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The Ultimate Guide to the Grand Opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will have its grand opening in just a few days on May 31st at Disneyland Park, and many are predicting that it is going to be the biggest new land opening ever at a Disney park, anywhere in the world. No matter whether you are visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on opening day or are waiting for crowds to die down, here is your ultimate guide to this new land!

The Story

Millennium Falcon attraction concept art

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Though Disney created its first truly immersive land with Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney is taking things even farther, with guests becoming a part of their own Star Wars story, which takes place at the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. 

As a bustling spaceport, Batuu will be no stranger to busy streets and huge groups of tourists, and guests will find themselves caught smack in the middle of the war between The First Order and The Resistance to claim this unique outpost. Every element of the land’s design has been finely tuned to contribute to this and make it feel as immersive as possible. 

And though this land will undoubtedly be crowded, Disney is leveraging the power of their Play Disney Parks app to give guests a way to shape their own narrative, allowing them to use their smartphones to discover interactive features, hidden secrets, and even join up with the Resistance or the First Order. 

Getting in

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Beginning on opening day (May 31st) and lasting through June 23rd, guests at Disneyland who want to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will need a reservation. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule, and no one will be admitted without a return time. Guests who do secure a reservation will also only have a 4-hour window in which experience everything they can inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, after which they will need to leave to make way for other guests. 

After almost a month, beginning on June 24th, guests will no longer need to have a reservation to enter Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. However, that doesn't mean guests will be able to flood this land immediately. Starting from this date forward visitors will need to secure a “boarding pass” that can either be reserved digitally via the Disneyland app or at a paper boarding pass kiosk to get into the new land. 

Millennium Falcon flies over the Black Spire Outpost

Image: Disney

Once they know their return time, guests will have two hours to show up for their boarding pass window, but the good news here is that once your party is  inside, there will be no time limits, like with the aforementioned reservation times. However, though guests can spend as much time as they'd like inside this new land, once they exit, they may not reenter, and guests cannot secure more than one boarding pass in a single day. 

And though boarding passes will almost certainly be needed for almost all guests visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland this summer, during certain specific times, boarding passes will not be required to enter the land, such as in the very early morning when the park first opens, as well as late at night, when crowds are thinner. However, as soon as crowds get heavy, Disneyland will shut down free access to the land, and only those with boarding passes may enter. 

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