There are a few things the Star Wars fan community takes very seriously. One, of course, is a person’s opinion of the Star Wars sequel trilogy — and another is Star Wars Day.
May the Fourth (be with you, get it?) is officially Star Wars Day, and it is generally marked with a variety of festive events. Last year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the fan community’s plans since both Galacy’s Edge lands in Florida and California were temporarily closed in 2020 — which means this year will be extra special.
Furthermore, since Disney didn’t open their Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansions at Disneyland Resort’s Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park until after Star Wars Day in 2019, this will be the first year Batuu has been open on the auspicious occasion.
As you can see from the screenshots below, general theme park ticket Guests and select Disney Resort Guests have already snapped-up all available Disney Park Pass reservations for the popular Hollywood Studios theme park (where Galaxy’s Edge is located) on May 4, 2021.
Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders can still obtain May the Fourth Disney Park Pass reservations at this time — however, they will probably go fast, so book quickly if you are an AP who wants to spend Star Wars Day in the Parks!
In addition to this being the first year Disney World’s version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been open on May 4, Disneyland Resort has now announced it will reopen on April 30, 2021 thanks to the State of California’s “Blueprint Refresh.”
Governor Gavin Newsom’s revamped theme park reopening guidelines mean that Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be available to Guests by the first week of May, meaning California Star Wars fans may also have the opportunity to spend their first Star Wars Day at the original Disneyland theme park.
It is important to note that the two theme parks will have to abide by a variety of restrictions, including 15% capacity in tier 2. Disney Park Pass reservations will also be required — details about how ticket sales and theme park reservations will work have not yet been announced.
At this time, Disney Parks officials have not confirmed any special events for Star Wars Day 2021. This is likely due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that park capacity is still limited and social distancing is still being enforced, among numerous other health and safety protocols.
Furthermore, Galaxy’s Edge Guests need to bear in mind that having a valid Hollywood Studios park ticket or Annual Pass and a Disney Park Pass reservation does not guarantee access to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
The immensely popular ride requires riders to secure a boarding pass using a virtual queue system. Currently, boarding groups are distributed twice per day — at 7 a.m. EST and at 2 p.m. EST. There is no Passholder priority to obtain a boarding group.
However, every day in Disney’s Star Wars land feels like you’ve literally stepped onto the Outer Rim planet of Batuu, so it’s sure to be a meaningful first May 4 no matter what — and, if we know Disney, they’re sure to have something fun up their sleeves…
If you plan to go to Walt Disney World Resort soon, read the official COVID-19 regulations here. Do you have a Star Wars Day Galaxy’s Edge Park Pass?
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