Know Before You Go: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Calling All Jedi!
You’ve heard the hype about Walt Disney World® Resort’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening Aug. 29, 2019. Now, it’s time to have some of your questions answered before exploring all there is to see on the planet of Batuu. Disney is already expecting elevated crowds and we want to help you be as prepared as possible to enjoy your day in this galactic world.
Q: Where is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge located?
A: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is located in a galaxy far, far away. Just kidding! It’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®at Walt Disney World Resort.
There are two entrances to this new land. You can start by entering the front of the park and heading left toward Echo Lake. You’ll pass Echo Lake and the Star Tours® - The Adventures Continue attraction to arrive at the Grand Adventure. From here, you can’t miss the towering gates of Batuu that takes you into the thrilling world of Star Wars. The second entrance is through Toy Story Land and past the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction.
Q: Is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge included in park admission?
A: Yes! The new land is included in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park admission.
Q: What time will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge open for the guests not staying on Walt Disney World Resort property?
A: Refer to the Walt Disney World Resort times guide for park opening.
The park normally opens at 9 a.m. daily. However, lines will be longer than normal so plan to arrive 45 minutes to an hour before park opening for the chance to gain access to the shorter lines. Also, keep in mind all bags and strollers will be checked before entering the park. Give yourself a bit of extra time to park or walk from the bus drop-off area and go through security.
Q: Which attractions are in the new land?
A: There are two signature attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run opening Aug. 29, 2019, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening Dec. 5, 2019.
Be on the lookout for our blog post next week for more details.
Q: Can I use Disney FastPass+ for any of the new attractions?
A: Currently, there are no Disney FastPass+ options for the attractions at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Your best bet is to arrive at the park early and keep an eye on the standby line for the ride. If it’s available, ride Single Rider as this line tends to be a bit shorter. On the ride, you’re put into a random group anyways and there won’t be any talking on the ride – you’ll be focusing on making it to safety with smuggled goods!
Tip: Park hopping or spending some of your time away from Galaxy’s Edge? Make your Disney FastPass+ selections accordingly for Toy Story Land or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ – other popular attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Q: What are the height requirements for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction?
A: Guests must be 38” (97 cm) or taller to ride the attraction.
Q: Where can I build a lightsaber or construct a droid?
A: You can build your own personal must-have Star Wars lightsaber or droid at exclusive merchandise locations in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot. Reservations for both of these experiences are now open.
You can make reservations 180 days in advance by visiting their respective websites – Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot. Join the Gatherers at Savi’s Workshop to build your very own, custom lightsaber. Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your reservation time. Don’t forget your reservation confirmation, a photo ID, and the credit card provided at booking. Also, if plans change you must cancel your reservation at least 24 hours prior or you’ll be charged $199.99 per builder. You can also assemble your custom droid at the Droid Depot, where you’ll find a workshop stocked with manuals, tech, parts, and chips. Choose from either a BB-Series or R-Series for your new friend. Keep your new astromech companion with you wherever you go!
Tip: Don’t give up! These are popular experiences, but keep refreshing the reservation page for openings.
Q: Can I make dining reservations for the new food and beverage locations?
A: Currently, Oga’s Cantina is the only quick-service location accepting reservations in the new land.
You can gather your whole family at Oga’s Cantina – the local watering hole where travelers and smugglers of all ages can come to refuel and relax. You’ll find an extensive concoction list for younglings and adults. Plus, Droid DJ R-3X, a former Starspeeder 3000 pilot, will be conducting the musical entertainment for your time there. You can make a reservation for Oga’s Cantina here, as it’s suggested to reserve your table 180 days in advance of your travels. For the other quick-service locations, including Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Milk Stand, Ronto Roasters, and Kat Saka’s Kettle, reservations are not accepted.
Q: Can I wear my favorite Star Wars character costume to the park?
A: Guests 14 and older will not be permitted to wear costumes or masks in the park.
However, you can dress up in outfits inspired by your favorite characters – whether that’s The First Order, The Resistance, smugglers, or even droids. Residents of Batuu are found wearing unique clothing that can easily be replicated by sticking to a color palette of muted earth tones and natural materials to make the outfit look worn and rugged. In the Black Spire Outpost, you might encounter Stormtroopers and Chewbacca so stay away from full-body armor, face masks, and uniforms. For a full list of costume dos and don’ts, click here.
Q: Are there any differences between Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland® Resort compared to Walt Disney World Resort?
A: Yes! Although subtle, there are a few differences between the two lands on either coast.
First, there are three entrances into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland but only two at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Do you remember the droid from Star Tours® - The Adventures Continues attraction? Well now he is the DJ at Oga’s Cantina! You’ll only see his crash site near Droid Depot at Walt Disney World near the Toy Story Land entrance. Because of Florida’s heat and precipitation, you’ll find a slightly different color scheme throughout each park. Where Florida’s colors are more saturated, California’s possess a deeper coloration. Another difference is that the park in Florida has a bit more space available than California. Naturally, you’ll be able to stretch out and roam more fluidly at Walt Disney World than in Disneyland.
Q: Is alcohol served on the Planet Batuu?
A: Yes – there are several places you can purchase alcoholic beverages.
Although you can only purchase alcohol at Oga’s Cantina in Disneyland, the location at Walt Disney World offers many more options for adult beverages. You can find these concoctions at Milk Stand, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters, Kat Saka’s Kettle, and Oga’s Cantina. Smugglers allow guests to walk around with all beverages except for the ones purchased at Oga’s Cantina.
Q: I’ve heard Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has interactive elements. What does that mean?
A: Play Disney gives you the chance to enjoy in-queue games while you wait in standby for attractions and dining exclusively in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
With Datapad on Play Disney Parks Mobile App, your entire experience will be enhanced. Interact with droids, scan crates for messages, translate languages from across the galaxy, tune and decrypt communications, and even hack into select devices. However, you must choose a side. Are you with The First Order or supporting The Resistance? You make your choice.
We hope you feel more prepared for your voyage to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This incredible park addition is a must-do on your next trip to Central Florida.
With close proximity to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Kissimmee is the ideal spot to rest your head after a day exploring with Chewbacca and Rey. Keep a lookout for lots more information about this exciting destination addition including details of the new attraction, food options, drink choices, characters you’ll encounter, and more in our next blog post. Plus, stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings in Kissimmee by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter.
May the force be with you!