Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland on May 31, 2019 and will open in Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019!
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There are so many amazing components to this dual coast themed land!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland park on May 31, 2019, and it will open in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Planet of Batuu
Guests will step directly into Star Wars Canon when they set foot on Batuu, a planet tucked between the Unknown Regions and Wild Space, which is the setting for Galaxy’s Edge.
Black Spire Outpost is a village on Batuu, and it’s the one we will be visiting when Galaxy’s Edge opens. As the largest settlement on the planet, it’s also “an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space.” What were once towering trees now stand as spires comprised of the petrified remains on this forgotten planet… hence, the Black Spire Outpost.
It is here that the Resistance has secretly set up a temporary base.
However, the First Order has learned about the presence of members of the Resistance in Black Spire Outpost, and they are eager to “stomp out any remaining flickers of opposition to their absolute control…”
Opening Procedures for Galaxy’s Edge
Opening procedures will be different in Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. While full information is yet to be released for Walt Disney World, we will present the current information below.
Guest Access for Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland
Access to Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland is subject to the land’s capacity.
Though the land opened with a required reservation period, as of June 24, 2019, a separate reservation for the land is no longer required. Guests in Disneyland park may enter into a virtual queue for a “boarding pass” to gain entry into the land, and you can read about how that process works by clicking here.
Guest Access for Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6:00 AM from August 29th (opening day for Galaxy’s Edge) through August 31st.
There is little information regarding the opening procedures for Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, Disney has shared that “A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort.” Disney confirmed that Galaxy’s Edge will be open during Extra Magic Hours, and that “during Extra Magic Hours guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can spend extra time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios enjoying select attractions.”
Additionally, Disney has announced “Extra, Extra Magic Hours” for Disney Resort hotel guests for the opening months of Galaxy’s Edge. From September 1 – November 2, 2019 DAILY, Hollywood Studios will host Extra, Extra Magic Hours from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM. Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom will also host Extra, Extra Magic Hours, and you can read more about Extra, Extra Magic Hours here.
However, note that Disney has also stated that capacity for the land will be limited, and “access to the park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand and other factors. Park tickets, Annual Passes, vacation packages and Walt Disney World Resort Hotel stays do not guarantee access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Rides
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be home to two attractions. In both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in phases. The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction will be open — as will much of the rest of the land — from day one. The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction will open later in the year in Phase 2. Rise of the Resistance is set to open on December 5, 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on January 17, 2020 in Disneyland. Note that — at least in their initial phases — neither attraction will offer FASTPASS (Disneyland) or FastPass+ (Disney World).
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run allows guests to take control of the Millennium Falcon in one of three roles to attempt to transport contraband cargo on an importation mission. YOU will be either a pilot, gunner, or flight engineer!
Be prepared to receive your mission from audio-animatronic space pirate Hondo Ohnaka!
Six guests participate in each ride vehicle with pilots in the front, gunners in the middle, and flight engineers in the last row.
The attraction offers an immersive queue featuring iconic areas of the famous ship and a ride which lets fans live out their dreams of flying the Falcon, and you can read more about it here.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opening on December 5, 2019 in Disney World and on January 17, 2020 in Disneyland) is, according to Disney, “one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.” You’ll find Rise of the Resistance in a wooded area near Black Spire Outpost. Here, the Resistance is hiding out in a military outpost to avoid detection by the First Order. As you enter the queue, you’ll explore gun turrets, rock tunnels, and locker rooms filled with flight suits.
The experience will bring guests — or rather, new Resistance recruits — right into an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a face-off with Kylo-Ren! The pre-show features Rey, accompanied by BB8, asking guests to embark on a mission to battle the First Order. Guests will travel with Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. Once you accept the mission, you’ll pass a giant X-Wing to board a transport ship being piloted by Nien Nunb.
You’ll even encounter a couple of full-size AT-AT Walkers on the way on this trackless dark ride.
Both attractions will feature optional integration with the Play Disney Parks app to enhance the experience.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Restaurants and Dining
Galaxy’s Edge offers five uniquely themed dining experiences! A lounge, a fast-casual counter service restaurant, and three snack and beverage stands make up the options as seen below.
Of course, there’s a Cantina in Black Spire Outpost! Oga’s Cantina serves up drinks and entertainment in Galaxy’s Edge.
When you set foot inside Oga’s, you are stepping into a genuine Star wars cantina filled with history, character, music, and out-of-this-galaxy drinks… all in a setting like no other.
The local watering hole of Black Spire Outpost is famous for its concoctions which are available with choices for both kids and adults. (Oga’s Cantina is the first location in Disneyland to serve alcohol outside of the exclusive Club 33.)
RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid from Star Tours, serves as the Cantina’s DJ as DJ R-3X!
Read our review of Oga’s Cantina here!
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Travelers will be able to spot the fast-casual eatery Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo by the multi-transport shuttle docked on top.
Proprietor and Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs runs the kitchen at Docking Bay 7 Cargo and Food, having once honed his cooking craft in the kitchen of Maz Kanata on Takodana and then traveled the galaxy with the combined result of bringing “exotic flavors and unusual dishes to “Tuggs’ Grub.”
And as to those exotic flavors and unusual dishes? Guests can expect to enjoy “familiar flavors but sometimes with unexpected and surprising colors and textures” in a unique presentation.
Read our full reviews of Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo! You’ll find our breakfast review here, and our dinner review here!
Ronto Roasters serves up the specialty of the house (and more): the Ronto Wrap!
You’ll spy a pitmaster droid busy at work turning a mechanical spit at Ronto Roasters. What’s he grilling? Why, it’s a side of Ronto — a beast native to Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine.
The Ronto Wrap is a handheld snack featuring spiced grilled sausage and roasted pork. Breakfast options are also served here.
Find our full review of Ronto Roasters here, and our breakfast review here!
Blue Milk AND Green Milk at the Milk Stand!
You’ll find a cart across from a TIE Echelon in the First Order-controlled sector of Black Spire Outpost. And it is a spot where you will find Blue Milk and Green Milk — both made famous by Luke Skywalker — at the Milk Stand!
Blue and Green Milk are both frozen, non-dairy beverages made with rice and coconut milks.
Read about our visit to the Milk Stand here!
Kat Saka’s Kettle
Kat Saka’s Kettle serves the Saka family specialty: grain turned into a flavored treat (popcorn)!
Outpost Mix is a sweet, spicy, and salty treat!
Note that Kat Saka’s Kettle is one spot where you can find the Galaxy’s Edge exclusive Coca-Cola beverage bottles.
Check out Kat Saka’s Kettle and Outpost Mix here!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge features nine shops in total, and the majority of available merchandise is exclusive to Galaxy’s Edge. The merchandise purchased within the land is not branded with Disney or the name of the land; rather, it’s designed to keep guests immersed in the story of Black Spire Outpost.
We’ll start off in Bina’s Creature Stall where you can pick up a new pet to accompany your journey through the galaxy.
You can shop for plush and your ideal Star Wars pet (many of which present life-like, interactive features) while surrounded by animated versions in cages around the store.
Next up is the Droid Depot where you can create your own droid in an assembly line style format where you can build your droid and give it some personality.
There are two basic models – the R unit (like our buddy R2-D2) or a BB unit (like BB-8).
These droids are all about the size of a toaster, but larger-scale droids will cruise around the shop while you create your new friend.
Take a tour of the Droid Depot here, and see what it’s like to build your own Droid step-by-step here!
Over at the the Toydarian Toyshop, run by Zabaka the Toydarian, you’ll find lots of plushes and action figures.
All of the toys here have a unique homemade feel and the shop also carries some musical instruments you might have spotted in the Star Wars films like the clarinet played at Mos Eisley’s Cantina.
Visit the Toydarian Toymaker here!
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
Dok-Ondar has amassed an enormous collection of rare antiquities and keeps them in Black Spire Outpost, including Jedi and Sith artifacts.
Among the offerings are Sith and Jedi holocron cubes (or archives), and historic lightsabers for us Earthlings to take home to remember our intergalactic journey.
Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers
Build your own high-end lightsaber with guidance from The Gatherers at Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers.
Black Spire Outfitters
Black Spire Outfitters gives guests the chance to dress the part in their future galactic adventures including everything from Jedi robes to casual wear.
First Order Cargo and Resistance Supply
Members of the First Order operate their own supply stall in First Order Cargo selling everything from helmets, jackets, and other apparel to housewares such as journals, mugs, and water bottles.
Stop by First Order Cargo by clicking here!
The Resistance runs their own makeshift shop — Resistance Supply — with more Resistance-inspired clothing options including new pins, badges and hats.
Visit Resistance Supply by clicking here!
The Jewels of Bith
The Jewels of Bith sells Batuuan treasures and trinkets like mugs and magnets to add to your collection.
Check out Jewels of Bith here!
Technology in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The Play Disney Parks app has changed how we interact with the Disney Parks, and Galaxy’s Edge takes this technology to the next level. The app, upon entering Galaxy’s Edge, transforms into your own Star Wars Datapad.
Four key functions are present in your datapad: Hack, Scan, Translate, and Tune.
Hack: Your datapad will help you identify landmarks within Black Spire Outpost with devices to hack such as control panels around the village.
Scan objects within the spaceport to find hidden items when you investigate, say, a shipping crate or container. You may even locate special cargo and various digital goods.
Tune allows you to listen in on satellite transmissions and hear stories of the residents of the village (and maybe even learn a secret or two).
Translate helps you understand written and spoken languages on Batuu.
Check out the tools in action by clicking here!
Queue AND Land Games
Not only can you earn an achievement by taking control of the Falcon on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
You can also play an in-queue game, taking on a job for Hondo Ohnaka to prove to the space Pirate that YOU are ready to control the Millennium Falcon.
And Outpost Control is a land-wide, multi player game occurring several times daily which offers you the opportunity to show where your allegiance lies… with the First Order or with the Resistance.
The First Order intends to spy on the Resistance by installing surveillance devices on doors in the Outpost. The goal of the Resistance? To remove them! Visitors to Batuu can choose which side they’ll support by hacking the panels for the First Order OR for the Resistance.
The interaction brings immersion to a whole new level.
Setting the Scene of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
John Williams has scored the music for Galaxy’s Edge! It is all-new and original, and you can hear part of the score below.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Progress in Walt Disney World
While Galaxy’s Edge is already open in Disneyland, Disney World’s Hollywood Studios continues to prepare for an August 29, 2019 opening for the 14-acre land.
Construction continues at a fast pace!
Star Wars Hotel
Construction is simultaneously taking place for a Star Wars Hotel in Walt Disney World, seamlessly connected to Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! It will be located on the south side of Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive.
The experience will be unlike any other Disney destination anywhere. Guests will board a starship “that comes alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy.” It will also come alive by way of its setting, with every cabin window offering views of space.
This “multi-day adventure” will also offer guests the chance to become residents of the Galaxy, as dressing in Star Wars attire will be welcome!
The hotel is still in development (with an opening timeframe yet to be revealed).
But there is some information we already know, and much of it is packed into this sentence from Disney: “From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.”
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise
Merchandise within the land of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is unique in that it is “in-world.” You won’t find merchandise branded with the land’s name inside Galaxy’s Edge for a more immersive experience. However, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge branded merchandise is available in other locations and major shops around Disneyland Resort.
And though Galaxy’s Edge will not open until later this year in Disney World, you can actually find some merchandise available in Hollywood Studios in advance of the land’s August 29th opening.
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