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.
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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:
Lots more to come on this. Visit me on Facebook here to see how this all plays out day one.
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
*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.
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
Insights from My First Visit + Tips for Yours
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
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.
- 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.