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. No, it’s not a park map, coasters from Oga’s Cantina, a stolen spork, “the joy of being there,” or anything cheesy. (Updated January 18, 2020.)
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…
January 18, 2020 Update: Since we first published this post, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has also opened at Walt Disney World, as has the flagship Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction on both coasts (opening day ride report from Disneyland coming soon!). The land has definitely gotten more popular as a result, with crowds getting progressively larger.
Despite this, the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion not only is still available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but it’s easier to attain. Honestly, we never expected it to last this long. While it does sometimes go in and out of stock, we’ve checked recently at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, and it has been available in both versions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. So, in case you were concerned that this post is outdated and this awesome souvenir is already ‘extinct,’ fear not–it’s still available! Now, back to basics about the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion…
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 gold coin has a weathered, antique look to it, further extending the lived-in authenticity of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just a bit further.
It is free with a minimum load of $100. While technically that’s free with an asterisk, 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. So yeah, it’s free.
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.
As of January 2020, there’s no reason to rope drop Droid Depot for the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion–it should be available throughout the day.
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.
Right now, the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is not difficult to acquire at all. However, it’s nonetheless entirely possible that the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion was a special offering for the opening months of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
If so, the entire inventory that will ever exist of these has already been produced. Once that initial allotment is sold out, it’s potentially gone forever. Given that the medallion is fairly substantial and Disney’s essentially “selling” it at a loss, I wouldn’t bank on the former scenario.
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 later in 2020. 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!
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!