When Does ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Open at Disneyland?

May the fourth be with you. Punny Star Wars fans have turned May 4 into a day to celebrate all things having to do with the beloved sci-fi films. The holiday has even been officially recognized by the state of California. The state legislature adopted the resolution in order to mark the opening of ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at Disneyland.

‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ opens May 31 at Disneyland

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A model of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge seen in 2017 | Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images

May 4 may be Star Wars day, but fans won’t be able to get into the highly anticipated new Star Wars attraction at Disneyland just yet. The new area — which Disney has spent an estimated $1 billion to build — is the largest expansion ever in the park’s history. It opens on May 31.

Galaxy’s Edge aims to transport visitors to “a galaxy far, far away.” Specifically, you’ll be headed to the planet of Batuu, which has never been seen on film. Attractions include the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, where visitors can fly the Millennium Falcon on a “thrilling interactive smuggling mission.” A second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, won’t open until later this year, but Disney promises that it is “the most ambitious, immersive, and advanced attraction every imagined,” with visitors placed in the middle of a massive battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

You’ll also be able to build your own droid at Droid Depot, load up on Star Wars souvenirs at First Order Cargo, and even customize your own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop. If you’re hungry or thirsty, you can also sidle up to the bar at Oga’s Cantina or grab a bite to eat at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Rare Star Wars items will be on sale at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, while Resistance Supply will sell Resistance pins, badges, and hats.

Reservations for the first month are already completely booked

Galaxy’s Edge will undoubtedly be the most popular thing to see at Disney this summer. Anticipating huge crowds, the park decided that anyone who wanted to visit the new area between May 31 and June 23 would need a reservation. When reservations opened on May 2, they were booked in just a couple of hours.

But all is not lost if you’re determined to see Galaxy’s Edge in the weeks after it opens. You can still snag a reservation if you book a stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel. Availability is limited and rooms are expensive — expect to pay several hundred dollars a night. However, if you’re determined to get in, it might be worth it.

Otherwise, you can just wait until after June 23. At that point, Galaxy’s Edge will be open to all park visitors. However, the area will still be subject to capacity restrictions, so that could mean waits on busy days.

What about Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World?

Star Wars fans on the east coast won’t have to travel all the way to California to experience Galaxy’s Edge. Disney will also open a Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World on August 29. Unlike at Disneyland, you won’t need a reservation to visit. Otherwise, the area will be very similar to the one at Disneyland. Eventually, Disney plans to unveil a Star Wars hotel in Orlando, but no date had been announced for that opening.  

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