It's a good day to be a Star Wars fan. Disney Parks has announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge–the Star Wars-themed land–at both Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. What's more, it's been revealed that both parks will open earlier than projected, though there's a big "but" when it comes with those early openings.
Galaxy's Edge, which is an immersive section of the park means to mimic the world of Star Wars, will open at Disneyland on May 31, with the Florida version of the attraction welcoming visitors on August 29. These openings will be what Disney is calling "Phase One" of the launch.
At that time, guests will be immersed in the planet Batuu, where they can interact with strange characters, shop and dine at interplanetary hot spots, and partake in a new ride called Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The ride allows visitors to take full control of the Millennium Falcon during a mission. Those on the motion simulator attraction will work together to operate the vessel, control the flightpath, and work the guns. Try not to crash it, will you?
One thing missing from the Phase One launch will arrive later in the year. The second ride featured in Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be included in the land's Phase Two, which has not been dated. According to a press release, that ride is "the most ambitious, immersive, and advanced attraction ever imagined, which will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality."
As Disney explains, the decision to open the land early and save Ride of the Resistance for later in 2019 is a move designed to allow guests to enjoy the Star Wars land as soon as possible. And the company is expecting a massive turnout for the opening days of the experience.
To make sure things stay orderly, ticket-holders will be required to make a no-cost reservation for Galaxy's Edge to gain admittance between May 31 and June 23. Reservation information and availability will be announced later, but guests staying at one of the Disneyland hotels will be assigned a time, guaranteeing they'll be able to experience Galaxy's Edge during its first month.
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