Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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.

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.

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.

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, $100 for the Droid Depot, or $10 per person for Oga’s if you don’t show per Disneyland’s cancellation policy.

Recommended Strategy

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 

This attraction is open! 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 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.)

  1. Download the (free) Disneyland app. Find that here. Create a Disney account inside the app if you don’t already have one.
  2. Link all theme park tickets and/or annual passes to the app. Here’s how to do that.
  3. 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”.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. You must be scanned into Disneyland Park (not DCA) to get a Boarding Group.
  2. 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.
  3. Using a Boarding Group will not inhibit you from using MaxPass or FASTPASSES. The systems are completely disconnected.
  4. DAS will be used from opening day moving forward. Still get a Boarding Pass like all other park guests.
  5. Rider Swap is available. Get a Boarding Pass for everyone in your party like all other guests.
  6. Single Rider lines will not be open initially.
  7. FASTPASSES are not available at this time. Boarding Groups are the only option to experience this attraction.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Success!

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

Shopping

In addition to merchandise for sale around the land, there are three 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 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

+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.
  • 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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99 COMMENTS

  1. Great insight, Casey. Can you confirm that it IS possible to get scanned into Disneyland, then leave and get scanned into DCA and STILL be able to acquire a boarding group for ROTR. I had heard from the rumor mill (I know I shouldn’t listen to them ?) that scanning into DCA after DL caused them to be unable to acquire a boarding group.

    • Hi, Ruben.

      I have not personally grabbed a Boarding Group from inside DCA, but several readers have with no problem. Scanning into DCA should not negate your scan into Disneyland Park. You should be just fine! LOTS of rumors going around. Everyone’s trying to figure it all out. It takes a village. 🙂

  2. Awesome info Casey! I’d also like to add that I really appreciate how you respond to EVERYBODY in the comments section. I’ve been doing planning for our first Disneyland trip at the beginning of August so I have been on other pages that have had good info, but they seem to pick and choose who they reply to. So much appreciated and it definitely makes it easier to bookmark your page.

    For my question, you noted that the Boarding Group numbers assigned are based on a random system. That’s the first time in my research that I have seen that stated. So does it really matter if you enter the app at exactly opening time? Or is this more to ensure that you get a guaranteed pass?

    • Thanks, Mark! I do my best to reach everyone. I’m sure I miss some here and there, but it’s not for a lack of trying.

      It’s important that you enter the app at exact opening time because Boarding Groups have been running out within 60 seconds each day. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

      I was told the Boarding Groups are assigned randomly at the media event for the attraction. And, from all of my tests, it seems to be true. For example, one day I grabbed my Boarding Group 7 seconds after official park opening and got Group 78. You’d think I would have a lower number considering I was in 7 seconds after they became available.

      For now….and until the initial excitement wears off…..I would follow the steps I have in place to be sure you get one.

      Please let me know if I can help you with anything else! And, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate them very much.

  3. I know my way around Disneyworld, but have the opportunity to go to Disneyland with my 33 year old daughter at the end of April or beginning of May 2020. Probably only one day.
    So, this post and comments and strategies will be a year old by then.
    Where can I find information about strategies and heads up that’s current?
    Thanks, Casey for the good information. I remember doing the same, verbally, for friends when it was their first time at DW, way back before the internet!

  4. Hello! I have read all of your things and I’m overwhelmed and excited.
    I am going with a 4 year old and my brother, who is dead set on galaxy’s edge.
    I can’t seem to find a little kids plan that includes Galaxy’s edge, am I missing it??

    The can’t wait plan looks like it doesn’t include much for the little one, but the big kids plan has us go in to Galaxy’s edge too late there, is no way my brother can wait till after nap time for that!

    I haven’t been to Disney since I was 5, so we are very excited!

  5. Hi! I know you said if there are two of you, both of you should try for the ROTR boarding group. Both of us will have the Disneyland app on our phones, but we only have one account (mine), so we would both be trying to get a boarding group from my account on each of our phones. Is this recommended? I’m afraid if both of us try to get a boarding group at the same time on different phones on the same account it may cause our apps to crash. Thanks!

    • Hi, Mattie.

      Actually, no. You would need two accounts to try twice for a Boarding Group. If you only have one and don’t want to open another, just have one person try at official park opening.

      Follow my tips and you should be just fine! Hope y’all enjoy.

  6. Hello, this will be my families first time visiting Disneyland!! All your tips are great, thank for being so informative. Do you see Disney keeping the boarding groups protical for ROTR for a while or do you think it change to a fast pass selection, and do you see Disney giving any advantages to hotel guests for ROTR. I will follow the steps but still nervous it may not work!!

  7. Do you think having a larger group of around 8 people would inhibit our chances of getting a boarding group…or not because is just a lottery system? Is there a limit to the amount of people you can have in your group?

    • Hi, Allison.

      There is no limit. And, 8 people shouldn’t inhibit you from grabbing a Boarding Group. Just be sure to follow my suggestions for your best bet at getting them.

      You could always split your group in half if you’re worried about the high number of 8. But, I’ve had many readers grab Boarding Groups with big parties with no problem. And, I would HATE to have half of y’all go and half not. 🙁

      May the force be with you!

  8. Hey Casey,

    If we have MM priveledges (staying on site at Paradise pier) do you think it’s easier to get ROTR boarding groups on those mornings? I know they’re not available until regular park opening, but hoping to ride more than once. We’re there 5 days March 25-30. I’m glued to your tips trying to plan.

    Thanks for all your help!

  9. Thank you for these tips. We’re going to be there (party of 6) during the weekend AND no less spring break (CROWDS!), so I’m going to use these tips and do our best to get in. But if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to stress about it and we will enjoy the rest of what the parks have to offer!

  10. Do they actually let people into the park without the Magic morning pass before 8:00am? Or do they only open the gates at 8am? Because as I understand it tickets are gone within seconds promptly upon official park time opening. So, if you aren’t all inside the park And already have all tickets merged onto the app, before 8am, you have zero chance of getting a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance. Is that accurate? Basically, there is zero chance of getting on this new ride if you don’t have early morning admission ticket or annual pass. Correct?

  11. Hi Casey!

    Thank you so much for all the content you put out – it’s been a great resource planning our trip which will be happening in just a few days!

    We purchased our tickets through Get Away Today (great savings – thank you for that!) but I just wanted to make sure my understanding for how it will all work on day 1 is correct. We’ll be trying for Rise of the Resistance boarding groups so I just want to make sure I have my steps down!

    -We will arrive 1 hour earlier than parking opening with park app downloaded and signed in. Since this will be the day we are activating tickets, we will not have them linked to the app yet.
    -Once we get scanned in, we will add the park tickets to the app and add our party. We purchased tickets with MaxPass, so everything should be good to go once added, right?
    -Once the park officially opens (to all guests) try to get a boarding group.

    I just want to make sure the time between getting into the park and when the park officially opens is enough time to add the tickets, link them up, and get ready for obtaining a boarding group. Anything that I’m missing?

    Thanks so much for your help (and reassurance!!)

    • Hi Jessica,
      I also bought my tickets from GetAway and have already scanned them into my Disney app. my understanding is that you can do this beforehand so you don’t have to do it right before trying to get a Boarding Pass.
      Is this correct Casey?
      We have a 4 day pass which won’t be activated until the first day we enter the parks.

      • Hi, Natalie.

        You may scan your tickets in, but Get Away Today recommends you do not, as the tickets that Disneyland issue you when you go through the turn stiles could be different.

        Your best bet is to delete the ones you have on there now, arrive early as this post recommends, enter the gate 30 minutes prior to official park opening, then scan in the tickets printed for you by Disneyland. It takes literally seconds to do.

  12. Casey, do all members of the group have to be in DL to join the boarding group for Rise of the Resistance? We are starting our day in DCA and will head to Galaxy’s Edge in the afternoon. Can the rest of my group enter DCA while I enter DL and join a boarding group for my whole party?

  13. Hello Casey thanks for all your information, it is all great read too!! My family and I will be going to DL early May and will be staying at the Grand Californian! I am a little nervous that we may not get to ride RotR, I have read several strategies for the boarding pass but still no guarentee it will work. Is it easier than I am making it out to be?! Do you foresee Disney giving any kind of advantage to hotel guests by spring or is this boarding thing a permanent thing! Coming from Canada and only having one day is not in our favour so I hope it works out as it is not easy to just visit the park anytime! Anyways very excited to see starwars land and and all of DL!

  14. Hi Casey, would you recommend that my husband and I each buy our own park ticket on our phones so we can both link each other’s ticket on the app and try to get a boarding group? I was going to buy our tickets to keep them together.

    Do you also think it’s better not to buy discounted tickets (savings of $2 per ticket) at this point because those need to be scanned at the gates and exchanged for paper tickets before I can add them to the app? Thank you!

  15. Hi Casey! Your site and social media have been a godsend to me while planning our first trip to Disneyland. We are leaving in 17 days and I cannot wait! Our kids are the most excited about Galaxy’s Edge. We are staying offsite though, and both of our Disneyland days are planned for extra magic hour and magic morning days. How early will they be letting guests into the parks on those days? We are really hoping to get a boarding group for Rise of Resistance but I’m nervous it’s going to be mobbed like WDW and we won’t get one.

  16. Hi Casey,
    In your section on Rise of the Resistance you mention “DAS”… what does that stand for?
    I made reservations for Oga’s on 1-23-20… does this mean I don’t need to worry about getting a boarding group that morning?
    Thanks!

  17. Hello there! Firstly, thank you for all your hard work! Your site was so helpful for the last time we visited and now I am going over everything again for a return trip. (Yay!) Quick question about Oga’s Cantina, when I made a reservation it asked for number of guests but not names. Do we still need names to gain entry into the land beforehand or is it just based on the number of people who are with you? Thanks!!

  18. Does your recommendation to delay Galaxy’s Edge until afternoon also apply on early entry days or would you use the early entry time to go to GE?

  19. Totally last minute, but we surprised our kids with this trip. We have a two day hopper pass for both parks plus the Max Pass. Obviously Star Wars Land is a huge MUST! Do you have a suggestion for the order to go through both parks in two days with a hopper? Thank you

  20. Hi Casey,

    Which ride option would you recommend for 2 little girls who are almost 6 yrs old? Pilot seems like it might be a little difficult for them…? Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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?

  32. 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. 🙂

  33. 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! 🙂

  34. 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?

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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

  38. 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!!

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

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

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