Missing Galaxy’s Edge? Pop on your favorite R-3X playlist, put on your casual Star Wars cosplay and read this in-universe travel guide to the ins and outs of visiting Batuu.
This guide is clearly aimed at folks who haven’t yet been to Batuu or the Disney folks who aren’t into Star Wars. It includes a lot of basic info included in the preview content before the park opened (maps, menus, minor backstories of characters).
It definitely feels like this would be a good investment for first-time park visitors since it not only gives an overview of the food and shops, but it also includes phrases to help you talk to cast members, an Aurebesh alphabet for decoding in-universe signage and a landing permit (that one probably won’t get you out of paying for parking at the park, but it’s still pretty cute).
Going beyond the basics of food and merch, the guide is a fun collection of all the basics of Batuu in Star Wars canon. It includes relevant info from all corners, including the Galaxy’s Edge tie-in books (Black Spire by Delilah Dawson and A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova), Thrawn: Alliances and even a nod to the upcoming High Republic era.
If you’ve already visited Batuu, read all the press releases and tie-in stories, then this probably won’t give you much new info. I think the charm of this lies not in the info, but how it’s presented. Everything is presented in-universe, from how to pay using the “credit transactor terminals,” to the fireworks (hint: they’re fireflies). There are also more explanations of things on display at Dok’s and Oga’s, for the discerning traveler.
There are a few things in this book to speculate over too. Is the inclusion of C1 droids in the droid guide a hint of options to come? Were the holidays in the back going to be fun seasonal events tourists can take part in when they visit? Does the little hint at the High Republic Jedi presence have anything to do with Savi and Son Salvage setting up shop at the outpost?
I can really see this guide being a preview of the materials that will come out around the Galactic Starcruiser experience/hotel. Not only will this be a must for family’s traveling to Batuu together for the first time, but it’ll serve as a great prop for playing tourist once the Star Wars hotel opens.
Fun things from the guide:
- High Republic Jedi put a small research station on Batuu.
- Spiran fireflies put on the lightshow at night.
- There’s a droid buyer’s guide that lists the C1 units as “sometimes erratic.”
- There’s a Taozin grub at the cantina and apparently Dryden Vos kept one on his yacht.
- The dianoga in the plumbing is named “Tiny.”
- “We’ll take your (s)crap” is Savi’s scavengers motto.
- Batuu’s three major holidays are Black Spire Day (May the Fourth), the Batuuan Harvest Festival (autumn) and Life Day (I’m gonna assume November-December).
Who should get this book?
People who haven’t gone before and are planning a future trip. It’s a great way to prep together.
If you’re home missing Batuu, much like me, this is also a cute way to remember the magic of a trip to BSO. Get out your Galaxy’s Edge cookbook, put on some music and immerse yourself in this book until we can go back to the real thing.
Until then, may the spires keep you.
Advanced copy received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review.