Here's When Star Wars Land Will Open

Star Wars Land - Artist Concept
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Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited 14-acre Disney theme park expansion, will open at Disneyland Resort on May 31, 2019. A second, near-identical version of the Star Wars land will open three months later at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on Aug. 29, 2019.

That means in just 13 weeks, young padawans and hopeful Jedis will finally be able to drink a glass of blue milk and create their own personalized lightsabers in a realistic, immersive Star Wars land — and with everything we’ve seen from our behind-the-scenes tour, it’ll be tough to wait even that long.

Whether you’re visiting Disneyland over summer vacation or hoping to spend Christmas at Walt Disney World, there will be plenty to do, including sipping colorful cocktails inside an authentic Star Wars bar or scooping up a Tauntaun, Porg or other famed intergalactic creatures that “come to life” when you pet them. One attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, will allow fans to helm the famed starship while Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance takes riders on a four-part journey unlike any other Disney attraction in existence. Rise of the Resistance will open at a later date not yet announced at both parks.

Fastpasses, both booked day-of at Disneyland and in advance at Walt Disney World, will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run when the ride debuts in May and August, respectively. This means that debut attraction and dining locations at Star Wars: Galazy's Edge, including the otherworldly cocktails offered at Oga’s Cantina and “space ribs” at Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, will not require reservations. Even if the queues are long, there’s plenty to browse at the souk-inspired marketplace, while the addition of a new interactive app will provide plenty of intergalactic activity throughout the land beyond the rides. (If you’re putting the solo in Han Solo, there will even be a single-rider line on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, making it that much easier to become a pilot, gunner or flight engineer the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.)

Guests hoping to live their best intergalactic lives between May 31 and June 23, 2019 at Disneyland will need a reservation — in addition to theme park admission — to enter the Star Wars-themed land. Reservations will be free, but will be subject to availability.

Guests of Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel between those dates will be given a designated reservation (one per hotel guest) to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Valid theme park admission will also be required. No reservation program will exist when Star Wars Land opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, but given that the parks will be crowded, it's best to utilize Extra Magic Hours — and arrive extra early — to enter the land.

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