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This land is NOT YET OPEN!
It is expected to open on August 29, 2019.

A Star Wars-themed land, named Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, is being constructed at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. The new area will officially open on August 29, 2019 and include the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride; the Rise of the Resistance attraction will open at a later date.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the largest single-themed land expansion at Walt Disney World. The land transports guests to a never-before-seen planet that is a remote trading port and one of the last stops before the unmapped outer reaches of space.

Galaxy's Edge is also known as the Black Spire Outpost, a crossroads on the far-flung planet of Batuu. Not long ago, the First Order showed up searching for something, although what that something is remains unknown. Even more recently, the Resistance set up camp in the wooded area of the Outpost and began, well... resisting.

The area has two main sections: The south end is where the Resistance is and this tree-lined area contains the entrance to the Rise of the Resistance attraction as well as a few well-known ships like an A-wing and an X-wing fighter. Leaving the forested area brings you to the shopping and dining area, where you find most of the inhabitants of the town. At the far north end of the Black Spire Outpost is the section controlled by the Red Fury, the 709th battalion of the First Order. There you will find a TIE Echelon fighter guarded by some aggressive stormtroopers.

When you are in Galaxy's Edge you are not on Earth, but on the planet of Batuu and in the middle of the Star Wars movies. Do not expect the inhabitants to discuss Terran problems, but do expect them to talk at length about the goings on of the Black Spire Outpost. In the Star Wars timeline, you are in between the events of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker.

How To Get Into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World

We are anxiously awaiting some indication about how guests will gain access to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We know a little bit more about the system for entry in Disneyland, but Disney has said very little about the Disney World version. Here is what we know so far:

  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios will open to the public on August 29, 2019. The park officially opens for all guests at 6:00 a.m. on August 29, 30, and 31.
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not open on August 29, but Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will.
  • FastPass+ will not be available for any attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge during its initial operation.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be open during Extra Magic Hours, including the "Extra, Extra Magic Hours" which occur from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM from September 1 through November 2, 2019.
  • Disney says "Walt Disney World Resort Hotel stays do not guarantee access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge." This indicates that there will not be guaranteed reservations like there is at Disneyland.

Potential Galaxy's Edge Opening Procedures

Disney hasn’t yet said how it’s going to handle opening crowds for Galaxy’s Edge. We anticipate it will be something similar to how Disney managed crowds for the Pandora attractions at Animal Kingdom, at a much larger scale. For the first year of operation, guests lined up as much as 3 hours early to be near the front of the line for Avatar Flight of Passage when the park opened.

Galaxy’s Edge will open for morning Extra, Extra Magic Hours at 6 AM daily through the beginning of November, 2019. These special EMHs will run through 9 AM and, if you want to be at the front of that line, we expect on-site guests will begin lining up at 4 AM or earlier. Disney is likely to run a similar schedule during holidays and other times of peak attendance, such as when Rise of the Resistance opens. For the opening day on August 29, we expect guests to line up at least 12 hours before the 6 AM opening.

When the park opens each day (and possibly before that), Disney Cast members will likely direct guests headed to Galaxy’s Edge into a special holding area, to prevent that crowd from blocking other guests’ walking paths to the rest of the park. We expect this holding area to be near the Grand Avenue section of the park. Guests waiting to enter other areas of the park may be held on Hollywood Boulevard or Sunset Boulevard until the park opens. We expect the Studios’ existing Star Tours ride to be open at this time, too.

These daily, extended morning EMHs put off-site guests at a tremendous disadvantage for experiencing the Galaxy’s Edge rides. By the time off-site guests are admitted into the park, the lines for Galaxy’s Edge’s attractions should be many hours long.

Disney Hotel Guests Visiting Galaxy's Edge

Disney World hotel guests will have an advantage in seeing the land since they can use the Extra Magic Hours. Morning Extra Magic Hours begin at 6 AM from September 1 through November 2, 2019, and Disney will probably do something similar during holidays and other busy times. We strongly recommend that guests interested in visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge utilize the Extra Magic Hours and we also recommend that guests arrive at least 1 hour in advance to get the best possible spot at the gates. We expect that nearly all guests will go directly to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge so the waits for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will become long very quickly.

Disney's comment about hotel guests not getting guaranteed access leads us to believe that either a) reservations, like at Disneyland, will be on a first-come-first-served basis, or b) there will be no reservations at all. If there are no reservations and guests are allowed to line up, anyone wanting to see Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will need to expect a wait of several hours, either by lining up a few hours before the park opens or by waiting in line after they arrive. If this scenario comes to pass, we recommend waiting before the park opens. The heat will be much more manageable at that time and it will free up those hours in the middle of the day to ride other things or go take a nap.

Arriving at Disney's Hollywood Studios for Galaxy's Edge

There are several ways to get to Hollywood Studios and all will be busy. Leave yourself a little more time than you think you'll need regardless of what option you choose.

Arriving Using Walt Disney World Transportation

If you’re staying at one of the Epcot resorts, it will take you 20-30 minutes to walk the mile or so from your hotel to the Studios’ entrance. Boat service is also available from the Epcot resorts to the Studios, and it’s about a 20-minute ride on the Skyliner gondola system, which links Epcot’s International Gateway with Disney’s Hollywood Studios, through Disney’s Caribbean Beach and Riviera resorts. All Disney transportation services should be operating at least an hour before the park opens.

Likewise, guests at Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation resorts can take a 12-minute Skyliner ride to get to the park, or take a Disney bus. Guests at other Disney resorts will use Disney’s bus transportation.

Driving to Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ parking lot is located next to the park. Thus, you can park your car and walk or take a tram to the Studios’ entrance. In anticipation of Galaxy’s Edge crowds, Disney has completely overhauled the roads in and around the Studios, as well as the parking lots. Still, we think it’s possible that demand during peak times will cause traffic delays at the Studios’ entrance tollbooths in the morning, and inside the parking lots at night as everyone attempts to leave after the park closes.

If you want to drive and avoid the traffic risks, consider using the valet parking services at the BoardWalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, or Swan and Dolphin resorts; the Swan’s entrance is about 0.3 miles closer to the Studios than the BoardWalk. Call the resort the night before you plan to arrive to ensure valet services are available, as Disney may restrict access to valet parking during peak times, too.

The cheapest, easiest, least-risky option for all of this might be to use a ride-share service like Lyft or Uber to get dropped off and picked up at those hotels instead.

We will update this page as more details are revealed. May the Force be with us all.

Shopping in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

In the heart of the Black Spire Outpost sits a Marrakech-esque marketplace selling unique in-universe merchandise, some of which are practically attractions in of themselves. None of the packaging being sold bears the standard Star Wars or Disney Parks logos, in order to maintain the illusion that all the souvenirs for sale were actually crafted by and for the Black Spire villagers themselves.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

Dok-Ondar is a surly, hammerheaded Ithorian who’s the local godfather of black market goods; if you want to buy a historical character’s lightsaber or Sith holocron, you may need to barter with the animatronic bi-mouthed bigwig, who haggles with guests through his human helpers. Sharp-eyed fans will spot easter eggs from practically every Star Wars film and television show, including a 12-foot-tall taxidermied Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back.

Mubo’s Droid Depot

Here you can pick robot parts off of conveyor belts to build your own pint-sized R-series (like R2-D2) or BB-series droid (think BB-8), which will then communicate with its full-scale counterparts around the land. Pre-assembled droids, like a chatty C-3PO and an R-3X (“Rex”) bluetooth speaker, are also available. Greet the gregarious robots outside, one of whom is enjoying a relaxing oil bath.

Bina’s Creature Stall

Guests come to this stall to adopt a plush Porg puppet, a disgustingly adorable writhing baby Rathtar, or a shoulder-sitting Kowakian monkey-lizard, which is what the honorable Salacious B. Crumb is. All the animals react to your touch with sound and movement, and the stall is stuffed with additional animatronic aliens that unfortunately can’t be taken home.

Toydarian Toymaker

For kids young and old, the Toydarian Toymaker has plush dolls of legendary characters that look handcrafted from up-cycled scraps of fabric, metal AT-ATs assembled from spare parts, and other unconventional playthings. All toys are handmade by Zabaka the Toydarian, a flying creature much like Watto from The Phantom Menace.

Clothing and Accessories

For more typical T-shirts, hats, pins, and the like, you can either report to First Order Cargo, a spaceport hangar selling First Order-related clothing and gear as well as other Dark Side propaganda, or sign up at the makeshift Resistance Supply stall and show your support for the freedom fighters. Finally, Jewels of Bith has accessories and trinkets from across the Outer Rim.

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