Over the past two years fans have been getting bits and pieces of what to expect from the new Star Wars-themed land at Disney Parks. The anticipation has been steadily building and now we finally know how to make our dreams of a galaxy far, far away come true.
Here’s everything we know about the new Star Wars-themed land, including the answer to how to get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
Getting a Reservation
Want to be the first to pilot the Millennium Falcon? You're going to need a reservation. Disney Parks has announced that guests who want to enter the new land between opening day on May 31 and Jun. 23 will need to reserve a spot in addition to purchasing their entry into Disneyland. There are two ways to score a coveted place among the first that get to enter Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The first is with a hotel reservation at the Disney Resort. With most of the rooms for the opening days already booked up this option will cost you a pretty penny as the remaining rooms are running over $700 per night.
The other, less costly option is to score a reservation through the Disney Parks website. The reservations are now open on the Disney Parks website, but they are going quickly and will likely be harder to score than tickets to Hamilton. Restrictions apply, for example reservations can only be made for up to six guests in a party and they must all be named at the time of reservation.
If you don't get in, don't fret. Disney Parks says no reservations will be needed after Jun. 23 and considering that the second attraction in the land won't be opening till later this year, waiting might be better.
If you were wondering how Disney Parks planned to control the massive crowds dying to get inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you've finally got your answer. The first visitors to the new land have been notified that they will be given a four-hour window of time to enter and experience everything that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has to offer. Good news for those waiting to get in, but four hours is a short time to learn the ways of the Jedi.
The countdown is on to the big day, as Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed that the new Star Wars lands will open earlier than anticipated. The Disneyland addition is set to open in just a couple of months on May 31, 2019, while the Walt Disney World version will open shortly after on Aug. 29, 2019.
From Blue Milk to Fried Endorian Yip Tip, the food and drink offerings at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge are out of this world. The new land will feature several restaurants and food stalls including Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters, Kat Saka’s Kettle in the Black Spire Market and more.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Disney Parks without some amazing souvenirs to bring home. Star Wars: A Galaxy’s Edge will feature tons of fabulous merchandise fans will be able to buy clothes, collectibles and Star Wars-themed toys from several shops, including Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, Savi’s Workshop, where guests can customize and build their own unique lightsabers (for $199.99) and the First Order Cargo and the Resistance Supply. There will also be market stalls like Toydarian Toys, the Creature Stall and The Jewels of Bith. And just in case you want a droid of your very own, you can personalize one for $99.99 at the Droid Depot.
There Will Be Alcohol
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge visitors will be able to toast to their good fortune over a glass of Fuzzy Tauntaun at Ooga's Cantina. Not only is this local watering hole an epic spot to grab a drink among intergalactic smugglers, but it will be the first place within Disneyland (besides Club 33) where guests can enjoy an alcoholic beverage.
Black Spire Outpost
The village at the heart of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge finally has a name. As Disney Parks Blog explained, Black Spire Outpost is what the largest settlement on the planet of Batuu will be called. The outpost is a stomping ground for "traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space.” The spires are in fact the petrified remains of ancient trees that stand at the heart of the outpost.
The Millennium Falcon
Fans have been treated to glimpses of what the new lands will look like, but nothing really captures just how incredible it will be quite like this sneak peek aboard the Millennium Falcon attraction. While it’s reminiscent of Star Tours, the ride takes the experience of traveling in hyperspeed even further out of this galaxy by letting riders actually pilot the aircraft.
A Hotel Not So Far, Far Away
The Star Wars experience won’t stop after you leave the park. Visitors will be invited to rest their heads among the stars in an intergalactic Star Wars-themed resort that "will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.” Unlike any other resort experience in the world, guests will be fully immersed in the Star Wars universe with details, like windows that appear to look out into a view of space. We can’t wait to check in!
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is going to be huge figuratively and literally. The new land will take the parks to new heights with its towering stone spires and AT-ATs. Not only is the new land massive, but it is also incredibly accurate down to the tiniest details. When you enter the sprawling, epic new area you will feel like you've actually landed on an entirely different planet.
Judging by a recent Instagram post, the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge cast is massive. The pre-opening pic features what looks like hundreds of park cast members, ready and waiting for the attraction's grand debut. Not only does the IG post show a crowd of cast members, fans also got a sneak peek into what the costumes look like!
—Shahrzad Warkentin and Erica Loop
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