Disney has just announced the open dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and it’s much earlier than expected. 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland Resort in California on 31st May and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on 29th August. 

Disney Star Wars Galaxy's Edge open dates

Disney Star Wars Galaxy’s edge will open in May 2019.

The park will open in two stages. Disney made the decision to open the land in phases due to demand. 

Phase One

On opening day for phase one, guests will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds smells and tastes.

Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Phase Two

Phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined. This ride will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. It will blur the lines between fantasy and reality. 

What you need to know

Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between 31st May and 23rd June 2019, will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land.

Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date on Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest). You will need valid theme park admission.

Download the app – it will make it more fun

Once you step foot on Batuu, you will be part of the action as it unfolds. Download the Play Disney Parks mobile app. It will deepen your engagement with the land. You can choose to aid a smuggler, join the Resistance or pledge their loyalty to the First Order.  

With the app you can also interact with a variety of elements in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, such as droids, ships, media screens, door panels and antenna arrays. You can translate a galactic language, learn what’s hidden inside crates and containers, and participate in missions.

This depth of storytelling is part of the total immersion that will distinguish the two, 14-acre lands – the largest and most technologically advanced single- themed land expansions ever in a Disney park – from any other themed land in history.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge build off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd, including the Star Wars franchise. The work on Star Wars between these two creative powerhouses dates back to 1987, when the groundbreaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland Park in California. If you liked that – you’ll LOVE Galaxy’s Edge. 

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Star Wars characters Disney World Hollywood Studios. Picture: Alison Godfrey

What’s inside Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

Black Spire Outpost on Batuu

Batuu is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim. It’s home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary … entanglements with the First Order. Along the way, guests may encounter some familiar faces, from Rey, Finn, and Poe to BB-8 and Chewie.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Imagine the kids’ faces when they see a full-size, Millennium Falcon. Imagine yours. This ride will take guests into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” They will take the controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurtles through space. Some will be pilots, some gunners and some flight engineers.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

When it opens late this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will place guests right in the middle of the Rebellion. You will take an active role in the fight against the First Order, including a faceoff with Kylo Ren. Expect to board a full-size starship and Star Destroyer.

Food and Beverages

What does Blue Milk actually taste like? That question and more will be answered when guests visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. 

Guests will walk through a bustling street market, where vendors offer various local delicacies, including an Outpost Mix of uniquely flavoured popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.

At Oga’s Cantina, even the blaster-bolt scorches on the walls tell a story. Guests gather to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels. You can listen to spirited musical entertainment provided by DJ R-3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex reinvents himself as the cantina’s DJ, and he’s as quirky and talkative as ever.

A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar will beckon guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for travelling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills. He moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant. His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes. He is proud to present Tuggs’ Grub, a “travelling diner for diners travelling,” inspired by dishes he created during his time working for Maz Kanata on Takodana.

In the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters will draw attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto Wraps. When hungry customers queue up to order, they will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. Guests will also be able to choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.

Elsewhere in the market, the Milk Stand will offer two local favourites – Blue Milk and Green Milk. Blue Milk was first seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green Milk was introduced in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”

Exclusive Star Wars merchandise  

Disney says guests can expect a “robust collection of merchant shops and stalls” filled with authentic Star Wars creations.

Our favourite is the Droid Depot where you can construct your own astromech droid. You pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build one of two core models (R-series or BB-series) and customize their droids with various parts and colours. These droids will be capable of interacting with elements in the land. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. In addition, the Droid Depot will offer pre-built droids, droid-inspired products and more.

At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, guests will have the opportunity to customize and craft their very own lightsabers. In this mystical experience, guests will feel the Force as they build these elegant weapons from a more civilized age.

Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests will find a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy. Expect holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lartefactss and more. As they explore the nooks and crannies of the shop, guests will also see Dok at his desk as the large Ithorian checks his inventory, takes incoming calls and barks the occasional order at his assistants.

The Black Spire Outpost market will also feature a Creature Stall dedicated to rare and fascinating creatures that populate the galaxy. At Black Spire Outfitters you will be able to buy the latest Star Wars accessories. Guests will also find the Toydarian Toymaker, a stall full of toys crafted by a Toydarian (the flying alien species first seen in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”).

Resistance Supply is a “makeshift” supply location at the Resistance’s hidden command area. The stall sells Resistance pins, badges, hats, and other accessories to help guests feel like part of the cause. First Order Cargo, meanwhile, is a temporary First Order storage dock near the market. Easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon, the cargo location will offer guests a chance to pledge their loyalty by purchasing pins, caps, gear, model ships and more.

The music

Music has been an integral part of Star Wars from the moment the iconic themes of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams first introduced us to this galaxy. The music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge continues that tradition with a suite of all-new Williams-composed themes written especially for the land and its attractions. Along with a collection of original cantina songs created by composers and songwriters from around the globe, this new music will deepen guests’ connection to the land as Williams complements and builds upon the iconic fanfares he created for the Star Wars films.

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