I visited Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction and it turns out that it isn't about the rides, it's about the shopping - here's what you can buy
- Disneyland's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge destination isn't about the rides, it's about the shopping.
- All the "Star Wars" merchandise in Galaxy's Edge is exclusive to the land, but we have some suggestions on how to get similar stuff from the comfort of your home.
- For those - like me - who are big "Star Wars" and Disneyland fans, Galaxy's Edge merch is pretty much irresistible.
- Galaxy's Edge just opened in California and will be opening in Florida soon, so you can shop the land on both coasts.
Spoiler alert - the main attraction at Disneyland's brand new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge isn't the rides, it's the shopping. While it's true that you can steer the Millennium Falcon through outer space, sip on a concoction called the Jedi Mind Trick at the Cantina, and spy on Rey as she plays with kids wearing their Jedi best, you'll probably end up spending most of your time perusing the souvenirs for sale. That's exactly what happened to me when I visited for the first time (and ending up buying way more than I expected).
Star Wars: A Galaxy's Edge opened in Disneyland in Anaheim, CA on May 31. For those on the East Coast, the companion land, an almost identical version of the one out West, will open in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL on August 29. This newfangled land - the fictional Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu - has a crazy selection of merchandise to divide you from your money. The way Disney does it - with shopping sprinkled thoughout the immersive storytelling, interactive experiences, and a stunning attention to detail - the process of whipping out your credit card really isn't too painful.
Disney has even found a way to manage the crowds via a virtual queuing system that's put in place when it's needed, which means you won't experience sellouts of the exclusive merch they've stocked in their eclectic mix of shops. And when I say exclusive, I mean it. Almost everything in Galaxy's Edge - and that's hundreds of items - is unique to the location. That means you can't buy the exact items online, but you can find extremely similar (if not nearly identical) products on Disney's website.
Below, you'll find several similar items to what I found in Galaxy's Edge, along with a guide to which stores to visit if you go to the park.
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