in the minority on this one.
Most people prefer Green!

While drinking our milk we were able to see a few characters.
Kylo Ren's ship was parked nearby and he walked out of it while we were enjoying our drinks.
He had a heated argument with one of his Generals who then ordered Stormtroopers into the crowd to interrogate guests to see if they were with the Resistance.
The General walked right past us looked at Erik and with a salute said "Enjoy your blue milk, sir! It's very delicious." and continued on his way.

All in all Erik and I really enjoyed our time in Batuu.
I will be perfectly honest in saying that Erik and I enjoy Star Wars but are not very well versed in a lot of its details.
That being said, I think that it is something that the biggest fan of the franchise to the person who doesn't know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek can enjoy.
Disney put a lot of work (and money!) into this new themed land and I think it's working in their favor.
I can't wait to see all that they will continue to do with it.
Have you visited Galaxy's Edge?
What did you think?

May the force be with you,

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