Our visit to Disney’s Star Wars Land Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim, California – Finally became a reality! The Star Wars Universe arrived at planet earth, and we could be among some of the first people (also known as Gay Star Wars Nerds) to visit the Disney Star Wars Land named Galaxy’s Edge during our one-month USA travels for Pride month 2019. LGBTQ+ travelers and local community members can finally put the planet Batuu on their bucket travel list. The Star Wars Saga from a galaxy far away just became an immersive theme park experience, and everybody can come to explore and create their adventures. As vivid gay travel bloggers, we don’t mind traveling to exotic destinations, so when we heard we had the chance to visit Batuu and be one of the first to try Disney’s newest big attraction, we could only jump in the air with joy. Guess what: We could pilot the Millennium Falcon on a Smuggler’s run mission, flying Han Solo’s ship with light speed! Curious? We hope you enjoy our little USA adventure in Disney Star Wars Land, including videos and photos! So, may the force be with you, of course, through a Couple of Men‘s eyes!
Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge Batuu
Two years ago, when we visited the USA Disneyland Anaheim, and Disney California Adventure for the first time the area behind Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain was still a huge construction site surrounded by fences. This was before we turned our work as gay travel bloggers into our full-time job. We were pretty amazed and super excited back then, already knowing that this will become Star Wars Land in the near future. Now, two years later, we were invited to explore Disney’s newest attraction together with a group of international journalists and travel professionals and were stunned and amazed by the magnitude and all the little details at Disney’s newest expansion. Imagineers, engineers, and builders all made sure that Galaxy’s Edge feels immersive and from another world.
Moreover, the Disney cast members make sure that you feel like walking through a sketchy but lively old town with their personalized wardrobe and background stories. We filmed our hike/run into Disneyland, trying to be some of the first people that evening to ride the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers run the attraction, and we capture some of our Galaxy’s Edge highlights on the planet of Batuu. Enjoy our Star Wars Universe experience and don’t forget to make a detour out to Disneyland Anaheim during your next trip through the Southwestern part of the USA.
Batuu – Outpost Planet of the Star Wars Universe
Batuu, a remote outpost planet of the Star Wars Universe on the edge of the galaxy’s Outer Rim Territories, became a reality in Disneyland Anaheim as an immersive and interactive environment for Star Wars fans who are eager to start their adventure while meeting their heroes. We literally cried when entering the new area, and we heard the music originally composed for Galaxy’s Edge by Star Wars alumni John Williams. Why? Because we are big gay Star Wars nerds. So let us share some remarkable details: When entering Disney’s newest expansion, you walk through a forest with at your horizon a mountain ridge covered with big stoned trees that used to cover the planet of Batuu. Here and there, you see that the resistance is populating the forest. They opened some of their cargo to trade supplies and see if anybody could join the cause to defeat the first order. They might even let you take a picture with one of their A-Wings or X-Wings. Just ask Chewbacca to hold your stuff.
We traveled to Anaheim, California for a couple of days, staying in two different hotels: The Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort and, just for one night as a surprise for Daan, at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel just across the street from the Downtown Disneyland District. So, we can strongly recommend hotels and their pools for your visit to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim!
When walking further, you will find the entrance arch into Black Spire Outpost, which opens up into a lively bazaar offering local toys from the Toydarian Toymaker, exotic animals (toys) at the Creature Stall, or strange but oh so good tasting popcorn out of a Mousedroid (the little black android of the Star Destroyer) at Kat Saka’s Kettle. You can discover a variety of Star Wars-inspired food and beverages at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo restaurant and fancy drinks at Oga’s Cantina (first ever alcoholic beverages in Disneyland) while dancing to the DJ R-EX (aka Rex from the old Star Tours ride before C3PO took over as a “pilot”). Oh, and don’t forget to go to the Milk Stand and get your share of blue milk… or green if you have a sweet tooth.
Highlights of Disney’s New Star Wars Land
Here are some highlights of our first visit to Disney’s Star Wars Land in California: Flying the Millennium Falcon during the new E-ticket attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Supporting future Rebels assembling their own astromech unit at the Droid Depot of Batuu. Watching future Jedi knights building and giving power to their own self-constructed laser swords. Playing a role in a resistance storyline along with one (or. more) of the Galaxy’s Edge characters. And, last but not least, just gazing around, exploring every little detail that the Disney Imagineers have created.
And if you are an even greater nerd, you should follow Daan: Download the Play Disney Parks app and open the Galaxy’s Edge game Star Wars Datapad (the Characters will refer to your phone as Datapad in Star Wars Land). Hack yourself into the systems of Batuu activating lights and sounds all around Galaxy’s Edge and intercept important messages from the First Order. Decide if you are helping the rebellion or rather work your way up on the dark side. But choose well, since Storm Troopers are looking everywhere around Batuu for Rebellion spies. If you like shopping and bringing unique souvenirs back home, just follow Karl: Bargain and haggle for some exotic animals and intergalactic products from the Star Wars Galaxy. Maybe you will end up taking care of a Pork!
Interesting Posts for your Gay Travels:
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- All about our Gay Travels around the world as openly Gay Couple >
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- Tips & Tricks: Our Gay Travel Guide United States of America >
Our Tips for Disney Star Wars Land California
Batuu has it all, but this is just the beginning because more details, attractions, characters, and rides are already in planning and in construction. At the moment, only guests staying at the Disney Hotels, including Paradise Pier, can enter the Star Wars Land for a certain amount of time on a designated date. But by the end of the month of June, a new system should be in place to ensure everyone can see and enjoy Disney Star Wars Land. But California won’t stay the only Disney Park having a Star Wars Land. Also, Disney World in Orlando will get a Star Wars Land scheduled to open by the end of August including a Star Wars Hotel at Disney Hollywood Studios! We cannot wait to start planning our Florida trip by the end of 2019 and to explore the second Disney Star Wars Land as well!
Karl & Daan.
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