Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019 and the excitement is building. Unlike any other Disney experience this land will encompass more Disney cast members than ever before just to provide a completely immersive experience for guests. Sure, there are rides, but what about those last minute missions and escapes that have to happen at a moments notice on the planet of Batuu? Will be part of the Resistance or helping Darth Vader? Impromptu experiences await. Here’s everything we know so far and a list of the attractions, meet and greets and restaurants included.
What We Know About Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Disneyland will open first. They are completing construction at light speed over n California. Disneyland’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is set to open Spring 2019. Disney CEO, Bob Iger recently hinted at June as the opening month. At Walt Disney World however, we can expect a late Fall 2019 opening ( think November).
Galaxy’s Edge in both parks is 14 acres. For context, those who have visited Toy Story Land will remember that covers 11 acres.
Galaxy’s Edge is stationed on the planet Batuu. For those Star Wars fanatics out there wondering how they can learn more about this planet, Batuu will appear in a novel called Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances, by Timothy Zahn, coming out July 24, 2018. The whole feeling of Batuu has been likened to the real-world Marrakesh. Bustling, filled with people who are on their way to something. Adventurers, smugglers, rogue traders and people who are hiding from the First Order.
Star Wars characters from the movies will be working this new land. Running the gift shop counters, the quick service, and the line queue, as well as walking around as part of the experience. Immersive to the max.
It’s still a little unclear, at Walt Disney World particularly, how the current Star Wars offerings will merge with Galaxy’s Edge given their current locations within Hollywood Studios. Below is the list of all the things current and upcoming.
Legend | FP=Fast Pass Recommended, TS= Table Service, Reservation Required, QS= Quick Service, Walk up counter
Star Wars Photo Ops:
Tatooine Wall ( Current)
This is a somewhat hidden wall right outside the gift shop exit of Star Tours. If you’re heading towards the Muppets 3D building you’ll pass it. But as you can see from above, a super fun spot for a photo.
Millennium Falcon (2019)
Construction on this larger than life replica of the Millennium Falcon started last month and will be the focal point for guests entering through the large gateway into Galaxy’s Edge. This will be THE photo spot for just about everyone, so get ready to wait to your turn.
Star Wars Attractions
▢ Star Tours (Current) (FP)
Travel to Crait, Naboo,the Death Star and variations on 26 different locations you’ve seen in the films.
▢ Star Wars Launch Bay (Current) (FP)
The hub of all the Star Wars character meet and greets at this point. You can also watch a small film in this building, perfect for rainy Disney days. You can also spot Star Wars props from the films and interact with the Jawa characters that roam around the bay.
▢ Jedi Training Academy (Current) (FP)
The best place to get your little ones ready for their Jedi training. This is open to children who are ready to become one with the force. A perfect experience for your future jedi, just on a small outdoor stage at the entrance of Star Tours.
Star Wars Character Meet and Greets
▢ BB8 (FP)
▢ Kylo Ren
▢ Rey (FP)
Galaxy’s Edge Attractions
▢ Rise of the Resistance Ride (2019) (FP)
This is trackless dark ride that incorporates a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. No official name has yet been released but “First Order Battle Escape” is currently being used. Disney also shared that this ride will be on a scale larger than they have done before. Impressive given the height of the Remy’s Kitchen Calamity ride currently being built in France, Epcot and currently an attraction at Disneyland Paris. Apparently this bay of the Star Destroyer will be bigger.
▢ Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Ride (2019) (FP) A new ride with simulations similar to Pandora’s Flight of Passage.
This is a ship you’ll be able to pilot and a mission that could earn you “galactic credits”. There has been some suggestion that in line with the immersion experience, if you perform poorly on this ride, you may find trouble at the Cantina. Drama ensues.
Star Wars Shopping
▢ Galaxy’s Edge Shopping on Merchant Row (2019)
This will be an outdoor market filled with trader carts. We have yet to hear if there will be haggling but “bustling marketplace” is the feeling this small street in Batuu will embody.
▢ Tatooine Traders Gift Shop (Current)
Found at the exit of the Star Tours ride, this shop has all things Star Wars. Current Galaxy’s Edge merchandise in anticipation of the opening has already been released here and on the Disney ShopParks app.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Restaurants and Snacks
▢ Cantina (Star Wars Immersion Restaurant) (2019) (TS)
It’s unclear if this will be physically connected the quick service side of the restaurant. At present construction looks like these two cantinas will be on opposite sides of the street. This Cantina will replicate the ones we see in the Star Wars films usually involving Han Solo and some brawl. The alien characters will all too supposedly be part of this immersion experience. You will see them everywhere. No menu has been shared yet for this restaurant but we are expecting entertainment much like in the film as well.
▢ Cantina (2019)(QS)
This cantina will serve similar fare as the main restaurant, including the Blue Milk Luke Skywalker made famous in Star Wars IV: An New Hope.
Star Wars Immersion Resort at Walt Disney World
Resort (Upcoming TBD)
▢ Star Wars Themed Hotel (Unnamed, Upcoming)
There is no anticipated opening date yet for this hotel. What we know so far is that Disney will of course attempt to make the 2021 deadline for the 50 things before 50th anniversary at WDW, but we don’t know that it would be ready sooner. Plans so far include that rooms have full digital screens that allow them the experience of looking out into the galaxy from their “windows”. Bunk Beds for the children make it feel like accommodations on a spaceship. Another completely immersive experience, guests will check in among the aliens sharing the hotel, be able to take light saber training and go on missions. There is talk that if possible the hotel will be close enough to Galaxy’s Edge that guests staying at this luxury hotel will be able to be immersed in the hotel experience and then walk out of the hotel directly into Galaxy’s Edge to be immersed in the attraction experience. A lot is still up in the air on this one. Stay tuned. We’ll keep this post updated as the details emerge.
Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog
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So there you have it. Everything we know about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. We’re excited to see how the immersion experience takes center stage. Until then. May the Force Be With You!