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First-of-its-kind vacation experience deepens immersion of themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser guests can experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in new ways. Through the Play Disney Parks mobile app on their smart devices, they can unlock new levels of interactivity and engagement across the popular themed land.*
On the second day of their voyage, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for a planetside excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. Here, adventures that began on the Halcyon starcruiser the previous day continue to play out as part of immersive Star Wars storytelling.
Welcome to the Edge of Wild Space: Black Spire Outpost on Batuu
Developed concurrently, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser build off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production, including the Star Wars franchise.
The story told in Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser finds the ship marking its 275th anniversary with a celebratory re-creation of its maiden voyage to Batuu, a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim at the edge of Wild Space guests experience when they visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The planet is home to Black Spire Outpost, a bustling, infamous port home to smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary … entanglements with the First Order.
After the starcruiser establishes its orbit around Batuu, guests take dedicated transports directly to the planet’s surface, disembarking through an exclusive entrance at the outpost’s Docking Bay 3. Upon arrival, guests may receive messages from characters in the Star Wars: Datapad within the Play Disney Parks app – sent by those they met onboard the ship – to engage in special and specific missions on Batuu. As they accomplish various tasks – from “slicing” (hacking) systems to delivering messages and more – their reputations within the story build and evolve, impacting how their adventures unfold when they return to the ship later that day.
Star Wars Adventures Come to Life in Two Thrilling Attractions
As part of this integrated story, starcruiser guests are given one-time entry to the two signature attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge through the Lightning Lane entrance. They can discover new context to the stories told in these attractions, learning more about the characters involved and the ramifications of the missions they undertake.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance brings guests into the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a faceoff with Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. The journey takes guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle and then into a nearby Star Destroyer on a thrilling adventure that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. One of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced experiences in Disney history, the attraction uses multiple ride systems working together to create a seamless story on a cinematic scale.
In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests climb into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” and take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles as the famous ship hurtles through space. Some are pilots, some gunners and some engineers, creating multiple ways for guests to engage with the attraction in an experience that responds in real time to the actions they take.
A Diverse Menu of Food and Beverages
What does Blue Milk or Green Milk actually taste like? That question and more is answered when guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experience the land’s expansive array of food and beverages. Vendors offer various local favorites such as an Outpost Mix of flavored popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.
At Oga’s Cantina, even the blaster-bolt scorches on the walls tell a story. Here, guests gather to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels. They are treated 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: Galactic Starcruiser guests can request reservations for Oga’s Cantina as part of their excursion (purchases not included).
A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar beckons 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. Lunch at Docking Bay 7 (or other select locations) is included as part of a Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyage.
Elsewhere, Ronto Roasters draws attention with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto Wraps as a former smelter droid carefully turns a spit of meats. Guests can also enjoy the exotic Tatooine Sunset drink.
The Milk Stand offers two local favorites – Blue Milk and Green Milk. Blue Milk was first seen in “Star Wars: A New Hope” when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green Milk was introduced in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” when Luke lived on the planet Ahch-To. Now, thirsty guests can order these colorful frozen drinks as they live their own Star Wars adventures.
Take a Piece of the Star Wars Galaxy Home
In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests encounter a robust collection of merchant shops and stalls filled with authentic Star Wars creations.
Droid Depot invites guests to construct their own astromechs. Patrons choose pieces off a conveyor belt to build one of two core droid models (R-series or BB-series) and they can customize their creations with various parts and colors. These droids interact with elements throughout the land, enhancing guests’ adventures. Additional accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. Droid Depot also offers pre-built droids, droid-inspired toys and apparel, and more.
At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, guests have the opportunity to craft and customize their very own lightsabers. In this mystical experience, guests feel the Force as they build these elegant weapons from a more civilized age. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser guests can request reservations for both Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop as part of their excursion (purchases not included).
Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests 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. As they explore the nooks and crannies of the shop, guests also see Dok-Ondar at his desk as the large Ithorian checks his inventory and barks the occasional order at his assistants. Dok’s special collection may just contain some items precious to those who follow the path of the Jedi, crucial to the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser story.
In addition to these special experiences, the Black Spire Outpost marketplace features the Creature Stall dedicated to the plethora of rare and fascinating creatures that populate the galaxy, as well as Black Spire Outfitters, showcasing the latest in galactically trendy apparel and accessories. The Toydarian Toymaker stall is full of toys and games crafted by a Toydarian (the flying alien species first seen in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”). And all tourists visiting Batuu will want to make a stop at Jewels of Bith, offering “trinkets to treasure” and other accessories.
Guests can also demonstrate where their loyalties lie with the gear and accessories they purchase within the land. Resistance Supply is a makeshift location at the Resistance encampment, selling pins, badges, hats and other accessories to help guests feel like part of the cause. First Order Cargo, meanwhile, is a temporary First Order storage dock easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon ship. The cargo location offers guests a chance to pledge their loyalty by purchasing pins, caps, gear, model ships and more.
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