How to maximize your time in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with only a 4 hour window

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Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

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If you were one of the lucky Disneyland guests to get a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you know that reservations allow guests to hang out in the new land for a limited four-hour timeframe. So how are “Star Wars” fans supposed to accomplish everything they want in Disneyland’s largest single-land expansion if they are limited to only four hours? Not to worry, Batuu visitors. Here’s our guide for how to maximize your time in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with only a four-hour window.

Disneyland Galaxy's Edge guidemap
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Hour 1: Arrival

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
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It’s your first hour inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so what are you going to do when you arrive at Batuu? Take pictures, of course! This land is massive, and since Disney is doing everything they can to keep the crowds at a comfortable level for guest enjoyment, you can spend the first moments of your arrival taking everything in and getting your lay of the land. Take pictures (especially in front of the real-life Millennium Falcon), embrace the magic of Disney Imagineering, and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and even the smells of Batuu. Pick up a cup of Blue Milk and take your time checking out the scenery of Galaxy’s Edge. There are plenty of secrets to discover and characters to encounter in this new land, so embrace it before rushing to the main attractions.

Hour 2: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Guests visiting Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will walk the hallways and experience other memorable areas before taking control of the fastest ship in the galaxy. (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
The famous main hold lounge is one of several areas guests will discover inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run before taking the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy. (Richard Harbaugh/Disney Parks)

Within the second and third hour of your visit to Batuu, you’ve got a decision to make. You can anticipate the lines to be long for both Oga’s Cantina (Disneyland’s first bar) and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. So we recommend picking one of these two attractions to do first and then hopping over to the second one. Our pick would be to start with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run to guarantee you have time to experience this unbelievable, immersive, state-of-the-art attraction. Pay attention to the awesomeness of the queue as you experience finally being able to ride the most anticipated Disney attraction yet. Because Disneyland is limiting the number of guests allowed inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at any given time, we don’t anticipate you’ll have to wait too long to ride this attraction and you’ll have some time left over to check out the rest of the land.

Hour 3-4: Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and merchandise locations

Oga's Cantina
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Oga's Cantina
Credit: Joshua Sudock, Disney Parks

Depending on how much time you have left after you experience Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, you’ll want to check out everything else Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has to offer. Before you arrive in Batuu, figure out what your priorities will be. Do you want to try an alcoholic beverage from Disneyland’s first bar, Oga’s Cantina? Does the food at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo sound like it’s worth a try? Do you want to build your own lightsaber or droid? Or are you most interested in finding all the best photo spots and picking up awesome unique merchandise? We recommend doing some research on what is available in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ahead of time before your arrival. Whatever you make a priority, do that during your last hour or so inside the land, so you can all but ensure you’ve experienced what you want to the most

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Credit: Richard Harbaugh, Disney Parks

Let’s face it: even though four hours is a long time to be in a single land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is filled with enough to do to make it worth multiple trips. Don’t feel bad if you can’t see, do, or try everything on your first time in Batuu. Instead, make sure you prioritize a few things before your arrival and have fun immersing yourself in a land most of us have only dreamed of.

Want to see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as it gets ready to open at Disneyland? Stay up to date with us here.

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