Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates Announced!

little girl excitedly pulling her father's hand to drag him into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area
Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations /Travel News

It’s the moment we’ve all been not-so-patiently waiting for…

Minutes ago, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products shared an exciting announcement many of you have been wanting to hearStar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland® Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Florida.

As Yoda once said: “Patience you must have!” and there is one small, important caveat. That’s because this highly anticipated, new and immersive land will be opening in phases. Yes, you read that correctly. So, if you are planing on taking part in this unique and amazing experience, but only have one shot at visiting, you may want to wait just a little bit!

Here’s what we know:

On opening day for phase one, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Amazing galactic food and beverages will be available, and you can explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

For phase two, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, “the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined”, a date has not been set, but is said to be opening later this year.

We know how excited many of you are to visit the galaxy’s Outer Rim and that you’ll have questions about how to best experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – so, here are some VERY important details to help start the planning:

Park Admission: Regular theme park admission is required to enter Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There will not be a separate ticket for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  To visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019, guests will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land We’ll share information on how to make a reservation at a later date.

Land Entry: Because of anticipated galactic excitement during the opening months this year, Disney is planning ahead to deliver the best possible experiences for guests.  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open during normal park operating hours. It will not be included in Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park. It will be open during Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Attractions: Disney FASTPASS service, including access via Disney MaxPass, (at Disneyland Park) and Disney FastPass+ service (at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will not initially be offered at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Disney will continually evaluate operations and services in order to help provide a great guest experience.

Planning:  You should also note that vacation packages, park tickets and Disney Resort hotel stays do not guarantee access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge The land —including participation in its experiences—will be subject to capacity restraints and other restrictions.

Ride Height Requirements:  In addition to today’s announcement, Disney has also unveiled the height requirements for both attractions.  At Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests must be 38″ or taller to ride. Once it opens, the height requirement for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be 40″ or taller.

More Exciting News: A Star Wars resort IS in development for the future at Walt Disney World Resort. Stay tuned for more details.

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Robin is the owner of Vacations with Character®. She is now in her 11th year of planning vacations to Disney and Universal destinations as well as other cruise and all-inclusive vacation experiences. She leads an amazing team of 22 Travel Professionals. Believing in the power of "we" over "me", she credits teamwork to the overall success of the agency.