Walt Disney World has opened booking for Annual Passholder previews of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios. Previews will take place August 17-21, 2019. Passholders will be able to enjoy Batuu for 4 hours.
Unfortunately, these Annual Passholder previews filled up within only a few hours after opening, and the event dates are all now full. If you were able to register, you should have received an email with details and a confirmation. If you were not able to register, it’s now too late.
However, there’s some good news! If you were not eligible for these Annual Passholder previews or if you didn’t register in time, all hope is not lost. Soft openings are a very real possibility for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World…
In that post, we have predictions for dates soft openings could occur. We arrived at these via process of elimination–ruling out days of the Cast Member previews, Annual Passholder previews, Club 33 previews, and pre-opening media event. This leaves a multi-day window of time during which soft openings could occur. (Assuming, of course, that other previews of which we’re unaware are not scheduled.)
What follows is directions for registering for the AP preview of Galaxy’s Edge. Obviously, none of this is applicable now…
The good news is that this Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge preview is not a lottery. Reservations can be made by any Walt Disney World Platinum, Platinum Plus, or Premier Annual Passholders. You don’t need the email–all you need is the link, and fortunately, we have that!
To register for the FREE Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Annual Passholder Previews at Walt Disney World, do the following, IN THIS ORDER:
Note that this link is being temperamental right now. You may have to log-out of My Disney Experience, log back in, etc., in order to get it to work. If you’re on the Chewbacca “the wait is almost over” page (pictured above), try again–that Chewy page works, but this method is faster!
What you’ll want to see is a Woody, “please wait while we complete your request” page (see above), which almost immediately redirects to the registration page and time slots (see below screenshot).
Presumably, Walt Disney World IT is still making tweaks to the registration system, so don’t be surprised if this advice is outdated by the time you read it. For the benefit of everyone, please post in the comments if you have success registering and whether you received an email. Additionally, if you’re having trouble registering, please read others’ comments before asking any questions.
Note that there are three different registration options available for the Annual Passholder previews of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
This means you’ll have to choose at registration whether you want to do Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop in addition to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Here’s the text on those other options from DisneyWorld.com’s Annual Passholder page:
Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Passholders can experience one of 3 out-of-this-world adventures at the all-new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Explore the land, shops and more during exclusive Annual Passholder preview dates from August 17 to 21, 2019.
OPTION 1 – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction:
• Take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on the thrilling Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.
• Encounter strange creatures and alien languages as you turn around corners and through back alleys—and discover ancient antiquities from across the galaxy.
• Feast on galactic favorites and enjoy curious concoctions for purchase at exotic Batuu dining locations.
• Find the perfect gear fit for galactic adventure available for purchase at the Black Spire Outpost Shops.
OPTION 2 – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run + Oga’s Cantina*
Travelers of all ages can cool off with unique libations available for purchase.
OPTION 3 – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run + Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers**
Build your very own lightsaber for $199.99, plus tax. Payment is due upon arrival. This entitles a lightsaber builder plus one spectator entrance to Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers.
Event capacity is limited for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Annual Passholder preview days at Walt Disney World. Please note the number of reservations for this event is limited and subject to availability. There is no additional charge for this in-park preview with valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios…which you obviously have if you’re in one of the Annual Passholder tiers above.
Some additional “rules” for these AP previews of Star Wars Land at Walt Disney World:
Advance registration required. Eligible activated Annual Pass is required to register.
Reservations for Annual Passholder previews are only available to Platinum, Platinum Plus, and Premier Annual Passholders.
Reservations are limited. Limit one reservation per Annual Passholder.
Reservations are nontransferable and may not be sold or bartered.
No modifications to reservations.
If an Annual Passholder would like to register a guest to accompany them, that guest must also be a Platinum, Platinum Plus, or Premier Passholder, be listed on your Family & Friends list in My Disney Experience, and have opted to share “All My Plans” with you.
As a reminder, during the Annual Passholder previews, the following experiences will be open:
If you’re planning on visiting the new land, you’ll also want to read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Guide. This covers a range of topics from basics about the land and its location, to strategically choosing a hotel for your stay, recommended strategy for the land, and how to beat the crowds. It’s a good primer for this huge addition. As for planning the rest of your trip, we have a thorough Walt Disney World Planning Guide.
Were you able to register for the Annual Passholder previews of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World? What was your method of success (or failure)? If you have any questions, please read the stories of others and try to troubleshoot on your own before asking! Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!