Patience you must have, Star Wars fans. It’s been nearly four years since Disney announced it would build Star Wars–themed lands at both of its resorts in the United States. But this summer, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will finally open at both Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando. At 14 acres each, Star Wars land will not only be the largest single-themed expansions in Disney’s history, but also its most technologically advanced.
Here’s everything you should kenobi (er, know) about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:
When does Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge open?
Star Wars land at Disneyland Resort in California will open ahead of schedule on May 31, 2019. In Florida, Walt Disney World Resort will open its version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park (also ahead of schedule) on August 29, 2019.
Even though the opening dates are different, Disney confirmed that the “major offerings will be nearly the same” within both parks.
Is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge its own park?
Both attractions will be located within the newly expanded boundaries of existing parks at Disney resorts in the United States. In California, Galaxy’s Edge is located in the space behind Frontierland and Fantasyland in Disneyland Park. In Florida, it will be located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park, adjacent to the Toy Story Land that opened there in 2018.
Both Star Wars lands were designed so guests would feel immersed inside the world of the Black Spire Outpost, a village on the planet Batuu. To do this, Disney designed specialized scents, and there’s original music composed by John Williams specifically for the park.
To further enhance this experience—which has been compared to Westworld by several websites—Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the first land within any Disney park to use the Play Disney Parks mobile app. Guests can use the app to engage with nearby characters (including smugglers, droids, and First Order soldiers) and even participate in “missions.”
How can you get tickets?
At both parks, admission is included in the cost of regular park entry. But in order to reduce crowds, you’ll need to make a no-cost reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23.
Guests staying at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, such as Disney’s Grand Californian, during this time period will receive one reservation per registered guest when they purchase admission to the park. Information on how non-hotel guests can secure these reservations will be available later.
To enter Star Wars land at Walt Disney World, a reservation will not be required or offered at this time, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
Is Disney opening a Star Wars hotel?
Guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will eventually be able to check into a Star Wars–inspired hotel, which will be designed to look like a starship. In addition to all the windows having a view of “space,” guests can dress in the attire of and assume the identity of a character in the Star Wars universe during their stays
The opening date has yet to be announced.
At both parks, guests will get to experience two new rides, including the six-person Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. Passengers get to take the controls inside an exact replica of the famous spaceship’s cockpit as either the pilot, gunner, or flight engineer as it hurtles through space.
The other ride is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an immersive attraction that takes place in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance and brings riders inside a starship and onboard a Star Destroyer so large it can fit a full-size TIE fighter and two AT-ATs. Disney confirmed it will be the longest ride to exist at the park, but it won’t comment on the exact length yet (rumor has it that it will 28 minutes long).
While the restaurants and shops in both parks will be ready on opening day, the rides are being opened in phases. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will ready on opening day, but those who want to go on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will have to wait for phase two, which Disney says will open “later this year.”
What specialty food and drinks are designed for Star Wars land?
There’s a full array of food and beverages at five quick-service dining spots, including a Milk Stand serving the blue milk Luke Skywalker drank in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. However, the largest spot for dining within both lands will be Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, which will serve dishes like the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad (marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp) and the Smoked Kaadu Ribs (smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw).
There will be alcoholic drinks available at Oga’s Cantina in both parks. Guests with valid ID will be able to order beer and wine including a Bad Motivator IPA and Toniray wine, plus 10 different cocktails. While full details haven’t been released yet, some of the cocktail names include the Fuzzy Tauntaun, Dagobah Slug Slinger, Bloody Rancor, Bespin Fizz, and the Jedi Mind Trick.