Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy Edge Opening Dates Announced

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The folks responsible for the magic at Disney have kept us in suspense for months over when we will get to live out our childhood fantasies inside the much-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. But now, we know the details.

Phase One of Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open May 31 in California and (much earlier than expected) August 29 in Florida.

As we clean up our lightsabers and prep them for takeoff, here’s what now know about Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:

Attractions Aren’t All Opening at the Same Time

Attractions at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, at least at Disneyland, won’t open all at once. The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction won’t quite be ready for prime time on that date. It is said to open “later this year.” However, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, that features appearances from Chewbacca and Hondo Ohnaka, will be open. Disney has plenty of great things planned in 2019, but these two attractions have to be at the top of the list.

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

Drink Both “Blue Milk” and Adult Drinks

Disney has been teasing out very small details for months, but more recently ratcheted up the information flow.  They’ve even released a few images to whet our appetites. At Galaxy’s Edge you will find the infamous Star Wars “Blue Milk” adult cantina drinks, and so much more.

Blue and Green Milk found at the Black Spire Outpost. (Photo courtesy of D23)
Blue and Green Milk found at the Black Spire Outpost. (Photo courtesy of D23)

Reservations Needed to Access the Land

Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need not only a ticket to Disneyland but also have to make a no-cost reservation to get into the Star Wars area, which is subject to availability. Info on how to make those reservations is not yet available, but those who stay at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars Land once during their stay.

Disneyland Hotel Room
Disneyland Hotel Room (Image by Disneyland)

Hotels are booking up extremely quickly. If you’re considering a trip, your best bet is to book something now that has a flexible cancellation before everything is full. This is especially true if you want to be in or very close to the parks around opening dates.

What About FastPasses?

We have seen some information that FastPass will not be available when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. This is also being shared by WDW News Today. Without a FastPass, lines could easily rival some of the longest we’ve seen at a Disney theme park.

We’ve also seen information that Disney may utilize virtual cues (just as Universal Studios does) in order to keep the physical lines to a minimum. This would be great news and could allow you to make better use of a day at Disneyland. Note that this information is not confirmed by Disney, though we have reached out for comment and will update as we receive more information.

Enjoy the Force for Less

While a trip to Star Wars Land is going to cost you more than a few “Republic Credits,” it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can purchase discount Disney gift cards to save on tickets, or use points for tickets to Disneyland or Disney World.

Different entrance points inside Galaxy's Edge. (Artist rendering courtesy of D23)
Different entrance points inside Galaxy’s Edge. (Artist rendering courtesy of D23)

Where to Stay at Disneyland

Disneyland is a bit different when it comes to lodging choices than Disney World in Orlando. While there are three Disneyland hotels, there are far fewer to choose from than the couple dozen at Disney World so they all come in at pretty high price points. But — if you can afford the bill, you will be as close to the Star Wars magic as possible and there are some perks for those staying at Disneyland resorts.

However, don’t worry if you can’t afford to splurge on those Disneyland hotels. There are many points-friendly properties within walking distance to the park. Head here for a full rundown of where to stay at Disneyland. (Hint: Get those Marriott 35k certificates ready!)

Fairfield Anaheim (image courtesy of hotel)
Fairfield Anaheim (image courtesy of hotel)

If Disney World is now on your late summer booking calendar, here are our top picks on where to stay with points near Disney World. You can also enjoy Disney World Resort-like perks at Disney Springs Hotels. And, you can save on stays at true Disney Resorts by renting Disney Vacation Club points or using these tips. One reason to consider a Disney property as opposed to staying offsite is that Disney has confirmed that Galaxy’s Edge will be available for Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but only for guests at Disney World Resorts.

Here are some reviews to help you decide where to stay at Disney World:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

Use the Right Credit Card

As always, be sure you use the right credit cards when booking your trip to experience Star Wars magic as only Disney can offer. If you purchase just park tickets right from Disney, use a card that gives a bonus on entertainment charges, such as the Citi Premier Card. However, if you book a larger hotel package, the charge will most likely post as a travel charge. In that case, use the best credit card you have for travel, such as 3x on the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Purchasing Disney tickets from Undercover Tourist will also likely code as a travel charge.

Bottom Line

We’ve been expecting a June opening date for Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland, so a late-May phased opening is even better than expected. At Disney World, we were expecting something much later in the year.

There’s no such thing as slow times at Disney World. However, with the news that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening just after peak summer travel, that might just mean the intensity of the summer crowds will drop a notch. Keep an eye on hotel prices for the summer season if you want a Disney-fix, but are OK waiting a bit on experiencing Galaxy’s Edge. You just might be fortunate enough to find Disney’s version of a “cheap” summer vacation.

For the rest of us — now is the time to start booking travel plans to enjoy a galaxy far, far away in Florida or California.

Featured image courtesy of Disney

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