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Disneyland Changes Star Wars Galaxys Edge Menu Names So That Visitors Will Know What They Are Eating

Kat Sakas Kettle
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
October 30, 2019
November 02, 2019
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Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has gotten a very unusual shipment of fried chicken, pork ribs and cinnamon rolls at his Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge restaurant in Disneyland from a galaxy far, far away — planet Earth.

Disneyland has changed the other-worldly Star Wars names of some menu items at the restaurants and food stands in the new 14-acre themed land to better incorporate the real-world earthly ingredients in the meals.

The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge menu item names were changed to make them more clear for travelers visiting Batuu, Disneyland officials said.

The intergalactic names on the Galaxy’s Edge menu items were intended to add detailed layers to the fully-immersive world created for the Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the settings for the new themed lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

At Disneyland’s Docking Bay 7, Fried Endorian Tip-Yip becomes Endorian Fried Chicken Tip-Yip and the Smoked Kaadu Ribs becomes Smoked Kaadu Pork Ribs. On the breakfast menu, the Mustafarian Lava Roll becomes the Mustafarian Cinnamon Roll.

Not everything has changed. The desserts and specialty drinks on the Docking Bay 7 menu retain their original Star Wars names. You can still get a Oi-oi Puff or Batuu-bon if you have a sweet tooth and wash them all down with a Phattro or a Moof Juice.

The Florida Docking Bay 7 goes further with some of the menu name changes: Yobshrimp Noodle Salad becomes Surabat Shrimp & Noodle Salad. So far, the Disneyland outpost still retains the original menu name.

Over at Kat Saka’s Kettle, a popcorn stand cleverly disguised as an interstellar grain dealer, the menu has also changed to better reflect what’s sold at the food stall. Outpost Mix is now Outpost Popcorn Mix and Kat now serves something any earthling would crave: Chocolate Popcorn (albeit with a dash of Crait Red Salt).

The menu name changes come five months after Galaxy’s Edge opened at the Anaheim theme park and follows the lead of Batuu East — the Florida version of the Star Wars land that debuted two months ago. Like all of the Walt Disney World resort, the East Coast version of Galaxy’s Edge attracts a much more international crowd that likely struggled with the translations of the exotic Star Wars menu items.

In mid-October, Disney World’s version of Docking Bay 7 rolled out entirely new menus with generic items like Fried Chicken, Beef Pot Roast, Shrimp & Noodle Salad, Roasted Chicken Salad and Smoked Pork Ribs, according to WDW News Today. Days later, those menus suddenly disappeared and the original Star Wars-inspired names reappeared. The latest changes appear to be a meeting of the minds between Disney’s creative teams who dreamed up the fanciful menu items and the park’s operational teams that have to explain what Tip-Yip is to befuddled tourists from around the globe.

Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm and the Disney theme park culinary teams went to great lengths during previews for Galaxy’s Edge to create the illusion that the meats and vegetables on the menus were imported from Star Wars planets. There would be smokey barbecue ribs from a Kaadu beast found on Naboo, an oven-roasted Burra Fish native to the planet of Dathomir and a deep fried Tip-Yip bird from Endor. All of the foods would be transported to Batuu via chef Cookie’s food truck-like spaceship docked on the roof of Docking Bay 7, according to the backstory for the restaurant.

When Docking Bay 7 opened, each of the entrees had a Star Wars name and a description of its Earth-bound ingredients. Disney’s culinary team took inspiration from the creatures and plants found in the Star Wars universe while preparing a menu of familiar Earth-based foods like sweet and spicy pork ribs, dijon-crusted mahi-mahi and fried chicken with potatoes. Now those lofty goals have come crashing back down to Earth.

Earth shouldn’t be a completely foreign place to travelers visiting the Star Wars universe at the Disney parks. The Star Tours motion simulator rides have been making trips for decades from a distant galaxy to Earth — aka the Tomorrowlands at Disney theme parks around the world.
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