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Disney Just Released New Details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and We Want to Go NOW

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 3/8/2019 Megan Friedman, Marisa LaScala
 
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  • Disney has announced the opening dates for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.
  • The lands will open in phases. Not all attractions will be available on the opening days.
  • Star Wars Galaxy's Edge promises to feature more immersive storytelling than other Disney parks.
  • New details have been revealed about reservations, admissions, FASTPASS, and Extra Magic Hours.

If you've felt a disturbance in the Force, it's because Disney announced new details about the Star Wars themed lands in its, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, and you want to go there right now. But be patient, young Padawan, because you still have a little time to wait. But here's what we know so far about the new additions to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Here's everything we know so far.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will open May 31 at Disneyland in California, and on August 29 at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The Disney Parks blog says that the lands are opening a little earlier than expected due to overwhelming interest. That's great news for anyone who is dying to get a peek at a land destined to become overrun by scruffy nerf herders.

But there's a big drawback: Not all of the rides will be open on those dates. Only one of the big attractions will be available at that time: Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run. There, you get to help fly the famed starship on a ride that Walt Disney World News Today says has "a choose-your-own-adventure quality that allows your actions to determine the outcome of the mission." Apart from that, you can browse the merchant shops, taste intergalactic foods, and interact with the characters there, but there will be no other rides.

The other big attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, won't be open in time for the debut of either park. According to Disney, that experience will be "the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality." That takes time, and they're committed to not opening the attraction until "it exceeds our expectations." There's no date for when that will be, though, so you might want to hold off on booking that ticket.

The parks will feature an interactive story line that takes place in a forgotten corner of the galaxy.

Park executives said the area will be in the Star Wars universe, but it's a brand-new planet that hasn't been featured in the movies before: Batuu. In another blog post, Disney revealed it's somewhere on the Outer Rim, in a once-popular trading spot that has slowed down since hyperdrive was invented, and is now a place for "smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers," "unusual characters," and people who want to escape the bad guys of the First Order.

The Huffington Post notes the park will have distinct smells and tastes, and will sell "blue milk" from the movies. (Gross!) But by far, the most striking addition about the parks is they track the decisions you make, and then tailor your "reputation" based on your actions. The park will track if you choose the First Order or the Resistance (when the ride eventually opens), for example, and how well you fly the Millennium Falcon. Then, if you go into a restaurant or bar, a character may ask you to perform a task depending on those decisions, or a bounty hunter could get on your trail. The panel didn't elaborate, but the tracking would likely take place through Magic Band wristbands that also serve as your park ticket.

The logistics of getting in can be a little tricky.

Along with the news that the park will open in phases, today Disney elaborated on tickets and admission.

  • Visitors to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in Florida have to make a reservation if they want to go between May 31 and June 23. There is no cost associated with making a reservation, but there's also no information about how to do it yet, either: They say to just keep an eye on Disneyland.com.
  • So far, visitors will not need the same sort of extra reservation at Walt Disney World in Florida, but they caution that capacity is limited.
  • Guests will be able to access Star Wars Galaxy's Edge during Extra Magic Hours.
  • FASTPASS will not be available for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, so get ready to wait in line.

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