File this one under: pleasant surprises that probably won’t last long. One of the coolest pieces of merchandise in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is free low cost. No, it’s not a park map, coasters from Oga’s Cantina, a stolen spork, “the joy of being there,” or anything cheesy. (Updated September 2, 2020.)
Not only is this piece of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise inexpensive, but it’s also among the most limited. Remember how we talked about Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers hourly capacity of under 50 paying guests, meaning that fewer than 50 lightsabers would be sold per hour?
Well, the hottest souvenir in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge actually has that number beat. The Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is only released in units of 100, making this the most elusive piece of merchandise in Star Wars Land. For those of you who aren’t fluent in the parlance of Galaxy’s Edge, we should probably explain…
September 2, 2020 Update: Since we first published this post, a lot has changed. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at Walt Disney World–and then subsequently closed on both coasts along with their respective parks. Walt Disney World’s version has since reopened (albeit without the normal version of Savi’s Workshop, rendering the above reference irrelevant), but Disneyland remains closed.
Unfortunately, the Golden Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion was one casualty of this, and is now discontinued. Honestly, it lasted far longer than we expected. While it was always in and out of stock, it was available in both versions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge into early 2020. While that’s the bad news, we always have some good news: the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion “empire” is about to expand, with a new offering slated to be released…
Beginning in September 2020 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a new Silver Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion will be available exclusively in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. As you can see in comparing it to the version below, this Silver Batuuan Spira has a new color and packaging. As with the previous version, this can be purchased at Droid Depot, subject to availability. It’ll also be available at Disneyland when that park reopens (likely sometime in the next month or so).
Subject to availability is the key part here. The Golden Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is highly collectible and was incredibly elusive for the first few months that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was open. We expect the same to be true of the Silver Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion. If this is a must-have and you’re visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland in the next couple of months, consider rope dropping Droid Depot.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallions…
The currency of Batuu is credits. If you have yet to visit, you may not know that. If you’ve already been to Star Wars Land, you’ve undoubtedly heard about credits a lot. When visiting any merchant in Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, be prepared to hear prices and payment discussed not in dollars, but in credits.
Obviously, credit cards and US currency are not an ‘in-theme’ component of the Star Wars universe, but are necessary for transactions…and the land’s financial viability. (Likewise, Annual Pass discounts at Disneyland and Disney Dining Plans at Walt Disney World are sometimes referenced in oblique ways, rather than directly.)
The Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is the thematic solution to this problem, as it’s actually a scannable Disney Gift Card.
The hexagonal coin is a hefty piece of metal, featuring a Black Spire Outpost logo, along with BSO and Spira in Aurebesh. Even brand new, the coin has a weathered, antique look to it, further extending the lived-in authenticity of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just a bit further.
While previously free, this is now $5 with a minimum load of $100. It’s going to be nearly impossible to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge without dropping at least 100 “credits.”
If you somehow don’t manage that feat at Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop, Docking Bay 7, and so on, the scannable gift card is valid at any shopping, dining, etc. locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World…as well as any other Disney destinations in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico.
The Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is also the most elusive item in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. After striking out a couple of times trying to purchase the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion, we inquired about availability. Per a Cast Member, only 100 of these are released at a time, which is part of the reason they’re sometimes sold out.
The Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is only sold on the regular merchandise side of Droid Depot (in other words, not the build-your-own-droid side). If you don’t see a display of the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion, simply ask a Cast Member about them, as they’re often behind or under the counter.
On one of the first days that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was open, we raced directly to Droid Depot to purchase one. Shortly afterwards, multiple lines had formed for the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion.
For the most part, there’s no reason to rope drop Droid Depot for the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion anymore–it should be available throughout the day. (Although the release of the Silver version could result in renewed interest for the souvenir currency, so plan accordingly.)
To my knowledge, the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion was not something that Disney advertised on social media or via the Parks Blog prior to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so awareness of this offering has only spread by word of mouth.
Expect the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion to see a spike in demand at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on both coasts in the first couple of months after the new version released. It’s likely coverage of the silver version and social media will increase awareness, potentially causing Disney to release fewer Batuuan Spira Credit Medallions per day. Who knows. As such, we’d strongly recommend visiting Droid Depot early in the day–potentially rope dropping the shop if this is a must-have for you.
Overall, the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is a nice touch and a pretty cool little offering to enhance the theme in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This medallion is fun to use and it’s probably one of the first pieces of merchandise that’ll be retired. We’d expect the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion to stop being available at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World at some point. That’s just a guess–again, we could be totally wrong–which could make it one of the most coveted Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge collectibles down the road!
If you’re planning on visiting the new land, you’ll also want to read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Guide. This covers a range of topics from basics about the land and its location, to strategically choosing a hotel for your stay, recommended strategy for the land, and how to beat the crowds. It’s a good primer for this huge addition. As for planning the rest of your trip, we have a comprehensive Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide as well as a thorough Walt Disney World Planning Guide.
Have you scored one of the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallions? Did you get one at Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Any issues with it being temporarily unavailable? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? How long do you think this will last before being permanently selling out? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!