You No Longer Need a Reservation for Star Wars Land, but Here's What You Need to Know for Your Visit
Starting June 24th, visitors to the Disneyland can finally enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge without reservations — but there's a catch.
Disneyland attendees can freely enter the land until it hits capacity, at which point there will be no stand-by line. Instead, a new virtual queue system will assign guests “boarding groups” with two-hour return windows to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge later that day, allowing them to enjoy the rest of Disneyland and California Adventure in lieu of waiting in line.
You will, however, still need a reservation to enjoy the most popular Star Wars experiences at Disneyland: Access to the intergalactic bar and build-your-own lightsaber show now require same-day reservations, available each morning at 7 a.m. These are separate from boarding group reservations.
Here's everything you need to know to get the most out of your visit to the new Star Wars land.
The Most Popular Star Wars Experiences Require Reservations
Dying to sip space cocktails or build your very own lightsaber? The most in-demand attractions during Star Wars land’s first weeks now require advance reservations, so plan to set an alarm to hold your space.
Starting at 7 a.m. each day, guests can reserve a same-day visit to Oga’s Cantina or Savi’s Workshop - Handcrafted Lightsabers within the Disneyland app and on Disneyland.com, whether or not they’ve yet entered the park. All cantina and lightsaber reservations require a credit card guarantee and cannot be cancelled. The Star Wars-themed cantina charges a no-show fee of $10 per guest, while Savi’s lightsaber show, which costs $199, charges the full amount. (All other Galaxy’s Edge experiences do not require reservations.)
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is subject to capacity restrictions, but holding your spot at the bar or splurging on a pricey souvenir guarantees you make it inside: Reservations for Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop grant access inside the Star Wars-themed area at Disneyland with no boarding passes required. Each participant of the $200 lightsaber show can bring two guests as well, both of whom are guaranteed entry, but sipping cocktails and mocktails in Porg-shaped mugs within Disneyland’s only bar is the more cost-effective option.
Prepare Your Phone — and Yourself — For Star Wars Land
Save time by downloading the Disneyland App in advance, setting up an account and linking your friends and family’s tickets prior to arriving. Be sure to enable push notifications from the Disneyland app too, otherwise you could miss an alert that it’s your time to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Don’t have a smartphone? If the virtual queue is enacted, you’ll need to visit a Fastpass kiosk to obtain a boarding group and watch for announcements on digital signs throughout the park.
If Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not at capacity, no virtual queue or boarding pass is required — but given that advanced reservations in its opening month sold out in two hours, Galaxy’s Edge will likely be packed for the near future. Plan your day knowing you’ll spend about three hours within the land and remember: when the two-hour return window for your boarding group is called, you’ll have access to everything on Black Spire Outpost except Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop, which require those separate same-day reservations.
Once inside, our essential list of tips, tricks and hidden Star Wars secrets will help make the most out of your visit to Batuu, and ensure you don’t miss the best merchandise or delightful “easter eggs.”
How to Get in Star Wars Land Early
There is no guaranteed general entry to Galaxy's Edge, so if you’re concerned, arrive at Disneyland 90 minutes prior to opening. Unlike MAXPASS, which allows guests to book FastPasses regardless of which park they enter first, all ticket holders will need to enter Disneyland to be added to a boarding group. Your entire party needs to be inside — so if a slowpoke friend is taking a while in the Mickey & Friends garage, you’ll all need to wait — and no additional names can be added to the party after joining a boarding group.
Guests of Disneyland Resort’s three hotels will also no longer have preferred access to Galaxy’s Edge. Early Morning Magic guests, who can enter Disneyland prior to opening, will likely be able to enter the land immediately once the park opens, but if a virtual queue is enacted, will be given no preference.