If you’re a Star Wars fan, or any kind of Disney fan at all that likes it enough to read a blog like this, you probably heard the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge announcement yesterday. Like any good fan I was following along, excited to find out the opening dates and share the news, but I did not expect to become as personally invested in it as I now am.
Two weeks ago I wanted to get a quick trip to Disneyland in, so we booked a 3 night stay beginning on June 1st. I thought it would be good timing to visit before the madness of Star Wars. Well, with the announcement that Galaxy’s Edge will open there on May 31st… I am now going to attempt to make it part of my trip. Because how could I not?
That being said, this is probably the biggest opening Disney has seen in a long time. There’s a lot of info you should be aware of if you want to visit Galaxy’s Edge. Particularly if you want to be there in the next few months, but also in the next few YEARS. Just because it’s Disney doesn’t mean they’ll be prepared to handle the crowds (maybe you’ve heard the story that is the nightmare of opening day at Disneyland). That being said, I want to do my best to prepare myself – and YOU – if you’ll be visiting either coast in 2019 and beyond.
We have opening dates
This is earlier than most people were guessing due to the originally announced openings of “Summer 2019” for Disneyland and “Fall 2019” for Disney World.
This is a PHASE ONE opening
“On opening day for phase one, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.”
This means that not everything in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open on those dates. In particular, the major item missing is Rise of the Resistance, one of the two attractions coming to the land and what they’ve been touting as their main attraction. No dates have been announced for Phase 2 yet. So keep in mind if you’re headed there right around these opening dates, not everything will be fully open.
You should book now
Whether you want to be there for opening day or plan to go to Disney World any time in 2019, you should book your trip NOW. Send me an email today and we’ll get it done – as a travel agent my services are totally FREE for you and I can help you plan the trip and ease some of that stress!
But it’s best to get it done ASAP. Prices for the rest of the year are sure to go up and we may see availability for the resorts go quickly, especially at the values. When you book a package through me you only need to make a $200 deposit that is totally refundable up to a month before travel – so if you’re thinking about it, I really recommend at least making a booking to lock in rates and availability as soon as you can.
Disneyland will require reservations (in the beginning)
“Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California 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. Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date on Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.”
Until June 23rd, you won’t even be able to enter Galaxy’s Edge without a reservation. These will be free, but presumably there will be a limited number of them available. More details on this are still to come. If you book a Disney hotel you will receive a reservation. The same is not the case at Disney World, which is presumably better equipped to handle the crowds.
No fastpass will be available
“For your vacation planning purposes, please be aware that Disney FASTPASS service, including access via Disney MaxPass, (at Disneyland park) and Disney FastPass+ service (at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will not initially be offered at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.”
No fastpass, no MaxPass. Right now it sounds like it will be standby or nothing, so be prepared to wait. I wouldn’t be surprised if they make an announcement about a different kind of fastpass that you pay for in order to get in a shorter line, but for now that is rumor only.
Extra Magic Hours
Disneyland offers certain Extra Magic Hours and Magic Mornings – Galaxy’s Edge WILL NOT be open for these events.
Disney World offers Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios, and Galaxy’s Edge WILL be open during those Extra Magic Hours – making a stay on property even more of an incentive.
Be prepared for crowds
There’s no denying it – the parks will be crowded. Not just opening week, but through the end of 2019 and beyond. This is going to see a huge boost to the number of people attending the parks. Big Star Wars fans who have been waiting to travel until this was announced, and there are a lot of them.
And I hate to say it, but don’t think that “oh, maybe Magic Kingdom will be empty since everyone will be at Hollywood Studios!” Nope. Lots of people will be traveling down and they’re going to want to visit all the parks while they are there. Everything will be more crowded. So may the force be with you.
And hey, I’ll plug myself again – just another great reason why you should consider using a Disney expert and travel agent to book your trip – with the extra crowds you might appreciate the help with dining reservations, fastpasses, and all of the logistics!
Are you thinking about visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Or will you avoid the parks for awhile?