Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has finally opened at Disneyland park, and has rapidly become the park’s most popular destination. Learning more about what you can and can’t do in this new area ensures you can make the most of your visit to the planet of Batuu – the place where your “Star Wars” story begins.
Editor’s Note: All details in this list accurate as of June 2019; there may be changes as time goes by.
By Samantha McNesby
Knowing what you can and can’t do in this new land will ensure you have a great time and prevent you from missing out. The typical Disneyland rules for attire and more apply, along with the following list of things you can’t do in Galaxy’s Edge:
5. You Can’t Wear a Jedi Robe
Disneyland’s costume guidelines are in effect for Galaxy’s Edge and include the “Star Wars” costumes sold within the park itself. Hoods, helmets and full face paint are off-limits in this area as well. You can still dress to match the theme; T-shirts, Disneybounding outfits and related accessories allow you to express yourself without breaking the rules.
4. You Can’t Choose to Fly the Millennium Falcon
The highlight attraction of Galaxy’s Edge (until Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens) is Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. This is an immersive simulator ride with different possible storylines and outcomes, similar to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.
Riders board in groups of six and are randomly assigned one of three roles: gunner, engineer, and pilot. You can’t request or reserve the pilot seat, nor ask for any particular role; your role will be assigned by cast members. However, you are allowed to trade with other guests on your ride.
Since ride assignments are random and the ride has different outcomes based on the crew’s actions, how well your crew does on Smuggler’s Run depends mostly on the pilots. You may get someone who is great at gaming-based experiences like this, or you may get someone who has no comprehension of pushing up to go down, etc. if you want to be sure you’ll have a perfect ride, you’ll need to bring five friends who you trust to do well.
3. You Can’t Just Walk Right in
Although it is a huge land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a relatively small area in Disneyland. As a result of its newfound popularity, Disneyland has limited the amount of time that guests can spend exploring Black Spire Outpost.
Until June 23, you will need a reservation to enter the land. After that, a virtual queue system will be used when needed. This means that if the land is too crowded, you’ll need to reserve a time later in the day to enter. And if it’s late in the day when you arrive, you may not be able to get in at all.
If you’ve ever seen the wave of people heading towards Pandora – the World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom after rope drop, then you know just how alarmingly crowded a new area can be. With just one ride up and running, for now, this area could become packed very quickly without limitations.
2. You Can’t get a Cup of Coffee or a Non-Themed Snack
All food found at Black Spire Outpost is themed, so you can feast on Batuuan bites and Blue Milk, and drink themed Coca-Cola products throughout the land. Kids with picky appetites and guests with food allergies may not find all the choices they would like here, so plan on dining elsewhere or bring in food from another park location if necessary. Vegan, gluten-free and allergen-free options are limited but can be found nearby.
1. Don’t Expect to Meet Mickey – Even in Jedi Garb
The mouse that started it all is nowhere in sight in Galaxy’s Edge, even in his Jedi attire. You’ll see plenty of Stormtroopers, but if you want an autograph from Mickey and his pals, you’ll have to go elsewhere.
The planet of Batuu is not character free, though. You can see Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and Rey while in this part of the park. But take note that these characters are roaming and occasionally pose for photos, but there is no traditional character photo opportunity.
Despite these restrictions, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is built with Disney’s typical attention to detail and offers a truly immersive experience you won’t find anywhere else – at least until the land opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29.
To learn more about all things Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, check out our FAQ here.