In 2015 at the D23 Expo, Disney CEO, Bob Iger made Star Wars fans cry tears of joy when he announced a Star Wars-themed land. Cheers erupted when he broke the news that the new land would be at both U.S. Disney Parks. Since then, fans have been speculating on when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge would open at Disneyland Resort and Disney World. Finally, after almost four years, opening dates were announced. Read on for all the information you need!
I remember it clearly as yesterday: I was sitting inside Hall 23 in the Anaheim Convention Center, listening to Bob Iger talk about Star Wars Land. Words like “fully immersive” and “largest expansion in Disney Parks history” set the room on fire. As I left, I couldn’t believe that I was going to be able to live out my Star Wars fantasy. It was something I’ve dreamed about since I was a child.
I have been blessed to visit Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World multiple times since then and have followed the progress of both lands. It’s been such a thrill to watch the lands come to life.
What is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
At a whopping 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge is home to two new attractions and is the most anticipated new theme park land. Disney guests will be transported to the planet Batuu along the Outer Rim. And more specifically, Black Spire Outpost.
The land brings to life the galaxy far far away with dining locations like Oga’s Cantina, Kat Saka’s Kettle, and Ronto Roasters. But what I’m looking forward to trying the most is blue and green milk! These film-inspired delicacies will be available at the Milk Stand in Galaxy’s Edge.
Guests can try their hand at bartering with some of the galaxy’s best traders in the open market. They will be able to create their own droid at the Droid Depot, visit the Toydarian Toymaker and adopt a Loth-Cat at the Creature Stall.
And along the way, fans can hunt down some familiar faces such as Rey and Finn, and meet their favorite droid, BB-8. I’m pretty sure Darth Vader and Captain Phasma will try to persuade guests to come over to the Dark Side.
Simply put, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is every Star Wars nerd’s ultimate fantasy. But this fully immersive land has the potential to make all visitors diehard Star Wars lovers.
When is Star Wars Land opening?
Rumors have been flying about when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge would open. We’ve had the time frame of “summer of 2019” for Disneyland and “late fall of 2019” for Disney World for a while now. But in a shocking move, Disney has announced that the new Star Wars land will open early. But even more surprising is that they will open in two phases.
Galaxy’s Edge Phase One will open on May 31st, 2019 at Disneyland Park and on August 29th, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The opening dates for Phase Two have yet to be announced.
What is included in Phase One of Galaxy’s Edge?
Disney hasn’t released many specifics on what will be open to guests visiting during Phase One. But we do know the newest attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will be open. Smugglers Run gives fans the opportunity to pilot the infamous Millennium Falcon. So get behind the controls of Han Solo’s hunk of junk and see what she’s made of!
Phase One visitors will also be able to experience uniquely themed dining options and get the chance to shop the Batuu street markets.
Personally, I believe most of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open to those visiting during phase one.
What does Phase Two of Star Wars Land include?
Most notably, Phase Two includes the second ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Billed as “most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined”(Disney Parks press release) it isn’t surprising that it won’t be ready early.
Giving visitors the chance to join the Resistance and battle Kylo Ren, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance puts guests in the middle of long standing between the Rebels and the First Order.
What you need to know before visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland
In anticipation of larger than normal crowds, Disney is planning ahead with some unique rules. Those visiting Disneyland Star Wars Land between May 31st and June 23rd, 2019 will need a reservation just to access Star Wars Land. These reservations will be free of charge but are subject to availability. More information on how to secure a reservation will be available at a later date.
But if you are wanting to be among the first to walk the streets of Batuu in California, I highly suggest booking a room at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. These guests will be given a designated no-cost reservation to access Galaxy’s Edge during their stay. Valid theme park tickets are required.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Mornings at Disneyland Park.
Also note: there will not be any FastPasses or MaxPasses for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run initially. It is unknown if or when Fastpasses will be made available for the ride.
Everything you need to know before visiting Walt Disney World’s Galaxy Edge
Unlike Disneyland guests, Orlando, Florida guests will not need to have a reservation to access Star Wars Land. But the capacity will be limited and will more than likely have long wait times. An added bonus for Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests, Star Wars Land WILL be open during Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This could make a huge difference in wait times for some visitors. I know I already have my hotel reservations booked!
There will not be FastPass+ for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run for the foreseeable future. This is an unexpected, not so good surprise. Especially since when Toy Story Land opened last summer, guests were able to pre-book FastPass+ for those attractions.
Download the Disney Play App for an even more immersive experience
Disney introduced the Disney Play app last and it was immediately a hit with guests. The app gives visitors the chance to interact with the new world around them. Features include Disney music, games and interactive activities that come alive when in select attraction queues.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land built that fully incorporates the Disney Play app. Use it as an intergalactic translator and discover hidden elements around the land. Guests can also use it to interact with droids, ships, media screens and more!
Make sure to download the Disney Play app before your trip, because it’s definitely a tool you want when visiting Galaxy’s Edge.
I have been counting down the months till Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but with the announcement of phase one opening dates my countdown just got shorter! To say I’m excited is a huge understatement. I’m now impatiently waiting like the Mervyn’s lady tapping on the glass chanting “open, open, open!”