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If you’re planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you probably can’t wait to set foot on Batuu, something so many “Star Wars” have been dreaming of for as long as we can remember. But once you arrive at Black Spire Outpost, there are so many hidden gems to keep an eye out for as you meander the streets and experience everything you can within your limited time. From references to all of the “Star Wars” films to subtle elements behind the land’s inspiration, everything you’ll be taking in on your visit is almost overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve compiled this guide to all of the hidden gems in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Remember that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is identical at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so these hidden gems can be found in both lands.
References to the “Star Wars” universe
As Disney previously announced, Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, where Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes place, is set during the time of the current “Star Wars” trilogy (which is why you’ll see Rey and Kylo Ren throughout the land). However, Black Spire Outpost contains many hidden gems and elements that represent many different eras of the “Star Wars” universe, including references to events and characters you may remember from the various “Star Wars” films, shows, books, comics, and more. Here are some examples:
- In a tank above a Black Spire Outpost drinking fountain, you’ll find the dianoga from the Death Star trash compactor as seen in “Star Wars: A New Hope”
- In Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, you can see the taxidermic wampa from the ice planet Hoth as seen in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.” Also in Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, take a look at the mural on the wall. It depicts an ancient battle between the light and dark sides of the Force (the original version of the mural was seen in Chancellor Palpatine’s office in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”).
- In the Ronto Roasters market stall, look for a podracing engine that references the scene in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Also in this market stall, you’ll see a former smelter droid turning the spit of meats, which is similar to a droid you may remember from Jabba the Hutt’s palace in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”
- In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Hondo Ohnaka, who you’ll recognize from the animated television series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” gives guests their mission on the attraction.
Details of the land itself
As you meander through Black Spire Outpost, notice all of the details of the land’s aesthetic. Batuu’s landscape is set amid tall petrified tree trunks, as Black Spire Outpost was named for the trunk at the center of the village that is darker than all of the others. Walking around Batuu, take a look at the ground and spot the authentic droid tracks left behind. You’ll also notice that the land feels as though it is set back in time much earlier than the current “Star Wars” timeline. That’s because the items and materials you’ll find throughout the land are mostly pre-1980 to give the land the same look and feel of the first “Star Wars” films.
Several of the hidden gems in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are actually available for purchase in the various merchandise locations throughout the land. Here are some items you can purchase that are actually references to items from past “Star Wars” films:
- At Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, you’ll find a replica of Princess Leia Organa’s necklace worn at the end of “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
- At Resistance Supply, you can purchase a soldier’s ration kit, which is based on Luke Skywalker’s kit seen in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”
- At Black Spire Outfitters, guests can purchase Jedi robes and tunics which are modeled after the costumes for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.”
- The interactive experience when building a droid in Droid Depot draws inspiration from the scene in which Anakin Skywalker tinkers with C-3PO in “Star War: The Phantom Menace.”
- Your lightsaber building experience at Savi’s Workshop is inspired by episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” where young Jedis learn how to build their own lightsabers.
There are so many more hidden gems throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and we don’t want to spoil the land for your before you have the chance to visit Batuu. If you’re a “Star Wars” fan, keep this guide in mind as you meander the streets of Black Spire Outpost so you know what to look out for.