The Force is in the Details

The Force is in the Details

8 Great Star Wars Details in Galaxy’s Edge.

There are hundreds of details to be discovered in the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, and soon to be seen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But I’ve chosen 8 fantastic details that I think really make the Force come alive. Check them out!

1. 77 80 83

Look below at the cargo ship atop of Docking Bay 7. Studying it you’ll see the numbers 77 and 83.

Cargo ship on top of Docking Bay 7.

What do these numbers reference? Well, they give tribute to two of three films in the first trilogy. The number 77 relates to the year Star Wars: A New Hope premiered. The number 83 relates to the third film, The Last Jedi. So where’s The Empire Strikes Back? For that answer, you have to go into the restaurant.

Cargo captured. Video by J. Jeff Kober.

Look up while you’re in the restaurant and you’ll see the center crate being lowered down. It has the number 80 and symbolically references the one film in the trilogy leaving you feel a little “down” than “up” at the end of the movie. It’s a clever reference.

2. Popcorn and a Soda

No, this isn’t going to the movies. This time you’re in the movies.

In Merchant Row you will find Kat Saka’s Kettle Pop Corn. This mix of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn called, “Outpost Mix” is out of this world. And your tasty treat is delivered in little droid buckets.

Not very themed, but the paper bag is definitely 70’s vintage. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

I’m not a popcorn fan. But this really blew me away. I’ve tried more varieties at Tokyo Disney than I care to share. None of them impress me. But this one was really great. In fact, with all of the really super snack choices at Disneyland, it was one of my favorites.

By the way, this is one of the places in Black Spire Outpost you can get Coca Cola beverages in the thermo detonator style cans. They’re a great keepsake as well.

Not sure how you get these past TSA at the airport. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

3. Garbage Cans

“What an incredible smell I’ve discovered!”

Two canisters. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney trash receptacles are a study in graphic design in and of themselves. There are others that are more detailed than these. But there’s a great little detail that makes them really fun. On the side is a set of numbers. It seems random, but it’s the code Luke cries out to C3PO and R2D2 to get them out of the trash compactor. You can see it play out below:

4. Drinking Fountain

Speaking of the trash compactor, you’ll recall in that same scene that a strange alien squid like creature nearly taking the life of Luke before the walls started to close in. That same creature can be found when you get a drink of water. See below:

A little difficult to film during the day, but still very cool. Video by J. Jeff Kober.

5. Mountain Range

Nothing completes a Disney themed land than mountains. Disney parks are known for its mountains like Big Thunder, Splash and even Space Mountain. But then Radiator Springs created an entire mountain range, partly to block out the Racers ride show building and the high wire transmission lines in that area, but also to simply create the desert terrain that makes up this Route 66 location. To stand in this land and see yourself nearly surrounded by mountains at night is really amazing.

Black Spire Outpost is no less. There are mountains all around you. Yes, they block the view of show buildings. But they do an unbelievable job of making you feel like you’re truly arrived in a different place. Here is just a part of what you’ll see:

The Millennium Falcon sits nestled against the mountains of the Black Spire Forest. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
The mountains aren’t just in the background, but they crop up in the middle of the village. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Every spire is unique, with its own color palette. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

6. Interactivity

When I first arrived at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, the morning crowd was led toward the Millennium Falcon. What stood out in that moment was not just seeing this full-size Falcon, but it just happened that on a platform at Docking Bay 7 across from the Falcon was Chewie waving his arms and greeting both the ship and the guests.

Seizing the moment, I stepped up to the photo platform get my photo with Chewie. Great memories are made here!

Selfie taken with Wookie. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

I’ve had my photo taken with Chewie before, but there was something amazing about doing it here in the middle of this new land, with the Falcon behind us.

I found others walking around. Sometimes they were doing photos, but often they were interacting with the guests as if we were part of the story. I found Stormtroopers looking down from a sentry position at Black Spire Station.

Stormtroopers on patrol. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

I later found Rey, made famous by Daisy Riddle, in the Resistance Encampment. She agreed to a photo in front of the entrance to the new Rise of the Resistance attraction.

Rey ready to go into action. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

I’ll talk more about this in another article, but I don’t think you can have enough of these characters mingling and engaging guests as they visit the planet Batuu.

7. Gift Card

I would have missed this entirely if a Cast Member hadn’t asked if I wanted a gift card when I purchased a Rex droid. Why would I want a gift card? Well they make a great keepsake–and they’re free! Check it out!

Gift card token with envelope. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

It’s a like a heavy bronze coin, and you can add as many credits/dollars to it as you’d like. Always nice to have a free keepsake.

8. This is the Droid You’re Looking For!

Speaking of Rex, here’s my favorite detail in the cosmos. Rx-24, former pilot of Star Tours, is now the DJ at Oga’s Cantina. He is the perfect guy for the job, and you have to check him out when you visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

Rex at the helm. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

But Rex is also a robot-like droid toy that they sell at Droid Depot. Lots of great merchandise can be found throughout Galaxie’s Edge.

Rex is depicted in an orange casing in the center of his fellow droids. Photo by Disney.

So that wraps up some of the details found throughout Galaxy’s Edge but if you would like to dig deeper, be sure to check out our Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A Complete Guide. For a peak into what the guide holds, take a look at the “Star Wars” link on our home page. The full guide includes hundreds of photos, drawings, videos, plus interactive maps like the one depicted below. Check it out!

Our unique interactive guide covers details you can’t find on any Disneyland app. Make sure you get your check it out. Map by J. Jeff Kober.

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