With the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now officially announced, fans everywhere are scrambling to plan their trips to Batuu AKA Star Wars land – and with that planning comes a few questions.
Here you’ll find our F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) on all things Galaxy’s Edge – what to expect when visiting; where to eat in the land; information on the land’s two attractions and more.
When will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World?
Phase 1 of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31, 2019 at Disneyland park and on Aug. 29, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Phase 1 includes everything except the Rise of the Resistance ride.
When will “Phase 2” open?
We’re not sure exactly when Phase 2 will open with the Rise of the Resistance attraction, but Disney has said that both parks’ Phase 2 will open later this year.
Will Phase 2 include anything else besides the opening of Rise of the Resistance?
There are no officially confirmed additions beyond the opening of Rise of the Resistance for Phase 2 at this time.
Is there a separate fee to enter the new land?
No, there is no separate fee to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. However, Disneyland guests will be required to have a no-cost (free) reservation to enter the land from its opening on May 31 to June 23, 2019.
Will I need a Disneyland park ticket in order to make my reservation?
We’re not sure yet, but it would be best to go ahead and have your park tickets purchased ahead of time before making your Galaxy’s Edge reservation.
Will a reservation be needed for Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World?
No. Once it opens on Aug. 29, 2019, all park guests may enter, unless it reaches capacity.
What will crowds be like when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens?
Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are anticipating a high volume of travelers to Batuu for the first several months after the land opens. Be prepared for long lines and crowded walkways at first, and please be kind and patient with your fellow guests and cast members.
How will crowds be handled at both parks?
Disneyland Park will require guests to register for a no-cost reservation to enter the land from May 31 through June 23. Walt Disney World will have a limited capacity for the land, but reservations to enter will not be required.
How many attractions will be in the land?
There will be two rides for guests to enjoy – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. However, Rise of the Resistance will not be opening with either version of the land and will instead come later this year as a “Phase 2”.
Why isn’t “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” opening with the rest of the land?
Per Disney, “We are pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology with these signature attractions and will not open an attraction until it exceeds our expectations. We also know the level of excellence our guests expect from Disney and we take that very seriously. There will be so much to experience in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and we look forward to the future epic opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance later this year.”
Will there be FastPasses for the two rides at either park?
Initially, there will be no FastPass+ or MaxPass+ reservations available for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run at Disneyland park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’re unsure if they will be added once Phase 2 of the land opens, or if they will be added to both attractions sometime next year.
What are the two rides like?
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be a simulator-type ride where you and five others will take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. Once open, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be an advanced trackless dark ride adventure aboard a First Order Star Destroyer, where guests will come face-to-face with Kylo Ren.
What are the height requirements for the two attractions?
The height requirement for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is 38 inches; once it’s open, the height requirement will be 40 inches to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
What else is there to do in Galaxy’s Edge besides riding the rides?
Guests visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be able to step into their own Star Wars story, experiencing the shops, dining locations, environment, and utilizing the Play Disney Parks app to interact with the land around them.
What characters could we encounter in the land?
We are unsure of what characters will be out and about in the land, but Chewbacca and Stormtroopers are a likely guess.
Will there be “streetmosphere” performers strolling through the land?
There are no official reports of streetmosphere performers in the land at this time.
Are there any planned stage shows for the land, like Jedi Training Academy?
While some have been rumored, there are no confirmed reports of any stage shows or performances planned for the land. There will be numerous Audio-Animatronic characters in some of the shops and restaurants, such as DJ Rex, the former Star Tours pilot.
Will guests be able to make dining reservations in Galaxy’s Edge?
No. None of the restaurants in the land will take dining reservations, but there are many places for guests to grab a bite during their visit:
- Oga’s Cantina
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Milk Stand
- Ronto Roasters
- Kat Saka’s Kettle
What kind of merchandise will be sold in Galaxy’s Edge?
You can take a look at the variety of in-world Star Wars merchandise that will be sold here.
Will adult guests be allowed to wear costumes in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Yes, this will be the first land at the Disney Parks to allow adult guests to wear costumes and fully immerse themselves in this brand-new world.
Are there any differences between the two versions of the land?
The two lands will be practically the same at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park, save for a few differences in the lands’ layout. The Disneyland land will have three ways in and out of the land. The Hollywood Studios version will only have two.
Are there blockout dates for Annual Passholders?
Blockout dates for Disneyland Annual Passholders have already been announced. You can view them here.
If I don’t get a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will I be able to get access to the land at Disneyland park?
Yes and no. From May 31 to June 23, only guests with valid park admission and a no-cost reservation will be able to access Disneyland’s version of Galaxy’s Edge. There will be no standby line to enter the land during this time. Starting June 24, however, guests will no longer be required to have a reservation to enter. Walt Disney World will not require reservations at all.
Will I need to wait in line to get into the land at Disneyland park?
No, but you will need valid theme park admission and a no-cost reservation to enter from May 31 to June 23. Capacity is limited in the land, though, so you may not be able to get in depending on crowd levels.
How can I guarantee that I can get into the land?
If you’re visiting Disneyland park, you’ll need to sign up for a no-cost reservation to enter the land. Guests staying at an on-site Disneyland hotel will automatically receive one reservation per registered guest; those staying off-site will have to register for their reservation themselves. More information on this process will be released at a later time.
As for Walt Disney World, capacity is limited and there are no advance reservations or guarantees of getting into the land. Your best bet would be to stay at a hotel which offers Extra Magic Hours and plan on visiting during Extra Magic Hours days at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
What if I’m staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel or other location instead of staying on-site at Disneyland? What if I’m an annual passholder?
You will have to sign up for a no-cost reservation to enter the land. Details on this process will be released at a later date.
Will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge be a part of Early Morning Magic or Extra Magic Hours?
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will NOT be included in Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland. However, the land will be open during Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Will there be any Annual Passholder or DVC preview events prior to the official opening day at Disneyland?
There will be no preview events for the public to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before opening at Disneyland. It hasn’t yet been decided if there will be any at Walt Disney World.
Will Club 33 Members have a preview event at Disneyland park?
While it could be possible, we have no information on any planned special events at this time.
Will a limited number of guests be able to get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at a time?
Yes, Disneyland will have a limited amount of no-cost reservations to enter the land from May 31 – June 23. After that, it depends on the land’s capacity and the number of guests trying to visit.
Will Star Tours and other Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios close or move after Galaxy’s Edge opens?
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will remain open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, as well as other galactic offerings like Star Wars Launch Bay, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nighttime fireworks show, and “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” stage show.
Keep checking back as we will update this page as we get new questions and answers.
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