Disneyland's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land opens to the public this Friday, May 31. Whether you are one of the lucky few who snagged a reservation for opening day, or you are planning to visit Disney's Star Wars land later, here is everything you need to know to before you make the jump to lightspeed.
Galaxy's Edge takes place in a new location in the Star Wars universe rather than some familiar place from one of the Star Wars films. Disney's Imagineers have written an introduction to this land, but simply pasting that into a blockquote seems too mundane for a land as special as this. Surely there's a better way to introduce a new chapter in the Star Wars story.
How about this?
(Yeah, I know it's not the "Star Wars" theme, but I didn't want the Disney music bots striking down the video, so I went with the "Mars" sequence from Gustav Holst's "The Planets," which pretty much everyone in the classical music world assumes John Williams was listening to when he wrote that theme.)
Before you go
If you are visiting between May 31 and June 23, remember to bring your reservation QR code with you, either printed out or on your phone. Everyone in your group over age 18 also will need a government-issued ID to enter the land. If you did not get a reservation time already, you will need to either wait until the land opens to all ticket holders on June 24 or you will need to book a stay in a Disneyland Resort hotel to get one of these "sold out" reservations that have been held back for Disney's hotel guests.
Starting June 24, Disneyland will use a virtual queue to control access to Galaxy's Edge once it (inevitably) reaches capacity in the morning. So download the official Disneyland app, if you haven't already to save time claiming your space in that virtual queue. Set the app to allow notifications, too, so you will know when your boarding group is called into the land.
Also download the Play Disney Parks app, too. The app will serve as your "Star Wars Datapad," allowing you to navigate and interact with the land, such as translating Aurebesh signs, scanning objects for "Easter eggs," listening into communications and hacking into control panels and droids throughout Black Spire Outpost.
If you're into cosplay, Disneyland is not changing its costume rules for Galaxy's Edge. That means no long Jedi robes, Stormtrooper masks, or blasters when visiting the park. Disneybound all you want, but leave the costumes to kids ages 13 and under, as usual.
Remember that a Galaxy's Edge reservation only gets you into the land. You still need a ticket to get into the park first. Visit our Disneyland tickets page for deals on multi-day tickets to the resort, if you don't already have a ticket or annual pass.
Disneyland's Mickey and Friends parking garage will open at midnight on May 31, and 5:30am each day after that. But you don't need to arrive early if you have a reservation, as your entry into the park and the land is guaranteed regardless of crowd levels with that reservation. (Subject to weather, mechanical breakdowns, etc., of course.)
When you get to Disneyland
Guests with Galaxy's Edge reservations will check at the Star Wars Launch Bay across the park in Tomorrowland, up to two hours in advance of their reservation time. Have everyone in your party there to present ID and get your wristbands. [Update: That means that if you have an 8am reservation, you can enter the park to check in as early as 6am!]
The land will not be available during Extra Magic Hour in the mornings, nor will Fastpass be available for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, so don't bother looking it up on Maxpass.
From May 31 through June 23 — the period when visitors need reservations to enter — you will be limited to four hours inside Galaxy's Edge. Your time window is printed on your reservation. Keep that in mind when making Fastpass reservations for other attractions and planning the rest of your day in the park.
Once inside Galaxy's Edge
Pick a queue.
Disneyland is limiting admission into the land with the hope that everyone will be able to see it all in the four hours they have during the reservation-only period... or in a reasonable amount of time after that. But so many people wanting to get in, Disneyland also isn't going to run this land at anything less than capacity, either, so you are going to have to wait for pretty much everything once you are inside the land.
Based on hourly capacity, we believe that the longest line in the land might be for Oga's Cantina, the first public bar serving alcohol in Disneyland history. But Disneyland officials are expecting the Millennium Falcon ride to attract wait times in excess of two hours, though a planned single rider line might offer shorter waits. Disneyland will be providing bathroom passes to people who need to go while waiting and it also will be selling food and drinks as well as providing entertainment in the queue to help pass the time.
In addition to the Falcon and the Cantina, the other two big draws in the land promise to be Savi's Workshop, where you can buy and build your own lightsaber, and the Droid Depot, where you can buy and build your own droid. The prices for these merchandise experiences are $200 and $100 respectively, so the costs should help keep the queues within the solar system.
Food options are all counter service: Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto's Roasters, and Milk Stand, serving Blue Milk (from Episode 4) and Green Milk (from Episode 8). These "milk" beverages are vegan coconut and rice-based drinks served frozen in "slushie" style and cost $7.99 each.
During the May 31-June 23 period, Disneyland will prevent people from entering queues if it is unlikely that they will be close to getting through before their four-hour period is up. That's a change from Disney's normal policy, which is that you can enter a queue right up until the moment a park closes. So to maximize what you can do in the land, hit the big queues first, then move on to the shorter ones, leaving the photo ops until last, on your way out.
By June 24, we should have a better idea how guests are flowing through the land, and we will update this post with more tips based on that experience. And Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at the Walt Disney World Resort's Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29.
Update: And here is the dedication moment, with Disney CEO Bob Iger, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and actors Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford.
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