It won’t be too long until a galaxy far, far away arrives on our planet! Disney has announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will officially open at Disneyland in Anaheim on May 31, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019.
The eagerly anticipated Star Wars-inspired lands have been under construction for several years at both Disney’s east and west coast resorts; on March 7, the Mouse finally announced when Galaxy’s Edge will debut to the public. At the Disneyland Resort, guests will be able to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge beginning on May 31, while the similar land at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will become available to guests on August 29, 2019. At both parks, the land is included in regular park admission, and you won’t need to pay extra to access the land or its attractions.
There are a couple of catches accompanying those opening dates, however. For starters, only Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run—a simulator ride that puts guests in control of the most famous flying hunk of junk in the galaxy —will be operational when the land premieres, along with various food and merchandise experiences. Rise of the Resistance, the land’s cutting-edge dark ride, won’t open until an unspecified date later in the year.
Second, from May 31 through June 23, access to Disneyland’s Star Wars expansion will be restricted. In addition to regular park admission, guests must have a reservation to enter Galaxy’s Edge. Reservations will be free, but supplies will be limited; information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date. Currently, the only known way to secure Galaxy’s Edge admission during this time period is to stay onsite at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. Guests at the Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian, and Paradise Pier will each get one designated reservation to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their visit. (Admission is still subject to capacity and technical constraints and is not guaranteed, even with a hotel package.)
No reservations will be needed (or distributed) when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort opens on August 29, and the land will be open to WDW resort guests during Extra Magic Hours. Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland will be open during normal park operating hours, but it will not be included in Magic Mornings or Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland.
Finally, Disney’s FASTPASS service—including Disney MaxPass at Disneyland and FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios—will NOT be offered at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, at least initially, but we expect this will likely change in the future.
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