Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Day Survival Guide

The grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is quickly approaching. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will debut summer 2019 at Disneyland and late fall 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Concept Model

Opening days for new lands and attractions have proved to be insanely crowded in the past with wait times exceeding six hours. Therefore, we wanted to provide you with a few tips to help you survive opening day at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Get Ready for Insane Wait Times

With Disneyland expecting at least 200,000 guests on opening day, wait times  for the two attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, may be as much as 10 hours. But be prepared to wait in line BEFORE even entering the land. Just last year, Disney guests had to wait hours before entering the brand-new Toy Story Land, and we do not expect Galaxy’s Edge to be any different.

The waits won’t stop there because restaurants, merchandise shops, even the restrooms inside Galaxy’s Edge are expected to have unusually long waits. The volume of people expected alone will mean crowds EVERYWHERE.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Concept Art ©Disney

Arrive Early

At the opening of Toy Story Land, guests were surprised because Disney opened the land an hour early. Therefore, plan to arrive a few hours before the park opens so you can be near the front of the line. Hopefully, this will help you be one of the first to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Arriving early may reduce your wait times for food and attractions as well.

Have a Game Plan

What do you want to see, eat, and ride? If you know exactly what you want to do on opening day, it will help your experience run more smoothly. Click here to start preparing. 

Knowing the inside scoop on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will give you the upper hand on must-do’s and must-sees.

Oga’s Cantina Concept Art ©Disney

Snatch Up MaxPasses and FastPasses

Due to the massive crowds, it is expected that Disney will use MaxPasses as well as FASTPASSES. Currently, MaxPasses at Disneyland are a $15 per day add-on, but these prices may increase for the new land. Guests who can make use of these will have reduced waits and will more than likely be able to experience things outside of Galaxy’s Edge while waiting to ride the two new attractions. People who are able to get their hands on one of these will be given return times for the attractions they hope to ride. Therefore, they will be able to wait to ride without sitting in a long line. 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  In an announcement that was released just after this item posted, Disney issued the following statement:

“For your vacation planning purposes, please be aware that Disney FASTPASS service, including access via Disney MaxPass, (at Disneyland park) and Disney FastPass+ service (at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will not initially be offered at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. We will continually evaluate our operations and services in order to help provide a great guest experience.”

Be on the Lookout for Fun and Exciting Surprises

When Toy Story Land opened, Disney surprised guests with an opening ceremony where both Tim Allen, the voice of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear, and Bob Chapek made an appearance. Fingers crossed that a few familiar faces will be on hand on the opening day of Galaxy’s Edge as well.

Tim Allen and Bob Chapek at the opening of Toy Story Land

Sometimes new lands and attractions bring limited time merchandise that a very small number of people can get their hands on. So, be on the lookout for opening day pins, t-shirts and other merchandise. 

Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise

Save for a Possible Preview Day

If being one of the very first to see and experience all things Galaxy’s Edge is important to you and you are willing to pay major cash to do so, be on the lookout for a preview day. These preview days will likely be limited to Annual Passholders, D23 members, Disney Vacation Club members and Golden Oak residents. With this being said, preview days are still expected to come at a hefty price of about $500-$1,000 per ticket, plus you’ll have to make travel arrangements on fairly short notice. So save, save, save!

Are you planning on attending an opening day at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? If so, what are you excited to see and do? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Replies to “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Day Survival Guide”

  1. I can’t wait to explore the shops and build my own light saber. I’m staying st beach club on August 29th and hoping to just walk over. Is the parking closed to guest until a certain time?

  2. We are arriving September 2nd and staying in a Deluxe disney resort. Will there be any passes for us like they are doing at Disneyland?
    And how insane will it be the week after it opens. Will it make the other parks more crowded as well. We are taking our kids out of school to come during a slow week. Should we cancel?

  3. “200,000 guests and 10 hour waits.” There is no known survival guide for this. Please write your name and next of kin somewhere on your body in permanent marker for easy identification.