Next stop Batuu! We’re lightspeed to Galaxy’s Edge Black Spire Outpost for our review of Walt Disney World’s newest land. Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked into the different areas within the land, from piloting the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy to building our partner in crime at the Droid Depot and enjoying a beverage or two with DJ Rex at Oga’s Cantina. With more reviews on the horizon, we’re taking a look at the biggest attraction, the land itself. We’re off to the outer most point of the galaxy to explore Black Spire Outpost!
Massive! Our words cannot describe just how large Black Spire is, but we’ll try our best. To give it a little perspective, Black Spire Outpost is equal in size of Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, and Pandora: World of Avatar all combined. All in all, the area encompasses 14 acres.
Walking through the land, it takes about 7 to 10 minutes to walk from Grand Avenue entrance to the other entrance point next to Toy Story Land. At the time of opening, you’ll find the majority of the experiences and attractions closer to the Toy Story Land side. On December 5, 2019, when Rise of the Resistance opens, the attraction will be the first thing you encounter when entering via Grand Avenue.
Passholder Insights: When entering Black Spire Outpost from Toy Story Land listen to the large Buzz Lightyear when leaving, he has a message for you.
No detail is too small. Jaw-dropping to say the least. For us, it’s what makes Black Spire Outpost stand apart from any other land. As we made our way around Baatu when encountered Droids who were talking to each other, some may even say arguing. The details that really caught our attention were the littlest of things, from the worn look on the buildings and everything throughout the land, trees on the spires, and all the intricate items (not for sale) within the market.
Our favorite detail is how Disney Imagineering creates the spires. While walking through the land you can feel their size and weight, and it truly feels like you left Hollywood Studios and are in a completely different world.
Passholder Insights: The details within the Millennium Falcon are unmatched. Keep an eye on the starship as there are many things that happen throughout the day, #nospoliers.
When “on planet”. Oh yeah, when walking through Black Spire Outpost Batuuan’s (cast members) refer to the area as being “on-planet” and anything outside of Galaxy’s End, as “off-planet”. When you’re “on-planet” many traditional words and phrases don’t fully translate to Batuuanese (the language of Batuu). For example, if you’re looking for a restroom it’s a refresher or water fountain it’s a hydralator. All these small tweaks add to the immersion of the land, and every cast member plays a part in progressing the story.
When interacting with the different Batuuan villagers one of our favorite things to do is ask them when they came to Batuu. Every Batuuan has a different backstory, and to say the least, the backstories are elaborate and well thought out. The only thing you may or may not want to say is, “may the force be with you”, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Keep in mind you never know who is part of the resistance and who sides with the First Order.
Passholder Insights: When walking around Black Spire Outpost you can use the Play Disney Parks to translate a variety of the signs you find in Aurebesh.
Chewy?! He’s not your average Wookie. At random times during the day, we saw a vary of characters walking about the land. From Chewy to Rey, and the ever menacing Kyloe Ren, you never know who you’ll encounter on Batuu. One of the best parts of Galaxy’s Edge is how Disney brought back the concept of roaming characters within the land. One of the best encounters is with Kyloe Ren as he makes his way around the streets and directly speaks to different guests.
Passholder Insights: With the roaming characters they will not stop long enough to allow a line to start for pictures. They will engage with guests and take quick pictures.
Thoroughly impressed! We had very high expectations of the land and we have to say Disney World exceeds everything we could imagine. The way the land transports you out of Hollywood Studios to Batuu is fantastic. There were many times where we forgot we were within a theme park. It’s definitely worth taking the time to explore the little details hidden within every aspect of Black Spire Outpost. May the Force be With You!