This Friday, May 31, Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will open one of Disneyland’s most anticipated attractions: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The 14-acre “planet" is the largest single-themed Disneyland attraction in history and has been in development for nearly five years.
The attraction takes place on an imagineer-designed planet called Batuu, which has not previously been depicted in other visual media but has appeared in some Star Wars novels. The design team opted to create a new planet rather than one that participants have already seen in order to build new Star Wars stories, allowing visitors to partake in a new narrative.
The development team traveled to Istanbul, Morocco, and Jerusalem, studying the culture, architecture, and weather of each region to draw inspiration for the new land. The team also used virtual reality to figure out where various buildings should be placed to promote a fully immersive experience void of sightlines to other areas.
Galaxy’s Edge will have two main rides: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The former involves piloting Star Wars’ iconic ship during what’s basically a large-scale video game that tasks riders with flying, defending, and repairing the ship as it flies through space. The latter is a 28-minute experience that shoots riders through dark space and features more than 300 animated objects and never-before-seen Disney technology.
In addition to the two rides, visitors can explore all kinds of themed shops that are helmed by attendants in full character and costume. For instance, visitors can check out the First Order Cargo, which offers recruitment gear for the First Order, or they can head to the Toydarian Toymaker to explore a whimsical workshop of handcrafted toys created by Zabaka the Toydarian.
And because no planet is complete without sustenance, Galaxy’s Edge is loaded with yummy options for bites and beverages. Visitors can drop by Oga’s Cantina for a delicious meal, but they should note that how they’re treated there is dependent on how they performed in the aforementioned Millennium Falcon ride, contributing to the immersive experience of the park. The cantina also happens to be the first location in Disneyland Park to sell alcoholic beverages.
Other options for food and drink include the Milk Stand, which offers the blue and green milk that Luke Skywalker drinks and Ronto Roasters, which serves up grilled sausage and roasted pork wraps. Visitors can also feast on bites from Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, featuring galactic cuisine, and Kat Saka’s Kettle, offering sweet and savory popcorn snacks perfect for pre-ride fuel.
How to Gain Entry to Galaxy’s Edge
Because Galaxy’s Edge is so coveted, scoring early tickets is a little tricky as the park aims to mitigate crowds. Through June 23rd, visitors will need a valid park pass and Galaxy’s Edge reservation. The first reservations went to guests of Disney resorts and the rest were scooped up on May 2nd, within two hours of being available online.
Fortunately, on June 24th the reservation system will disappear in favor of a virtual queue to manage crowds. Once inside Disneyland park, guests can use the Disneyland app to check the status of Galaxy’s Edge. If the status indicates “Open,” then visitors can head to Batuu; if it’s not open, then parties are prompted to join a virtual queue and receive notifications once they’re allowed to enter.
In addition to Disneyland in Anaheim this month, a second Galaxy’s Edge will open at Walt Disney World in Orlando on August 29th, which virtually mirrors its Disneyland counterpart. Looking for more information on either park? Check out everything you need to know here.
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