Per the now-official canon: “Batuu is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space—the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. The planet is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventures wishing to avoid any unnecessary...entanglements with the First Order.”
Galaxy’s Edge, while not possessing a singular story, has its own spot in the Star Wars canon, per this year’s D23 presentation: It is set in the “Age of Resistance,” aka the new trilogy era, where visitors will encounter the First Order instead of the Empire, and the Resistance instead of the Galactic Alliance. So you won’t see Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, but Chewbacca, Rey and Kylo Ren bounce around the park, attempting to recruit you to support either the Resistance or the First Order.
Upon arrival, we were transported to the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Various Galaxy’s Edge team members helped us move through the park and greeted us with the customary “bright suns,” this planet’s version of “good morning.” (“Rising moons” is the equivalent of “good evening.”)
Roaming around the park were stormtroopers who stopped visitors at random, questioning them and looking to gain information. Meanwhile, soldiers of the Resistance populated another area, looking to recruit visitors to their cause. Don’t get caught looking at your cell phone for too long, lest you get accused of being a spy trying to “hack a communications array.”
Disney spared no expense in building Galaxy’s Edge, and that can be seen from the moment you step into the attraction. Created with more than 200,000 square feet of rockwork and around 260,000 square feet of plaster, as well as countless props, the Black Spire Outpost truly comes to life and feels like a living, breathing location in the Star Wars universe.