When we are attending a Disney theme park there is typically one singular focus…experience as many attractions as possible, as many times as possible. We hit the park at rope drop and stay after closing until we fear they will kick us out! My experience was a little different during our last two visits. I was going to WDW for the first time with an injury. When we asked the doctor if I could still go on our planned vacations (the first one was just one week away), he said that I would be in pain no matter where I would be so – always go to Disney. My sad back and I rented a scooter (that experience is saved for another post) and I did as much as I could do each day. I did not want @drsql to slow down just because of me, so our first day on Batuu I told him to ride Smuggler’s Run as many times as he could, and I would just explore the new land. I told him I might even check out the Play Disney App. Little did I know an obsession was about to begin!
Star Wars: Datapad
Even though we had not planned to, we decided to visit Galaxy’s Edge on the first day of our arrival, so it was later in the day when we first walked into Black Spire Outpost. Going to the Play Disney App, finding the Star Wars: Datapad option on the Hollywood Studio’s map- I began to explore Batuu as a spy working for the Resistance. It took some time to figure out exactly how it worked, but there are several options of activities to choose from – and it took a lot of trial and error to figure it out at first. The map helps you locate panels that are placed all around Batuu. After spending some limited time with it, I could not wait to return and play again. Over the next week (and the week of our next visit), we returned to Batuu several days and I spent a great deal of time interacting with my Datapad as we waited our turn to join the resistance in space on Rise of the Resistance! I am going to quickly review the activities and give some tips that may help as you start your Star Wars adventure in Black Spire Outpost.
The first activity I accepted was to work to gain control of the Outpost. You use the Datapad to hack into panels located all around Batuu. Puzzles are provided for each panel; solve the puzzle and you gain control of that area for the Resistance – or the First Order – whichever side you choose. Some of the puzzles are very simple, some take a few minutes to figure out. All of these puzzles are similar, so as you solve puzzles the patterns become more obvious. While the puzzles were fun and pretty easy, how the total challenge worked confused me a little. Sometimes I was notified that the area was locked down for the Resistance and I was never exactly sure how that happened. I felt like there was not consistency in the process. I accessed every control panel on the map one morning, but it did not seem I had completed everything. There were some panels I could not hack but I was not sure why. I tried to ask some of the citizens of Batuu (Cast Members) for information, but the ones I talked with really knew nothing about the Datapad and could not direct me to anyone with more information. I ran into the same problem during our next visit, I could hack some control panels but not each one. Occasionally I received a notice that seemed to indicate the control panels reset and the activity started over. I would like to work on understanding that challenge a little more next time.
There are many items that can be hacked with the Datapad located around Batuu. Hacking means that you can do actions with ships, droids, transmission towers, evaporators, and other items by completing puzzle activities. Sometimes you will receive schematics or other information. These items will usually make noises and sometimes surprise you with something visual. When you choose “Hack” under the Tools tab on the data pad, any item that is hackable in the area will appear on the screen. Something I learned on our last visit; it is important to hack items more than one time. Apparently, you sometimes you receive different materials.
Scanning objects with the Datapad is a lot of fun. There are items placed all around Black Spire Outpost with QR codes. I am sure I missed many of them, but I definitely tried to find them all. Sometimes you have to scan specific items for a job. I wish I had learned earlier, if you are scanning an item for a job, scan it a second time so you can store the item for your personal stash. If you scan the crate for a job, it does not save the item in your Datapad personal stash, it just completes the job.
I struggled somewhat with the translate option on the app. Maybe there was just too much ambient noise, or maybe I didn’t know what I was doing when I tried it. I had trouble getting it to work. There are certain signs written in Aurebesh that can be translated, but not every sign. Some of the messages were really funny – I enjoyed translating what I could.
There are all sorts of secret transmissions that can be found around the Outpost. The Tune tool in the Datapad gives you the ability to unscramble the transmissions. Some are needed for jobs; some are just fun to read. The puzzle for this is simple once you learn it and although I carefully followed the map, I feel like I missed many of these. Be prepared to look a little silly moving your Datapad around in circles trying to pick up the transmission.
Another activity I really enjoyed was the opportunity to earn credits by completing Jobs for some of the residents of Batuu. The Jobs are divided by Resistance, First Order, or Scoundrel and this gives you the chance to not only explore Batuu but also interact with the ships, cargo, and transmitters. Completing these jobs can give you star maps, credits, ship schematics, or items to trade. Every time you hack into a ship, like the Millennium Falcon, you will hear sounds or see lights flashing, from the ship itself. It was fun to see the reaction of people standing around taking pictures of something when suddenly they heard noise coming directly from it! I was able to complete every Job that was offered to me, so there are not many. One request from Finn was really fun, but I also learned it could be done several different ways and you can receive different items with the choices you make. So be sure to repeat the job if the Datapad continues to mark it as incomplete, even if you think you have done it already.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
An option on the Hollywood Studio’s map in the Disney Play App is a game designed to play in the queue for Smuggler’s Run. I wasn’t able to do very much for this game during our first visit. Due to my injury I could not experience the attraction more than once and I didn’t feel like I should explore the entire queue.
Originally a cast member told me that I could do everything for this activity outside of the queue. When I realized that was incorrect, the second cast members I asked (one was management), said that I only had to be behind the Millennium Falcon, and they allowed me access. (The first job for Hondo was really fun. You are locating cargo and have to solve puzzles to discover what items are in the crates. You use the info you are given and the markings on the crates to help Hondo. – I loved that one! All of the crates needed for that job can be found directly behind the Falcon in a rarely used part of the queue.)
Unfortunately, I found out you do have to go through the entire queue to complete the jobs for Hondo. On our second visit I made sure to take the time at the end of the evening to go through the entire queue. That was a little complicated, the line was very busy, and I felt like I was in the way trying to answer Hondo’s questions. Even though I moved as far out of the way as possible. I also had a little difficulty figuring out where I was in the queue when Hondo asked me my location. Without FastPass at the time, the queue constantly moved, but we just let people pass and ended up the last riders of the night.
It was still a lot of fun and the app interacts with how well your flight on the Falcon goes – so it was fun to receive the information from Hondo after the attraction!
- It is definitely easier to complete your mission when Black Spire Outpost is less crowded. We were able to visit during Extra Extra Magic Hours on several mornings of our first visit, and after the park officially opened it became more difficult to get around to certain areas.
- If you plan to scan items with your Datapad early morning or in the evening after dark, make sure you have a flashlight with you that is NOT attached to your Datapad. In more remote areas of the Outpost, the QR codes would not scan in the dark and my phone would not allow the flashlight to be on when using the Datapad to scan.
- Take a phone charger. I was able to complete tasks for several hours without running out of battery, but my phone definitely needed charging later in the day.
I enjoyed the Star Wars: Datapad so much. I had several citizens of Batuu interact with me during my missions. They would stop and ask me questions about the job I was completing – sometimes acting afraid that I was breaking a transmitter or evaporator. At one point someone pointed me out to a group of Stormtroopers as someone doing something suspicious. They came over and grilled me about why I was on Batuu – saying no random traveler should be there. I also had an awesome interaction with Vi – she was amazing and spent so much time with me helping me locate a location for my work with the Resistance.
I do wish the citizens of Batuu were more familiar with how the Datapad works, I could have used some advice. I prefer figuring out things for myself, but a little info would have been helpful since my time was slightly limited, unfortunately we had to go home eventually.
I highly recommend interacting with Batuu on your own Datapad – it was excellent, and I will definitely be earning credits again on our next visit!!