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"This is Vi Moradi, and General Organa needs our help. Everyday, systems get caught in the grip of the First Order, but the Resistance has not been defeated. We've settled on Batuu, a small planet at the edge of the Outer Rim. It's so remote the First Order hasn't even bothered with it. You supported our cause. Now, we need you to join the fight. We need you to join us on Batuu and stand with us against the First Order! Get ready,'s time for you to join the party, and I'll see you at the edge of the galaxy."
Vi Moradi

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a themed land in Disney Theme Parks (Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, with a Disneyland Paris version being planned) that is based on the popular Space Opera franchise Star Wars. Disneyland's version debuted first on May 31, 2019; while the Walt Disney World version will open later on August 29. The European version is set to open somewhere between 2021 to 2025.

Galaxy's Edge is set in Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, an Outer Rim planet on the edge of Wild Space. Millennia ago, in the days before the invention of the hyperdrive, it was a common stop for travelers, but has long since settled into a sleepier backwater. However, it was still appealing to pirates, smugglers, and adventurers looking to find a crew. Now, in the midst of the war between the First Order and the Resistance, both factions have come to Batuu seeking a mysterious treasure that could turn the tide of the war.


Both versions of the land feature two rides; Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (where guests can "pilot" the Millennium Falcon) and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (a dark ride based on the sequel trilogy in which guests are involved in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance).

Supplemental material:

  • Pirate's Price - End of the Flight of the Falcon publishing campaign. Explains how Hondo ended up on Batuu with the Falcon and his past relationship with Han Solo and Chewbacca.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (comic) - A comic miniseries published by Marvel Comics exploring the origins of various curios in Dok-Ondar's shop while exploring how the Ithorian collector is dealing with the larger First Order presence on Batuu.
  • Black Spire - A novel by Delilah Dawson covering the Resistance's arrival to Batuu.
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  • A Crash of Fate - A young adult novel by Zorida Cordova about two teenagers on the run from smugglers and pirates on Batuu.
  • Star Wars: Myths & Legends - A compendium of galactic folktales including two stories set on the planet.

Tropes relating to the land and its attractions:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality:
    • Safety regulations such as exit signs remain as they are. In fact, most signage is in English rather than Aurebesh for convenience.
    • In general, technological items for sale aren't as advanced as they would be in Star Wars. Lightsaber blades are physical items that attach to the hilts, droids aren't autonomous and are remote-controlled instead, holocrons don't have holograms and aren't the interactive databases they are in-universe (they just play prepared voice clips), black crystals default to red lightsaber blades since Darksaber-style black energy blades are even less possible than regular glowing ones, and so on.
    • The Creature Stall is treated as the Batuu version of a pet store, but in reality it sells plush toy animals and not real ones.
  • Ascended Extra: Resistance spy Vi Moradi first appeared in the Last Jedi tie-in novel Phasma before becoming one of the major characters in Galaxy's Edge, alongside those from movies and TV.
  • Asteroid Thicket: If the Millennium Falcon is heavily damaged throughout Smuggler's Run, the hyperdrive may fail when escaping Corellia and send the ship into the asteroid field orbiting Batuu. The pilots will then be forced to navigate through the field while fighting off First Order starfighters.
  • Blind Bag Collectables: The kyber crystals provided at Savi's Workshop and sold at Dok-Ondar's are blind-bagged. You can choose the color (which in turn affects the lightsaber sound effects), but the cut and voice lines in holocrons are randomized. When the land launched, red crystal packages also had a rare chance of containing a black crystal. Possible voices in the Holocrons by crystal color:
    • Blue: Obi-Wan (from A New Hope), Luke (from The Last Jedi).
    • Green: Yoda (from The Empire Strikes Back), Yoda (various yes-or-no replies), Qui-Gon.
    • Purple: Mace (about war), Mace (about diplomacy).
    • White: Chirrut, Ahsoka (Rebels-era).
    • Yellow: Maz, Temple Guard.
    • Red: Darth Vader (discussions about the Sith Code), Darth Vader (various yes-or-no replies), Maul (Rebels-era), Count Dooku (from The Clone Wars), Chancellor Palpatine (from Revenge of the Sith).
    • Black: Supreme Leader Snoke.
    • For completeness' sake, the Holocrons' defaults with no crystal are Obi-Wan (his message from Revenge of the Sith and Rebels) and Darth Bane; and with the wrong crystal are Yoda (various warnings against the Dark Side) and Emperor Palpatine (from Return of the Jedi). Putting both Holocrons together unlocks messages from the Bendu.
  • The Bus Came Back: As the basic story of Smuggler's Run (Hondo cuts a deal with Chewie to borrow the Falcon for smuggling missions to support the Resistance) is considered fully canon, this marks the first canonical appearance of Hondo Ohnaka in the sequel trilogy era.
  • But Thou Must!:
    • You may be told to keep something (such as the lightsabers from Savi's Workshop or Resistance intel) a secret from First Order patrols. If you somehow blow it or confess, they'll make up some excuse to let you go (such as not believing you).
    • If the passengers aboard Smuggler's Run don't interact with any of the controls throughout the entire ride, the Millennium Falcon will still jump to hyperspace, fire missiles, and capture one coaxium container. This probably counts as an Anti-Frustration Feature, especially if the passengers are small children.
  • Call-Back:
    • Before giving Smuggler's Run guests their mission briefing, Hondo hangs up on one of his disgruntled employees and says "It was a boring conversation anyway."
    • The players' mission in Smuggler's Run is to steal containers of coaxium hyperfuel from a train, inspired by the failed Train Job from Solo. This time, it's from the shipyards on Corellia, which Han and Qi'ra escaped from at the beginning of the movie.
    • The orange crate in Savi's Workshop where the Gatherers store their kyber crystals is one of the crates that the Empire used to transport kyber crystals from Jedha. Legacy lightsabers from Dok-Ondar's are packaged in a scaled-down, gray version of the same kind of crate. Another orange crate of that same type can be spotted in the queue for Smuggler's Run.
    • The handmade toys and wooden dolls in the Toydarian Toymaker's shop are all crafted to resemble young Jyn Erso's wooden stormtrooper doll.
  • The Cameo:
    • A worrt can be seen in the creature shop.
    • A lothcat is sleeping soundly in a cage in the creature shop.
    • In a pipe near a water fountain, one can see the eye of a dianoga occasionally popping up.
    • The Den of Antiquities features a container with an infant sarlacc.
    • When the Falcon returns to Batuu in Smuggler's Run, one of the passing starships is a StarSpeeder 1000.
  • Cool Starship: The Millennium Falcon, of course, which YOU, the guest, can fly on Smuggler's Run. There's also the TIE Echelon, which looks like a cross between a TIE Fighter and Kylo Ren's personal shuttle.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Creator Cameo: Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo cameos as one of the HoloNet stars you can hear at the park.
  • Design-It-Yourself Equipment: The feature of two of the land's major shops: Droid Depot lets you build your own R2 or BB droid, while custom lightsabers can be made in Savi's Workshop.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • Stick a Sith Kyber crystal in a Jedi Holocron and it'll glow red in patches while Yoda warns you about falling to the Dark Side. Placing a Jedi crystal in a Sith Holocron will trigger a similar message, with Palpatine encouraging to embrace the corruption.
    • If you get two lightsabers that make up half of Maul's double-bladed lightsaber, you can attach the hilts together and make it so.
    • If you go on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run at night, the opening and closing scenes on Batuu will, appropriately, take place at night. Similarly, if you ride during the daytime, then the scenes will occur in the daytime.
    • Depending on whoever's supervising (as this is probably improvised and it would appear that not all crew members do this), if you choose a red kyber crystal, the Gatherers (crew members) at Savi's Workshop will comment that it is an interesting choice and/or that this is a sign you crave power and warns the other lightsiders to keep an eye on them.
    • Put a Jedi and Sith Holocron together and they'll glow a white light while lines from the Bendu play, referencing Rebels showing what happens if you fuse them together.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Batuu first appeared in Thrawn: Alliances, where the planet played a significant role in the story.
    • Black Spire and Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian owner of the Den of Antiquities (who appears in the store as an animatronic), were first mentioned in Solo.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Inverted. On Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, you just get less points if you fail to follow Hondo's instructions rather than crashing the ship if that's what you expected.
  • Fictional Counterpart: So as not to break the illusion that you're in the Star Wars universe, the various Coca-Cola drinks sold in the land are repackaged in spherical bottles with their labels in Aurebesh.
  • Fictional Greetings And Farewells: The local greetings on Batuu are "Bright suns" in the morning, "Rising moons" in the evening, and "'Til the spire" as farewell.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration:
    • The crew members will temporarily shut down Savi's Workshop (they won't do orders and the line will dissipate) if the First Order comes by.
    • Put the Jedi and Sith holocrons together. Sadly, you don't get any Force visions for obvious reasons, so instead, they play lines from the Bendu.
    • The cast member portraying Vi Moradi will hide from the First Order if they're nearby.
  • Interquel: The story of Galaxy's Edge is set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Savi does NOT sell lightsabers. He only sells his customers "scrap metal." And if those "scrap metal" parts just so happen to coincidentally combine to form a fully functional Jedi weapon, that's not his problem...
    • Cashiers refer to charges like $17.22 (the price of two drinks at the Milk Stand with tax) as "seventeen point two two credits" instead of "seventeen twenty-two".
  • Kayfabe: The Disney Parks already indulge in this when it comes to their meet-and-greet characters, but the entirety of Galaxy's Edge was built on supporting the illusion that you're actually in the Star Wars universe.
  • Laser Sword: It's Star Wars, of course there are lightsabers. You can build your own at Savi's Workshop, and Dok-Ondar sells replicas of the sabers used by famous Force-wielders like Luke, Ahsoka, Maul, and Kylo Ren.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Ohnaka Transport Solutions is a cover for Hondo's smuggling operation that also delivers supplies to the Resistance, and Savi & Son Salvage secretly collects lightsaber components.
  • Militaries Are Useless: First Order Stormtroopers will act suspicious towards guests who display Resistance or Jedi sympathies, but always come up with an excuse to let them go.
  • Mission Control: Hondo on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, acting as your guide to operating the Falcon during your flight.
  • Mythology Gag: Captain Rex, from the original version of Star Tours, returns to the Disney Parks as a DJ in the cantina. According to sources, this is a full-fledged Continuity Nod and Star Tours is being taken as canon. Sometimes he'll malfunction and say lines from Star Tours.
  • Open Secret: In-universe, Savi doesn't advertise his lightsaber services and is just a scrap trader (as that's the sort of thing that would bring the First Order down on you), and guests have to be similarly discreet if they want to get in. Out-of-universe, Disney isn't shy about advertising the lightsaber workshop.
  • Product Placement: Coca-Cola products (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dasani) are sold in special containers that have text reminiscent of the surrounding world. Also, large independent breweries were contracted to make the craft beer sold in Oga's Cantina. The brands are mentioned on the menu but don't have any other references in the area.
  • Retraux: Video monitors around Galaxy's Edge are modern 16x9 flatscreens, with a frame overlaid on them that makes them look like 3x4 CRTs with a couple of smaller screens on the side.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • The entire land is this to Pandora in terms of immersive storytelling.
    • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run is one to Mission: Space, in that it allows guests to pilot their own spaceship and control the outcome of their mission. Both rides even get guests to act by having the buttons and switches light up.
      • Smuggler's Run is also one to Star Tours, being a Star Wars-themed motion simulator ride that sees guests fly to various planets across the galaxy.
  • Stock Audio Clip: Most of the voice lines from the Holocrons are recycled from the films and TV shows. This is averted by Ahsoka, the Temple Guard, Darth Vader, and the "Magic 8-Ball" version of Yoda's crystal.
  • Welcome to Corneria: The stormtroopers only speak in prerecorded voice lines, controlled through hand gestures and hidden triggers in their suits.


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