Since I don’t live far from Walt Disney World, I’ve been spending a lot of time at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Having Star Wars almost in my backyard is a dream come true, and words can’t describe how it makes me feel. I lose my breath each time I see the X-Wing or the Millennium Falcon. Actually riding in the Falcon, no matter which position I have, is indescribable. It’s great seeing characters in action instead of just standing there, waiting to take a picture. The residents of Batuu add to the experience, these Cast Members seem to be enjoying Galaxy’s Edge as much as I do! We can even enjoy Blue Milk or Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread (or whatever they’re calling it these days) and eat in a galaxy far, far away. I’m geeking out just thinking about it.
One of my favorite things about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a bit surprising to me. I love the subtle sounds. Of course there are some pretty big sounds, such as the music in Oga’s Cantina or the Stormtroopers harassing someone. Those are amazing as well, but not what I’m talking about. I am fascinated by the subtle sounds, the ones that are easy to miss. If you listen carefully, you might hear a ship fly overhead. (Yes, I’ve looked up more than once.) You might hear a creature walking through the woods, breaking branches as it moves. You can hear chatter between members of the Resistance. There is even an intergalactic radio station that plays in one area. These are just a few of the sounds that most fans are never going to notice, but they make Galaxy’s Edge feel even more authentic.
I like to find a spot away from most people where I can stand for a while. I will then just listen. It’s a lot of fun to discover new sounds. I will do this in several different places, because the sounds are different in different parts of Black Spire Outpost. The time of day makes a difference as well. The daytime sounds and nighttime sounds are unique, just like they are here on Earth.
The next time (or the first time if you haven’t yet been) that you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on either coast, make sure that you make an effort to listen. It can be hard to do, because there is so much else going on, and the sounds are meant to just add to the overall ambiance. Still try. This is one area where I think the Imagineers outdid themselves.