Disney’s version of Star Wars is its own unprecedented creation, a unique destination called Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, which has never been seen in films before. Designed with meticulous input from Lucasfilm to ensure every light saber burn mark and creature fits in with the franchise’s universe, Galaxy’s Edge is like the set of a play that no one has seen yet. All you really need to grasp is that Black Spire is a remote, mostly forgotten hideaway where scoundrels and smugglers thrive. There is an oppressive regime (the First Order), whose agents drop by occasionally to beat the bushes for a band of rebels (the Resistance) that hides out around these parts (that is, outside of the settlement, where the Rise of the Resistance ride is). Although it’s not immediately evident, the day you’re visiting Batuu takes place sometime after the events depicted in 2017’s The Last Jedi.

The souvenirs are nothing like you’ve seen before. Seek Yoda key chains, you must not. Much of what’s sold here feels more like movie props than cheesy souvenirs. The souklike Marketplace is lined with stalls, each selling themed merch (Jedi clothing in one, stuffed animal “pets” in another, and one selling crude dolls of folk heroes from the Resistance that these remote people have heard tell of once, like Finn and Leia). The divinely decorated Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is where you find the collectibles for the hardest-core fans. At Droid Depot, you can build your own robot companion, like an honest-to-goodness radio-controlled BB-8 model that actually rolls along.

Even the Coke bottles are bespoke and only sold here—but note that because of that touch, soft drinks and water cost more in this land than they do elsewhere in the park. 

You might also see a couple of characters from the new batch of films, including rebel Rey and sulky arch-baddie Kylo Ren. Just don’t tell him “May the Force be with you,” because that's a Jedi thing and he’s Mr. First Order.

The land has two blockbuster, cutting-edge rides: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which for our money is the most elaborate theme park ride ever built.