After months of the internet speculating as to when Disneyland would open Galaxy’s Edge, the largest Disneyland expansion to date, CEO Bob Iger revealed earlier this year that the planet of Batuu would be ready to accept visitors in May 2019.

Fans were excited, to say the least.

For us, we couldn’t wait for the following:

  • To secure a reservation time, which we got for early June.
  • And, to grab the Nikon Z 6 and shoot any and everything we could.

Our reservation day finally arrived: Sunday, June 9th, between 5pm and 9pm. Needless to say, we had a blast! From start to finish, visiting Galaxy’s Edge was truly a special experience.

Chewbacca greeting 5pm-9pm guests

Just a heads up, when you line up to enter, you will see a sea of cameras and tripods. Everyone wants to capture their first look at the new land.

Pro tip: tripods that extend are NOT ALLOWED inside the Disney Parks

Why did we choose the Nikon Z 6? Having to go through security and then being on our feet all day, we didn’t want to get weighed down by a ton of gear. The Z6 paired with the 24-70mm f4 proved to be the perfect theme park companions because, in short – our kit was light, compact, fast and powerful.

Check out our captures from our first trip to the planet Batuu.

Greetings from Batuu!
The line to get on the Cantina waitlist (yes, there’s an actual cantina).
Guests are given a return time to enter Oga’s Cantina.
Galaxy’s Edge is highly immersive. All Batuuans remain in characters and interact with guests, including members of the First Order.
“Do you have any intel…?”
A Batuuan poses for a quick photo near the Cantina
Smuggler’s Run is, currently, the only attraction in Galaxy’s Edge. Guests have the opportunity to pilot the Millenium Falcon.
Docking Bay 7 is one of the quick-service food options on Batuu.
The Smoked Kaadu Ribs come highly recommended.
Our favorite part of Galaxy’s Edge? – The attention to detail.
Interior: Den of Antiquities
Guests are welcome to interact with characters. By doing so, they become part of the story that is unfolding on Batuu.
Til the spire…

From til June 23rd, guests can only enter Galaxy’s Edge with a valid reservation. Starting June 24th, Batuu will welcome the general public.

All photos were taken with the Nikon Z6 and 24-70mm f4 lens.