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Heres’ what makes Disney’s Cantina a must-stop in Star Wars land

The star of the show at a remote outpost cantina on the planet of Batuu is undoubtedly a little droid named Rex.

Rex, or, DJ-R3X, as he’s known on the mean streets of Black Spire, is the runaway star of the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disneyland. The new land opened to reservation holders on May 31, but will be open for all visitors (no reservation needed) starting June 24.

Long-time visitors to the Anaheim park will recognize the droid from his first job as a pilot on the original Star Tours ride.

Rex retired from that gig in 2011, when Disney revamped the ride to include references to more recent “Star Wars” movies. That’s when the droid moved to the fictional planet of Batuu and began his new career as a DJ in Oga’s Cantina.

The cantina is the first place in Disneyland park to sell alcoholic beverages, all with fun names like the Fuzzy Tauntaun or the Jedi Mind Trick. (There are several non-alcoholic drinks on the menu as well.)

Oga’s is also the most happening spot in Black Spire, a place where park visitors, scoundrels and members of the Resistance can meet for a drink and some sick beats.

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Inside Oga’s Cantina at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you can sip alcoholic or non-alcoholic concoctions while you take in the scum of the galaxy, make covert deals or just enjoy the tunes of Rex, the Star Tours pilot turned DJ. The new “Star Wars”-themed land opens Friday at the Anaheim, California, theme park. Kaytlyn Leslie kleslie@thetribunenews.com

Rex plays pop alien hits from his booth, as well as versions of John Williams’ “Cantina Band” song from 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope.”

His favorite tune is an original, chant-heavy drinking song that has guests raising their glass and singing along in an alien language with the bartenders.

While everyone chants something that sounds like ”ateema, nipoma” — Disney has not released the actual lyrics yet — Rex bobs away in his DJ booth.

Throughout his set, observant guests might also hear some one-liners from Rex’s previous piloting gig.

So even if alcoholic beverages aren’t your jam, make sure to drop in at Oga’s the next time you’re in Black Spire and see the galaxy’s hottest new star.

Hey, Star Wars fans: We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about Disneyland’s opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. What do you want to know about the new section of Disneyland? Send your questions, tips, praise and gripes to kleslie@thetribunenews.com.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.
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