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8 Hidden Gems in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World

Galaxy’s Edge has been talked about for years now.  The anticipation and excitement leading up to the opening of Disney’s newest land was like nothing before.  Everyone was excited to ride in the Millennium Falcon for the first time or to try the blue milk.  But what about those lesser known gems.  Those hidden secrets guests might not know about?  Here are 8 hidden gems that guests can find in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

 

1. Landscape and the Story it Tells

While visiting the planet of Batuu, guests should take time to notice all of the rock formations throughout the land.  The story goes that originally the Planet of Batuu was covered with thousands of trees that grew to great heights.  Overtime however, something happened and these Magnificat trees have become petrified tree trunks.  The Black Spire Outpost is actually named after one specific trunk that is darker than the rest.  Take time to discover this hidden gem while visiting.

2. Take Time to Look Down

As guests walk around Batuu and take in the beauty, they should also take time to look down where they walk.  As Imagineers were designing and building the land, they used rubbings from R2-D2 from “Star Wars: A New Hope” to create wheels.  They then used these wheels to roll throughout the land before the concrete was completely dried.  This gives the pathways a unique marking as if R2-D2 himself had rolled on through.

3. Star Wars Celebration Videos

Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests can discover a unique Jedi holocron.  This special holocron has videos from Star Wars Celebration that was held in Chicago in April of 2019.  Guests had the opportunity during this event to share their personal Star Wars testimonials.  These videos are now embedded in the Jedi holocron.  

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4. Make Sure to Stop and Smile

As guests rush for blue milk and to pilot the Millennium Falcon, it is easy to miss all the hidden photo opportunities throughout the land.  Guests will want to visit with Disney’s Photopass Photographers to get in on all these magical photos. First, guests can take pictures with a porg or a Kowakian monkey-lizard. They can also have different Star Wars ships like TIE fighters in their photos as well. One of the most unique shots guests can find in Batuu is the “tiny world magic shot”.  With this shot guests can be captured in Black Spire Outpost with all the surrounding landscape.  This is a wonderful opportunity that is available with a photographer that is often on the move.  Guests will want to keep their eyes open for this hidden gem. Finally, guests can receive a super zoom magic shot near the First Order Cargo.  Starting off with a distance shot and then zooming in, guests are put directly in land itself.  This photo opportunity is sometimes difficult to find, but guests won’t want to miss out on this gem of a photo.

5. Get Digital with a Datapad

Sorry no cell phones on the Planet of Batuu, but they do rely heavily on their datapads.  While visiting, make sure to take time to play on Disney’s Play Disney Parks App.  Guests in Batuu can do so much on the datapad from translating the language to going on missions for the Resistance or even the First Order.  Disney has put a lot of effort into this system and many guests don’t even know it exists.  It is a way to bring the land to life and to interact with it like never before.

6. Star Wars Creatures

Even though Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes place during the currently trilogy of Star Wars films, guests can find unique features from all the different Star Wars eras.  Guests will want to keep their eyes open for these hidden gems throughout the land that bring to life elements from different Star Wars movies and shows. First keep a lookout for creatures such as the dianoga from the Death Star trash compactor.  This creature from “Star Wars: A New Hope” can be found in a tank above a drinking fountain.  Another creature makes an appearance in Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.  Here guests can see the taxidermic wampa from the ice planet Hoth in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”

7. Scrap Metal to Food 

If guests find themselves hungry and in Ronto Roasters, they should check out the pod racing engine.  This engine is from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” and now helps cook food.  Also, in Ronto Roasters guests can find a smelter droid turning meat.  This is a similar droid that is seen in Jabba the Hutt’s palace in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”.

8. Paintings that Tell a Story

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is a great place to find hidden gems in Galaxy’s Edge.  Look closely for a mural on the wall where an ancient battle is being fought.  This fight between the dark and the light sides of the Force is originally seen in Chancellor Palpatine’s office in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”.

Although most guests heading to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are focused on the Millennium Falcon and soon Rise of the Resistance, there are many hidden gems throughout the land.  Imagineers really brought the Star Wars stories to life with the details found everywhere on the Planet of Batuu.  The next time you visit this far away planet, make sure you discover some of these gems on your own.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.