Disneyland’s Star Wars Land officially opened on May 31, 2019, to the delight of thousands of fans of the movie series. Guests will feel they’ve entered another world as they walk around the planet Batuu, and while the biggest attraction may be the simulator ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run there is so much more to see and do in Star Wars Land. Build a droid or a lightsaber, visit with some other-worldly creatures, chat with the citizens of Batuu, or just quench your thirst with an icy green or blue milk. If you’ve been curious about this new Disneyland attraction, you will want to read on to learn more about the top ten coolest things in Star Wars Land. Oh, and may the force be with you.
17 The Greetings
With the goal of creating the most immersive experience possible for visitors to Batuu, Cast Members upon addressing guests in the morning will surprise them with a cheerful greeting of, “Bright Suns”. This unconventional greeting may take you by surprise the first time you hear it but it definitely gets your attention and completes the feeling of being in another world. Return at night to see the lights of Batuu or the park’s fireworks, and you’ll find the greeting changes to “Rising Moons” and see you later becomes, “‘Til the Spire”.
15 Easter Eggs
Easter eggs are those fun, innovative, sometimes hidden surprises planted by the park’s Imagineers. If you enjoy finding Hidden Mickeys, you’ll love searching for the Easter eggs in Star Wars Land. Look for the snowspeeder while you wait in line for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, and keep your eyes open for R2-D2’s “roll prints” in the walkways.
Guests with an attention to detail will recognize the numbers 77, 80, and 83 on the roof of the restaurant at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo as the release dates of the original Star Wars trilogy.
14 Oga’s Cantina
Who could forget the cantina which was described by Obi-Wan as “a wretched hive of scum and villainy” in the original Star Wars movie? Now you can visit Disney’s version of that cantina which happens to be the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol. Drink prices are out-of-this-world starting at $15 each but where else can you get a Jedi Mind Trick or a Jet Juice? If you arrive early, take part in the morning offerings which include a coffee/Bloody Mary concoction called the Bloody Rancor but make sure you make reservations early as the timeslots fill up fast.
12 Outer Space Creatures
In the Creature Stall, you can visit the loth-cat who is rumored to be quite ill-tempered. He sleeps in a cage with a sly smile on his face, tail twitching. Cast Members will tell you he’s only pretending to sleep because he knows he’s going to get a bath. Thirsty guests may be shocked to find a creepy creature known as a dianoga above the water fountains near the restrooms. Keep an eye out for your own fuzzy creature to adopt. Maybe a tauntaun?
11 Blue or Green Milk
If you’re tired the variety of Coca-Cola products in the park, head over to the Milk Stand in Star Wars Land where you can satisfy your thirst with a refreshing, frosty blue or green milk. Diehard Star Wars fans will remember seeing the blue milk in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. These dairy-free milk drinks are made with a combination of rice and coconut milk and have entirely different flavor profiles. The blue milk has flavors of berries and melon, while the green milk is more citrusy.
10 Cast Members
Disney’s brand of hospitality is legendary and much of that has to do with their park employees known as Cast Members. Here in Star Wars Land, the Cast Members take on a whole new role with vivid first-person interpretations of their characters. Disney took 1,400 Cast Members and encouraged them to create their own personal story even allowing them to incorporate their own personality into their costumes resulting in a completely immersive experience for guests.
You’ll want to be careful, however. If you hang out in Batuu long enough a stormtrooper may accuse you of being part of the Resistance.
8 The Play Disney Parks App
The Play Disney Parks app allows guests to play games while waiting in lines but the experience inside Star Wars Land takes the game to a whole new level. While in Black Spire Outpost, the app will turn into a datapad that will change games based on your location to give you a greater understanding of the story of the planet and enhance your experience. You can create your own character that will change and adapt over time, and even control the land itself. Even with only one open ride, the app will make sure you never run out of things to do on Batuu.
6 Savi’s Workshop
Every kid from 5-105 can realize their dream of building and owning their own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop. Cast Members acting as “Gatherers” collect students into their workshop for the class swearing them to secrecy to keep from being discovered by the First Order. Guests can choose from one of four types of hilts for their weapon, as well as violet, blue, green, or red for the color of the kyber crystal inside the saber. Reservations are required for this unique experience and at almost $200 each, this attraction may not fit in everyone’s budget.
4 Droid Depot
With a reservation and $100 guests at Droid Depot can make a remote-control droid to take home. Inside the workshop, Cast Members teach guests how to assemble either a BB-series or an R-series droid which will then be brought to life. To make the experience even more fun the assembled droid will be able to communicate with various objects in the park using Bluetooth technology, Spring for a special backpack so you can easily carry your new friend around the park and discover what else it can do.
2 Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run in Star Wars Land is the most popular ride added to Disneyland in years. Guests board with five other crew members who are each given a paddle with their assigned positions: two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers. The pilots fly the Falcon, the gunners shoot enemies, and the engineers keep it all working. It’s one of the most creative attractions in the park and is popular even with guests who don’t consider themselves Star Wars fans. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, wait times can be up to two hours. To shorten your wait time, choose the single rider line. Single riders will have a shorter wait but a greater chance of not flying with their party, and will most likely end up being appointed Engineer instead of Gunner or one of the coveted Pilot positions. It's worth it to jump into the single rider line so you’ll have more time to spend in the rest of the park.