Breaking News! Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland will open to the public May 31, 2019! Disney Chairman Bob Iger shared the big reveal during the company's annual shareholder meeting this morning, saying the openings were "earlier than planned." Perhaps because of that, only one ride, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, is expected to be open during what Disney is calling "phase one." The other headlining attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is set to open later this year during phase two.
The official opening for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World will be Aug. 29, 2019. The opening of it will also be phased, with Rise of the Resistance opening later in the year.
For those of you hoping to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland between May 31 and June 23, you need valid park admission, of course, but you will also be required to make a no-cost reservation (subject to availability). (Details on how to make a reservation will be shared on the Disneyland website and Disney Parks Blog at a later date. There will not be any stand-by line during the reservation period.) Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation time to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge during their stay (again, valid theme park admission is required). Beginning June 24, 2019, you will no longer need a separate reservation to access the land; however, capacity is limited and Disneyland may restrict access to the park, land and experiences based on guest demands and other factors. There are no special provisions for guaranteed access for anyone, including hotel guests. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be open during Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours.
Now let's hop through all of the ribbeting details of what's inside the land!
Our Galactic Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
'Sup! Tad here, family videographer and young Padawan who has been practicing with my lightsaber and counting the seconds until the new Star Wars land opens at Disneyland in summer 2019. I’ve searched the galaxy for details and have put together this guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland to share everything I know about the rides, food, beverages, shopping and experiences coming soon to a Trading Post called Batuu, which is far, far away (as in, all the way across the back of the park behind Frontierland at Disneyland). Keep hoppin’ back, because as more is revealed about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, I will be sharing the “deets” here so you can prepare yourself for the journey.
Overview of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, it will be Disneyland’s newest and largest land — at 14 acres! It will transport guests to another galaxy and immerse them in a village on the remote planet of Batuu that is home to strange aliens, beasts, droids, spaceships, buildings and terrain. Black Spire Outpost, as the village and Batuu's largest settlement is called, is known for its petrified spires that are the ancient remains of towering trees. This remote outpost was once a busy stop along trade routes, but as hyperspace travel has taken off and drawn traders to more popular routes, Batuu has been left behind for those trying to keep a low profile, out of sight of the First Order. It’s still a thriving port for smugglers, traders and adventurers.
If you’ve ridden Star Tours lately, you’ve gotten a sneak peek of Batuu in the safe landing in the end scene. And if you’ve ridden Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can catch glimpses of the land’s creation from the top of the hill. If you need a safe haven somewhere on the edge of wild space, sneak out of your world and into the Star Wars story on Batuu. As you walk around, note the original musical score that the legendary John Williams composed specifically for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Characters of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland
Being immersed in this other world means interacting with the Black Spire Outpost’s inhabitants and walk-around creatures and characters. Batuu is populated by aliens, droids and humanoids. We expect to see First Order soldiers stalking around and rebel fighters or smugglers hiding in secret passageways. Keep your eyes open and you may encounter some of the characters. You will be able to meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, and you may run into other characters from the Star Wars movies, television shows or books. The droids you are looking for may also be rolling and strolling about Black Spire Outpost. Did you ever wonder where Captain “Rex” (RX-24) from Star Tours disappeared to after C-3PO took over as the accidental captain? You can find him in Oga’s Cantina, reinvented as the DJ. We’re sure he’s trying his best.
What’s most interesting in this new land is that you become part of the village and storyline. Not to pile the pressure on, but if you fail in your mission aboard the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run ride (more on this below), a bounty hunter might come demanding the lost loot from you if you dare to show your face in the village or cantina. Uh oh! Disney is promising to share more details about how you can dive deeper into the Star Wars story while you're in the land using the Play Disney Parks app for a more immersive experience.
The Cast Member costumes were recently revealed to place them in the cast of characters of Batuu, as well. They’ll be dressed as villagers, rogues, spies, Resistance fighters and First Order officers. The First Order uniforms carry encrypted information in “code cylinders” on the chest. Each Cast Member will be able to create his or her own backstory and allegiances, making each interaction unique and toadally immersive.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Rides
Let's cut to the chase and talk about the most important part of Star Wars land — at least to this young frog — the rides! There are two large “E-Ticket” thrill rides in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I do not know which one sounds better! I plan to try them both again … and again ... and again.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
"Punch it" to this ride, which features a a full-size replica of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. On this intense adventure, you'll embark on a critical secret mission by Hondo Ohnaka, a space pirate from the “Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” animated TV series. Your goal is to bring back loot to a vengeful space pirate as you pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy while hurling though hyperspace. Your six-person crew will be in the cockpit right behind the controls, acting in one of three roles as a pilot, gunner or flight engineer. Um … sign me up right now for a turn as all three! Oh, and it sounds like there could be multiple storylines. And word is your performance on the ride has consequences: If you succeed or fail, the characters of the land may interact with you differently on the streets or in the Cantina. This ride opens May 31, 2019, and will not be available on FASTPASS or MaxPass in the beginning. Riders must be 38 inches (97 cm) or taller to ride.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Join the epic battle in what Disneyland promises will be the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever! Before boarding this trackless dark ride, you’ll walk though themed interiors. The Resistance is recruiting you to join them in battle against the First Order. Don’t get captured by the enemy before you board a trackless troop transport and navigate through the hangar bay of a Star Destroyer, getting yourself caught in a conflict between the First Order and the resistance, potentially encountering AT-AT walkers. Do you have what it takes to come face-to-face with Kylo Ren? If you make it back from your eight-person mission, you’ll be a celebrated hero. If not, who knows what will become of you? This is supposed to be more than just a ride. It’s an experience. This ride will be opening later in 2019, during phase 2 of the Galaxy's Edge opening, and will not initially be available on the FASTPASS or MaxPass system. Riders must be 40 inches (102 cm) or taller to ride.
Shopping in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland
Disney has already released some T-shirts, pins, lanyards and artwork for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You can pick them up before the land's opening at Star Trader in Tomorrowland along with tons of Star Wars clothing, accessories, memorabilia and toys. Once the land opens, you’ll be able to find exciting new merchandise in Outpost stores and market stalls with cool animatronics and themes. I am saving my allowance money now for any unexpected surprises that I simply cannot resist!
Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
Get ready to wheel and deal with Dok-Ondar. This Ithorian will sell and buy rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and all eras! He’s a moody one. Hopefully you catch him happy rather than frustrated when you haggle with him over prices.
Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers
I can barely contain myself at the thought of building my own lightsaber! Inside Savi's Workshop, you will be able to customize your own lightsaber under the guide of one of the Masters. And you'll want to spend some time here with the "Gatherers." This secret group have dedicated their lives to restoring balance and have extensive knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force.
If you're not ready for a lightsaber, head to the Droid Depot. You can build your own astromech droid!
First Order Cargo
This spaceport hangar bay is the outpost's temporary base and landing spot of the First Order. Officers are determined to win over your hearts and minds (as if!) with gear, uniforms and other supplies!
This makeshift stall supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, helmets, jackets, tools, training supplies and more!
Street Market Stalls
Toydarian Toymaker - This "Star Wars: the Phantom Menace" character sells handcrafted toys made by local artisans that may or may not have been made with scavenged droid junkyard parts.
Creature Stalls - Interesting "critters" can be taken home. The toys come to life when you touch them like the tentacled Rathar that moves when you pet it. Just try to keep holding onto it when it vibrates out of control!
Black Spire Outfitters - Clothing fit for space travelers to commemorate their adventures.
The Jewels of Bith - Accessories, trinkets and other treasures.
Eating and Drinking in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland
We have been awaiting the delicious details of the out-of-this world foods and restaurants in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland. What we know is that you can sample delicacies not found elsewhere in Disneyland. Got Blue Milk? If not, you can find this non-dairy drink here. No reservations will be available for any Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge food and beverage locations. Here are the quick service dining locations:
This watering hole for smugglers, pilots, bounty hunters, locals and travelers alike will be serving adult drinks in unique vessels. This will be the first time alcoholic drinks have been offered to guests inside Disneyland park. Oga's Cantina will offer other-worldly themed cocktails, non-alcoholic “mocktails” and other options! Some of the more interesting beverages you can enjoy in Oga’s Cantina include Bloody Rancor (it’s topped with a bone), Outer Rim, the smoking Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub and Fuzzy Tauntaun. We hear you’ll have to consume these beverages inside the cantina — no taking them to-go — so kick back, enjoy DJ “Rex” and keep your eyes on the other cantina patrons. The Carbon Freeze (it’s yellow, smoking and has green balls bubbling inside it), Oga’s Obsession and the orange-red Cliff Dweller are some of the more colorful non-alcoholic beverages. It seems that the Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha and the Black Spire Brew may also be non-alcoholic. I can’t wait to try them! Now, Oga’s Cantina is a bit of a shady establishment that is run by alien Oga Garra. Oga has a strict code of conduct to keep unruly visitors in check. You may run into some disreputable characters or even stormtroopers. As the Cantina is a safe haven for smugglers and those seeking to avoid the First Order, it’s best to keep your wits about you. If only those walls could talk!
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. Even in space you can find sustainable fish dishes like the oven-roasted Burra Fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds. The Fried Endorian Tip-Yip is a decadent chicken dish with herb gravy and vegetable mash. The sticky smoked Kaadu Ribs (pork) come with a blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw. You can enjoy non-alcoholic beverages like Phattro and Moof Juice, as well. End your meal with out-of-this-world desserts such as the colorful raspberry crème puff with passionfruit mousse or chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard.
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. Splash back a Meiloorun Juice to wash down your Turkey Jerky or Ronto Wrap, which appears to look like a pita-like bread filled with grilled sausage and roasted pork.
Get your farm-fresh blue milk (or green!) from this stand direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. The frozen concoctions promise to be refreshing and unlike any milk you’ve ever tasted.
Kat Saka's Kettle
Got the munchies? Grab some Outpost Mix, a blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn.
Interact with a Galactic Datapad in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
Traveling to an alien land has its challenges, such as interacting with beings and droids who speak different languages, trying to locate hidden bounty and deciphering or intercepting transmissions coming in from far, far away. You’ll want a tool to help you translate spoken and written languages, unscramble messages and hack into the devices, droids and control panels. Luckily, the Play Disney Parks app is a way to enhance your adventure in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Download the Play Disney Parks app before you arrive in Batuu. Shortly after your arrival, the app will transform into a Galactic Datapad you can use to interact with your new surroundings. You’ll have an opportunity to pledge loyalty to the First Order, the Resistance or even yourself as you strike out on your own with ties to no one. You can complete jobs to receive digital rewards. It’s just another option for enhancing your adventure and uncovering secrets in the new land. Bring your device chargers and arrive fully-juiced, because you don’t want a dying phone battery to thwart your ability to hack, scan, translate or tune!
Getting Ready for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
We know that Disneyland has been preparing for the armies of people who will be traveling to this galaxy from far, far away starting in late May 2019 by adding another parking structure, widening walkways and refurbishing the park and castle so everything will be magically stardust-ready for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland. They are working on high-tech special effects to create illusions and surprises for guests. I know I still have a lot of questions, and I am sure you do, too. Like, I am on the edge of my seat!
If you're wondering about crowds, we've added our thoughts to one of our most popular posts — the best time to visit Disneyland — and we'll be sharing more as the opening gets closer.
As my teacher Yoda would say, “Patience you must have!” Stay tuned for more details … and may the force be with you!
Disclaimer: Capacity is limited. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens at a later date. Reservations required for visits between May 31 and June 23.
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