How to get the most out of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
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HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE MAP OF STAR WARS LAND


Galaxy’s Edge is comprised of two areas: the cantina, stores, marketplace restaurant and Millennium Falcon ride are all within Black Spire Outpost, where you’ll be spending most of your time. The Resistance Forest, located just beyond the marketplace, is home to a souvenir location but mostly Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which won’t open until later this year.

Much of Galaxy’s Edge is standalone shops, a handful of which are concentrated within the souk-like marketplace. When approaching from the center of Black Spire Outpost — look for “meat” being roasted on a vertical spit — you’ll hit Ronto Roasters; pass it to reach a collection of individually-themed stalls like Toydarian Toymaker, The Jewels of Bith, Creature Stall and Black Spire Outfitters as well as Kat Saka’s Kettle, offering colorful, spicy-sweet popcorn.
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WHERE TO SPEND YOUR MONEY ONCE YOU KNOW THE LAND


Here for souvenirs? There are nine unique locations packed with an unprecedented amount of exclusive merchandise, so beelining towards the right one is crucial.

If you’re all about the rides and just want something original and small to take home, bop over to the marketplace shops, which have a solid selection of kid-friendly toys, like exclusive soft plush Rey, Porg, and Chewbacca dolls, “handmade” wooden figurines, beeping droid headbands, and interactive stuffed creatures like Kowakian monkey puppets that sit on your shoulder and toy Tauntauns that react when touched.

For more traditional souvenirs and clothing, head to First Order Cargo for Stormtrooper pins, keychains and military-inspired gear, Black Spire Outfitters within the marketplace for robes and lightsaber clip belts for the whole family, or hit the Resistance Supply out by the Resistance Forest for Rey and Poe-inspired outfits and Black Spire Outpost-branded gear.

The big show, however, are those much-discussed personalized goodies. Droid Depot allows guests to customize an R2-series or Bb-series droid for $99.99, with “personality chips” reportedly sold separately at $14 a pop. The shop is filled with loads of other merch as well as busted droids on display throughout, so take a peek inside regardless.

WHERE TO EAT


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As die-hard fans already know, there’s one sit-down restaurant, Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, as well as quick-service Ronto Roasters counter for spicy sausage pita wraps and food stalls selling blue milk and colorful popcorn.

If you’ve waited a lifetime to suck at the teet of a Bantha, hit the milk stand and slurp down on what’s basically Disney’s non-dairy space horchata. Blue and Green Milk may not be the flavor profile you usually go for (early reviews err on the side of floral with tropical tastes like watermelon and passion fruit) but the rest of the Star Wars-themed “specialty drinks” are juice and tea concoctions with earthly items like Odwalla lemonade and Minute Maid limeade, so even at $8, the smoothie-like beverage is a better buy.

Much of Docking Bay 7’s food errs on the nutritional side, making the true highlight its indulgent Oi-oi Puff: a raspberry cream puff I lost my mind over when tasting the menu for Eater back in March. The picture-perfect crunchy shell stuffed with flavorful mousse is one of the best foods at Galaxy’s Edge, so be sure to save room.

Trust your gut when it comes to selecting a concoction at Oga’s Cantina, where the fruit-forward drinks are sweet yet strong, but keep an eye out for specialty souvenir mugs and the highly underpublicized Batuu Bites, an umami-packed mix of rice crackers and seaweed crisps that’s a welcome, galactic replacement to standard pub mix.