Today is the day that so many people have been waiting for – the official announcement for the opening dates of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World! Disney just announced that the much anticipated Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and on August 29th in Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
While Disney is excited to announce that the parks will both be opening a little ahead of time, there is one thing that might upset some. According to their release today, the new land will open up in two phases. In phase one which begins on the dates announced today, guests of both Disney parks will be allowed to:
Live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.
As for phase two, here is what Disney had to say:
And for phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.
Will you need any special reservations?
So, if you will be heading out to Disneyland, we did find out that in order to experience Galaxy’s Edge during the first month of operation, you will need to make a no-cost reservation in advance that will be subject to availability. The good news (or bad depending on how you view it) is that you will not need to make any special reservations to visit the land once it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You will need a valid Hollywood Studios ticket, but other than that, it will be open to all guests, but I must add that they did state that “capacity is limited”. The release today also stated that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will be available during extra magic hours.
What are your thoughts?
So many guests have been waiting to plan their vacations around the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – either because they wanted to be there from the beginning or they were wanting to avoid it at all costs. How does this affect your plans to visit Disney World? How do you feel about Disney opening Galaxy’s Edge on what will most likely be the first or second week of school for most kids in the US? Will you be there? Let us know in the comments below!
For the longest time, it feels like Disney has been building one of their largest expansions to the Disney parks ever – Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This expansion is happening simultaneously at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. We will focus on Walt Disney World in Florida.
So, when does it open? We’ve heard the slated date of
opening is “Fall 2019,” which could be anywhere between September 2019-December
2019. One thing is for sure- it will be busy! There are so many Disney Parks’
fans that will want to enjoy the land, but also just Star Wars fans in general
will more than likely be booking trips to Walt Disney World for this specific attraction.
What will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge be like?
Stars Wars land is promised to be one of the most immersive lands that Disney has ever built. For comparisons, if you’ve been to Pandora inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, you’ve experienced feeling like you are in another land that is nothing like in your current world. For Star Wars Land, it is promised to be even bigger and more immersive than Pandora. As far as putting into words, I’ll have to venture out to Disney in the future to adequately do this for you.
The expansion is on the planet called Batuu, which is located at the Galaxy’s Edge (hence the name of the land) and the village that you will embark upon (with the restaurants, rides, and shopping) is called Black Spire Outpost. In this bustling village, you are expected to see cast members walking around in full Star Wars garb, which based on pictures of these costumes, it will truly feel like you are on the set of the movie Star Wars. Much different than the costumes that regular cast members wear around the parks like in Toy Story Land, or even in Pandora. Based on the images I’ve seen already, you will truly feel like you’ve landed on another planet. (I cannot wait)
What is there to do at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
For starters, this land will be so large, it will take you awhile
to just take in all the sights around you. You can get lost in just people
watching and exploring this new planet. In addition to looking at the architecture
of the buildings and the trees and rocks that form the natural looking
landscape, you will be able to experience two major ride attractions,
restaurants, and shopping.
The Rides at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The two major ride attractions added to Galaxy’s Edge are
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is set to be an attraction that sort of acts like 4 attractions in one-concluding with a trackless dark ride at the very end. It is based on an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order. The attraction is also boasted to be Disney’s longest attraction created as well. I thought Splash Mountain or Carousel of Progress was long (just under 11 minutes for Splash and like 21 minutes for Carousel of Progress) – what is this ride going to be like? Holy Cow I’m excited!
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be an attraction where you will sit in individual seats and each has a role in piloting the Millennium Falcon aircraft and each ride experience is said to be different because it is based on how well you piloted the aircraft. Imagine an amped-up version of Star Tours with an interactive screen and simulations. There is supposed to be technology (rumored) that will link to your Magic Band that tracks if you accomplished or failed the mission – so that cast members inside Black Spire Outpost will be able to engage with you and ask you about it. What? That seems like so much fun!
What about food at Galaxy’s Edge?
There will be several different options (fast-casual, quick
service) to choose from, but it is promised to have unique and tantalizing flavors
that are out of this world- well, because they are- you are on another planet.
There will be the main quick service location, called
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. You will also be able to buy food and drinks from
multiple window service locations and kiosks/carts.
Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise?
Yep, there will be a lot of merchandise located in Black
Spire Outpost- anything from plush toys, to unique trinkets that make you feel
like you landed on another planet and found something so unique, it could not
be replicated anywhere else. That is what Disney does- it makes you feel like
you have left your current world and embarked upon another. They are in the
business of making Magic.
There will be one unique destination where you can get a hand built, customized lightsaber and the masters of this shop will teach you the ways of the Jedi. Where else can you get this type of experience? Answer: Only at Disney!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is going to live up to the hype- it
will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. We cannot wait to book our
next trip to Disney, so that we can fully experience the newest attraction that
is set to be – OUT OF THIS WORLD.
What do you think? Are you excited? Do you plan on booking a
trip to Disney World when Galaxy’s Edge is open? Let us know in the comments