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What’s Free in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

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Like all Disney/Star Wars junkies, I was anxiously glued to social media & the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland last week. And immediately- IMMEDIATELY– made plans to attend the Galaxy’s Edge opening day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in August. Yup, they got me. But I’m going off planet on a budget this year and I needed to know: What’s free in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World?

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Stormtroopers

Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to Black Spire Outpost, a village on the planet of Batuu. Guests will discover two signature attractions. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, available opening day, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening later this year. (Richard Harbaugh/Disney Parks)

Real story: I had no plans to head to Batuu any time soon. I was going to play it cool, let the crowds swarm and just stay the heck out of that. 

And then FOMO (fear of missing out) hit. And it’s real.

Like, really real. And luckily for me, I have a few enabler type friends who gently pushed me over the “should I or shouldn’t I?” edge. 

Y’all: find yourself some friends that support your dreams. 

So I’m going. Galaxy’s Edge: I’ll be IN YOU on August 29, 2019, for the opening day excitement!

ps- if you want to follow an excellent and detailed trip report from a Disneyland Batuu resident, head over to Good Thoughts, Inc. and read what Nicole experienced!

Free in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Galaxy’s Edge: Batuu on a Budget

But hold up.

I’m, um, well I’ll be honest.

I’m low on credits these days (thanks, 16-year-old new driver son + insurance +growing an inch a month = one hurting bank account!).


That mom life, y’all. I thought they cost a lot as babies but baahahhahahahhahahahahahahhaa.

Okay, I digress. Back to Batuu on a budget. 

Disney World Annual Pass Disneyland Annual PAss

Old photo: I no longer own the Disneyland AP. Sob! I miss it so. But Walt Disney World treats me well.

I knew if I made this trip, I had to be careful with costs. Let the Galaxy’s Edge budget planning begin!

Thankfully I had a shared room to crash in (thank you for loving Star Wars as a new fangirl, Jane!), a paid in full Disney World Annual Pass, and a few air miles left over from recent trips. That pretty much gets me there, houses me, and gets me into Galaxy’s Edge without spending extra money. Well, much anyway. 

But I gotta work on the on-planet budget while I visit the Black Spires Outpost. I have a feeling I could get into trouble quickly there with all this tempting merchandise.

Mechandise haul from Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Batuu

Nicole said she spent around $300 on all of the above. Photo: 

What’s Free in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

There’s got to be free things in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, right? Because I know there are ways to score free things in Disneyland so some of that has to spill over to this new land. 

I’ve done some research and asked friends who have visited Batuu what kind of souvenirs or experience I could take away for free at Galaxy’s Edge. 

One thing to point out: I realize that none of this is really free in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I mean, you’ve got to pay to get into the land, if nothing else. 

But I’m going at this from the fact that you know you’re going, I know you’re going, Disney knows you’re going… and you know you want something tangible to remember the trip by. 

Here’s what I found to help you hit up Batuu on a budget. 

1. Free in Galaxy’s Edge: Cool Batuu PhotoPass Card

The pictures are not free- unless you have an Annual Pass. But the card, guys, the card is so cool!

And it costs you nothing to walk up, get a PhotoPass photographer picture, and collect your free Galaxy’s Edge souvenir.

free in star wars galaxys edge photopass card called data image collection card


2. Water is Free In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Just like at every quick service location in Disney Parks, you can get a free cup of water in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. 

Hit up Docking Bay 7 for your cool and quenching cup of water. No purchase necessary (I usually go over to the Mobile Order line to ask for this). 

This may seem silly to add to the list, but, um, have you been to a Disney Park in August? Trust your feelings, you know it’s true. You’ll be thanking me for this free tip!

3. Oga’s Cantina Coasters are Free in Galaxy’s Edge

And they are adorable!

Ogas cantina drink coasters are free in galaxys edge at disney world and disneyland


4. Free Galaxy’s Edge Themed Park Maps

Yes, I know, everything is on the My Disney Experience or Disneyland apps. 

But don’t you just love holding a real paper Disney map? There’s something sweet and nostalgic about that. And guess what, space travelers?

The theme park maps are free in Galaxy’s Edge. So you know I’m picking up one for my scrapbook!

5. “Free” Gift Card* From Batuu 

This one is pretty cool, I mean, have you ever seen such an amazing gift card?

Yes, I’m geeking out over a gift card: peak Disney, here I am. 

gift card from batuu in galaxy's edge


Now this one comes with an *

Because it’s not totally free in the sense that, like theme park entry, you are going to put money down to come home with this gift card. 

However, the money you put on this gift card when you purchase it can be used everywhere Disney Gift Cards are accepted.

You can spend this all over Disneyland, Walt Disney World, in your Disney resort, online on an app, and even for your runDisney Rival Run race registration

gift card from batuu in galaxy's edge


And if you’re spending just about any time on Disney property, you know that $100 will go to good use. Hang on to the gift card after it’s depleted as a souvenir (or reload it and use it forever!). 

6. WiFi & the Play Disney Parks App Is Free On Batuu

I mean… we had to add this one! Disney’s FREE Play Disney Parks app is a must do (I hear) on Batuu.

Want to get super interactive while walking around or waiting in line?

Use the app with the free wifi you’ll find in the park. 

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Ð Play Disney Parks Mobile App

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land within a Disney park designed to integrate with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, which debuted last year. Guests who choose to use the Play Disney Parks app in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, will be able to transform it into their very own Star Wars: Datapad. The app provides new opportunities for guests to engage with the land. (Richard Harbaugh/Disney Parks)

Also: be sure to connect to the free wifi in Galaxy’s Edge.

Because I need to see all your IG worthy scans (photos) until I can make my own trip to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

So connect and share. For me, umkay?

Til the Spires!

Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on August 29, 2019. 

For more Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge news, check out this post. 

And ps- teachers: you’ve got Disney Springs resort discounts this summer! Check it out!

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Monday 9th of March 2020

Your writing is so adorable and funny!! Thanks for this awesome post! My son and I are headed to Disneyland next week for a Mom and son trip!

Patty Holliday

Monday 9th of March 2020

Aww- thanks! have the best time!

Lindsey Paris

Sunday 11th of August 2019

I ADORE that gift card!!!! What a cool thingy!

Meghan Cooper

Tuesday 11th of June 2019

The Gift card is probably my favorite thing!


Monday 17th of June 2019

It is seriously so cool!