File this one under: things that won’t last long. Currently, the most coveted (and frankly, one of the coolest) pieces of merchandise in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is free. No, it isn’t a park map, coasters from Oga’s Cantina, a stolen spork, “the joy of being there,” or anything cheesy like that.
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 per timed entry reservation at Disneyland, 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…
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 are 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’ per reservation time slot. Of course, this is subject to change; we wonder whether/speculate that early on too many of the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallions were put out, creating a shortage for the remainder of the reservation period.
Currently, 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 this is important to you, we’d recommend arriving as close to the start of each reservation slot as possible.
We got ours on our Savi’s Workshop morning; Sarah raced over here while I headed to Savi’s. Shortly afterwards, multiple lines had formed for the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion.
I’m not sure at what point Droid Depot sold out, but we observed lines forming here at multiple points. On a couple of occasions, we heard Cast Members advise guests that the medallions were sold out, at which point at least half the line disappeared.
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 (I could be wrong), so awareness of this offering has only spread by word of mouth.
Accordingly, as more photos emerge on social media and the like, we’d expect the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion to become even more difficult to score.
It’s entirely possible that more will appear in the inventory at some point, and the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion won’t be difficult to acquire at all. It’s also entirely possible that the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion was a special offering for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and will never return again once the initial allotment is sold out. 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. If it’s tough to score, but that seems par for the course with Star Wars Land. It might seem silly to put effort into getting your hands on a glorified gift card instead of racing to Savi’s Workshop or Oga’s Cantina, but this medallion is fun to use and it’s probably one of the first pieces of merchandise that’ll be retired. We’d give the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion about 2 months at Disneyland and Walt Disney World before it’s gone forever (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? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Will you try to grab one of these when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? 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!