On May 31, Disneyland opened its long-awaited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge section. Inspired by the lore of the iconic science-fiction series, the brand-new 14-acre themed area allows fans to immerse themselves in a galaxy that’s not so far, far away anymore. Furthermore, Disney’s Imagineers filled the sprawling attraction with Easter eggs referencing the “Star Wars” films and animated series.
Here is a rundown of some of the many hidden tributes and clever details guests can discover in the latest addition to the Magic Kingdom.
5. Ronto Roasters
Ronto Roasters, a Galaxy’s Edge eatery, hosts a few references to the original and prequel trilogies. Careful observers will note that the engine “roasting” meat in the center of the restaurant belongs to a podracer. Notably, “The Phantom Menace” features a thrilling podrace in which young Anakin won his freedom.
Additionally, a droid that might be familiar to old-school fans operates Ronto’s grill. The lanky white model is an 8D8, a machine employed by Jabba the Hutt in “Return of the Jedi.”
4. Toydarian Toymaker
The Toydarian Toymaker shop is jam-packed with references to the “Star Wars” saga. Appropriately, the store’s signage features the image of a Toydarian. A member of the species named Watto owns Anakin and his mother Shmi in “The Phantom Menace.” Additionally, Han Solo’s electric blue Mobquet M-68 from “Solo” is part of the shop’s exterior.
Plus, the retail location’s interior hosts a vast assortment of cinematic Easter eggs. For instance, park visitors can catch sight of a wooden toy stormtrooper identical to the one owned by “Rogue One” protagonist Jyn Erso. The Toymaker shelves also contain Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge and the Jawa Sandcrawler for “Return of the Jedi.” Furthermore, a Naboo N-1 starfighter from “Phantom Menace” sits on the same shelf.
Most impressively, the “Star Wars”-themed gift shop features a marionette recreation of one of “A New Hope’s” most iconic moments. Puppet versions of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader locked in combat hang near the ceiling of the store.
3. Droid Depot
The Black Spire Outpost’s Droid Depot gives visitors the chance to build their own Astromech units. However, visitors interested in buying an R2 or BB unit should look through the store carefully before they leave. Disney’s Imagineers put a series of popular “Star Wars” droids onto its junk filled shelves and walls. Eagle-eyed shoppers can spot the body of an Imperial enforcer droid (“Rogue One”), a battle droid head (prequel trilogy), and a partially dismantled Imperial probe droid (“Empire Strikes Back”).
2. Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
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Galaxy’s Edge visitors will find a veritable basket of Easter eggs in Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. The establishment’s titular collector somehow acquired a Medal of Bravery; an honor Princess Leia bestowed upon Han and Luke at the end of “A New Hope.” Additionally, the store features a bust of “Phantom Menace” villain Darth Maul and the helmet of a Mandalorian.
Moreover, Dok-Ondar’s den contains an impressive taxidermy collection. One of the Ithorian’s trophy walls boasts a nexu and tauntaun, beasts that appeared in “Attack of the Clones” and “Empire Strikes Back,” respectively. The shop also has a rage-filled but thankfully stuffed wampa on display. The collector’s showroom also features the helmet of Boushh; the bounty hunter Princess Leia posed as in “Return of the Jedi.”
Furthermore, the Den showcases an artifact once owned by Emperor Palpatine himself. The collector adorned his wall with a bas-relief depicting the Great Hyperspace War of 5000 BBY. The Emperor had the sculpture in his office in “Revenge of the Sith.”
All of the above-listed antiquities pale in comparison to the shop’s strangest element. For some reason, the area’s designers snuck a golden head bust of prequel trilogy antagonist Jar Jar Binks on a den shelf.
1. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Predictably, Disney’s Imagineers saved their best “Star Wars” Easter eggs for the “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” motion simulator attraction. To begin, a pirate named Hondo Ohnaka gives players their mission details. Ohnaka appears in both the “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” animated series.
Disneyland guests can also get a firsthand look at iconic objects from different eras inside the “Falcon.” At one point, fans cans see a Dejarik holochess table and the blast helmet Luke used during training in “A New Hope.”
In another section of the ship, visitors will notice what appears to be an abandoned game of Sabacc. In “Solo,” Han bests Lando in a round of the game to win the Millennium Falcon.
Notably, this list of Galaxy’s Edge Easter eggs isn’t comprehensive. As the park just opened, “Star Wars” fans will likely be uncovering its secrets for years to come.