Disney Parks Blog announced earlier this month that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Disney has decided to open the land earlier than originally expected. They are able to do this by opening it in two phases, one phase for each of the major attractions. Click here to read the original announcement on Disney Parks Blog.
That means if you want to experience everything in Galaxy’s edge, it may be best to wait until the opening date for phase 2 is announced before booking your vacation. I would be really upset booking a vacation for opening day expecting to see everything only to find out I am going to miss what Disney is calling its “most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined.”
The first phase will see the opening of the first major attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run on August 29 at Hollywood Studios. To see the official teaser trailer for this ride on YouTube click here.
It appears as though guests will be able to take the controls of the Millennium Falcon. Hopefully, Chewie fixed the hyper drive. This is something I can’t wait to experience with my grandson. When this opens he will be the same age I was when Episode IV was released in theaters, and he is just as big a Star Wars fan as I am.
The second phase will feature the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This attraction puts guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. To see the original teaser trailer for this attraction on YouTube click here. Note that the video was shot in the actual attraction.
Land Entry and Fast Passes
There are several differences between the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland and Hollywood Studios. I am only focusing on Hollywood Studios for purposes of this blog since I live in Florida. Admission to the land is included with a regular park admission to Hollywood Studios. However, there are capacity limits for the land. When Toy Story land opened in HS, that part of the park reached capacity and there was a long line just to get into the land. Then there was an additional wait at each attraction. I don’t expect it to be any different with Galaxy’s Edge. It will not be an introvert’s dream come true. Unlike Disneyland, Galaxy’s Edge will be open during extra magic hours at Hollywood Studios.
Initially there will be no fast passes available for the attractions. That gives everyone an equal opportunity to experience the attractions. There is no word so far on how long it will be before fast passes are available.
The setting for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be Blackspire Outpost, a remote smuggler’s planet in the outer rim. That means a cantina is an absolute necessity. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.
Disney already has the area marked on the map of Hollywood Studios in the My Disney Experience app where Galaxy’s Edge will be. That is Toy Story Land just above the word “Star” and Muppet Vision 3D with the 10 minute wait on the right.