One of the coolest pieces of merchandise in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is free low cost, and it’s available at both Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. It’s not a park map, coasters from Oga’s Cantina, a stolen spork, “the joy of being there,” or anything cheesy. (Updated December 10, 2023.)
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…
December 10, 2023 Update: Since we first published this post, a lot has changed. Unfortunately, one of those changes is that the free Golden Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion has been 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 for quite a long time.
While that’s the bad news, we always have some good news: the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion “empire” has been expanded with a new offering: the Silver Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion, which is also available exclusively in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
For those who have asked recently, we have spotted the Silver Spira this Christmas season. While availability is always subject to change, it appears that demand has dropped off dramatically. These medallions are now kept behind the counter (at least sometimes?), so you may need to inquire with a Cast Member about it. When we did, they pulled this out from behind the cash register:
As you can see in comparing it to the gold version, 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.
The Golden Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is still highly collectible and was incredibly elusive for the first few months that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was open. It would literally “sell out” within the first two hours that it was restocked, likely in large part because it was entirely free. After that, it could be gone for days, sometimes weeks.
To our knowledge, the only way to acquire a Golden Batuuan Spira now is via eBay. We’ve seen those sell for over $150 (!!!) and that’s without the gift card being loaded. So you’re literally paying $100 just for the medallion. Those prices do seem to be coming down as of Christmas 2023, but the current prices are still pretty wild when you consider that these were free. The people selling them likely paid $0 for them!
Well, eBay pirates ruin a lot of things, and the Batuuan Spira was no exception to that. Presumably because resellers started stocking up on these “free” medallions in bulk, Disney stopped giving them away.
To that point, there are two key differences with the Silver Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion. First, it is not free–it’s $5 and requires a $100 minimum gift card load, making your grand total $105 (you can add more funds if you’d like).
Still, at a cost of $5, it’s literally the cheapest souvenir in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It also has a substantial heft to it, making it worth the money if you want an in-theme keepsake that’s unique and will last, but won’t break the bank.
Second, it’s seldom out of stock. In visits to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in the last two months, we’ve checked Droid Depot multiple times to see if it was available. Each time, there has been a huge container of them behind the cash register (that’s where you get it–it isn’t out on shelves).
While it’s always possible that it (or anything) could sell out, we’ve seen nothing to make us believe this is still the “hot thing” in Galaxy’s Edge. The price difference between $0 and $5 also means a significant drop-off in demand.
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. This means you can use it everywhere from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the pricey new in-universe hotel, to Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii.
Another positive is that the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is reloadable and can be combined with other gift cards online on Disney’s Gift Card site. This makes it something you can reuse again and again, bringing back to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on subsequent trips to Walt Disney World or Disneyland.
Perhaps this is unique to us, but we’ve also found it to be a good option as our “main” gift card due to its weight and very different appearance. We buy a lot of gift cards (see our Tips for Saving Money on Disney Gift Cards) to pay for pretty much everything in the parks at a slight discount. Without consolidating them, it’s easy to forget which has a balance, which is fully spent, etc. Consolidating them all onto the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion makes things easier. As with so many things, your mileage may vary.
Although not as relevant as it once was, the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion is also one of the most limited items in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While not technically limited edition, 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 now sold on both the regular merchandise side of Droid Depot andthe 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 usually 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.
In fact, now that they’re not selling out so quickly, you might be able to find the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion at other merchandise locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, including outside the parks. We’ve spotted it at Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney, but never its counterpart at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World (that doesn’t mean it’s not there, though).
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.
Excitement about the Batuuan Spira Credit Medallion long ago fizzled out, making it much easier to find. Each time we’ve gone into Droid Depot to ask about it, other guests around asked “what’s that?” and ended up purchasing one. So it’s pretty clear that this medallion is still relatively unknown…but it’s also unlikely that will change anytime soon. Disney isn’t going to suddenly start promoting a ~2 year old low-cost product at this point.
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!
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!