Updated August 31, 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
- Why You Shouldn’t Go Directly to Galaxy’s Edge
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rise of the Resistance
- Screen Captures for How to Grab a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance
- Food on Batuu
- 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!
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, $100 for the Droid Depot, or $10 per person for Oga’s if you don’t show per Disneyland’s cancellation policy.
Grab your Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance at official park opening. (More on this later.)
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: Include your stop at Rise of the Resistance in your day whenever your Boarding Group time arrives. Otherwise, follow my strategies to make the best use of your time.
Note: If you want to visit Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot 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 any of these options to sync with when you will likely enter Batuu.
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.
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.
- When allowed to enter, use MaxPass to select your first FASTPASS asap.
- Grab a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance at official park opening.
- 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 for the Millennium Falcon and shopping/dining.
- Return at whatever time your Boarding Group is called for Rise of the Resistance.
- Finish your day by watching Fantasmic! and fireworks.
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.
Note: Include your stop at Rise of the Resistance in your day whenever your Boarding Group time arrives. Otherwise, follow my strategies to make the best use of your time.
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 any attraction (with two current exceptions). 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 Swap.
*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. Otherwise, follow the plan which includes arriving in the late afternoon to ride the Millennium Falcon.
5 Steps 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!
Basic Info for Boarding Groups
- You must be scanned into Disneyland Park (not DCA) to get a Boarding Group.
- Boarding Groups are not available during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning. If you are in Disneyland Park for EMH/MM, set an alarm on your phone to alert you a few minutes prior to official park opening so you don’t miss it.
- 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 is available. 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.
Essential Info for Grabbing a Boarding Group
Ok. I’ve successfully grabbed several Boarding Groups since opening day and have lots of tips for you to use when trying to do the same.
Before we even get started, check your device to make sure you have the latest update for the Disneyland app. Install it if you’re not up to date.
First, arrive early. Cast members are doing an excellent job of moving guests through security while keeping everyone safe. But, those lines build quickly. During this initial draw to the attraction, I recommend arriving to security (Harbor, Disneyland Hotel, Downtown Disney, etc) by 1.5 hours prior to official park opening. If you’re driving in, the Mickey and Friends/Pixar Parking Structure opens 1.5 hours before official park opening. When I come in from Oceanside, I’m in line by 6:15am for an official park opening of 8:00am. At 6:30am, we are let in the garage. Off to security next. Then, on the tram. Finally, I arrive at the gate an hour prior to official park opening.
Next, increase your chances by asking all guests in your crew to try for a Boarding Group. Have everyone open their own accounts in the Disneyland app. Scan everyone’s 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. You cannot join more than one Boarding Group, so don’t stress over that.
If possible, use data instead of Wi-Fi. While the Disneyland Wi-Fi has improved significantly over the past year, I find that data works best for Boarding Groups. Note: Only use data if you know yours to be reliable. This isn’t the time to test it out. (I have AT&T and have fantastic connectivity using data in the parks.)
Consider entering the Disneyland gate and then shortly after, exiting. Walk away from the parks into Downtown Disney to try for your Boarding Group. You’ll be competing against far fewer people compared to what’s in the park. You may enter Disneyland and then leave to pull a Boarding Group. I’ve done it from La Brea. You just have to have everyone’s ticket scanned as entered into Disneyland Park to be eligible. You may enter Disney California Adventure after going into Disneyland Park to grab a Boarding Group.
Do not go into the Galaxy’s Edge portion of the app until it’s time. Not a second before! Make sure you are signed into the app and then stand there staring at your app nervously a couple of minutes prior to official park opening. When the clock strikes 8:00am or 9:00am…whatever your opening time is…..THEN click on the section titled “Find Out More” on the home page. You’ll be taken to the next screen, where you will click on “Join Boarding Group” and then proceed with the prompts to finish. I share step by step instructions – with screen capture images – here.
Know that your Boarding Group number is not assigned to you based on when you entered the app. I recently grabbed Boarding Group 78 at 7 seconds after official park opening. The Boarding Group numbers are assigned with a random system. If you get a later number, don’t stress. Move on with your day and enjoy the parks! Check in with the app for the status of your group here and there. Otherwise, don’t destroy your day over Rise of the Resistance. It’s absolutely impressive and I want everyone to be able to experience it. But, the parks have SO MUCH to offer right now. Stay positive and use your time wisely.
Screen Captures for How to Grab a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance
Start by making sure you’re logged into the app and have everyone’s tickets attached.
Hang out on the home screen until official park opening time.
When it’s official park opening time, click on “Find Out More”.
The home screen looks like this:
After you click on “Find Out More”, this screen will appear. Click on “Join a Boarding Group”.
Next, select guests you want to join your Boarding Group with you and then push “Join Boarding Group” at the bottom of the screen.
I was solo on this day, so I removed everyone but me.
Make sure your notifications are on and enjoy your day.
Food on Batuu
Here are the main stops for food in Batuu:
Oga’s Cantina – This is the much anticipated cantina that serves themed drinks (with or without alcohol) as well as beer and wine. Note: The cocktails are pre-mixed at Oga’s. I order a Bad Motivator IPA each time I visit, which is actually made by Sierra Nevada. This way, I know exactly what I’m getting. The cocktails are tasty, though!
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
In addition to merchandise for sale around the land, there are three 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 is 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.
- 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.