Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens to all theme park guests tomorrow, but that does not mean that visiting Disney's new Star Wars land will be as easy as just rolling up to the land and walking in.
Disney is promoting that reservations are no longer needed for Galaxy's Edge, but that's just to get into the land. If you want to enjoy everything there is to do inside the new land, you will need to make a reservation before you enter the park.
Starting tomorrow, Disneyland will open reservations for Oga's Cantina and Savi's Workshop at 7am each morning. Reservations will be available for return times the current day only and there will be no stand-by queues for fans once all return times are claimed. Oga's Cantina is Disneyland's first public bar, and Savi's Workshop is a build-your-own-lightsaber experience. Both have proved wildly popular ever since Galaxy's Edge first opened late last month.
You can make reservations for these locations on Disneyland's website or though the official Disneyland app. You will need to have a Disney.com account in order to make a reservation, and you will need to pay a deposit, as well.
For Oga's Cantina, the deposit is $10 per person in your party, while for Savi's the deposit is $199.99, which is the cost of that experience. If you do not show, you forfeit the deposit. For Savi's, you can bring up to two people to watch you make a lightsaber, and your deposit becomes your payment when you arrive.
At Oga's, you must provide the names of each person in your party and Disney says that it will check their IDs before letting them in, as Disney tries to prevent reservation squatting and reselling. When you arrive at the cantina, the credit card hold for your deposit will be released. (You will be subject to Disney's two-drinks-per-person and 45-minute limits inside the cantina, too.)
The advance reservation requirements mean that Galaxy's Edge visitors will no longer have to wait in long queues inside the land to get return times, with many of those visitors ending up wasting that time when they learn that all return times are gone. The advance reservation requirements therefore might help control crowd sizes inside the land, as it's possible that many guests, especially annual passholders, will decide not to visit Galaxy's Edge if they can't get into Oga's or Savi's that day.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has been open for the past three-plus weeks to guests who made advance reservations, which were all claimed within two hours in one morning in early May. But many of those visitors were not able to get into the cantina, especially those whose reservation days fell later in the three-week period, when Disneyland allowed reservation holders to add extra people to their reservation without checking those extra guests' IDs upon check-in, leading both to reservation scalping and longer queues inside the land.
So you should expect many of those disappointed passholders to keep trying to get into Oga's or Savi's by hitting Disneyland's website each morning at 7 until they can score one of these hard-to-get reservations. Disneyland is making no provision for hotel guests to get into Oga's or Savi's, either. That frees up all the return time slots, but also means that more people will be in the pool trying to claim them... and that some people who have planned Disneyland vacations around this opening might be going home disappointed by not getting into what might be the land's most-anticipated attraction.
Don't get me wrong. As a Disneyland Resort annual passholder, I prefer this new system. It's better to be able to know in advance whether I am going to be getting into the cantina before I go, rather than make the drive down to Disneyland and wait in a long queue first thing in the morning, only to be disappointed. It's tough, though, for Disneyland resort guests, who cannot use the advantage of Magic Mornings to position themselves within the park to be in the front of that queue. (Though they will be able to do that to get first dibs on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Droid Depot.)
Still, it's hard not to wish that Disneyland had gone ahead and filled that empty themed building next to Oga's Catina with more floor space for the cantina, rather than leaving it for some future expansion. Yes, the Star Wars cantina is meant to be an intimate space. But if Disney's Imagineers could install a couple dozen cockpits into their Millennium Falcon ride, surely they could have designed multiple intimate rooms for a Star Wars cantina, too. With the amount of money that Disneyland is leaving on the table by not accommodating thousands of extra Star Wars fans with money to spend on drinks each day, I suspect that the order soon will come down from Burbank to get started doing just that.
But for now, if you want to do everything inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, including the cantina and making your own lightsaber, the reservation period for the new land has not ended... it's just begun.Tweet
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