Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Details: Time Limit Enforcement and Strategies to Maximize Your Visit to the New Land

Disneyland‘s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31. Between opening day and June 23, 2019, a no-cost reservation and park ticket are required to enter the land. The reservations are for a four-hour time period. A recent article in the OC Register has shed light on how the four-hour time period will be enforced, and if it is long enough to enjoy the land.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Concept Art ©Disney

Like some holiday parties and other hard ticket events, guests with reservations will be issued  a color-coded wristband that matches up to their four-hour reservation period.

Newly admitted guests will mix in with those already in the land. This is the same as day-guests and special event guests both being in the park at the same time prior to the event start time.

Special Event Wristband

When a color-coded band has “expired” cast members will turn guests away from entering attractions, restaurants and lounges, or experiential shops (such as Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot).

Disneyland vice president Kris Theiler told the OC Register “At a certain point, if we have to, then we’ll start to ask them to leave the land.”

Inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Disney guests will take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy. ©Disney

The other big question has been: Can you really wait in line for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction, eat or drink, explore, and shop in the land all in four hours? Or will you have to choose one or two activities to do during what has been perceived by some as a short reservation time period?

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will let Disney guests explore memorable areas of the fastest ship in the galaxy before taking the controls in one of three unique and critical roles. ©Disney

“Four hours is a long time in the land,” Theiler told the OC Register. “Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.” Disney’s goal is to keep the land under capacity during the reservation period, and maintain a two-hour or less wait time for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Theiler did offer one piece of strategy advice for those visiting during the reservation period. The line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will undoubtedly be longer than the two-hour goal if every guest heads straight for that ride first. Disney will work to spread visitors around the land during the reservation period and try to encourage guests to postpone lining up for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run until the second or third hour of their visit, when wait times should be less.

Millennium Falcon is in place at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland ©Disney

“We want to try and make sure that people aren’t spending the whole time standing in the queue,” Theiler stated. However, they do not want visitors waiting until the last minute of their reservation window to get in line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Accommodations will be made if the attraction should experience any downtime.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ©Disney

“It will be an awesome time to visit the land,” Theiler told the OC Register. “We want each group to feel like they had an awesome experience.”

Disney will be using its upcoming cast previews to see how guests behave in the land and make any needed adjustments before the May 31 opening of Star: Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to the general public.

Do you have a reservation for Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Let us know your Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge strategy in the comments!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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