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Top 10 Reasons to Travel from Dublin to Planet Batuu and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in 2019

March 2, 2019

DUBLIN, CA–For Dublin Star Wars fans the trip to Planet Batuu will get a lot quicker later this year – just 371 miles to Disneyland or 2,864 miles to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is opening this Spring and Fall respectively.

[UPDATE: During the Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders CEO Bob Iger announced that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open early than planned – May 31 in Disneyland and August 29 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with a catch. The Rise of the Resistance ride will open later this year.]

Haven’t heard of Batuu or Galaxy’s Edge? According to the Star Wars Databank Batuu is “a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge. Batuu was once a busy crossroads in the days prior to lightspeed. With the rise of hyperspace travel, however, the world — notable for the lush trees and mountain spikes that decorate its surface — was left behind, its prominence lost to planets on more popular trade routes. Today, Batuu is home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, and a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. Significantly, it has also become a safe haven for those looking to avoid the attention of the First Order.”

If that sounds like a cool destination for your summer vacation here are ten more reasons to be excited. Read all the way to #1 and #2 – we’ve saved the best for last!

#10: 14 Immersive Acres

At 14 acres Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the largest single-themed land ever created in a Disney park. At D23 Expo 2017 a massive scale model was unveiled that demonstrated the extraordinary immersive detail of the new land. The music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature original themes created especially for the land and its attractions by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

#9: Ultimate Star Wars Immersion

Guests to Black Spire Outpost on the Planet Batuu will experience a rich, immersive experience unlike anything created to-date in a Disney park. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters, including smugglers, traders and adventurers. Guests may see some familiar faces, from Rey, Finn, and Poe to BB-8 and Chewbacca, and even find themselves in a face-off with Kylo Ren himself. When guests arrive at Black Spire Outpost, they will encounter aliens, droids and other inhabitants of Batuu as they search for rare and unique goods, discover unusual food and drink, or join a crew seeking adventures.

#8: Play Disney Parks Mobile App Interactive Games

Even The Force can’t magically make long lines disappear. With the anticipation building for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge large crowds and multi-hour lines are expected. To keep guests immersed and distracted the Play Disney Parks mobile app will include missions, games and in-queue experiences. These interactions throughout the land will make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge one of the most engaging and captivating guest experiences in Disney Parks history.

#7: Blue Milk

In the market, the Milk Stand will offer two local favorites – blue milk and green milk. Blue milk was first seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green milk was introduced in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” when Luke lived on the planet Ahch-To. Now, thirsty guests will be able to order these colorful drinks as they live their own Star Wars adventures.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge –Milk Stand

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#6 Even the Popcorn is Themed

Blue milk is one thing but themed popcorn? Yes, Galaxy’s Edge is themed down the the last kernel. Guests will walk through a bustling street market, where vendors offer various local delicacies, including an Outpost Mix of uniquely flavored popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Kat Saka’s Kettle

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#5 Dance to DJ Rex

At Oga’s Cantina, even the blaster-bolt scorches on the walls tell a story. Here, guests
will gather to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels and listen to spirited musical entertainment provided by DJ R-
3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex re-invents himself as the cantina’s DJ, and he’s as quirky and talkative
as ever.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Oga’s Cantina

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#4 – Want More than Themed Popcorn? Themed Dining Awaits You!

A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar will beckon guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills, so he moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant. His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes. He is proud to present Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling,” inspired by dishes he created during his time working for Maz Kanata on Takodana.

In the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters will draw attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto sandwiches. When hungry customers queue up to order, they will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. Guests will also be able to choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.

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#3 – Uniquely Star Wars Shopping Experiences

  • The Droid Depot will invite guests to construct their own astromech droids. Patrons will pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build and customize one of two core models (R-series or BB-series). These droids will be capable of interacting with elements in the land, responding to guests’ adventures.
  • At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, guests will have the opportunity to
    customize and craft their very own lightsabers. In this mystical experience, guests will feel the Force as they build these elegant weapons from a more civilized age.
  • Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests will find a selection of rare and
    mysterious items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more.
  • The Creature Stall is dedicated to the plethora of rare and fascinating creatures that
    populate the galaxy, as well as Black Spire Outfitters, showcasing the latest in
    accessories.

#2 – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Attraction

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering. As new Resistance recruits, guests will join a climactic battle against the First Order, including a faceoff with Kylo Ren. Their journey takes them inside a full-size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.

#1 – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Attraction

In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests will climb into the cockpit of “the fastest
hunk of junk in the galaxy” for their own Star Wars adventures. They will take the
controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurtles through
space. Some will be pilots, some gunners and some flight engineers, creating multiple
ways for guests to experience the attraction.

This is just a taste of the immersive experience coming later this year to California and Florida for Star Wars fans everywhere. May the Force be With You – Always!

Photos and information provided by The Walt Disney Company.

 

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