Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens Next Month — Here’s How to Get In

Apr 4, 2019

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland next month. We’ve waited a few years to say that sentence. With opening date no longer far, far away, there are some things to know if you are planning a trip to Star Wars Land.

Reservations Required

From opening day on May 31 until June 23, it will take more than a theme park ticket to Disneyland to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and enjoy all that awaits on the planet of Batuu.

(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Visitors will need a no-cost reservation to get into the Star Wars portion of Disneyland, which is subject to availability. Specifics on how to make those reservations are not yet available (we’ll update you as soon as we hear), but one crucial detail is known. Those who stay at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a guaranteed reservation to access Star Wars Land once during their stay.

Interestingly, reservations are still available as of this writing at both the Disneyland Hotel (here’s our review) and the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, even for opening night. As usual, rates are expensive at  $600+ per night, but this is a way you can still guarantee yourself access to all things Star Wars.

In fact, on many dates in those early opening weeks, you can book your stay at a Disneyland Hotel via Hotels.com/venture and earn 10x miles per dollar by paying with your Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. That doesn’t save you money, but it gets you that much closer to your next award trip.

Frankly, going during those first few weeks when capacity is tightly controlled may not be a bad plan, especially if you can squeeze in a weekday visit before most schools close up shop for the summer.

If you aren’t targeting an on-property stay at Disneyland, here’s a full rundown of where else you can stay in the area using your points. (Hint: Get those Marriott 35k certificates ready!)

One Ride, No FastPass, Potty Breaks Allowed

While Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will eventually have two attractions, only one will available on the opening date in May and that’s Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (minimum height restriction of 38″). The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction won’t open until “later this year.” At launch, there will be no FastPasses available for Star Wars attractions and the land won’t participate in Disneyland’s Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland.

Disney Galaxy's Edge
Image courtesy of Disney

Old-fashioned waiting in line will be required. And, as you could expect, lines will be long. Disney knows this and will make “bathroom passes” available to those who have others holding their spot in line. This procedure is already in place at Disney World’s Avatar: Flight of Passage ride in Florida.

A bathroom pass makes a ton of sense given the rumors of expected five-hour lines on opening day, but here’s the truth. There are already five-hour lines for rides on peak days at Disney without a new land opening. I can’t imagine lines not hitting around five hours in Galaxy’s Edge with only one ride available. But, that’s also the good news as there is only one ride available, so only one line to battle. There’s also always a chance that the single rider line will help. Or if you are looking to splurge on a several thousand dollar VIP tour for up to 10 people, then perhaps there will be a way to cut the queue, though that has not been confirmed. As of now, the Disneyland VIP department didn’t have any information available for VIP tours beyond May 30, though they hope to in a few weeks.

No Standby Line

If you can’t get a reservation to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you can’t just line-up and hope to get in via a standby hope and a prayer. In those first three weeks, you need the confirmed reservation as mentioned above.  Even after that, you may not be able to just waltz into the land.

(Photo courtesy of Disney)
(Photo courtesy of Disney)

As Theme Park Insider reports, entering Star Wars will require a boarding pass of sorts, which will be accessed via the Disneyland app once you are in the park. This pass will give the visitor a window of time to enjoy the land.

Make a Disney Dining Reservation — Elsewhere

There are places to eat in Galaxy’s Edge, but no place that takes reservations. The food options inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are casual and include:

Disney Galaxy's Edge
(Photo by David Roark / Disney Parks)

However, if you want to plan a sit-down meal where you are served your meal (as a reward for those five hours you waited in line), you might want to book a reservation at another Disneyland restaurant. If you are going to the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, we are now within the 60-day window to make Disneyland online dining reservations, and here are a few of our favorite Disneyland restaurants.

Dine at Blue Bayou (Photo courtesy of Disneyland)

Bottom Line

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge next month at Disneyland is likely to be … out of this world (and crowded, and busy). It’s not too late to plan a trip to be one of the first to fly the Millennium Falcon and enjoy your very own iconic glass of Star Wars “blue milk” — which may make you pretty darn grateful for that bathroom pass after all.

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