8 Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Details to Know Before You Go

8 Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Details to Know Before You Go

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge has opened at Disneyland, and guests are invited to step into the Star Wars universe for the very first time and live their own Star Wars adventures. We were there the first full week of operation, and are bringing you in-depth coverage to this site. In the mean time, visit our site for the most comprehensive guide to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and in particular, make sure you pay attention to the following 8 details:

1. Reservations are required to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland between May 31 and June 23. If visiting during this time, valid theme park admission and a reservation are needed to enter the new land at Disneyland park. If you have a reservation, you may check in at Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland up to 2 hours prior to your reservation start time, and go to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge entrance as directed when your reservation begins. When you check in, please bring your reservation confirmation (including QR code), government-issued ID and all members of your party listed on the reservation. At this time, general reservations are no longer available on Disneyland.com

Star Wars Launch Bay at Disneyland. Guests can get their band up to two hours prior here before entering Batuu. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

2. You can still get a reservation to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel between May 31 and June 23*.  Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels between May 31 and June 23 will receive a designated reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest; valid theme park admission required). Hotel guests will be notified of their reservation date and time with their registration confirmation. You may book a stay at Disneyland.com/Hotels or call (714) 520-5060. If the hotel reservation is cancelled, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation will be cancelled.

This is somewhat astonishing that with only 3 hotels, there is still room. But that gives you an opportunity to stay there. Pricier options than Walt Disney World, but I feel they have some great resort experiences in and of themselves.

3. No standby line will be available to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between May 31 and June 23. Only guests with reservations will be able to access the land during this time. And when I visited, there were no standby lines forming or being catered to.

This will pretty much be a dead end for you if you don’t have a reservation. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

4. Reservations will no longer be required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after June 23. As needed, to manage demand, Disneyland Resort will implement a virtual queueing system to visit the new land so you can enjoy the rest of the resort while waiting to visit Batuu. The Disneyland app will have a dedicated module, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Status and Access, available from the main page, on which you can request to join a boarding group to visit the land, once you have entered the park. Boarding groups will be sent a push notification when it is their turn to enter the land and they can monitor status of boarding groups from the app. There will also be the ability to join a boarding group from select locations inside Disneyland park, if you are not using the app. The boarding group is tied to admission media that will be scanned upon entry into the land. Signage throughout the park will also display boarding group status. Admission into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be subject to capacity, and having an assigned boarding group will not guarantee entrance to the land.

I look forward to how this works, and whether it can effectively be imitated at Walt Disney World.

5. The current Disneyland Resort costume policy will be in effect in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Costumes may not be worn by guests 14 years of age or older. Appropriate Disney bounding – dressing in outfits inspired by favorite characters – is permitted.

We cover this in detail in our complete guide. The good news is that there are outfits you can purchase inside Batuu. But there are limits on what you can wear when you are moving in and around the park.

Clothing merchandise available for purchase while visiting the park.

6. Download the official Disneyland mobile app to plan ahead and make the most of your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Disneyland app allows you to check the attraction wait time, locate character encounters and even utilize the mobile ordering feature at select dining locations when you are in the new land.

If you haven’t visited Disneyland before, know that the MaxPass feature (an additional cost) saves you considerable time and effort trying to hunt FastPasses down during the day by using the Disneyland mobile app. Plus they have mobile ordering (even in Batuu). I use the Disneyland mobile app more at Disneyland than I use the Walt Disney World one when I’m home there.

7. Prepare for your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by downloading the Play Disney Parks mobile app in advance of your arrival. The Play Disney Parks app allows you to deepen your engagement with the land and interact with the world around you on the planet Batuu. Should you choose to engage through the app, you will be able to interact with droids, translate Aurebesh, scan cargo crates and other containers to collect virtual items, and more.

This app looks not only promising, but quite fun.

8. What About Disney’s Hollywood Studios? We are keeping a close look on this and will give you more details as we know more. Know that it appears that the attractions will not be part of FastPass+ when the park first opens.

Again, be sure to keep an eye on this site in the days to come as we provide ongoing coverage. Also, know that the Complete Guide to Galaxy’s Edge is being updated as we know more information. The interactive guide is the most comprehensive in the galaxy. Plus there are over a hundred images and videos. You will definitely want to check this out!

Until you visit, may the Force be with you, as you prepare to visit Batuu in the days, weeks and months to come.

Logo to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A Complete Guide.

J. Jeff Kober

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