Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Updated June 24, 2019

It’s happening! The long awaited land dedicated to Star Wars has opened.

There’s a lot to know about it.

Here’s the scoop from Disney.

Let’s get started on more.

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.

At opening, only one attraction will be open – The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The other is slated to open later in 2019.

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 and Reservations

This post has the latest info on the groups.

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.
An end date to the “boarding group” system has not been announced. I’ll keep you updated on this, as I’ll be in the parks on June 24, 2019, the day this new system starts.

Lots more to come on this. Visit me on Facebook here to see how this all plays out day one.

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 later in 2019; more from Disney here

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 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.

My Visits

I was lucky enough to be visit the new land for two events prior to official opening on May 31, 2019.

After those initial visits, I’m there:

  • May 31, 2019 – opening day
  • June 1, 2019
  • June 10, 2019 and June 11, 2019
  • June 24, 2019 – when the reservation period is over and boarding passes begin

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.
  • 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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35 COMMENTS

  1. 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?

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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

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