Updated January 21, 2020
The long awaited land dedicated to Star Wars has opened.
There’s a lot to know about it.
Let’s get started.
In this article
- Basic Info
- Reservations for Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot and Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop
- Recommended Strategy
- Alternate Strategy for Guests Who Can’t Wait
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rise of the Resistance
- Play Disney Parks App
- Fireworks from Galaxy’s Edge
- Dress Code for Galaxy’s Edge
- Insights from My First Visit + Tips for Yours
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.
Reservations for Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot 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. But, there are no guarantees.
Click here to make your reservation for Oga’s.
Click here to make your reservation for Droid Depot.
Click here to make your reservation for Savi’s.
- 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.
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.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
*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.
Rise of the Resistance
This second attraction opened January 17, 2020. A virtual queue (aka Boarding Group system) is in use now to get guests on the attraction.
Check this link for a play by play of how opening day went down.
Use my strategies to start your day after grabbing a Boarding Group. Then, visit Batuu when it’s time to ride Rise of the Resistance. While there, check the wait time for Millennium Falcon and get in line for it if the wait is under an hour.
How to Ensure You Get to Experience Rise of the Resistance
(Steps 1 and 2 may be done prior to arrival.)
- Download the (free) Disneyland app. Find that here. Create a Disney account inside the app if you don’t already have one.
- Link all theme park tickets and/or annual passes to the app. Here’s how to do that.
- Once the park is officially open and you enter the gate (meaning, your theme park ticket or annual pass was scanned), go to the homepage on the Disneyland app. Find the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance “Access By Boarding Group” section and select “Join Boarding Group”.
- Once you’re in this section, you’ll be able to add all guests (previously added via theme park tickets in step 3) who want to experience Rise of the Resistance. Once everyone is entered, you’ll be assigned a Boarding Group number. At this point? Breathe.
- Be sure push notifications are on! Disneyland will send you a notification when it’s time for your Boarding Group to enjoy the attraction. Once notified, you’ll have 2 hours most of the time to enter the line for Rise. Later in the day, you may only have one hour. The app will specify this. Click on “What’s Next?” in the app to confirm. Cast members will scan the barcode on your app to confirm entry. Once you’re scanned it, it should take about 20ish minutes until you start the attraction. Enjoy!
Some notes learned at the media event:
- You must be in Disneyland Park (not DCA) to get a Boarding Group.
- Boarding Groups are not available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning.
- Using a Boarding Group will not inhibit you from using MaxPass or FASTPASSES. The systems are completely disconnected.
- DAS will be used from opening day moving forward. Still get a Boarding Pass like all other park guests.
- Rider Swap should be in use from opening day moving forward. Get a Boarding Pass for everyone in your party like all other guests.
- Single Rider lines will not be open initially.
- FASTPASSES are not available at this time. Boarding Groups are the only option to experience this attraction.
- I rode the attraction three times, purposely in the front and second row as well as in the middle and on the side. There isn’t a bad seat.
- I am triggered with Vertigo on some attractions. Didn’t feel a bit of it on this one.
Some notes learned on opening day:
- Boarding Groups are gone for the day literally minutes after they become available at official park opening. Scan your tickets into everyone’s app in your party. This is allowed. Then, at official park opening, have everyone try for a Boarding Group. This will give you a better chance at getting one.
- Every guest wanting to join a Boarding Group has to be scanned as entered into the park. No sleeping in!
- A reservation at Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s, or the Droid Factory will not suffice for Rise of the Resistance. You must have a Boarding Group.
- Sign up options will be available in the park for guests not using electronic devices. Find those in Tomorrowland near Buzz Lightyear’ Astro Blasters and near Splash Mountain in Critter Country. Signs are up around the park noting which Boarding Groups are currently in use.
- I recommend – for now – arriving 1.5 hours prior to official park opening to ensure you’re in the park by opening to try for a Boarding Group.
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.
In addition to merchandise for sale around the land, there are two major shopping destinations:
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
Visit this post for lots from a day time visit to Batuu.
Visit this one for nighttime.
- 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.