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8 Things You’ll Love About Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo at Walt Disney World

You’ve spent hours exploring Walt Disney World’s Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  You arrived at Hollywood Studios at rope drop, rode Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run several times in different roles, made your own droid or lightsaber, and you’ve wandered around checking out all the fabulous detail in the village.  And now, you’re starving.  Where to eat?  While you can head to Oga’s Cantina for a snack and drink, the only place in Galaxy’s Edge where you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy a full meal is Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.  Here are a few things we know you’ll love about it!

 

1. Exterior

Because it’s designed to fit seamlessly into the Black Spire village landscape, Docking Bay 7, like other locations in Galaxy’s Edge, doesn’t have a huge flashy sign identifying it by name.  The weathered, rugged exterior makes it look like exactly what it’s supposed to be: a docking bay.  But you’ll know it even from a distance by its circular roof – oh, and by the transport ship sitting on top of the building!  When you get closer, you’ll see the menu board posted next to the entrance.  The restaurant is in the middle of Galaxy’s Edge, conveniently located next to Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.

2. Easter Eggs

Disney fans love their Hidden Mickeys.  And Easter eggs are just as exciting, especially since they’re scattered throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!  Keep your eyes peeled wherever you go for subtle nods to the films, and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.  Docking Bay 7 is no exception, thankfully.  Look up at the roof before you enter, and you’ll see three grey cargo containers.  Each has a number in yellow writing (77, 80 and 83); these numbers have significance in the Star Wars universe.  You may have already guessed it: these are the years that each of the original three films were released.

3. Backstory

Like every restaurant and attraction in Walt Disney World, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo has been given a rich backstory by the incomparable Imagineers who created it.  This working hangar bay has just docked a food freighter featuring Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs, who used to be head chef for Maz, and now runs his own food transport.  Chef Tuggs has loaded his freighter up with a variety of fascinating, exotic ingredients collected throughout his intergalactic travels, and he’s eager to share them with you!

Docking Bay 7

 

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4. Theming/Details

Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is crammed full of splendid details that bring the land to life, and you could easily spend hours exploring here.  So expectations for Docking Bay 7 are naturally high – and you won’t be disappointed.  Imagine a mash-up of Moroccan and industrial décor, and you’ll have an idea of what to expect.  You’ll see cargo crates and lots of exposed pipes and ducts (and even a cargo crate or two in the process of being lowered through a hatch in the ceiling), so make sure you look up to appreciate all the details.  The lighting, control panels and even the seating are all perfectly designed to make you feel like you’re actually in a transport hangar, but the colors are warm and lively rather than cold and depressing.

5. Mobile Order

Because it’s the only place to sit down for a meal in Galaxy’s Edge, Docking Bay 7 can understandably get crowded.  It’s therefore a good idea to place a mobile order in advance, using the My Disney Experience app.  That way, you’ll be able to simply show up and pick up your food.  This quick-service restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you have plenty of chances to try out the delicious intergalactic dishes served!

Endorian Tip Yip at Docking Bay

6. Special Menu Items

Docking Bay 7 has some tantalizing dishes for carnivores (the Batuuan Beef Pot Roast earns top marks!), but we were especially impressed by the options for those with dietary restrictions.  There are numerous specific menus for those with a variety of food allergies or restrictions (including gluten, dairy, fish, eggs and soy), allowing you to skip to the section that’s appropriate and immediately see your options.  One of the plant-based dishes is especially recommended, even for non-vegetarians: the Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread featured meatless meatballs and an excellent mix of different flavors.  It’s a great choice for anyone looking for a tasty dish that’s light but also filling.

Oven Roasted Tip-yip at Docking Bay

7. Seating Options

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is huge, as it should be, considering it’s a space hangar!  You have your choice of seating options.  You can pick a spot inside, where you’ll choose from bar seating, tables with barrel seats, and our favorite, cargo crates!  That’s right, you can actually sit inside a cargo container to eat your meal.  There’s also an outdoor area that you’ll want to check out.  With its decrepit old walls and stretched fabric to provide relief from the sun, it’s a picturesque way to enjoy some outdoor dining – especially at night.

8. View

You wouldn’t typically think of a magnificent view when describing the best things about a quick service restaurant at Walt Disney World.  But Docking Bay 7 is full of surprises, and the view is a big one.  We love the punched metal lanterns and the stone pillars in the outdoor seating area, but the ambience doesn’t stop here.  You’ll also be treated to one of the best views in all of Galaxy’s Edge!  As you dine, you’ll be able to see the jagged pillars of stone rising beyond the beautiful tan stone walls of the restaurant, and the result is simply magical.

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.