In the Outer Rim of a Galaxy Far, Far Away, there is a place on the planet of Batuu called Black Spire Outpost. It is in this obscure place that the First Order has come to sniff out the secret Resistance base. Thankfully for us, we don’t need a hyperdrive to reach this planet and all it’s wonders. It was this place where we spent two days and I still wanted more. Before I go on I will admit that prior to our adventure last week, Disney’s Magic Kingdom was easily my favorite park. Now, though, it may have been replaced as my number one. Today, I’ll tell you all about my adventure on Batuu and maybe you’ll have a new favorite, too. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Walking through the tunnel and into Batuu, the only feeling I can give you is one of wonderment. Finally being able to see this place I’ve imagined for so long was incredible. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of a different planet, we soon stumbled across the hidden Resistance base. We entered the park as it was opening so there weren’t a lot of people there yet, making the queue for pictures very short and we got some in front of an X-Wing. We spent some time afterwards just walking around, trying to familiarize ourselves with the map a little before we had to head to Oga’s Cantina. While waiting in line for Oga’s, we happened to come across Vi Moradi, the Resistance Spy responsible for establishing the base on Batuu. She was so sad to hear that Ade was for the First Order. The boys soon entered the Cantina and Isbe and I headed off to explore some more, which wasn’t easy with a double stroller. I did manage to find Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop as well as an alcove that came in handy when Isbe got too tired or restless while waiting for the boys.
I touched on the drinks of Oga’s in my post on Monday, but let me tell you about the atmosphere. Instead of a band, Oga’s has a DJ Droid that plays some dance worthy music. I don’t think Oga’s is ever empty and while there are some booths, most of it is standing room. During mine and Isbe’s visit, we were placed at the Bar, which was great because we could put the kids down to let them dance between us without them being in a busy aisle. You’re almost guaranteed to share a table with strangers and Oga’s works to make it as fun as possible, even inviting everyone to raise a glass and sing the Cantina’s drinking song. Despite being busy, we never felt neglected by our bartender and the service was great. If you have small ones and have to break up your reservations, like we did, then don’t be afraid to ask if someone else from your party can come in with you. Depending on standing capacity, they may let you as they did with us.
Of course, what would any Star Wars experience be without Stormtroopers? You can find them patrolling around the First Order’s Base. Two even ducked into Oga’s and talked to Ade (who was wearing a Stormtrooper shirt). Later on, we saw them walking behind Kylo Ren and then we met a First Order officer. He was speaking with different “travelers” about the First Order in front of Kylo Ren’s ship. He too saw Ade’s shirt and when Ade pledged himself of his own volition to the First Order, the Officer asked to shake his hand. Unbeknownst to us, Kylo Ren was approaching from behind us. When the FO Officer saw him, he immediately informed the Supreme Leader of Ade’s pledge. Kylo Ren then approached Ade, and Isbe, and told them that they were a part of the First Order now. Let’s just say that whole interaction completely made our day. The FO Officer even told Ade, “Young one, this is the best day of your life. Ever.”
I don’t know if we were luckier than most, but we got so much interaction, it was unbelievable. Stormtroopers even approached Isbe and spoke with her. She loved it just as much as her bubby. We were surprised by the lack of children in costumes. There were a lot of girls in Rey costumes, and some in Jedi robes, but beyond that I didn’t see any apart from one lone Stormtrooper costume that was probably bought in Batuu. So the second day we were there we put Ade in his Kylo Ren costume. That drew more attention from the Stormtroopers. They told him that the Supreme Leader would be most pleased and then directed Ade in front of Kylo’s ship so I could snap some pictures. I did manage to do Isbe’s hair in the three bun Rey style, but she didn’t want to wear her costume. She was still cute.
Next to Ronto Roasters is the Toydarian Market. Open storefronts contain just about everything you could want from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. From Jedi robes, to creatures like the Lothcat or a Porg. There’s even a sweets shop and a the Toydarian Toymaker stall has little plush dolls, two dolls that I saw were Leia and Ashoka though I know there were others. The only thing is that the stalls are small and the market packed. I ended up buying a blanket and hoody from the market. Across from the other opening of the restaurant is Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. It is there that you will find all sorts of Jedi and Sith paraphernalia. From Kyber crystals to Sith holocrons, a replica of Master Yoda’s cane, even a Temple Guard mask. They have cool every day items, too, like the beautiful notebook I almost bought. Trust me, it’s another place you cannot miss, especially if you find yourself visiting Savi’s Workshop to build a certain Force Weapon. On either side of the building there are stairs. One set leads to the courtyard for Savi’s workshop and the other set leads to the Millennium Falcon. From the vantage point beside Dok-Ondar’s, you can get a great picture of the Falcon.
One thing that I love about Galaxy’s Edge is something you don’t really find anywhere else and that is the Language Emersion. Instead of saying hello, you are greeted with “Bright Suns” (morning/day) or “Rising Moons” (evening) and “‘Til the Spires” is goodbye. A receipt is a “Cargo slip” and phones are “Data pads”. I’m putting this in here simply because I’m not sure how many people actually know about it. When Isbe and I were walking around, we passed the Milk Stand and were wished a “Bright Suns”. I turned and immediately wished the CM a “Bright Suns” in return and he seemed surprised, smiling and commenting excitedly, “I like that”. Throughout the trip we were met with differing levels of surprise when we would use the local dialect. It was one of the unique things I missed when we visited other DW parks.
I’m sure I could go on about this place, but I’d probably need another post to do it. We were so excited to visit Batuu and we were not disappointed in any way with it. Isbe enjoyed it so much, every time we got ready to head somewhere she would ask, “Star Wars?” Black Spire Outpost, on the planet of Batuu, is a magical addition to Walt Disney World and I hope it stays for a long, long time. I guarantee you, we’ll be going back. Maybe next time I’ll build my own lightsaber to combat the Sith one the boys made. ‘Til the Spire.
If you don’t know, the book Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson takes place on Batuu and is all about how the rebel base is established there. I read it back in December in preparation for watching The Rise of Skywalker. It’s a great way to learn about Batuu.