Friday, June 07, 2019

Friday at Disneyland: Opening Day of Galaxy's Edge, Part 4

Time for the fourth and final look at the Opening Day of Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland on May 31, 2019.

The previous photo posts in this series may be found at Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Those posts include coverage of our arrival in Galaxy's Edge as it opened to the public, the Smugglers Run ride, shopping, and more.

In this post we'll look at some of the other sights around Batuu. There are two distinctive areas in the land; Black Spire Outpost, where the Millennium Falcon is located, is controlled by the First Order, while further down a path there is a forested area of ancient ruins which is home to the Resistance.

The Rise of the Resistance ride opening later this year will be located in the Resistance encampment area:

An X-wing is parked nearby:

And also an A-wing:

Some random sights seen on Batuu:

These storm troopers were spotted back in the First Order area:

The biggest restaurant in Galaxy's Edge is Docking Bay 7 in Black Spire Outpost.

We shared the Kaadu ribs and Fried Endorian Tip-yip (chicken).

I thought the ribs, which came with an excellent blueberry corn muffin tucked underneath, were very good. They were quite tender, and I really liked the sauce. The seasoning sprinkled on top gave it a nice crunch texture contrasting with the soft ribs.

Some folks who turned out to be from WDW News Today had bought every item on the menu and set it up outside the restaurant for a photo shoot. We didn't realize who they were until we later saw their review online, and at first thought the display had been set up by Disney! We very much appreciated being able to grab a couple photos ourselves.

Be sure to check out the detailed Docking Bay 7 review at WDW News Today. Another angle looking at the menu options, including the desserts front and center:

This crate seen in Docking Bay 7 has an 80 on it, in honor of the year THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) was released.

Below are crates seen outside the restaurant, which are labeled with 77 and 83, the years of STARS WARS (1977) and RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983).

A zoomed-in look at the crates outside the restaurant. (Click any photo to enlarge it for a closer look.) More on special details seen on Batuu may be found in an article from All Ears Net.

All too soon it was time to take the path from the Resistance hideout area which gradually transforms into the familiar environs of Critter Country and return to reality...if one can call the rest of Disneyland "reality"! There are still many things we need to do next time we're "on planet," including visiting Oga's Cantina, sampling Blue Milk, and using the phone app to translate signs.

The Batuu experience is so detailed that there's even a special language used on Batuu. We picked up a bit of it on our first visit; "bright suns" means good morning, while "rising moons" means good night. When shopkeepers say goodbye they wish you a "good journey," and so on. There are a number of unique phrases used, and I found that quite enjoyable.

As we left, we again saw Disneyland President Josh D'Amaro, along with Disneyland Vice President Kris Theiler. When we complimented them on how well organized our experience had been, Josh credited Kris with the operational success. Along with everything else last Friday, we appreciated that Disneyland's topmost brass were in the park alongside the guests and so accessible to share our feedback and appreciation.

Here's the last design of three Galaxy's Edge shirts I bought on opening day. I picked this up at Pooh Corner in Critter Country, one of several Disneyland shops which carries the merchandise.

Elsewhere Disneyland was remarkably uncrowded, and it's remained so for the past week. I suspect the crowds will descend once the Galaxy's Edge reservation period ends after June 23rd. At that point Disneyland will have a real challenge controlling the crowds, but hopefully all they're learning during this "trial run" period will make the wider opening a success.

In summation, Disneyland exceeded all my expectations with Galaxy's Edge, and I can't wait to return. Until then, "May the Spires keep you!"


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