Following the devastating Battle of
Crait, the freedom fighters have fled
with General Leia Organa to an
Meanwhile, hunted by the FIRST ORDER
and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, a band
of Resistance supporters has established
a temporary outpost on the remote planet
of Batuu, thanks to scouting by
Resistance spy Vi Moradi.
Here on the Outer Rim, the Resistance
is rebuilding and searching for recruits
to join the cause and help save the
galaxy from tyranny
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, and the Walt Disney World version opened 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).
The Florida version of the land also includes the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a hotel which will seamlessly be connected to the land, and will open in 2021.
- 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 S. Dawson covering the Resistance's arrival to Batuu.
- A Crash of Fate - A young adult novel by Zoraida 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. Expanded versions are set to be released as a park-exclusive and a Target-exclusive edition.
- The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook - Featuring in-universe flavor text written by Strono Tuggs, Maz Kanata's former chef that operates a space food truck in the land.
- Traveler's Guide to Batuu - A guidebook to the park land, written from an in-universe perspective.
- Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge - A Virtual Reality game set on Batuu; to be released in 2020.
- Elee & Me - A children's picture book about the childhood pet of one of Black Spire Outpost's merchants.
- LEGO also released a Resistance I-TS Transport set in 2020 based on Rise of the Resistance.
- A The Sims 4 expansion titled "Journey to Batuu" released in September 2020.
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. Plus, it doesn't stick only to creatures that would actually make good pets within the universe like lothcats and porgs; large livestock like banthas and tauntauns could conceivably be traded and are just out of scale, but wampas and rathtars are far too dangerous to be sold in a real situation.
- None of the Stormtroopers will attack visitors and First Order officers will be courteous about ensuring guest safety, including on Rise of The Resistance where the passengers are ostensibly prisoners. Bringing a lightsaber or a droid aboard the First Order ship doesn't get it confiscated either.
- The stormtrooper battalion guarding the hangar in Rise of the Resistance is cordoned from guests via safety rails, as letting visitors approach and touch them could risk damaging the animatronics.
- 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.
- Audience Participation: During the stunt show that was played only for the press when Galaxy's Edge opened at Disney World, the audience was asked to help Vi Moradi in her efforts to steal First Order data by imitating porg cries, discretely alerting her to approaching stormtroopers and also distracting them.
- Bait-and-Switch: Rise of the Resistance deliberately plays with guests' expectations for the traditional "queue section, preshow room, actual ride" setup used by the vast majority of story-heavy Disney attractions.
- The initial part of the queue sends guests through a traditional winding line into a room where they watch a preshow featuring Rey and BB-8. Instead of opening onto the loading dock for the ride, the room's doors open onto the outdoors, where they board a full-scale model of the Intersystem Transport Ship for the next phase of the preshow.
- The Intersystem Transport Ship parked at the base has doors on both sides of its hull, and guests enter the vehicle through the right-side doors, before a preshow plays on the interior. Savvy guests will quickly guess that the "vehicle" doesn't actually move and is basically just a hallway between the right-side doors (leading to the outside) and the left-side doors (deeper into the ride building). So it comes as a huge shock to first-time guests when they exit through the right-side doors, the same ones they just entered through, which open to reveal not the outside of the ride building but the interior of a First Order Star Destroyer guarded by a huge legion of stormtroopers.
- Battlecry: The Resistance's battlecry is "Ignite the spark, light the fire!" (which is also used as a Trust Password), calling back to Poe's line in The Last Jedi: "We are the spark that'll light the fire that'll burn the First Order down."
- 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. Red crystal packages also have 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 (from The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars).
- 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 about Order 66 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.
- As of late 2020, the "Magic 8-Ball" versions of Yoda's and Vader's crystals are no longer blind-bagged, but have a distinctive label identifying them as "Force Guidance Crystals".
- 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).
- Since Galaxy's Edge takes place after The Last Jedi but before The Rise of Skywalker, characters like Rey and Kylo won't believe you if you tell them plot points from later in the timeline that they shouldn't know yet.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you use the app, you can find a transcript of a conversation between Dok-Ondar and a certain Mandalorian with colorful armor and a Nite Owl helmet under the alias of "Krownest" purchasing a special yellow and orange Stormtrooper helmet from the merchant.
- The Cameo:
- The canon characters who can be met wandering around on Batuu include Rey, Finn, Vi Moradi, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and R2-D2.
- 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.
- The distinctive helmet and Amban sniper rifle of The Mandalorian are visible hanging on a wall..
- 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.
- Rise of the Resistance introduces the Intersystem Transport Ship, which, design-wise, resembles a cross between the U-Wing and a CR-90 Corvette.
- Continuity Nod:
- The Jedi Holocron contains Obi-Wan's warning about Order 66.
- It's possible that if you buy a red kyber crystal blind bag, you may get a rare obsidian (black) crystal instead, referencing the unique Darksaber featured in The Clone Wars and Rebels and the black crystal ring that Snoke wears.
- If you put a white kyber crystal in a Jedi Holocron, it might play one of the recordings from Ahsoka, who explains that her white kyber crystals were originally from the Dark Side, referencing the events of Ahsoka.
- In a few other voice recordings from Ahsoka, she'll also mention her departure from the Jedi Order, and how she later became Fulcrum.
- "MREs" sold at Resistance Supply are based on the ration kit that Luke ate from on Dagobah.
- People who have only seen the movies may find the "Elemental Nature" style of lightsabers from Savi's Workshop to be unusual, but there are precedents for it. The Wookiee padawan Gungi used a Brylark wood grip when building his lightsaber in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Tenel Ka's lightsabers had rancor tooth pommels in the old Expanded Universe .
- For his appearance in Rise of the Resistance, Finn has his hair grown out slightly compared to The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, into the same style he will sport in The Rise of Skywalker.
- 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 Smuggler's Run or Rise of the Resistance 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.
- If the Hondo animatronic isn't working during the Smuggler's Run pre-show, the character is disguised in tarps and he instead appears on screens surrounding the pre show area.
- Rey's transmission in the queue for Rise of the Resistance includes subtitles in Aurebesh.
- Since there are multiple paths for the ride vehicles in Rise of the Resistance at the AT-AT hangar, there are two Finn animatronics in the same room, so guests don't miss out on seeing him on either path, and carefully placed where they can't both be seen at the same time.
- If Kylos animatronic (the second one encountered at the climax) isnt working, the figure will be hidden from view and guests will be confronted by Kylos TIE Silencer instead (encountered through 'window' screens.) The path of the ride vehicles will also change to accommodate the alternate confrontation.
- The stormtroopers' pre-recorded responses include mocking guests who attempt a Jedi Mind Trick.
- If you pilot the Falcon alone during Smuggler's Run, Hondo will comment on it, surprised there is just one pilot on board.
- Early-Bird Cameo:
- 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.
- Batuu's first "on-screen" appearance in Thrawn: Alliances, where the planet played a significant role in the story.
- The planet also appeared before the land's opening in Star Wars Resistance, as the setting of an old family photo of Yeager's.
- Easter Egg: With a full six crewmembers' cooperation, riders on Smuggler's Run can activate "Chewie mode", in which only Chewie's voice is heard in voice-over throughout the entire ride, not Hondo.
- Expy: Lieutenant Bek from Rise of the Resistance is one to Admiral Raddus, being a grey-skinned Mon Calamari male with a pronounced British accent.
- 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. The worst that happens if you do extremely poorly is that the return trip includes an asteroid field and the Falcon's electronics spark as you leave the cockpit.
- 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.
- Foreign-Looking Font: The English signage is designed to look a bit like Aurabesh. A few of the letters actually are from Aurabesh... but not as the same letter.
- Greeting Gesture Confusion: Residents of Batuu may sometimes act confused if offered handshakes (regardless that handshakes exist in-universe in the galaxy far far away.)
- 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.
- The first encounter in Rise of the Resistance during the escape is with two investigating droid pods just like the ones guests are in, those two pods being the ones that the next batch of guests are about to get on.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: On Rise of the Resistance, you initially set off aboard the Intersystem Transport Ship on a mission to the Bakura system to warn General Leia of the incoming First Order ships. But, as this is Star Wars, things don't go exactly to plan and you are captured by the First Order.
- Hall of Mirrors: Hidden mirrors are used in Rise of the Resistance to make some rooms look bigger than they really are, such in the briefing room to hide the mechanics of Rey's hologram, or in the AT-AT hangar to make it look like there's more than two.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Thankfully stormtroopers in Rise of the Resistance continue to have atrocious aim, missing the prisoners packed in slow moving pods whether with their rifles, a mounted repeating blaster, and even an AT-AT's heavy cannons.
- 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 in Anaheim) as "seventeen point two two credits" instead of "seventeen twenty-two".
- When you buy a "pet" at the Creature Stall, the cashiers refer to the receipt they give you as "adoption papers".
- Purchasing a plush of the Child at Toydarian Toymaker requires you refer to it by that moniker and not "Baby Yoda".
- Interquel: The story of Galaxy's Edge is set between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.
- 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. Hence, for example, you won't find any merchandise with explicit Star Wars branding (since the in-universe merchants aren't aware of the franchise they belong to).
- 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.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Cast members portraying Batuu residents are encouraged to come up with unique backstories for their characters, so there's many interesting stories to be heard from the denizens of Black Spire.
- Loophole Abuse: Merchandise of the Child is highly in demand, but only plushes of it can be sold within Galaxy's Edge, at Toydarian Toymaker, as t-shirts and other merch of it would break the setting's canonicity. Those are sold at a cart just outside of GE's entrance.
- The Maze: Outside the Droid Depot is a carpet with a maze printed on it, which guests can drive their new droids on and see if they can maneuver through it.
- 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.
- Lt. Bek and Finn guide the recruits over the radio during their escape in Rise of the Resistance.
- 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 or play the Star Tours announcement jingle.
- No-Sell: If a guest tries a Jedi Mind Trick on a Stormtrooper, their only response is to mock the visitor as a wannabe Jedi.
- Obscured Special Effects: Presumably to avoid any potential Uncanny Valley effect, the only unmasked human animatronics on Rise of the Resistance (Finn and Hux) appear at a distance from the ride vehicles and either from behind or in low lighting.
- 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.
- Production Foreshadowing: Among the items hanging on the walls in Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities are the helmet and staff-rifle used by the title character of The Mandalorian, placed there before the show's premiere.
- 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.
- Racing Minigame: Rey will sometimes gather up kids to play a racing game with mouse droid popcorn holders. Whoever reaches the end without tipping over their droid wins.
- 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.
- Running Gag: In Rise of the Resistance, Lt. Bek says "I've got a bad feeling about this" when your transport is captured by the Star Destroyer's tractor beam.
- Series Continuity Error: Some aspects of the land reflect things from The Force Awakens, even though they shouldn't be there since the setting is post-The Last Jedi.
- Kylo Ren wears his helmet in all appearances in Galaxy's Edge, despite the fact that he smashed it in The Last Jedi to represent letting go of the past. In fact, it appears to be completely undamaged, lacking the prominent welding "veins" filling the cracks during its repaired appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. Supposedly this is because Adam Driver did not give Disney the license for his own appearance, having a phobia of seeing himself perform. It also makes the animatronic and meet-and-greet Kylos easier to disguise.
- Additionally, in Rise of the Resistance Finn is in stormtrooper armor again (explained as part of an infiltration mission) and Poe is piloting an X-Wing that looks identical to Black One, which was destroyed in The Last Jedi, instead of the orange one he used in The Rise of Skywalker.
- The Millennium Falcon has the rectangular radar dish it had during The Force Awakens, which in the films was lost during the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi and replaced with a round one by the time of The Rise of Skywalker.
- The Star Tours ship seen at the end of Smuggler's Run is orange, even though the post-Empire model has typically been depicted as blue.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Characters on Batuu will refer to Earth items this way to make them sound more "spacey", such as calling smart phones "data pads" or taking a picture "scans" or "image capture".
- Shout-Out: Among the artifacts in the upper level of Dok-Ondar's shop include the head piece of Mola Ram and the Ark of the Covenant.
- Spiritual Successor:
- The entire land is this to Pandora The World of Avatar 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, Mace, the Temple Guard, Darth Vader, and the "Magic 8-Ball" version of Yoda's crystal.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In Rise of the Resistance, Rey and Bek unintentionally made the situation more desperate by briefly mentioning Pacara as the planet the recruits are being taken to. As a result, when the recruits are captured the Resistance has to deploy an immediate rescue with a full scale fleet before Kylo Ren can extract the location of the base from their minds. Maybe Holdo had the right idea about keeping things close to the chest...
- Welcome to Corneria: The stormtroopers only speak in prerecorded voice lines, controlled through hand gestures and hidden triggers in their suits.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: At the end of Rise of the Resistance, Lt. Bek is shown to have made it to an escape pod and survived. However, there's no mention of Nien Nunb, who was also among the captured rebels. Presumably he also escaped offscreen, as he appeared in The Rise of Skywalker.
- X Meets Y: Batuu combines the forests of Endor with the architecture of Tatooine.