ETW #19 Visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland

Star Wars Galaxys Edge Disneyland California

On May 31, 2019 the biggest addition in Disneyland’s history finally opened to the public, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This is the most anticipated change in Disneyland’s history, so today we are chatting with two experts who share their thoughts, opinions and key tips about visiting this new land.

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Star Wars Galaxys Edge Disneyland California

This massive 14-acre new land builds on the Star Wars story but on a planet that has not been seen in the cannon. The land takes place on a far-flung planet named Batuu and the largest village, Black Spire Outpost. According to the backstory, it’s home to rogues, scoundrels, smugglers and members of the Resistance. The landscape is just as rough, with enormous rock formations that give the village its name.

Around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge there is plenty to see and do, which is why this week we are talking all about the most important features of this incredible new world.

This week’s guests

Jason Cochran (@JasCochran) has been a travel authority and consumer expert for more than twenty years. He’s been a regular writer for publications including Travel + Leisure, the New York Post, USA Today, and The New York Times, and he has been on staff at Entertainment Weekly, Budget Travel, and AOL Travel (as executive editor). Jason has twice won Guide Book of the Year in the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, and once from the North American Travel Journalists Association. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of and co-host of the weekly Frommer Travel Show on WABC in New York City. Books include Here Lies America: Buried Agendas and Family Secrets at the Tourist Sights Where Bad History Went Down (summer 2019). Learn more at:


Hugo Martin covers the travel industries, including airlines and theme parks, for the Los Angeles Times Business section. A native Californian, Martin was part of the Metro staff that won three Pulitzer Prizes in 1993, 1995 and 1998. He was also on the Travel section staff that won the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2008. He is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and Lakers fan.


Links to related resources:

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland – What The Experience is Really Like (LandLopers)

Your Visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Will Be Much Better if You Know These Things First (Frommers)

Disneyland adds another crowd-management fix at Star Wars land (LA Times)

Disneyland declares Star Wars land opening a success, says crowding ‘nonexistent’ (LA Times)


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