With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland, the park's talented designers, artists, and imagineers created more than just another themed area inside the beloved park. Instead, they created an entire world. The experience of traveling to the new land is meant to be a fully immersive, captivating experience that transports visitors out of Disneyland - not just off the face of the Earth, but to the outer rim of a distant galaxy (hence the name).
Everything in Galaxy's Edge was designed to make guests feel like it's part of the Star Wars universe. The park goes to great lengths to make the land look like it's a real, lived-in city, complete with a full backstory and an overarching narrative. Galaxy's Edge has written itself into the lore of the epic space opera, allowing parkgoers to experience the world like never before.
The land is known as Batuu, a desert planet on the outskirts of the known galaxy that serves as a port for smugglers, transporters, and lost travelers. Its many attractions include a watering hole known as Oga's Cantina, Ohnaka Transport Solutions, many cave-dwelling homes, and the Black Spire Outpost, an open-air marketplace where merchants and vendors sell their wares. And while Batuu appeals to visitors of all kinds, there are dozens of lovingly crafted little nods to the franchise's diehard fans scattered throughout the area.
For those who love Star Wars and plan on venturing to Galaxy's Edge, here's a look at some of the land's coolest, funniest, and most magical Easter eggs.
From the burnt blaster holes on the walls to the moss clinging to the petrified spires to the patina of rust rimming the metal lamps, Batuu feels lived in. Nowhere is that more evident than in the droid tracks imprinted in the dusty ground.
The tracks, which appear to have been embedded in the sand-colored ground by a droid, lead visitors to unique and unusual photo opportunities and small vignettes featuring many of the droids that live in Batuu. The tracks themselves were created from impressions of the R2-D2 unit used in the films. It adds a nice connection to the universe that doesn't break the land's internal continuity.
Located inside the Droid Depot, where visitors can build their own custom pint-sized droid companions, there is an R2 unit droid (who looks essentially identical to the R2-D2 of the movies) that tools around the shop. If you go up to the droid while he's resting, there's a chance he'll awaken, roll all throughout the store, and chirp at you in his signature language of bleeps and bloops.
In reality, when the R2 unit is on the move, it's being controlled remotely by an unseen Batuu worker. The droid's automated chatting and movement add depth to its interactions that fans don't often experience outside of meeting costumed Disneyland castmembers.
If you really want a life-sized, controllable R2 unit of your own, you can purchase one from the Droid Depot. However, it will set you back a whopping $25,000. Three such units were sold within the first week after the park opened.
Strongly inspired by the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina, Oga's Cantina is a shady smuggler's bar chock full of neat treats for casual and hardcore Star Wars fans alike. It's also the first publicly accessible location in Disneyland to serve alcohol.
Aside from DJ R-3X dropping beats, there are a number of bizarre creatures to be seen within the establishment, many of which are purportedly used to make the bar's signature drinks. A slimy green Worrt sits peacefully in a glass case, its "eggs" used as a garnish in the "Jabba Juice" cocktail.
The bar's tap handles aren't your run-of-the-mill wooden paddles. Instead, they're crafted from a number of familiar items: the hilt of a lightsaber, the head of Yoda's cane, a Rancor pit bone, and a starfighter joystick. The cantina is modeled after Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie's original sketches for the inside of Jabba's palace.
Oda's also offers up "free" memorabilia, in a manner of speaking. Visitors who order the Rancor Tooth Beer Flight Board - a selection of beer served in hollowed out fangs - get to take the painstakingly crafted novelty tooth cups home with them. Even the coasters, covered in Aurebesh writing and featuring the cantina's logo, make great souvenirs.
To maintain the immersive illusion of Batuu, the imagineers decided that every sign, every trash can, every bit of writing in the entire area would be in the fictional, intergalactic language of the Star Wars universe, Aurebesh.
This even extends to the bottles of Coca-Cola products that are sold in the land. The writing on the side, at least in terms of the logo and slogan, are written in Aurebesh as well. Meanwhile, the bottles themselves are entirely spherical and bear more than a passing resemblance to the lovable BB-8 droid.
For the most part, the only things in the park that aren't written in Aurebesh are the menus at Oga's Cantina and the federally mandated "exit" signs.