It’s the moment Jedis, Siths, Smugglers, Bounty Hunters, and Disneyland fans have been waiting for. The announcement of when Star Wars’ Galaxy’s Edge will open. The new portion of the park, which has been in construction for the past few years, promised to be one of the most immersive Star Wars experiences for its guests. And now guests will be able to see all of that, then it opens in Anaheim, California on May 31, 2019, and in Orlando, Florida, at the Hollywood Studios Park, a few months later, on August 29, 2019.
The teaser video provides a very brief glimpse of the very exciting attraction, Smuggler’s Run. In it, guests will be a part of a team who are smuggling dangerous cargo while the Empire is chasing them. But this won’t be your ordinary simulation ride. It has an interactive part to it all, that requires its riders to have responsibilities at different stations. So it won’t be just the pilot who has to save the day. Someone will need to man the shields. Another would need to navigate. Etc.
Of course, there are other attractions to look forward to, like Rise Of The Resistance, which is being hailed “the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined, which will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.”
Now, as you might expect, there may be a bit of overcrowding as guests would be rushing over to Galaxy’s Edge to see if it lives up to the hype. In addition to the new attractions, cast members will be decked out in Star Wars regalia and there will be Stormtroopers roaming about. And who knows who they may see.
In order to alleviate some of those overcrowding frustrations, guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. More information on how to claim these reservations will be revealed at a later date over at Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog.
Basically, guests are being encouraged to plan ahead. But I suspect that there will be more than a handful who didn’t realize they needed to make a reservation. Believe me, there’s always that one person.