(Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week and it’s too big and too immersive to be contained in a single review. Our extensive coverage will be collected here.)

The heart of Black Spire Outpost on the Planet Batuu (actually Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland) is a quaint indoor marketplace that feels like the Star Wars version of an international bazaar. Disney Imagineers traveled to Morocco and Turkey to experience ancient open-air markets, which inspired the design of this area. There are little stalls with Batuu residents selling their goods and wares and everything you can purchase is designed to look “in-universe.” Nothing sports the Star Wars logo or says Disneyland…except maybe the Disney Parks bags, but I hope they will change that eventually to something more in-universe.

And beyond the Marketplace lies even more shops, with each one built around a very specific kind of merchandise. Here’s what you need to know.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Food Menu

(Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week and it’s too big and too immersive to be contained in a single review. Our extensive coverage will be collected here.)

Like any theme park land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland features a variety of food for you to enjoy, all of it themed as if it came from a galaxy far, far away. We had food we loved, food we liked, food that barely missed the mark, and yes, food that we didn’t even finish because…yuck.

When you visit Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, here’s what you should eat and drink. And what you should avoid.

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ogas cantina star wars galaxys edge

(Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week and it’s too big and too immersive to be contained in a single review. Our extensive coverage will be collected here.)

Walking through the eastern street of Black Spire Outpost on the Planet Batuu (but actually in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland), you will come across a big building with music blaring out the front door. It’s the Star Wars version of walking past a hopping club in the city. There’s even a long line of hopeful clubgoers lining the sidewalk, wanting to get in. The only thing missing is a huge bouncer standing in front of the door with his arms crossed wearing a leather jacket. (Disneyland, please add a big alien bouncer to stand outside these doors. It would be awesome.)

While Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has only two main attractions (only one of which will be open on day one), many cast members refer to Oga’s Cantina as the secret third attraction. And if you want to get into the Cantina, you are going to have to wait it out. I waited in line for 45 minutes to get into the Cantina during a preview day, and have heard of people waiting upwards of two hours to get into the bar. Yes, that is two hours of their four-hour reservation in the land spent waiting in line for a bar. Choose wisely, kids.

But honestly? What’s inside will be worth it for many Star Wars fans.

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millenium falcon smugglers run at star wars galaxys edge

(Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week and it’s too big and too immersive to be contained in a single review. Our extensive coverage will be collected here.)

Tucked into Black Spire Outpost on the Planet Batuu (actually Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim, California), you will find an infamous ship parked at the local port: the Millennium Falcon. And yes, seeing it in-person is amazing.

This life-size recreation of the iconic ship is so much bigger than I ever expected. There is a real difference between seeing it in the movies and seeing it right in front of you. It’s a really cool sight and I’m sure tons of people will be taking photos with it. Disney Photo Pass photographers are stationed around the ship to take your picture, although they might inquire why you want to take a photo with this “hunk of junk” (Yes, even the Disneyland photographers are trained to act in-character.) In fact, the old freighter is under repair and service, and I’ve heard that if you’re lucky and arrive at the right time, you might find Chewbacca underneath the ship, hard at work. The Falcon occasionally sprays mist, and you can hear the crew running tests on the old ship. You might even see them power up the engines to give it a spin.

But this isn’t just a photo opportunity. It’s also the entrance to the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction. The queue line for the ride takes you all around the ship: you’ll see it from behind, from above, and yes, even from inside. And then you get to pilot it.

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Review

(Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this week and it’s too big and too immersive to be contained in a single review. Our extensive coverage will be collected here.)

When you are in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it really does feel like you are being transported to a planet somewhere in the Star Wars galaxy. I had a chance to visit Disneyland’s newest expansion and I was blown away. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting a galaxy far, far away.

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