Starting May 31st, 2019 Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open for business in the Disneyland park in California. For the Hollywood Studios park that’s part of Walt Disney World in Flordia, though, you’ll have to wait until August 29th, 2019.

Unfortunately, just because the new area is open doesn’t mean you’ll be able to visit it. 

When can I visit Galaxy’s Edge?

Well, between May 31 and June 23, 2019. the Disneyland version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is reservation only.

Beginning June 24, 2019 anyone with valid park admission can visit Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland and after it opens on August 29th, 2019 the same goes for the Walt Disney World counterpart.

What rides will be at Galaxy’s Edge when it opens?

  • Smuggler’s run, a ride where you fly the Millennium Falcon on an interactive smuggling mission. Smuggler’s run only has a height requirement of 38″ so it will be a great choice for little kids, especially ones too small to ride Star Tours. 
  • Hyperspace Mountain, a temporary transformation of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland where the ride includes a Star Wars story, visuals, and music. This isn’t the first time Space Mountain has been transformed this way! This is currently only at the Disneyland Park. 

Galaxy’s Edge shopping

  • Savi’s Workshop where you can build you own lightsaber.
  • Droid depot that let’s you create and assemble custom droids.
  • Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is a general Star Wars themed gift shop.
  • Resistance Supply a gift shop for people who want to join the Resistance, presumably. Where you buy your “good guy” merch.
  • First Order Cargo is another gift shop catering more towards the First Order side of things.
  • Toydarian Toymaker is a toy store, great for the kids.
  • Black Spire Outfitters – where you can find all the Star Wars themed clothing you need in your life.
  • Creature Stall is an interesting stuffed toy store where you can take home a Star Wars creature. 

Food at Galaxy’s Edge

  • Orga’s Cantina a quick dining option where you can get Star Wars themed drinks – they will also serve alcohol.
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is another quick dining option with Star Wars themed food like “Fried Endorian Tip-yip” and “Smoked Kaadu Ribs”.
  • Milk stand where you can buy classic Star Wars blue (or green) milk.
  • Ronto Roasters – a meat stall.
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle which serves a sweet popcorn snack.

What isn’t opening with Galaxy’s Edge?

As of now, the highly anticipated Rise of the Resistance ride that’s coming to Galaxy’s Edge has a general 2019 release date. Not a lot of details are up but Disney says they’re “pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology” with their Star Wars rides.

What about the crowds?

The truth is, right now it’s impossible to predict how badly Galaxy’s Edge will effect the crowds at Disney Parks other than that they will increase. It’s possible that there will be astronomically long wait times for Smuggler’s Run for a long time. After all, Radiator Springs Racers has been open since 2012 and it still had 2 hour wait times when we were there despite having a 40″ height requirement. 

Currently Fastpass has not been announced on Smuggler’s Run for either Disneyland or Walt Disney World parks. 

Crowd tips

1. Book a trip with Extra Magic hours so you can visit Galaxy’s Edge when it’s least busy.

2. Be prepared to wait in line for Smuggler’s Run. 

3. If you can, wait until after the hype has died down and we have better crowd information to plan your Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge trip.

4. If you are visiting a Disney park and don’t care for Star Wars, consider skipping Galaxy’s Edge altogether.

Based on my own experience with both parks the crowds at Walt Disney World will be much more manageable than Disneyland, even if the ride wait times are the same. The reason being that despite them making some adjustments to widen the paths, Disneyland is a much more crammed and crowded park in general. Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, on the other hand, wasn’t very busy when we were there and there was a lot of space to get around. 

For the record, we will be visiting Galaxy’s Edge spring of 2020.