This is part of a series of previews of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a 14-acre immersive themed experience coming to Disneyland in Summer 2019 and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in late Fall 2019. You can find the rest of the series here, or by clicking the following links:
The rides of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The food of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The merchandise of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Last week I drank the best Tatooine Sunset I’ve ever had. It was also the only Tatooine Sunset I’ve ever had. That’s because, until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this drink doesn’t really exist. Sure, it’s similar to an Arnold Palmer, with a mix of lemonade and sweet tea, but there’s also a strong taste of watermelon and another kind of fruit I couldn’t quite place. It was familiar, but different, which was basically the goal of Disney’s Food & Beverage Director Michele Gendreau and her team of food and drink experts when they were devising Galaxy’s Edge’s menu.
The Tatooine Sunset is one of three non-alcoholic cocktails you can try at Ronto’s Roasters, a quick service restaurant inside the Galaxy’s Edge settlement known as Black Spire Outpost. It’s a refreshingly fruity punch that goes down quickly. I was also able to try the Sour Sarlacc, another combination of fruit flavors, which has a very notable raspberry taste and more hints of watermelon. There’s also the Meiloorun Juice, which I didn’t get to try, but since it’s Star Wars canon that the meiloorun kind of looks like an orange, it makes sense that it’d be another citrusy concoction, even if the drink itself is purple.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, the other restaurant in Galaxy’s Edge, has a couple of unique beverages of its own. Phattro might’ve been a popular alcoholic drink on Coruscant during the Clone Wars, but the kind you can find on Batuu is booze-free. It’s still purple, though, which is its most distinctive physical characteristic. Meanwhile the Moof Juice is a thicker drink with a yellowish-orange hue that’s presumably extracted from the milk-secreting hoofed animal known as the moof. I didn’t get to try either of these drinks during my trip to Galaxy’s Edge, unfortunately.
When people talk about the food and drink of Star Wars, the first thing everybody thinks about is blue milk. This frothy blue liquid has been around as long as Star Wars itself, debuting in the very first film back in 1977. At Galaxy’s Edge it’ll be available at Bubo Wamba’s milk stand, along with the newer green milk that Luke Skywalker memorably drank straight from the source in The Last Jedi. Again, neither of these drinks were available last week, but Disney did share some information about them. They’re both built around a plant-based dairy product, and were described as “very flavorful,” with green milk having a bit more of a tropical taste than the blue.
I’ve been building up to the most exciting piece of news about Galaxy Edge’s drink offerings, and if you know anything about Star Wars you probably won’t be surprised. Yes, there’s a full-sized cantina in Black Spire Outpost. Oga’s Cantina is run by the shadowy crime boss of Batuu, who’s mostly unseen but has her hands in almost every pocket in Black Spire Outpost. This cantina will serve a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including beer and wine that’s specially made for Galaxy’s Edge. There’s a long list of non-alcoholic drinks available at Oga’s, including the cold brew coffee Black Spire Brew, Jabba Juice, Carbon Freeze and Moogan Tea. The Blue Bantha is a milkshake-like beverage that uses blue milk, and is served with a cookie that’s decorated with a fondant bantha horn. If you need something that’ll put a little hair on your chest, something with a little bit of booze in it, you can order the Yub Nub, which is a rum punch, or a Bespin Fizz, which uses dry ice to look like a science experiment gone awry. Other alcoholic cocktails include the Outer Rim, which is a margarita with black salt around the glass; the fuzzy navel-inspired Fuzzy Tauntaun; the Jedi Mind Trick, which starts with one flavor and ends with another; and the Bloody Rancor, a variation on the Bloody Mary that’s served during the breakfast hours and comes with a meringue bone perfect for stirring. All in all, Oga’s Cantina will have eight non-alcoholic drinks and 10 alcoholic cocktails, and that’s not counting the beer, cider and wine that’ll be available. You’ll also be able to snack on an as-yet-unnamed cantina mix that combines several strong flavors (including wasabi peas and something very sweet) into a Star Wars version of trail mix, and a treat known as Oga’s Obsession, which is a shallow dish filled with a gelatin-derived “edible liquid” and topped with Pop Rocks.
On the beer front, Oga’s Cantina will be serving something called Bad Motivator IPA. I did try this last week, and it’s a very hop-forward beer with slight hints of citrus. Brian Koziol, Disney World’s Food and Beverage Concept Development Director, couldn’t tell me the ABV, but it was clearly pretty high; Koziol confirmed that it wasn’t quite an imperial but not too far off from that threshold. There will also be a wheat ale known as White Wampa Wheat Ale, along with a lager and a red ale. Koziol told me they were all from different breweries that were chosen because they were “the top of each class” and also because they’ll be able to meet Disney’s demand in both the California and Florida versions of Galaxy’s Edge. There’ll also be a cider called Spice Runner, and wine from a California winery.
Interestingly, Disney would not rule out that traditional modern-day drinks like Coca-Cola might appear in Galaxy’s Edge. When asked if familiar real-world drinks like that would be present, or if bottled water would still be labeled with the name and logo of Disney’s terrestrial partners, Gendreau said that was still to be determined. Vendors hawking bottles of Coke with the familiar red label throughout the streets of Black Spire will definitely hamper the immersion we’re supposed to feel, but as a guy who drinks way too much Diet Coke I can confirm that it’s a little annoying that I can never get one with my meals at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Wherever Disney falls on that issue, they’ve clearly put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into what the world of Star Wars tastes like. I look forward to bellying up to Oga’s Cantina and knocking back a few Dagobah Slug Slingers with the boys when Galaxy’s Edge opens later this year.
For a first-hand look at the food of Galaxy’s Edge, click here.
Garrett Martin edits Paste’s games and comedy sections. He also writes about music, travel, food, theme parks and more. He’s on Twitter at @grmartin.