Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland on May 31, 2019 and 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 in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Planet of Batuu
Guests 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. 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 were different in Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
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. On June 24th, guests in Disneyland park entered into a virtual queue for a “boarding pass” to gain entry into the land, and you can read about how that process worked by clicking here. In the days since, the virtual queue has not been utilized to enter the land; however, a similar virtual queue system is in place for guests to access the land’s headliner attraction, Rise of the Resistance.
Guest Access for Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened at 6:00 AM on August 29th (opening day for Galaxy’s Edge) through August 31st.
A specific reservation made in advance was neither offered nor required to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort. However, Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios utilized a virtual queue system using “Boarding Groups” which guests accessed in the My Disney Experience app upon entering Hollywood Studios on the day they wished to visit the land in its opening days. Currently the land is open to all guests; however, a virtual queue system is in place for guests to access the land’s headliner attraction, Rise of the Resistance.
You can learn more about how the virtual queue works by clicking here. Note that, as seen in the screenshot above, guests who have a reservation for Oga’s Cantina, Droid Depot, or Savi’s Workshop do not need a boarding group and may proceed to the Grand Avenue entrance of Galaxy’s Edge one hour prior to their reservation.
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 is home to two attractions. In both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in phases. The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction opened along with the rest of the land in both parks on their respective opening days. The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction had a “Phase 2” opening in each land. Rise of the Resistance opened on December 5, 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on January 17, 2020 in Disneyland.
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 important 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.
Access for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
For Disney World guests, FastPass+ is available for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run for dates starting February 19, 2020.
On February 11, 2020, Disney announced that FastPass and Disney MaxPass will be available “soon” for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Disneyland.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened on December 5, 2019 in Disney World and on January 17, 2020 in Disneyland and 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 brings 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 BB-8, 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.
The ship is soon captured by a Star Destroyer, and guests are greeted by 50 storm troopers!
First Order officers separate the guests into smaller groups that are escorted to a jail cell. Kylo Ren steps in to interrogate, and the guests-turned-prisoners have to figure out how to escape. You’ll even encounter a couple of full-size AT-AT Walkers along the way on this trackless dark ride. You can see it in action in our DFB YouTube Video!
Disney is currently utilizing a Virtual Queue system for this unprecedented attraction.
Access for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Currently, there is NO FastPass option OR standby line available to ride Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios OR Disneyland. The ONLY WAY to gain entrance to the attraction in either park is by gaining a spot in a Boarding Group available via a Virtual Queue.
Upon the park’s published opening time, guests can enter the Virtual Queue via the My Disney Experience app (for Disney World) or the Disneyland app. (For guests without the app, Cast Members are available).
As long as there are Boarding Groups available, guests will be able to enter the Virtual Queue by selecting the red “Join Boarding Group” icon as seen in the screenshot above. Note that you may be assigned to a “Backup Group,” whereby you will only be called to board if all of the initial groups have been called for the day. (When all Boarding Groups — both initial and backup — have reached capacity, the “Join Boarding Group” icon will be grayed out.)
Guests can follow the status of their Boarding Group via the app by checking the “My Status” icon, also seen in the screenshot above.
And guests who give the app the necessary permissions will also receive a push notification when their Boarding Group is called.
The Boarding Groups, it should be noted, have daily been reaching capacity incredibly soon after park opening on both coasts.
While it is anticipated that Rise of the Resistance will offer a more traditional Standby queue with FastPass+ in the future (as the queue was built equipped for both), there is currently no end date announced for the Virtual Queue system in either park.
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 snack!
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: Galactic Starcruiser (The Star Wars Hotel)
Construction is currently taking place for a Star Wars Hotel in Walt Disney World, seamlessly connected to Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be located on the south side of Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive.
The experience, opening in 2021, will be unlike any other Disney destination anywhere. This all-new Resort experience will offer a two-night itinerary, meaning that guests will arrive and depart together, much like a cruise.
But, unlike a cruise, this resort experience will allow guests to become heroes of their own Star Wars story.
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!
Your journey will begin as you board the Halcyon which is “known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations.” Once onboard, guests will stay in “well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and more.”
During your stay aboard the spaceship, you’ll have the opportunities to train with a lightsaber, interact with your favorite characters, operate the ship’s defense systems, check out a view of space from your cabin, and even dine at places like the Silver C Lounge!
Though an exact date has not been revealed, Disney has announced that reservations will open later this year (as of February 2020), so we’ll update as soon as we hear! Note that no official pricing or opening date details have been released at this time.
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 Walt Disney World.
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