Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Opening Set for Aug. 29 at Disney World

by Tad on July 8, 2019 23 Orlando

'Sup. Tad here to bring you the full rundown on the most exciting land to ever hit this galaxy, or at least the galaxy known as Walt Disney World® Resort. Opening day is fast approaching! As you Force-sensitive frog fans know, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World will officially open Aug. 29, 2019! The new land inside Disney's Hollywood Studios® is set to open with one of its two rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, in operation. The other headlining attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is set to open Dec. 5, 2019. This post will take you through everything we know about the new land, but there are few important "deets" to share so you can prepare for your visit!  

The land officially opened at Disneyland® Resort on May 31, and we've made repeat visits since then so that frog fans are covered for their West Coast trips. The 14-acre land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will offer the same experiences, so you might want to get a (frog) leg up on other vacationers by checking out our Disneyland guide too. 

Getting into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Guests will need valid theme park admission to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. As of now, a reservation will not be required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney’s FastPass+ service will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open during Extra, Extra Magic Hours for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels. From Sept. 1 to Nov. 2, the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit is being offered every morning at Disney's Hollywood Studios from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Disney has also announced that Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Annual Passholders will have complimentary special preview opportunities before opening day. Capacity is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information and registration details for these previews will be shared at a later date.

Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Now I may not be as wise as Yoda or as strong as Luke (that's Skywalker to all of you), but I can tell you Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is toadally gonna rock. As if that wasn't enough, Walt Disney World is building a high-end, highly immersive Star Wars-themed hotel (opening date to be announced) that will take it to the next level. For now, I've put together this awesome guide that includes everything we know about the land, the rides, the restaurants ... plus, the most important subject — the best time to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World! Be sure to bookmark this post, because I'll be updating it as new "deets" are released. So, my fellow Padawans, let's hop to it!

Overview  | Characters | Rides | Restaurants, Food & Drink | Shopping | When to Visit

Overview and Location of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

If the name is any indication, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will literally be on the edge of Disney's Hollywood Studios, opposite the park's entrance and adjacent to Toy Story Land. Guests will find themselves in the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. This once-thriving settlement is now home to smugglers, rogue traders, droids and other strange creatures trying to stay out of sight of the First Order. The remote outpost takes its name from the petrified spires that were once ancient, towering trees surrounding the river valleys and plains. As a fellow traveler, you'll be able to visit a street market, shop in the food stalls and enjoy treats like Blue Milk or head over to the Cantina for a drink.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Batuu in Star tours

If you’ve ridden Star Tours® — The Adventures Continue recently, you’ve gotten a sneak peek of Batuu in the safe landing in the end scene. Want another look at Black Spire Outpost ahead of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening? Check out the comic book series of the same name that debuted in April. Toadally cool!

Characters of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World

One of the things I know I'm most excited about is meeting some of the colorful characters and exotic creatures hiding out and making deals in Black Spire Outpost (just keep a lookout for First Order soldiers)! Besides this green frog, there will be aliens, droids and humanoids. Some of the characters that have only existed so far in animation — like the Loth Cat — will be in the flesh and ready to interact with guests. And there will be familiar faces ... Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, BB-8 ... even Nien Nunb and Hondo Ohnaka!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Black Spire Outpost

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World Attractions

Of course, the star attractions of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World are the rides, and both sound toadally cool.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Smuggler's Run

Ready to ride the fastest ship in the galaxy? Not so fast! Before you board, you'll walk through a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon. This is one queue you probably don't want to skip! Can you imagine climbing through the hatch and walking through the hallways before you finally arrive to take a seat inside the cockpit? I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it! Try not to get too distracted, because there is a mission. Space pirate Hondo Ohnaka of "Clone Wars" and "Star Wars Rebels" fame has cut a deal with Chewbacca for use of the Falcon. He will lead you on a secret mission to bring back the loot as you hurl through hyperspace. You'll be part of a six-person crew and can take a turn in one of three different flight crew positions — pilot, gunner or flight engineer! Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run uses real-time video technology that will respond to the way you use the cockpit controls. Disney creative executive Scott Trowbridge told the New York Times, "It's a personalized intergalactic ride — live your own 'Star Wars' story. If you crash into a wall, that's what you'll see out the cockpit window." Here's the TLDR: You'll see the real-time results of your mission, so make it count!

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - Opening Dec. 5, 2019

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Rise of the Resistance

It's hard to top that, but Disney is billing Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever built! This trackless dark ride puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance! Less is confirmed about this ride than Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, but we do know you'll board an Imperial Star Destroyer with 50 animatronic stormtroopers waiting in formation. Think you have what it takes to face off against Kylo Ren? You'll soon find out!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Food & Beverage

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Disney World- Concept Art

There is a galaxy of new food and drinks to discover at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World.

Oga's Cantina

Local Black Spire Outpost watering hole Oga's Cantina will be the it-spot for adult drinks, mocktails and other beverages. It will offer mostly standing room only, with Captain Rex, formerly of Star Tours — The Adventures Continue fame, playing DJ.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

This will be the place for exotic tastes and flavors procured by one Chef Strono "Cookie" Tuggs, who has traveled the galaxy far and wide after his time at Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Ronto Roasters

Ronto Roasters

Former smelter droid 8D-J8 will be turning the spit on tasty meats at Ronto Roasters. A recycled podracing engine does the roasting for this dining experience.

Milk Stand

Get your farm-fresh blue milk (or green!) from this stand direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. The frozen concoctions, made famous by Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope," promise to be refreshing and unlike any milk you’ve ever tasted.

Kat Saka's Kettle

Munch on the Outpost Mix, a blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Merchandise at Walt Disney World

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Batuu

It's now been well-reported that Disney imagineers made trips to Istanbul and Marrakesh for inspiration in creating Black Spire Outpost's marketplace, a collection of shops and merchant stalls. More animatronics will serve as shop keepers, like the Toydarian presiding over the toy store.

A first round of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge merch, including T-shirts and hats, is already for sale in select shops around Walt Disney World, but expect to see much, much more.

Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities

Wheeler-dealer Ithorian Dok-Ondar presides over rare and unique items and antiquities from across the galaxy.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Savi's Workshop Handbuilt Lightsabers

Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers* 

This is one of the things I cannot wait to do! Inside Savi's Workshop, you will be able to customize your own lightsaber under the guidance of one of the Masters, who have extensive knowledge in Jedi lore.

* Purchase required. Reservations may be required.

Droid Depot*

Get ready to build your own astromech droid!

* Purchase required. Reservations may be required.

First Order Cargo

The First Order is taking up shop in a spaceport hangar bay on the outskirts of town. Look for gear, uniforms and other supplies.

Resistance Supply

Stock up or resupply! You'll find Resistance uniforms, pins, jackets, tools, training supplies and more!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Walt Disney World - Toydarian Toys

Street Market Stalls

Toydarian Toymaker - This "Star Wars: the Phantom Menace" character presides over this stall that sells toys.

Creature Stalls - You'll find unique "critters" to take home.

Black Spire Outfitters - Clothing fit for space travelers to commemorate their adventures.

The Jewels of Bith - Accessories, trinkets and other treasures.

When to Plan Your Visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

Fall and Winter 2019

With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge set to debut at the end of summer, it's likely that this will be a busier Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season at Walt Disney World. Many vacationers who are set on experiencing the land soon after it opens will likely set their sights on the holiday season, especially with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening Dec. 5. We cannot blame them. If you're among these folks and you haven't yet booked your trip, we recommend you get a hop on it! And we do recommend you plan to stay on-site at an official Walt Disney World hotel (lucky for you, we offer discounts on Walt Disney World hotel rooms).

Although it is not confirmed, we would also expect that Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be added to the Disney FastPass+ lineup of Tier 1 options. While everyone will be eligible for these FastPasses, we know that on-site guests have a (frog) leg up on those staying off-site because of their earlier booking window.

Early 2020 and Spring 2020

We anticipate that this late fall opening will mean a busier 2020 in general, especially during the early part of the year through spring break. While this is generally one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World, it will be busier than usual. This doesn't mean it's a bad time to go; it just means higher than normal crowds. This will be true for late spring, as well, although we think mid-April to May, especially weekdays, will be a pretty good bet.

Summer 2020

Most Star Wars families will schedule their visits to Walt Disney World during summer 2020. It may be busier than normal, but it should be manageable. Again, if you're already getting the itch for a vacation during this time, we recommend you hop on hotel reservations and stay on-site. Booking for Walt Disney World hotels generally opens a year in advance, so start checking this May and June to book online.

No matter when you plan to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World, we will be bringing you our best tips and advice so you can experience this exciting new destination with the least amount of time in line.

So don't stress and stay cool (remember what Yoda says, "there is no try") while you wait for what I think is the biggest opening in the history of Walt Disney World.

Disclaimer: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens Dec. 5,2019.

While you're waiting for this galactic opening, drop us a line in comments and let us know what you're most excited about!

Related: What's Coming to Disneyland and Universal

Related: Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Jul 16, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. Aaron Downey Says...

We are going on Friday the 11th of October and Monday the 21st October and will hope to attend extra extra magic hours. Do you think the Monday will be our best chance at getting in and going on Smugglers run? I'd hate for my son to miss it. Being from Scotland we only get the chance every 5 years or so and he would love to do Jedi training etc, Thanks

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Jul 16, 2019 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron!

We think both days will be busy, but that Monday would be your better bet :) Fingers crossed for you and your Jedi!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Jun 25, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Beth Says...

Will any of the rides be wheelchair accessible?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth!

Millennium Falcon requires a transfer from the wheelchair, and the ride seat does not have arm rests. We have yet to hear about the second ride, Rise of the Resistance, but we have our eyes and ears open for more accessibility information!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 30, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Carl Middleton Says...

Hi

we will be staying in Disney world when galaxys edge opens( previously booked).

would you know when Disney world will confirm on how the process will work on how to gain entrance on the first few days? I am looking at gaining entrance on Friday august 30. what are the chances?

thanks

carl

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May 30, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carl!

Unfortunately, all that we know right now is that there won't be a reservation system like Disneyland is employing now. They may opt for a virtual queue similar to Disneyland's plan after June 24, but we don't have those details just yet. We'll let you know as soon as we know more!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 31, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. carl middleton Says...

Thanks Tad! I,m sure it will be amazing and I can,t wait!!

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May 24, 2019 at 1:17 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello,

My husband and I are planning a trip in December from the 9th-16th for our 30th birthday. Do you think he crowds at that time will be higher?

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May 24, 2019 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Historically, early December has been a great time to visit! The holiday crowd hasn't arrived just yet, but this year it may be a little more crowded than usual due to Galaxy's Edge. We still think it's a good time for a trip :) Hoppy birthdays!

Stay cool!

Tad

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May 4, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. Gerry McGeown Says...

I’m coming to Disney October I have tickets for the other parks. Do I need to purchase tickets to get into the Star Wars parks. ?

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May 6, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gerry!

Galaxy's Edge will be in Hollywood Studios, so as long as you have valid admission to Hollywood Studios, you're all set! Disney World will not be doing a reservation system like Disneyland did to start.

Stay cool!

Tad

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Apr 16, 2019 at 3:11 a.m. Lisa Says...

Hi!

We are looking at a trip in mid-November (the week following Veterans day) with our kids 10 and 6 yo. At that time, do you expect crowds to be as big as when Pandora opened (3h+ wait time for the rides)? We really want to see the new Star Wars land, but we don’t think our kids could wait that long for one ride! Many thanks!

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Apr 17, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

I was a young tadpole not too long ago, so I know what a bummer it is to have to wait in line. We do think crowds will be as long or longer than the Pandora rides. We will put together our best tips on how to lower wait times as soon as we can though!

Stay cool!

Tadpole

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Mar 18, 2019 at 9:48 p.m. Nicole Bryant Says...

Do you have any details on when to make reservations to go to Star Wars - Disneyland the week of June 16? We purchased the 3-day park hopper here on Undercover Tourist - would love to get in on those reservations too!!

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Mar 18, 2019 at 5:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

No information has been released just yet on how to make a reservation, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 15, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. Kerry Gooch Says...

We are going the first week in September and are planning a 9/4 visit to DHS. We plan on rope dropping to try and get in early but am wondering what it will be like. Will there be a wait just to get in the land?

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Mar 18, 2019 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

We don't yet have all the deets on how entry will work, but yes, we expect big waits to get in!

Stay cool!

Tad

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Mar 12, 2019 at 2:10 a.m. Amanda Scott Says...

Would love your advice/opinion. We are planning a trip the first 2 weeks of December. I have always wanted to see the parks at Christmas.

From what I had read, there were rumors of Stat Wars opening mid-late December. I wanna see it, but preferably not within the first year, so that was great for us! Now with it opening in August and who-knows-when for Phase 2, what kinda of crowds are we looking at here? I really do NOT want to spend thousands of dollars and be miserable with hours and hours of waiting. We get a disability pass, but I dont think that will make much of difference here. Am I right? I know there will be overflow to the other parks. I am seriously concerned. Would you reschedule? Of course I dont want to wait to go back. The last trip was 2016. ???? Help!

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

We expect this to be a busier than normal holiday season with the opening of Star Wars. The phased opening should help disperse crowds a little better, but let's face it, many people are and were already planning holiday trips with Star Wars in mind. Now, I do think you will be able to still have a great time, and the DAS will help, but I would anticipate more elevated crowds than normal. Whether to cancel is toadally your decision.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 11, 2019 at 3:03 a.m. RadTech1 Says...

With this new opening of Star Wars in Disney World on Aug 29th- would you suspect higher crowds in Universal Aug 27 & 28th? We have a trip to Universal planned and according to your crowd calendar those are two great times to go. Wondering if this would change?

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rad,

It likely would have some impact on crowds, but I would not expect it overall to be too bad and not bad enough to change the trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 9, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. TJ Says...

With the much earlier than expected opening at WDW how does this affect the crowd calendar for September? We had planned a visit mid-September which is what we did last year but now this could throw a wrench into those plans. Thoughts?

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Mar 11, 2019 at 4:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi TJ,

We have adjusted the crowd calendar based on the revised opening dates. There are still good dates expected in September, but they will be busier than initially anticipated.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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