12 Out-of-This-World Facts About Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disneyland allows visitors to live out their very own Star Wars story with two attractions that blast you into hyperspace, tasty galactic eats, and encounters with fan-favorite Star Wars characters. Whether you’ve traveled to Galaxy’s Edge or just ogled at it online, there are so many hidden details in the land to discover. Here are 10 things you may not know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

1. It took years of development to get to the opening day of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disney announced it would be building a Star Wars-themed attraction at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2015. After over six years of concept development and construction, the first guests were welcomed into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.

2. The backstory of Batuu is Star Wars canon.

When Walt Disney Imagineering first set out to build a Star Wars-themed land at the Disney parks, it had to decide between creating a new space or somewhere people had seen before in movies or TV shows. In the end, Disney settled on a completely new planet called Batuu, which is on the outer rim of the galaxy. The land is set in a single village called Black Spire Outpost. Villagers (cast members) go about their daily lives with their own language and money, and everything is canon.

3. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set between the eighth and ninth movies.

The cast of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) previewing the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxys Edge.Handout/Getty Images

LucasFilm and Walt Disney Imagineering have both said Galaxy’s Edge takes place between the eight and ninth Star Wars movies. You’ll notice the main indicator for this timeline while riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where you can spot General Hux still taking orders from Kylo Ren. This suggests he has not been revealed as the spy in 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker yet.

4. Toydarian Toymaker features retellings of the original Star Wars trilogy in toy form.

Inside Toydarian Toymaker at the Black Spire Outpost marketplace, you’ll find mobiles and play sets situated on the walls and ceilings. These unique decorations actually retell the stories from the original Star Wars trilogy. Eagle-eyed fans will see these on the top shelves of the small store, with sets depicting Jabba’s sail barge from 1983's Return of the Jedi, and Obi Wan Kenobi fighting Darth Vader.

5. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has a screen-used prop from The Mandalorian hidden in plain sight.

In the Resistance area of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll find a gray and blue X-Wing ship. This ship was actually a screen-used prop from the über popular Disney+ series The Mandalorian (2019). In a the series, you see directors Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow make a cameo in the cockpit of the X-wing. After filming the short scene, the X-wing was shipped to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for its iteration of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

6. You can spot one of the most divisive characters from Star Wars inside Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities shop.

You can spot a gold bust of Gungan Jar-Jar Binks inside Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Look near the top display area of the store to see him nestled in with other artifacts from around the galaxy.

7. The droid tracks around Batuu are authentic to Star Wars.

Walt Disney Imagineering took every detail of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge seriously. In fact, some of the smallest details, like droid tracks, are authentically Star Wars. The droid tracks are from an R2-D2 unit used in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and can be found throughout Batuu, leading through the marketplace, near the Millennium Falcon, and in the Resistance base.

8. Listen for Star Wars sounds throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

When you walk in to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll hear a new score created for the land by legendary composer John Williams. But once you get in the heart of Black Spire Outpost, you probably won’t hear music outside. Instead, you’ll hear ships flying overhead, or landing on the top of one of the buildings.

9. There’s a tiny secret Millennium Falcon near the entrance to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride at the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World Resort.Gerardo Mora / Stringer/Getty Images

Walking up to a full-sized Millennium Falcon is enough to make any Star Wars fan’s jaw drop. While admiring the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, you’re going to want to get an up-close look at some of the smaller details of the ship because it hides a secret. Inside one of the crevices of the Millennium Falcon, there’s a miniature version of the ship just waiting to jump into hyperspace.

10. Oga’s Cantina has a few familiar droids.

Oga’s Cantina is the local drink spot on Batuu, and even though Oga does not serve droids, she does have a few in her business. If you’re standing around the bar, you might notice a few reclaimed IG-88 droid heads serving as the part of the drink dispensers. This specific type of droid is known as an assassin droid and has high-level tactical fighting skills.

11. Each Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge trash can has a special number on it.

Each trash can and recycling bin inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has the number 3263827 on it. This number is a hidden reference to the sector number where Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa were tossed into the trash compactor on the Death Star. The notice of the trash sector is written in the fictional Star Wars language Aurebesh.

12. The Droid Depot features battle droids.

Battle droids are the pesky droids from the second trilogy and a few of the Star Wars animated series like Clone Wars (2008) and Rebels (2014). Fans can spot these droids locked up in cages near the Droid Depot. Inside the Droid Depot, you can spot one of the battle droid’s heads stacked with other droid parts.

10 of the Best Indoor and Outdoor Heaters on Amazon

Mr. Heater/Amazon
Mr. Heater/Amazon

With the colder months just around the corner, you might want to start thinking about investing in an indoor or outdoor heater. Indoor heaters not only provide a boost of heat for drafty spaces, but they can also be a money-saver, allowing you to actively control the heat based on the rooms you’re using. Outdoor heaters, meanwhile, can help you take advantage of cold-weather activities like camping or tailgating without having to call it quits because your extremities have gone numb. Check out this list of some of Amazon’s highest-rated indoor and outdoor heaters so you can spend less time shivering this winter and more time enjoying what the season has to offer.

Indoor Heaters

1. Lasko Ceramic Portable Heater; $20


This 1500-watt heater from Lasko may only be nine inches tall, but it can heat up to 300 square feet of space. With 11 temperature settings and three quiet settings—for high heat, low heat, and fan only—it’s a dynamic powerhouse that’ll keep you toasty all season long.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Alrocket Oscillating Space Heater; $25


Alrocket’s oscillating space heater is an excellent addition to any desk or nightstand. Using energy-saving ceramic technology, this heater is made of fire-resistant material, and its special “tip-over” safety feature forces it to turn off if it falls over (making it a reliable choice for homes with kids or pets). It’s extremely quiet, too—at only 45 dB, it’s just a touch louder than a whisper. According to one reviewer, this an ideal option for a “very quiet but powerful” heater.

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3. De’Longhi Oil-Filled Radiator Space Heather; $79


If you prefer a space heater with a more old-fashioned vibe, this radiator heater from De’Longhi gives you 2020 technology with a vintage feel. De’Longhi’s heater automatically turns itself on when the temperatures drops below 44°F, and it will also automatically turn itself off if it starts to overheat. Another smart safety feature? The oil system is permanently sealed, so you won’t have to worry about accidental spills.

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4. Aikoper Ceramic Tower Heater; $70


Whether your room needs a little extra warmth or its own heat source, Aikoper’s incredibly precise space heater has got you covered. With a range of 40-95°F, it adjusts by one-degree intervals, giving you the specific level of heat you want. It also has an option for running on an eight-hour timer, ensuring that it will only run when you need it.

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5. Isiler Space Heater; $37


For a space heater that adds a fun pop of color to any room, check out this yellow unit from Isiler. Made from fire-resistant ceramic, Isiler’s heater can start warming up a space within seconds. It’s positioned on a triangular stand that creates an optimal angle for hot air to start circulating, rendering it so effective that, as one reviewer put it, “This heater needs to say ‘mighty’ in its description.”

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Outdoor Heaters

6. Mr. Heater Portable Buddy; $104

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Make outdoor activities like camping and grilling last longer with Mr. Heater’s indoor/outdoor portable heater. This heater can connect to a propane tank or to a disposable cylinder, allowing you to keep it in one place or take it on the go. With such a versatile range of uses, this heater will—true to its name—become your best buddy when the temperature starts to drop.

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7. Hiland Pyramid Patio Propane Heater; Various


The cold’s got nothing on this powerful outdoor heater. Hiland’s patio heater has a whopping 40,000 BTU output, which runs for eight to 10 hours on high heat. Simply open the heater’s bottom door to insert a propane tank, power it on, and sit back to let it warm up your backyard. The bright, contained flame from the propane doubles as an outdoor light.

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8. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit; $345

Solo Stove/Amazon

This one is a slight cheat since it’s a bonfire pit and not a traditional outdoor heater, but the Solo Stove has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon for a reason. Everything about this portable fire pit is meticulously crafted to maximize airflow while it's lit, from its double-wall construction to its bottom air vents. These features all work together to help the logs burn more completely while emitting far less smoke than other pits. It’s the best choice for anyone who wants both warmth and ambiance on their patio.

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9. Dr. Infrared Garage Shop Heater; $119

Dr. Infrared/Amazon

You’ll be able to use your garage or basement workshop all season long with this durable heater from Dr. Infrared. It’s unique in that it includes a built-in fan to keep warm air flowing—something that’s especially handy if you need to work without wearing gloves. The fan is overlaid with heat and finger-protectant grills, keeping you safe while it’s powered on.

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10. Mr. Heater 540 Degree Tank Top; $86

Mr. Heater/Amazon

Mr. Heater’s clever propane tank top automatically connects to its fuel source, saving you from having to bring any extra attachments with you on the road. With three heat settings that can get up to 45,000 BTU, the top can rotate 360 degrees to give you the perfect angle of heat you need to stay cozy. According to a reviewer, for a no-fuss outdoor heater, “This baby is super easy to light, comes fully assembled … and man, does it put out the heat.”

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Lindt Opened the World’s Largest Chocolate Museum in Switzerland, Complete With a 30-Foot-Tall Chocolate Fountain

There aren’t any 10-foot strawberries to dip in it, unfortunately.
There aren’t any 10-foot strawberries to dip in it, unfortunately.
Lindt & Sprüngli

Earlier this month, Lindt unveiled its sparkling new chocolate museum—which happens to be the largest chocolate museum in the world—near Zurich, Switzerland. The Lindt Home of Chocolate doesn’t have a Willy Wonka-esque chocolate river, but its nearly 30-foot-tall chocolate fountain is almost as enchanting.

According to Time Out, about 1500 liters of cocoa soup cascade from the golden whisk down to the massive LINDOR truffle and back again. Although you’re only allowed to enjoy it from a distance, you’ll get a chance to sample some of Lindt’s mouth-watering products in the tasting room at the end of the tour. But before that, you’ll find out how the magic happens: There’s a state-of-the-art research plant on the premises, with a production line in full view of visitors.

All LINDOR truffles should be this size.Lindt & Sprüngli

There’s also an exhibition that tracks chocolate through history, revealing how the Swiss became chocolate trailblazers and showing cocoa’s path from plantations in Ghana to factories in Switzerland. Along the way, you might find out a trade secret or two from one of the world’s best chocolate makers.

“The Lindt Home of Chocolate is the home of the renowned Master Chocolatiers, who are now opening their doors and inviting guests to immerse themselves into the fantastical world of chocolate,” the company said in a press release.

All this learning will help you work up an appetite.Lindt & Sprüngli

The project was funded by the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, which seeks to further Switzerland’s confectionery legacy on a global scale.

“The Lindt Home of Chocolate will play an important role in safeguarding Switzerland’s position as a chocolate country in the long-term, as well as contribute to the transfer of knowledge across the entire industry,” Ernst Tanner, president of the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, said in a press release.

The museum will also play an important role in satisfying the sweet tooth of every chocolate lover who waltzes through the doors, as the accompanying Lindt Chocolate Shop is the largest one on Earth.

[h/t Time Out]