Are you planning to make your way to the outer rim to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge soon? Whether you plan to visit Batuu at Disneyland Resort in California or Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, here are 14 phrases you need to know when visiting Batuu.
14 Phrases to Know Before You Visit Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
You don’t have to be a Star Wars nerd like me to love Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You can simply love the immersive lands and rides that Disney creates. Luckily for Star Wars fans like me, Disney owns LucasFilm, so Star Wars is part of their theme parks and we get some fun Star Wars themed merch, rides, and now lands to enjoy.
If you really want to immerse yourself in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this guide is a great place to start. I’ve just spent some time in both West and East Batuu. These 14 phrases to know before you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are sure to help delve you into a more immersive experience during your visit.
Background on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Canon Vocabulary
If you’re new to Star Wars fandom and to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, here’s some quick background on the new Star Wars Land (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge), Black Spire Outpost, and what you’ll find here.
Black Spire Outpost
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is home to the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. When you visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, you are visiting the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu.
Many Star Wars fans are unfamiliar with Batuu and the Black Spire Outpost. This outpost is where the Millennium Falcon landed after escaping the Battle of Crait thanks to one of Hondo Ohnaka's endeavors. While Star Wars movie fans have yet to see Black Spire Outpost in a movie, there is a possibility we’ll see it in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Black Spire Outpost, sometimes simply called Black Spire, is an outpost on the planet Batuu on the edge of the Outer Rim Territories. It is one of the last stops before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. The Black Spire draws its name from the giant petrified black trees that tower in it.
The outpost consists of a spaceport, a cantina, and a market.
“Thrawn Alliances” is the first time we see Black Spire Outpost mentioned in Star Wars canon.
The Planet of Batuu
The planet of Batuu, once a busy hub for both travel and trade, has been much less so since hyperspace travel was developed. Because it is now often skipped over and it merely a quick stop for travel to the beyond, it’s the perfect place for smugglers and rogue traders like Honda Ohnaka and those looking to avoid the First Order.
The people of Batuu are Batuuans and they speak the language of Batuuese. Aurebesh is the alphabet used on Batuu, and is one of the most common languages in the galaxy. Fortunately, once you spend a little time there, the terminology can be pretty easy to catch on to.
The First Order
Speaking of the First Order, in case you are new to Star Wars, the First Order is the Dark side, aka, bad guys. You’ll see them wandering around the outpost in the form of Stormtroopers (or “bucketheads” as the Resistance and locals call them) and Kylo Ren.
The Resistance lean toward the Light Side and they are the good guys. You’ll see far more of them around Black Spire Outpost than you will see of the First Order.
14 Phrases to Know Before You Visit Star Wars Land
When you visit Batuu and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll hear some special terminology from the Disney Cast Members (“Batuu locals”) different than you will hear in the rest of the park (on Earth).
We have some phrases to help you learn some of the basic phrases spoken by the locals (Batuu villagers) while you are traveling to Batuu.
Bright Suns or Rising Moons
The planet of Batuu has three suns and is oh so warm. It’s only natural their greeting might reflect the sun. During the day, you’ll hear the locals greet you with “Bright Suns” instead of “hello” and in the evening they will use the term “Rising Moons” to say “hello” to greet you.
This particular lingual reference is from Luke Skywalker gazing at Tatooine’s two suns of as they set in Star Wars: A New Hope.
’Til the Spire
In any language, you’ll find many ways to say goodbye. Just like the song “So Long, Farewell” in The Sound of Music, you always have options.
If you’d like to say “goodbye” to a local on Batuu, you have several choices, including:
- ’Til the Spire (“Farewell”)
- May the Spires Keep You (a formal “Goodbye”)
- Good Journey (an informal “Goodbye”)
- May the Force be With You (if you don’t know this once, should you even be in Batuu?)
Only the Ancients Know
I’m going to start using this one every time my kids ask me something repeatedly or that they should know the answer to. “Only the ancients know” is one you will hear often on Batuu, and it simply means, “I don’t know.”
People on Batuu really have no idea what else is happening in the rest of the park (er, on Earth). You will likely hear them say “Only the ancients know” when you ask them questions related to “Earth” or canon questions they can’t or won’t answer.
What’s the wait time for [enter ride name here]? Only the ancients know.
Who are Rey’s parents? Only the ancients know.
Do you know what time the park closes tonight? Only the ancients know.
Do you know what time the fireworks are? Only the ancients know.
You get the drift.
When shopping, you might get asked if you have a yellow card with a rat on it or a “rat card.” That’s your Annual Pass, and that “rat” is Mickey Mouse. But since people on the planet of Batuu have never heard of Disneyland or Walt Disney World, they don’t know what an Annual Pass is but they have seen people on the planet with them. Make sure to have yours and use it to get your Annual Pass discounts where appropriate.
Are you planning to bring your young Padawans or children with you to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Children on Batuu are called “younglings.”
Transport and Youngling Transport
If you are bringing young children, please note that a stroller is called “youngling transport” on Batuu and wheelchairs and scooters are called “transport.”
You can probably guess this one, but a “datapad” is your cell phone or iPod.
Mobile ordering is available in Batuu so you’ll definitely want to bring your datapad with you and even consider using it for the Play Disney App, which changes to Star Wars: Datapad in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
While Disney MaxPass and FastPass aren’t available yet for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, eventually they may be available after the newness of the land has died down.
This one isn’t what you think it might be. Personally, I hear refresher and I think of an I cold beverage on a hot day. Indeed, the refresher is NOT a beverage on the planet of Batuu but actually the bathroom.
Ask for a “refresher pass” if your child has to get out of the queue while waiting for a ride.
Well, this one clearly is what it sounds like. Three suns is crazy hot so you need to stay hydrated on Batuu with the “hydrator” or “water fountain.” Batuu has several cool hydrators to fill water bottles as well as to drink from scattered throughout.
This term for outsiders is also just as it sounds. I’ve heard several terms in both Batuu in Disneyland as well as Hollywood studios for non-local guests visiting Batuu: “travelers,” “worlders,” and “Earthlings.”
On Batuu, you don’t purchase items in the market, antiquities shop, or food and beverage with money; you purchase them with “credits.” You can also purchase a metal Gift Card loaded with Spira in the market shops or the Droid Depot (you have to load it with $100 to get the card because they are so “rare” and coveted and sell out very quickly).
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On Batuu there are PhotoPass photographers to take photos for you. However, they aren’t called photos. They are called “image captures” or “facial scans.”
This is what the villagers of Batuu use when talking about being in Batuu. “Off Planet” is what they refer to as anything outside of Batuu and Star Wars: Galaxy: Edge.
Ignite the Spark
“Ignite the Spark” is the greeting for the Resistance. “Light the Fire” is the Resistance callback to “Ignite the Spark.” You’re sure to hear this walking through Black Spire Outpost and you’re encouraged to let the Resistance know which side you’re on.
Have you been to the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? What other phrases did you hear? Share in the comments below!