If you are planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between May 31 and June 23, 2019, a reservation and theme park admission are required to enter the land at Disneyland. There will not be a standby line for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In this post, we cover the basics and FAQ about how to make a Star Wars Land timed entry reservation.
For starters, there is no additional cost to make a reservation, but reservations are subject to availability. We anticipate these being very limited and availability going quickly. “Star Wars Land” is currently trending on Twitter in Los Angeles, and all of the local Southern California news stations have had stories about how “today is the day.”
In other words, it’s safe to expect that pretty much every Annual Passholder in Orange and L.A. Counties will be logging on today, attempting to score these elusive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations. (Note that only Disneyland Resort in California is requiring reservations–what Walt Disney World will do for the land’s opening is unclear and has not yet been announced.) Now let’s cover how to make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations…
Beginning today (May 2, 2019) at 10 a.m. PT, you’ll want to login to your Disney account and visit the Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation page. Have the names of everyone who will be in your Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation party (up to six guests total per reservation).
All guests will be required to have valid theme park admission in addition to their Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation information and valid government issued photo ID. Guests under the age of 3 do not need a Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation. Only guests listed on the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation with proper ID will be admitted.
Upon check-in for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations, government IDs will be checked for all guests over 18 years old, and for the lead guest irrespective of age. The lead guest must be 14 years of age or older, or else the entire party will be unable to access the land.
Once you make a timed entry reservation for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, no changes or modifications will be allowed. Reservations are void if transferred or sold. (Which wouldn’t even be possible unless you find someone with the same name as you given the strict enforcement of the gov’t ID rule…) Unused reservations will be forfeited and not replaced.
Guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019 do not need to sign up for a reservation. They will automatically receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay via email.
During the reservation period, access to the experiences in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be subject to capacity. Beginning June 24, 2019, reservations will not be required for visits to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and access to Disneyland park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experiences will be subject to capacity.
That’s the official word from Disney’s page about reservations, but it still leaves some questions unanswered. Namely, how many reservations can each Disney account make? Is it one per day, or one for the entirety of May through June 23, 2019? Can guests with hotel reservations book additional entry times via the reservation page?
Will entry be validated by park tickets, and once guests have entered the land once, they are blocked from subsequent admission? Will Disneyland’s system and servers be able to handle the surge in traffic once reservations go live? (With regard to this last one, we wouldn’t expect smooth sailing–patience and persistence will pay off!)
Unfortunately, we don’t have any good answers to any of these questions and Disneyland has yet to answer them. We’ll know the answers to at least some of these questions once the reservation system goes live; we’ll update this post at that time.
For now, there are a few other questions we can try to answer–or at least steer you in the right direction…
If your dates are flexible and you’re not dead-set on being at Disneyland for opening day or weekend of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we’d encourage you to wait a week. Even though the land and park capacity are static, that first weekend is going to bring a surge of guests, many of whom are likely to be unaware of the reservation system.
All of those people put a strain on infrastructure: parking, bag-check, turnstiles, and are even likely to cause traffic congestion around Anaheim. Sitting out that opening weekend will result in fewer headaches just getting into Disneyland, so if you don’t care about being first–or simply cannot score one of those coveted time slots–at least there’s that upside.
Beyond that, we’d recommend visiting June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, or 23, 2019. These are dates when Deluxe Annual Passholders are blocked out of Disneyland, and that alone eliminates a large portion of locals who hold those Annual Passes. If you’re thinking about visiting after the reservations system, check out our 2019-2020 Disneyland Crowd Calendar for Post-Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
One final piece of strategy advice/speculation is that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is unlikely to open for any portion of this reservations period. As such, we would not recommend waiting until later in June in the hopes that you’ll time things perfectly and both rides will be open. Do not expect Rise of the Resistance to open this summer.
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 early to arrive to Disneyland to beat the crowds. It’s a good primer for this huge addition!
Are you planning on making Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations for Disneyland? Do you agree or disagree with our advice? Tips of your own to add? Any questions? 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!