The Marketplace
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Of the three entrances to Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, the Critter Country entrance may be my favorite. Though the other two hit you suddenly with a visual explosion of Star Wars, the Southern entrance takes its time guiding you through the quiet forest that hides the rebel encampment, providing a convincing buildup to the eventual reveal of the towering marketplace known as Merchant Row. Approaching this grand structure makes you sincerely feel as if you’ve stumbled upon an alien city at the edge of the woods, and the discovery is all the more convincing when accentuated by the soft, warm glow of the night lights that Disney always achieves so masterfully.

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