Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and at Disneyland! This guide details what we know, with tips for visiting, avoiding crowds, and info about Star Wars Land in both California and Hollywood Studios. (Updated December 8, 2019.)
Now that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is open at Walt Disney World and Galaxy’s Edge has been operating for several months at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we have the final (pretty much) details of everything you need to know before blasting off to Batuu.
We’ve spent considerable time in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on both coasts, and absolutely love the land that we’ve dubbed “Space Morocco.” Thanks to our extensive experiences doing literally everything in Star Wars Land, we’re able to offer tips, info, crowd advice, and way more than you’ll need to know in this ultimate guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge…
Reactions to the land itself have not been as unanimously positive. Regardless of what we or others think, you’ll want to experience it yourself and form your own opinion. If you are interested in what we think of the land, check out our “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Review: A Land Like No Other,” which is our mostly spoiler-free review. We’ve followed that post up with several other first-hand reports from the land.
If you want a deeper dive into all things Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, continue reading…
Star Wars Land Info
Officially known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this new land is the largest settlement on the planet Batuu, set in the remote village of Black Spire Outpost, which is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space.
Got all of that? Of course not. Everyone is just calling it Star Wars Land, just as Wizarding World of Harry Potter is simply “Harry Potter Land” or Pandora – World of Avatar is called “Avatar Land” by most guests. This is all mildly amusing, as I remember it being a small controversy that Cars Land would defy Disney naming conventions by not being Carsland.
Back in my day, Disney theme park lands and attractions used clear and concise names, and avoided convoluted syntax that served no discernible purpose and would be ignored by most of the general public. But I digress.
Here are quick descriptions of the major attractions, dining, and shopping in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so you’ll know what we’re talking about as we continue this Star Wars Land Guide.
While there are “only” two attractions in Star Wars Land, these are two blockbuster rides. Both of them are among the most ambitious and expensive that Imagineering has ever created, and will leave a lasting impression.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – An interactive motion simulator attraction where 6 guests are grouped together, given roles, and put in control of the Millennium Falcon. This collaborative ride promises to be somewhat skill-based, with your team’s performance reflected in the attraction itself and the appearance of the ship as you exit. Think Mission: Space meets Star Tours meets Toy Story Mania–all on steroids. Read our Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run Review for more feedback on the attraction.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – A lengthy hybrid walk-through and trackless dark ride with a mixed media presentation including projections, Audio Animatronics, and a variety of physical effects. The attraction puts guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order (including Stormtroopers) and the Resistance, and feature an eight-seat ride vehicle known as a First Order Fleet Transport. This is the flagship attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and is one of Imagineering’s best ever. Read more in our spoiler-free Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Ride Review for more feedback.
In terms of dining, the options in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are surprisingly limited, with only a bar, counter service restaurant, and snack stalls. There is no table service restaurant, although that might be added later. Right now, the Lucasfilm Story Group and Imagineering are zealously guarding the thematic integrity of Star Wars, both inside and outside the land.
As might be evident from our Shanghai Disneyland Serves Pepsi article, we are oddly fascinated with soda sponsorships in the Disney Parks. This is a big-money partnership for Disney, but selling only (more expensive) novelty drinks would’ve also been a boon to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Ronto Roasters – This exotic meat stall serves the glorious Ronto Wrap (breakfast version pictured above). Former smelter droid 8D-J8 is cook, using a recycled pod-racing engine to roast meats at this dining stand.
Milk Stand – This small drink stall serves frosty confections, including blue milk and green milk. The vendors at this quirky stall offer travelers an invigorating, refreshing drink that’s a favorite among the locals. Expect a signature snack or two in addition to the green and blue milk.
Kat Saka’s Kettle – Serving specialty popcorn known as Outpost Mix, this small food stall is run by grain merchant Kat Saka, and is unlikely to serve much else besides popcorn and bottled drinks.
Black Spire Outpost has number of small vendors in a street markets, inspired by those in Marrakesh, Morocco. These intimate shops are part retail and part show, with a variety of props and colorful backstory, with a proprietor from the Star Wars universe running each.
In addition to the shops listed below, a variety of stores outside the land, including those in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland carry off-planet and limited edition Star Wars merchandise.
Creature Stall – This exotic shop offers a glimpse into cages and crates filled with hard-to-find species from across the galaxy. Bina, the stall’s proprieter, scours star systems to keep this storefront stocked with unique companions for her customers, including porgs, tauntauns, rathtars, and more.
Black Spire Outfitters – This local apparel shop features an eclectic selection of stylish, functional clothing suitable for a variety of occasions and worlds.
First Order Cargo – The First Order has recently arrived in Black Spire Outpost at Docking Bay 9, where they’ve set up a temporary post next to their shuttle to win the hearts and minds of the locals…and to sell gear to those who want to show support for the First Order.
Resistance Supply – Rendezvous with Resistance allies in a forested area near the ancient ruins. Here, members of the Resistance have set up a secret makeshift post where guests can join the cause to defeat the First Order…and buy Resistance merchandise to show their support.
The Jewels of Bith – Accessories, trinkets, and other treasures are sold in this street stall.
Toydarian Toymaker – This humble, jumbled shop contains all manner of artisanal playthings and collectibles handmade by the busy toymaker, Zabaka the Toydarian. Her fantastical storefront is cluttered with crates of toymaking supplies and other unique works in progress.
Star Wars Land is located in the back of the parks at both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The lands are nearly identical on each coast, with only minor differences in layout and orientation. Substantively, the lands are 100% the same, and cosmetically, they are 99% the same. As such, the specifics about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge apply equally to both versions.
Now that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is open at Walt Disney World, crowds in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of the land have picked up considerably. The same attraction is not yet open at Disneyland, but the same is occurring there (albeit to a lesser extent) thanks to the busy Christmas season.
If you’re planning on visiting Walt Disney World sometime before 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and would like to do this new attraction, you need to read our Virtual Queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Tips & Info post. We cannot stress this enough: showing up at the scheduled opening time of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will not get you onto Rise of the Resistance!
In terms of strategy and touring info applicable to both coasts, neither attraction will offer FastPass, MaxPass, or FastPass+ at first. Also on both coasts, it’s not necessary to rope drop Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Get a virtual queue spot for Rise of the Resistance as soon as you enter DHS, but there’s no need to physically enter the land right away.
If you do opt for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at rope drop, we’d suggest starting at Oga’s Cantina if you’re interested in experiencing that themed bar, or Savi’s Workshop if you want to purchase a Handbuilt Lightsaber. (Both Oga’s and Savi’s also accept reservations, and getting those is definitely the preferred route to go.)
However, it is not necessary to prioritize Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This attraction has a healthy hourly capacity of 1,800 to 2,000 guests. This is far higher than many other attractions in both parks, and between hourly capacity and the reality that many guests are racing to the Millennium Falcon because it’s the hot new thing, waits for this ride usually peak in the early morning hours.
For now, that’s really about it. Strategy-wise, the difficult task is acquiring a boarding pass for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. (Right now, that system is only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios–it’s unclear whether Disneyland will use the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance when it opens there in January 2020.) However, once you have that boarding pass, it’s pretty easy to slot Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge into your normal itinerary.
We’ll continue visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge throughout the rest of December at Walt Disney World (and in January 2020 at Disneyland) to monitor the situation with crowds, and how strategy changes and continues to evolve with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. We will continue to update the tips in this guide with info and analysis that we observe while inside Star Wars Land. It’s going to be a wild ride, but with smart planning, Galaxy’s Edge is a satisfying experience that was worth the wait.
What are your thoughts, tips, strategy, etc. for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Will you be visiting in the first few weeks or months that Star Wars Land is open? Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Any questions? We love hearing from readers, so please share any other thoughts or questions you have in the comments below!