When you visit another country, you learn how to ask for water or a bathroom in the language spoken there, right? Right. I discovered that the same goes for intergalactic travels. Who knew? I found this out the hard way when I made a couple of trips off-world at the Disney parks recently. Here’s a 101 primer of the language of Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disneyland provided park tickets for my trip to Batuu but the fangirling of this planet is all my own!
The past week has been out of this world!
I spent a fast and furious 4 days at the D23 Expo and the Disneyland Resort, made a 1-day stop at home, and headed down to Walt Disney World for a 3-day trip with my handy dandy Annual Pass in tow.
What did both visits have in common? Going off-planet and visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
I WENT COAST TO COAST TO BATUU AND OMGEEEE IT WAS AMAZING.
Okay, so, had to get *that* out.
But y’all, the hype is real. This planet is immersive and stunning and will completely win you over on your first visit. I had legit goosebumps when I walked into Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge for the first time and got a little teary-eyed when I left.
I’m eager to see what happens when the land is complete with the Rise of the Resistance attraction opening this winter.
But before you go, you might want to learn some of the language of Batuu, just like you would if you were heading overseas for the first time.
The Language of Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
First of all, what does Batuu mean?
Batuu is the planet you are on when you visit the newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. The residents of the planet are Batuuans and the language they speak is Batuuese- but don’t worry, it sounds an awful lot like English.
If you’re over here thinking, wait a minute, I know Star Wars movies and I don’t remember Batuu! I suggest taking a 2nd look at Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s mentioned (along with Black Spire Outpost, which is the exact location you visit at the Disney parks) in the movie.
Brush Up On Your Aurebesh, the Language of Batuu
The language of Batuu is Aurebesh and it’s not *that* hard to learn.
You’ll find it everywhere when you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and you’ve definitely seen it in the movies.
Most locations on planet are marked with this language and some of the signage might take a bit to figure out. No fear, the Play Disney Parks app is here to help if you get confused.
There’s a translation tool inside that makes Aurebesh to English translation happen in a click!
Learn the Lingo: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Vocabulary
The app is helpful, but you know- even the description is confusing for us off-worlders.
So here’s the scoop on the vocabulary and sayings of Batuu that you’ll want to know before you travel.
- Bright Suns! means Good Morning
- Rising Moons! means Good Evening
- A Datapad is your smartphone (iPhone or Android, it’s all the same on Batuu!)
- An Image Capture or Image Scans are what the residents call taking your photo. The one above was taken by a Batuuan PhotoPass photographer at Disneyland.
- On Planet means in the land- which I guess I used all through this post without explaining! See, get used to it easily!
- Credits are how you pay for things. So Credit Cards, cash, gift cards: those are the credits needed to purchase something on Batuu.
- Land Cruisers are what they call wheelchairs or scooters
- Youngling transport or space pods are what they residents of Batuu call strollers
- Younglings or Padawans are children
- The Refreshers are what we would call bathrooms (but the Aurebesh sign reads Restrooms, so that’s helpful!)
- Ignite the Spark is a greeting for the Resistance
- Light the Fire is the response to Ignite the Spark
- Only the ancients know is something you might hear if you stump a Batuuan. That means “I don’t know!”
- Hydrator is the water fountain. And this one is pretty cool- be sure to stick around and watch what happens inside the tanks!
And the most important saying you need to know:
Til the Spire!
Which is Batuu for “farewell”- and I personally think it means until we meet again.
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.