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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The expansive section of Disneyland Park offers galactic showdowns, lightsabers, and Jedi-themed cocktails

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The Force is strong at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the 14-acre land in Anaheim’s Disneyland Park that embraces both the big themes and tiny nuances of the iconic movie series.

In keeping with Disneyland’s forte for imbuing every square inch of park with rich detail, Galaxy’s Edge has left no otherworldly stone unturned. It’s meant to be set in Black Spire Outpost, a village on the Outer Rim planet of Batuu, and is comprised of two main attraction-rides along with shops, eateries, and a spiky terrain of geological formations.

One of the rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, lets you perform the duties of a pilot, gunner, or a flight engineer aboard Han Solo's famous ship. Check out the “chess room” inside, which will remind you of a famous scene from the original Star Wars movie. The second ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance places you in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, inside a full-size starship, and is reported to last nearly 20 minutes.

While the members of the Resistance and the First Order may not agree on much, they all get hungry. Go to the Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo for Smoked Kaadu Ribs or Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, or get a colorful milk mustache at the Milk Stand in Black Spire Outpost. (Luke Skywalker drank blue milk in Episode IV—A New Hope, then green in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.) Or, sample the savory meats at Ronto Roasters, all spit-roasted over a former Podracer engine. Oga’s Cantina will offer “otherworldly” elixirs for kids and stronger libations for adults—it's the first Disneyland Park attraction to sell alcohol. Cocktails include the bourbon-fueled Jet Juice and a vodka-powered Jedi Mind Trick.

To take the spirit of Galaxy’s Edge ambience home, peruse Black Spire Outfitters for cosplay-ready fashions, The Creature Stall for stuffed-toy porgs and tauntauns, and the Toydarian Toymaker for artisan-style wood toys and musical instruments. Build your own robotic personal assistant at the Droid Depot, or create your own lightsaber at Savi's Workshop. Don’t miss browsing the artifacts, holocrons, and kyber crystals at Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, overseen by Ithorian proprietor Dok (from Solo: A Star Wars Story), who sits at his desk and barks orders at assistants.

You can explore Galaxy’s Edge on another level, too, by using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, which features a variety of games and other interactive ways to enjoy this area, such as reading droids’ memories or “scanning” the interiors of cargo crates scattered around the grounds. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for strolling characters like Rey, Finn, BB-8, and Chewbacca, and listen, too: all of Galaxy’s Edge is infused with new original theme music composed by John Williams, the Academy Award winner who penned the iconic Star Wars melodies.

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