It's going to be a big year for Star Wars fans. Not only is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming out at the end of the year, but Disney has other Star Wars projects in the pipeline, including a live-action TV show called The Mandalorian.
While all of that is exciting, Disney is going to elevate Star Wars fandom to new heights with attractions at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Later this year, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will open to the public, giving fans a chance to experience the universe first-hand.
When does Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge open?
Star Wars: Galaxy Edge opens at the Disneyland Park and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA on May 31. Meanwhile, the same attractions will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL on August 29.
What is Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge promises to be the ultimate Star Wars experience by transporting fans of all ages to a galaxy far, far away. Fans will get the opportunity to explore an original Star Wars planet, new rides, and a galactic outpost similar to the Mos Eisley cantina. Disney is transforming 14 acres of land into an outpost known as Black Spire Outpost, which is all new for the upcoming attractions.
According to Disney, Black Spire Outpost is found on a remote planet called Batuu on the galaxy's edge (hence Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge).
"It was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space."
Batuu is essentially found in a forgotten pocket of the galaxy where all walks of life converge, giving visitors the chance to walk the line between dark and light sides. Similar to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Galaxy's Edge is designed to transport people to a galaxy far, far away, as if they're taking part in a Star Wars movie. It'll be filled with aliens, droids, Stormtroopers, and seedy-looking characters.
What can guests do at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is big; 14 acres to be exact. You could spend an entire day in that amount of space. Disney has released a map of the new land, which is located beyond New Orleans Square and Critter Country, toward the back when you first enter on Main Street, U.S.A.
There are three entrances to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: one beyond Critter Country, one past Big Thunder Mountain, and one close to Fantasyland.
Here are the stores in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
- Resistance Supply: Guests can rendezvous with other Resistance allies and join the cause to defeat the First Order.
- Creature Stall: Discover exotic creatures from around the galaxy.
- Toydarian Toymaker: A gift shop with a variety of toys and collectibles specially made for guests.
- Black Spire Outfitters: Show off your galactic fashion sense by grabbing Star Wars garb from Black Spire Outfitters.
- Jewels of Bith: Find treasures and trinkets at this trading post.
- Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities: Discover unique items at Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, including jewelry, ancient tools, kyber crystals, and more.
- First Order Cargo: Make your way to Docking Bay 9 and report for duty against the Resistance.
Here are the restaurants in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
- Kat Saka's Kettle: Taste a sweet, savory snack made with popcorn.
- Ronto Roaster: Enjoy grilled sausage and roasted pork wrap at this exotic meat stall.
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo: Before you head out on your next mission, check out Docking Bay 7 for some unexpected flavors.
- Milk Stand: Enjoy a frosty concoction that will reinvigorate you on your journey around the galaxy.
- Oga's Cantina: A local haunt where bounty hunters and smuggerls can enjoy their favorite galactic libations.
Build a custom lightsaber at Savi's Workshop
Guests will also have the opportunity to build their very own custom lightsaber at Savi's Workshop, which ties into a larger story. Savi is apparently a scrapper who has been collecting lightsaber pieces for years, waiting for a true hero to arise. That true hero, of course, is you.
When building a custom lightsaber, guests will get to pick between four disciplines: Power and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature, or Protection and Defense. You'll also get to choose your own kyber crystal. Based on your choices, you'll get your own unique lightsaber.
Build a custom droid
In addition to building a custom lightsaber, guests will also get a chance to assemble an astromech unit. When you visit a workshop, you'll get to pick from the popular BB-series or R-series, then begin designing, building, and activating your droid.
If you don't want to build a custom droid, you can choose from premade and premium options, model kits, and accessories.
There are two rides at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
It's not enough to look like you're in the Star Wars universe. Disney is raising the bar by making visitors feel like they're an active and important participant of the story. In fact, Disney says that visitors will develop a reputation while they're at Galaxy's Edge.
For example, one of the attractions, called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will put the First Order against the Resistance, where guests will come face to face with Kylo Ren. The side you pick will lead to consequences throughout your stay. And depending on how well you perform on the Millennium Falcon ride, a Bounty Hunter might start hunting you.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance isn't going to open until the fall
"I hope that when people come to Galaxy's Edge and they experience it for the first time, that this place they're walking through, the characters they're seeing, the beasts and aliens and droids, puts them in a position where they give themselves over to the moment and into the story and play with us in the world of Star Wars," said Scott Trowbridge, Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering.
When the park new attraction opens in Anaheim, only the ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will be open as part of "phase one" of the opening of Galaxy's Edge. Later in the year, "phase two" will include Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Disney said that actors in costume at Galaxy's Edge will give visitors missions, and it'll be up to visitors to decide if they want to complete them or not. There will be several restaurants and shops at Galaxy's Edge, including Oga's Cantina, where visitors can partake in Star Wars-themed libations.
Meanwhile, Disney has said it will also open a Star Wars hotel at Disney World Resort in Florida, where visitors can expect the same immersive experience. That means everyone who works in the hotel will act like they're in Star Wars. Can Jedi robes be dry cleaned?
Does Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge tie-in with the movies?
Everything you see and do in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will fit into the franchise's mythology. Although the planet of Batuu is newly created for the themed lands, it is already canon within the Star Wars universe.
For example, the Black Spire Outpost, the main village in Galaxy's Edge, was briefly mentioned in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Batuu also showed up in a 2018 novel titled Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances.
Disney has said that visitors will see characters who are familiar and not so familiar. The main thing is that people who travel to Galaxy's Edge will know they're in Star Wars, with a war between the First Order and the Resistance waging on.
"Any great story has tension and conflict and it's not Star Wars without a war, so it was absolutely fundamental that the story of the land actually finds the guests between the Resistance and the First Order," said Carrie Beck, VP, Lucasfilm Story Group.
As mentioned before, one of the rides will allow visitors to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a dangerous mission.
"The experience of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run puts you straight in that cockpit, right behind the controls, whether you're one of the pilots, gunners, or flight engineers that are keeping the ship operating, it's going to be an intense, super fun experience on the fastest ship in the galaxy," Trowbridge said.
Disney is also leaving room for Galaxy's Edge to evolve, too. So, as more Star Wars movies and TV shows are released, guests might see new characters and attractions every time they visit.
How can I get tickets?
Although these Star Wars-themed lands don't open until later this year, you can start planning your visit now. Disney said that from May 31 to June 23, visitors to the attraction at Disneyland are required to make reservations, which won't come with an extra cost. The attraction in Florida won't have the same restrictions.
Reservations for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge are available right now though they're going incredibly fast. You can try and make reservations at this link. A Disneyland account is required to make reservations, and you'll need entry tickets to Disneyland if you want to visit Galaxy's Edge.
There's no telling how busy Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be when it opens, so it might be a good idea to purchase a 3-day, 4-day, or even 5-day pass as soon as possible.
Disneyland ticket prices vary by day, so you'll have to take into consideration which day you want to go. If you go in the beginning of the week, tickets are a little cheaper—typically around $100 per person. But prices go as high as $149 per person if you go during peak times, like a holiday weekend.
Prices can go up to $154 depending on the day you purchase a Park Hopper ticket, which allows visitors to go between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.
When you get tickets to visit Disneyland, I highly recommend getting a Disney MaxPass.
If you do purchase your tickets ahead of time, you will have a limited window to use them. One-day tickets are valid from when you purchase them until December 30, 2020. Multi-day tickets must be used within 13 days of first use or by January 12, 2021, whichever occurs first.
When you do purchase tickets, I highly recommend checking out Disney MaxPass, which will really allow you to maximize your time while visiting the parks.
With MaxPass, you can make Fastpass selections from the Disneyland app, rather than having to go to each ride to grab a physical Fastpass ticket. It will save you a lot of time going back and forth between attractions and allow you to better plan your day. Upgrading to MaxPass is $15 per ticket.
You should start planning your visit now, because these lands will be hugely popular when they open.