Disney announced the exciting news that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening earlier than expected this year — May 31 at Disneyland and August 29 at Walt Disney World. However, only one of the two new attractions will be ready when the new land opens.
On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to ride the most famous ship in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, as well as enjoy galactic food and beverages, a collection of merchant shops, and more. During phase two later this year, guests will have access to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an ambitious and immersive attraction that places guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
So why is Disney opening Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in two phases? According to a press release, “In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.”
If you’re planning on visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during its initial opening, here are some other things to keep in mind:
Reservations are required to visit Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland from May 31 – June 23, 2019
Guests planning to visit during this time will require valid theme park admission and a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date on Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay; one reservation per registered guest and valid theme park admission is required.
Reservations will not be offered or required to visit Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — you only need valid theme park admission.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open during normal park operating hours. It will not be included in Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland park, but it will be available during Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not initially be available on Disney FASTPASS, including Disney MaxPass, at Disneyland or FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Remember, space is limited in Galaxy’s Edge
Disney says “You should also note that vacation packages, park tickets and Disney Resort hotel stays do not guarantee access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The land —including participation in its experiences—will be subject to capacity restraints and other restrictions.”
Will you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during its phase one opening or wait until phase two? Share your plan of attack with us in the comments!