Tips for Traveling to Black Spire Outpost, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge


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Is your family excited to visit Black Spire Outpost at Disneyland? I wanted to share a few insights so you don’t miss out on anything!

Fortunately for me, the night before I went to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, I was able to interview a seventh grader. Zev’s tips greatly enhanced my visit which was only the 3rd day that Black Spire Outpost on Batuu was even open. I was honestly impressed with his knowledge and so was my group. Because of him, we discovered more features of this new land!

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge by Lisa Niver
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge by Lisa Niver

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and three jobs

First, Zev explained that he wanted to go on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run three times. Second, he told me why, which is because this motion simulator attraction has three jobs: pilot, gunner and engineer. I was a gunner and my job turned out to press the buttons as they lit up and I was shooting at enemy forces for our interactive smuggling mission. We were a team of five, however, there should be two people doing each job. I loved this ride and we all had a great time. You can watch on my video and see that there was lots of screaming and laughing as we worked together.

Lisa Niver at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
Lisa Niver at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

We did seem to run into the ground several times as our pilot’s might have missed keeping us on course. Since we were riding at night, we saw the outpost in the screens at night.

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After waiting 45 minutes in line, my friend saw a sign that this ride was not for those with neck or back concerns and chose to leave us just before we entered the ride. We did not see this sign at the entrance to the line. The area opened on Friday, May 31, 2019, and we were there on Sunday, June 2, 2019. I am guessing more signs will be added. There will be both a stand-by line and a singles line. The second ride for this area, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is expected to open later this year.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Blue or Green Milk
Green and Blue Milk and allergies

Zev suggested that I find and try the green and blue milk. The milk stand with the drink that Luke Skywalker had in the movie is not made from milk. The Disney team told me it has rice and coconut. They said the blue “milk” does have berries. They were going to check if I could have the green milk but I chose to not have either due to concerns about my allergies to berries.

Droid Depot at Star Wars Galaxy's EdgeDroid Depot

We saw a woman holding a droid and telling it to look at us. I loved the color and the sounds. I went into the Droid Depot where you can design, assemble and activate a customized droid. It will cost you 100 credits ($100) and it will be extremely unique. I loved the droids that were all along the walls and the conveyer belt of pieces.

Savi's Workshop Light Saber Savi’s Workshop: Handbuilt Lightsabers

One of the best tips I had from Zev was to look for the lightsabers. I asked in the Droid Depot about where to find them and the team member said, “Do you mean scrap metal?” Not catching on quickly, I said, “I am looking for where you make a lightsaber.” He repeated, “You mean you are looking for scrap metal?” and made a large obvious wink. So I looked at him and winked and said, “Oh yes! Where do I find scrap metal?” He told me to go out and turn towards the right. I found the scrap metal and learned about the clandestine shop that is continuing the work of the Force. There is a picture of a lightsaber on the wall but of course there is not a sign because the resistance does not want the shop to be discovered! In order to build one, you will pay 215 credits ($215usd) and you can go into the workshop. I did film in the Droid Depot and only outside Savi’s workshop but I did not have time to  go inside this visit.

Rey and Chewbacca at Star Wars Galaxy's EdgeThe entire land is well designed and when we first entered we immediately saw Rey and Chewbacca. You can buy food at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo as well as Ronto Roasters wraps. The creature shop was a big hit when I was there and so many people left with new friends to take home.

I loved my first visit to this new land which is the largest addition to Anaheim Disneyland since it opened in 1955. The interactive ride, shopping and food are on 14 acres which will transport you to a galaxy far, far away!

Disneyland at Night by Lisa Niver

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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