PHOTOS, VIDEO: Our First Look Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Today, we were lucky enough to be among the chosen few Travelers allowed onto Batuu at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Having already experienced the land during its opening at Disneyland, despite knowing that the two parks would share various commonalities, we knew there’d be some differences building upon lessons learned and adapted to accommodate a slightly different audience here in Florida. Take a photo tour with us as we travel through Black Spire Outpost taking in all the sights.
First off, some geography. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is located in the back corner of the park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (As opposed to the upper right-hand corner in Disneyland Park.) You enter through a tunnel located in Grand Avenue. If you’re checking in for a preview, a number of tables and umbrellas are set up with Cast Members at the ready with credentials.
The way the land is set up, however, is mainly the same, with the exception of the layout of the Resistance Forest.
The entrance tunnel is pretty fascinating in how it blends subway tile and flat rock panels and has them lead up to this rock cave tunnel.
Once you make it through the forest, you’re led up to the entrance of the Marketplace.
Black Spire Marketplace
One of the bigger (literally) differences we’ve spotted between the two Galaxy’s Edge lands is this very entrance to the Marketplace. First off, the colors lean on almost red tones, whereas in Disneyland they’re mostly beige. Also, as you can see spilling into the right side of the photo, is that blue container pod. Over in Disneyland, it’s––you guessed it––also beige. Here’s a quick photo for comparative purposes:
Walking through, there’s the same decorative wood carvings stand…
And again, a seemingly identical layout. The colors here just seem more vibrant, compared to the array of Disneyland beige.
Another main difference we noticed? Over by the entrance to the Marketplace are the first set of bathrooms and water fountains. Yes, these are the infamous Dianoga water fountains. While this is the same over in Disneyland, the middle pedestal and seating area in this section is different. Disneyland’s is distinctly larger and shaped like one of the buildings, while this one is smaller in circumference (potentially for higher people traffic to the area) and shaped like an ancient engraved monolith. We’ve also included a photo below for reference..
We regret to inform, however, that the ill-fated space sporks of Galaxy’s Edge lore have yet to make an appearance at this location, which is starting off with plain silverware. It’s worth noting that the dishes at Disneyland were also served in these fun, faux cast-iron pots, and not in these white melamine bowls.
I’m happy to see that my favorite little outdoor seating area made it over to Walt Disney World, too.