Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Updated November 28, 2019

The long awaited land dedicated to Star Wars has opened.

There’s a lot to know about it.

Let’s get started.

Basic Info

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opened on May 31, 2019. This is the single largest expansion in Disneyland’s history and includes 14 acres to discover.

This new land is set in Batuu. Batuu is a planet on the Galaxy’s Outer Rim. When you enter Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll be visiting Black Spire Outpost, which is located on the planet, Batuu. Smugglers and Traders roam the land with every intention of avoiding the First Order and all it includes.

Aliens, Droids, and other inhabitants wander the land along with some good guys, too, including Rey, Chewie, Kylo Ren and Stormtroopers.

The land is approximately 14 acres in size. (For comparison, Cars Land at DCA is 12 acres.)

The includes two attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Boarding Groups

You may need a Boarding Group to enter the new land. The Disneyland app will let you know if you do.

Boarding Groups act like FASTPASSES, essentially, reserving a window of time for you to enter Galaxy’s Edge.

If the land says “open”, go on in. If not, you’ll need a Boarding Group.

This post has the latest info on the groups. Absolutely read it start to finish.

Two notes on boarding groups:

+Guests will have to be inside Disneyland park to obtain entry into a boarding group.
+Guests can use the Disneyland app to obtain entry. A non-technology option will also be available.
If you have a reservation to Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s Workshop, you will not need to request a Boarding Group if they’re in use. Arrive up to an hour prior to your reservation time to enter the land.
An end date to the “boarding group” system has not been announced.

Reservations for Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop

Now available online up to 60 days out!

*Some* will remain open to book at 7:00am the day of as well.

Click here to make your reservation for Oga’s.

Click here to make your reservation for Savi’s.

Notes:

  • You do not need to have a theme park ticket to make a reservation.
  • You do not have to be in the park to make a reservation.
  • You will be charged $200 for Savi’s or $10 per person for Oga’s if you don’t show per Disneyland’s cancellation policy.
  • If Boarding Groups are being used, and you have a reservation, you do not need to request a Boarding Group, as everyone listed on your reservation for Oga’s or Savi’s will be allowed to enter the land up to one hour prior to your time. Up to 6 guests total can be listed on your Savi’s reservation, even though only the creator and two guests can enter the actual lightsaber creation experience. You will list everyone’s names when making a reservation.
  • Once you’re in the land with your reservation, you’re free to stay as long as you wish.

Recommended Strategy

Focus on attractions in the morning as usual to start your day. Use my tips and plans here.

Aim to enter Galaxy’s Edge late afternoon. An ideal timing to enter the land would be between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.

Note: If you want to visit Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s Workshop, you’ll need to make a reservation. Scroll up in this post for more info. Choose a time in the late afternoon for one or both options.

When you visit Galaxy’s Edge, watch the app to see what the wait time is for the Millennium Falcon. If it’s an hour or under, get in line. Otherwise, wait. If you visit in the afternoon as I suggest, you should see the Millennium Falcon at an hour or less at some point. Then, you’ll likely wait less than an hour, as that time is often a bit higher than the actual wait time.

I go into lots of detail on how the land currently operates with Boarding Groups here. They’re not needed every day – only when the land is at capacity. (This only happened on opening day, but the system is in place if it’s needed.)

So, in summary, here is your best strategy for tackling most attractions at Disneyland Park with a visit to Galaxy’s Edge:

  • Arrive an hour prior to official park opening to line up outside the park
  • Focus on attractions at Disneyland Park initially with my strategies
  • Have lunch
  • Break at your hotel in early afternoon
  • Visit Galaxy’s Edge late afternoon
  • Return to watch Fantasmic! and fireworks to finish your evening

I tested the above strategy early August 2019 and had great success. We rode all FASTPASS attractions in the park – plus several more – prior to noon. A long lunch break followed. We built a light saber at Savi’s Workshop at 3:00pm. Wandered the new land for a bit and then rode the Millennium Falcon with a 45 minute wait. Had a beer at Oga’s Cantina at 6:00pm.

I provide suggestions on night time entertainment to complete your day – along with allllll the details from this super successful visit – in this post.

Alternate Strategy for Guests Who Can’t Wait

If you simply CANNOT WAIT until the afternoon to visit, consider the plan I used here, which includes getting all of the iconic “big” rides done in the first two-three hours and then heading to Galaxy’s Edge.

I prefer the above mentioned “Recommended Strategy”, as it allows you to move through more attractions late morning without breaking your rhythm. You will accomplish more with that strategy.

But, I understand some guests are too excited to delay their visit.

Why You Shouldn’t Go Directly to Galaxy’s Edge

Here’s the deal: The average wait for the Millennium Falcon is an hour. Knowing when you should spend that hour in line is important.

I don’t recommend you go directly to Galaxy’s Edge at park opening. Most guests won’t be able to navigate all the way through the park to the new land, move through it to find the Millennium Falcon, and get in line in a timely manner. Most will arrive to find a significant line already built, resulting in an hour or more wait.

The first few hours in your day are essential for getting lots of attractions crossed off your list. Spending your first hour in Galaxy’s Edge prevents you from following my strategies, which are designed to ensure you don’t wait more than 20 minutes for attraction (with one exception). You must start at park opening for my strategies to work.

Also! I don’t like setting the tone for the day by spending your first hour in line. Instead, follow my strategies and enjoy 4 big attractions in that hour. Kids will respond much better to this.

Attractions

As mentioned above, the land will consist of two attractions. They are:

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – Opening May 31, 2019; more from Disney here

Rise of the Resistance – Opening 1.17.2020

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run 

Parts of this description of the attraction include spoilers. Skip down to the Food section if you don’t want details. Here’s a direct link to Food.

*Guests must be 38″ or taller to enjoy this attraction.

*This attraction does not have FASTPASSES.

*This attraction allows Rider Switch.

*This attraction is ADA compliant and allows the DAS pass to be used for it. Guests with mobility issues should enter the standard queue and be expected to transfer on the ride vehicle if needed.

Guests will move through the queue at the beginning of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, just like any other. The queue is super cool, so waiting in it won’t be like any other you’ve experienced at the Disneyland Resort. (Think Pandora’s Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. There are similarities between its queue and this one.)

Eventually, you’ll walk into a loading area where Hondo Ohnaka will be instructing you on why he’s there, what he needs from you, and how to proceed. For reference: When you reach Hondo, you’ll have about 15 more minutes before you board the attraction.

After another short walk through the queue, you’ll be split into groups of 6. Each guest will then receive a small “ticket” which will assign you a role. Two guests will become pilots. Two will become gunners. Two will become engineers. You may trade these assignments with the other guests in your group if you wish.

With assignments in hand, your group of 6 will enter the ship’s main hold and lounge. While you pause here for a bit, sit at the famous Dejarik chess table or wander around while you wait to officially board the Millennium Falcon. There’s a lot of cool stuff to see.

Groups are labeled by color. When your color is called, proceed to board the ship and hand over your tickets. Pilots are in front, then gunners, and finally, engineers. Every seat is good and will allow you to see plenty.

Each role includes the following duties:

Pilots – Don’t crash like I did. (Over and over again.) The pilot on the left controls horizontal movement. The pilot on the right controls vertical movement.

Gunners – Use blasters and missiles to defend the ship. Switch to manual targeting if you really want a challenge. (Hint – push buttons as they light up.)

Engineers – Respond to repairs needed as that hunk of junk flies through the Galaxy. (Hint – push buttons as they light up.)

Note: This attraction did not AT ALL make me queasy like Star Tours does. I have enjoyed it eight times – as a pilot (front row), gunner and an engineer (back row) and didn’t feel sick once. Give it a try.

Food

Essentially, here are the main stops for food in Batuu:

Oga’s Cantina – This is the much anticipated cantina that will serve themed drinks (with or without alcohol) as well as beer and wine.

Milk Stand – Blue and Green Milk are offered here. ***Allows Mobile Ordering.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – With counter service for lunch and dinner, you’ll find ribs, salads and other healthy options. ***Allows Mobile Ordering.

Black Spire Outpost Market – Finally, we have a market type environment where you can wander, shop and eat with the following options to purchase food and drink:

    +Ronto Roaster ***Allows Mobile Ordering.
    +Kat Saka’s Kettle

I’ll share more on this once I’m in the land! Check out the current menus for more.

Shopping

In addition to merchandise for sale around the land, there are two major shopping destinations:

Savi’s Workshop

Savi’s Workshop will be on site for guests to customize their own light sabers. Fancy ones! Check out the scoop on these specialty items before you visit. This is the most popular shopping destination and can include a long line.

Two guests – in addition to the guest creating the light saber – may enter the building to watch the light saber creation. The entire process takes about 20 minutes. The average cost is $200 per light saber. Click this link for a thorough review on the experience.

The Droid Depot

The Droid Depot is amazing, too, and a smidge less popular. It also takes about 20 minutes to create a droid. The average cost is $100 per droid.

Check this link for a thorough review on the Droid Depot.

Black Spire Outpost

Black Spire Outpost sells clothing. Most of it complies with Disney’s costume guidelines. The only exceptions include the long robes. Those robes cannot be worn inside the parks. I share photos of what’s allowed and what’s not here.

Play Disney Parks App

The popular Play Disney Parks App will be an interactive tool in the new land. Find more on that here.

This link shares general info on now the app works.

Be sure to have it downloaded prior to arriving.

Fireworks from Galaxy’s Edge

Finally, this post shares what fireworks look like from the new land with tips on viewing.

If you’re visiting in the evening, don’t miss them!

Dress Code for Galaxy’s Edge

Be sure to know exactly what is allowed and what’s not when dressing for Galaxy’s Edge. This post goes into detail.

Insights from My First Visit + Tips for Yours

+I was completely overwhelmed with my first visit to Galaxy’s Edge. I knew it would be good. I had no idea if would be THIS immersive.
+If you can stand it, take an hour or more and put your phone away. My first visit included 4 hours with absolutely no phone usage. This allowed me to completely focus on my surroundings. If I had access to my phone, I would have been hysterically taking photos or even checking in with friends/family at times, browsing email, etc. Instead, I dove into everything. It. Was. Awesome.
+Look up. Look down. Let your eyes wander through the details. There is SO MUCH to see. When you’re at either end of the land, look back to see the layers of the buildings and how they are positioned against the rocky backdrop. If you’re visiting at night, notice the altered lighting that highlights each of these layers.
+A friend who visited with me, said, “This is absolutely ART.” And, it is. Prepare to be impressed.
+Visit with cast members as time allows. I went into one of the shops looking for “Star Wars ears”. The cast member looked confused and asked me why I wanted a second set of ears. Puzzled, I showed her another guest who was wearing a set of Minnie ears. “Oh, those! We don’t have those here. They’re from another planet.” Cast members are playing an integral part in the success of this land. And, they do not disappoint.

Photos

Visit this post for lots from a day time visit to Batuu.

Visit this one for nighttime.

Notes

  • Want more Star Wars? Visit my post on everything else there is to do at the Disneyland Resort.
  • For details on the starships featured in the land, visit this post.
  • My friend, Mindy, has all you need to know about how to dress like and speak like you know what you’re doing on the planet of Batuu. Find that here.
  • Need overall planning info? Start with my First Timer’s Guide and let me know how I can help you.
  • Have a question for me? Leave me a comment and I’ll find the answer for you.
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56 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for all your detailed posts. I was curious if you can do package delivery to the Disney hotels for custom droids or lightsabers? I have found answers for sure for WDW but not for DL. Thanks

  2. Hi, We are headed to DL Dec 26/27 with a 5.5 and 3 year old. We got the park hopper with Maxpass for both days and thinking do DL all day on the 26th, go back to visit Star Wars the morning of the 27th and head to CA for the afternoon of the 27th. Do you think that is a good idea, I know the park is the most crowded those days, so trying to maximize our time.

  3. I had a million questions about Galaxy’s Edge and so I came here to ask them. All my questions were answered in the article! Thanks Casey!

  4. Hi! I’m not sure why you say to not go straight to smugglers run at park opening? I was there a week ago and the only way we could ride it without an hour wait was to go at park opening. We walked straight on the ride both times. By the time we got off there was already an hour wait and it stayed that way the rest of the day. You could do single rider which was 10-20 min.

    • Hi, Susan.

      I recommend waiting because the average wait time is about an hour throughout the day.

      It’s wiser to use that first hour getting LOTS done with my strategies and then spending that hour in line at another point in the day.

      I have been checking wait times since the land opened and it’s typically about an hour. If it’s more when you arrive in the afternoon, explore more of the land and keep checking the app for wait times. Jump in once it is at an hour.

      This plan may change as the crowds return soon, but for now, this has worked for me several times. Many readers have reported the same.

  5. I will be there tues-thurs august 27-29, with early morning access. Should I hit Star Wars land first? Or later in the afternoon? Do you have a plan which includes hitting all attractions as well as Star Wars?

  6. Hi Casey, we are hoping to visit from NZ in 2020, what is the likelihood that this part of the park would be closed for any refurbishment within its first year or two open? I’d hate to come all that way for a family dream only to have it crushed!

  7. My husband and I are taking 1.5 year old twins in a compact double stroller. We’re planning to take turns on rides, but can we go to Oga’s Cantina? How stroller friendly is gallaxy’s Edge generally? Thank you!

    • Everyone is welcome in the cantina. Be sure to make a reservation!

      Strollers aren’t allowed inside. So you’ll need to hold the babies. You can walk with your stroller through the market and many areas around the new land. But, not inside some of the shops.

  8. Hi Casey! Huge fan of your FB page/blog — thank you for all you do!

    So…after swearing i wouldn’t be back to Disney for a year after GE opens (we did WDW in February and DL in April, so I figured I could take a break), the low crowds were just too enticing, so I bought Flex APs and am booked for next week. I’m taking my 7 yo and 2 yo (36 inches) kids, and since my husband can’t take off for this spur of the moment trip, I’m bringing my 13 yo niece as my helper.

    We’ll be doing rider switch on everything that offers it, with my niece waiting with my 2 yo when my son and I go. I’ve done rider switch on every relevant ride in the park before, so I have an idea of how long I’ll be leaving them (for example, longer for Guardians than for Space Mountain) and what non-ride activities they can do together (for example, Philharmagic/Disney Jr dance party while we do Guardians, the big wet ball thing while we do SM), but I have no idea how it will work for Smugglers Run/GE. Without a FP line, where do you go back in? Does the returning group miss the whole experience of the ride from not doing the standby line? How long would you say the switch return usually would take when the standby line is, say, 45 minutes (we’ll probably skip if it’s longer than that)?

    I don’t want to leave the 13 yo alone with the 2 yo for an hour, but I really want to ride Smugglers Run at least once.

    Also, are there any nearby activities (non-ride, since the 13 yo can’t take the 2 yo on rides alone) that the two of them can do while my son and I ride Smugglers Run? Neither are into Star Wars, and I don’t know how long they’d be able to just “look around”. Anything fun right there that they can do/play with?

    Any insights would be appreciated!! Thank you! And enjoy your Disney World time — can’t wait to get back there!

    • There’s plenty to explore around Galaxy’s Edge while you ride. So so much to see!

      You’ll enter through the line the cast member directs you to with your Rider Switch return pass. It has changed a few times since starting, so just wait for their direction. The timing will vary, too, depending on when you visit.

      Have fun!

  9. Your posts have said that Savi’s new reservation system is prepaid meaning you pay at the time you make the reservation? But on the Disneyland reservation page for it, it says “you will not be charged until you arrive at this activity”- do you know for sure?

    Love to know if I can pay with gift cards when I arrive and if my group can pay separately. I’m making all the plans and I’d love the heads up if my card will get hit right away with a $800 charge or not! ? Thank you!

  10. I am an wdw veteran but going to be near Disneyland this week. Thinking of going for my first time. How crowded do you think the parks will be? We want to try to do both parks in one day? Do you have any different updated suggestions since galaxy edge is open with when to pull fast pass or when to try to pull boarding group. What day would you recommend going between June 25-June 29. Any tips or advice would be helpful.

    • The 27th would likely be best. Crowds have been good!

      I just updated this post with a “Strategy” section to help you plan your day.

      You really need a day for each park to do most things.

      Enjoy!

  11. Hi Casey,
    Thank you so, so much for this website. It has been so helpful in planning our trip. We will be at Disneyland on July 1 and 2. I have our day all planned out, but I’m not sure how to include Galaxy’s Edge in this plan. Are you planning on adding it to your strategies once reservations are no longer needed at Galaxy’s Edge? If not, where do you suggest we fit it into our Strategy for Big Kids?

  12. Thank you VERY much for this guide. My group are Disney regulars but really appreciated knowing what to expect for GE. You are absolutely right about needing to be near the front of the line outside GE (check in early) to get the experience you want. Day 1 I BARELY got into Oga’s virtual queue, and Day 2 I did not make it in when I lined up at the entrance 20 minutes prior to my 8am reservation. I was so fortunate to have had your advice to argue against my group with – they did not want to line up early for the Day 1 reservation. They were doubtful but admitted I was right to follow your directions, later. 🙂

  13. Casey, thanks SO MUCH for the wonderful tips and all the great information! We put it all to good use today for our visit to Galaxy’s Edge, and it worked out perfectly! We were able to do & see everything we hoped to! Thanks so much! Bright suns! 🙂

  14. Hello Casey! I am pregnant but I’d like to see the Millennium Falcon queue. Do you think it would be possible to stay with my group until they are whisked off into the ride?

  15. Hi Casey. Long time listener, first time caller. Is there an option to enjoy the Smuggler’s Run attraction without pushing buttons and “crashing”? (Family Res this Saturday from 5-9, to experience both daytime and nighttime.). Thanks!

  16. Hi Casey — We have our reservations for this Thursday, and we were wondering which you would recommend: after checking in, should we join the queue at Galaxy’s Edge for up to 2 hours, waiting for our entry time? Or should we enjoy DLR for those 2 hours and wander over to Galaxy’s Edge just before our entry time?

    • Hi, Paul! You have an 8:00am reservation?

      I have a friend visiting at the same time on Wednesday and will be reporting back on questions I have, but overall – based on what I know – you just have a small amount of time to enjoy the park.

      Thursday includes EMH for Disneyland from 7-8am. If I were you, I would be there at 6:30am to check in and get wrist bands and then head out to enjoy EMH for a bit prior to entering Batuu. Have a few attractions in mind – y’all know what you’re doing – enjoy and then get ready for the new land.

      Hello to the boys from me! Miss y’all.

      • Hi Casey – We have the 11-3pm reservation time on Thursday. (We didn’t want to deal with the EMH craziness first thing in the morning.) 🙂 We we were just wondering if it made sense to get our wrist bands at 9am, and then stand in the entry queue for the next two hours waiting for entry to Galaxy’s Edge. Or just head over to the Galaxy’s Edge queue closer to 11am (giving us more time to enjoy DLR — including my all-time favorite, Soarin’ Over CALIFORNIA!) 🙂 We appreciate your input. Miss you too! Congrats on all the success!

  17. Hi Casey,
    Thankyou for this site, it was great having so much info last year when we visited from Aus.
    Do you know if the new Star Wars land will be part of Early Morning Magic?
    Cheers

  18. We have an 8am check-in time. Can we check-In then head out of Disney to go grab breakfast? You mentioned we can enter the park 2 hrs before our reservation. Is that something easy to do or not worth leaving the park for food.
    Thanks!!

  19. Thank you for your feedback, especially on the Millenium Facón. Star tours makes me very sick but I was going to ride Millennium no matter what. You just saved me from taking meds that will make me very sleepy for hours. Thank you for all the work you do to enhance our experience at the parks!

  20. First timers coming from Scotland with a 4 and 2 year old and dad who are all Star Wars obsessed. Do you know if there are character meet and greets at Galaxy Edge? We met Darth Vader at Disneyland Paris last year and they LOVED that!

  21. Hi! Not sure if comments are moderated or if mine just went into the ether.

    I kinda only do kiddie rides, no roller coasters or anything with heights, big dips, dizzying, etc. (I don’t mind the King Kong type ride at Universal though, which is what this looks like from a video I saw.) Will I be okay on this ride? I’ll have the same question for you when the next ride comes out!

    Thanks so much for all the work you put into giving us helpful info, I feel really prepared for when I go.

    • Happy to help you!

      I have never been on the King Kong attraction, so I can’t compare it to that. But, I get sick on Star Tours and SLIGHTLY queasy on Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom at WDW.

      If you’re OK with Star Tours, you’ll absolutely be OK with the Millennium Falcon. Check out some more videos to help make your decision.

      Let me know if I can do anything else for you!

  22. Casey, you’re going to have a fantastic time! I’m so excited to know what you think about everything!!

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