Disney has been teasing with otherworldly renderings, trailers for action-packed new rides and descriptions of themed experiences since announcing the land in 2015
May the force be with you on your next vacation.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which was first announced in 2015, and which Disney has been teasing with otherworldly renderings, trailers for action-packed new rides and descriptions of themed experiences ever since, finally has an opening day: Aspiring Jedis can feel the force for themselves at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on May 31 and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on August 29.
On opening day, visitors will be able to get behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles, as they experience “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.”
However, fans will have to wait until later in the year to experience the land’s second main attraction, called “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance,” which will bring guests through a virtual battle between the Resistance and the First Order, including an epic face-off with Kylo Ren.
According to a press release, Disney “made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-king experience that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.”
Those planning to visit Disneyland during May. 31-June. 23 will need to make reservations — which are free, but subject to availability — in order to be able to access the land, according to the press release. Additionally, guests staying at any of Disneyland’s three hotels during these dates will receive one reservation per guest to access Galaxy’s Edge.
At this time, reservations are not expected to be needed for guests planning on visiting the land at Disney World in Orlando.
In order to access the attraction in Disneyland, all visitors will be required to purchase admission to the theme park, while in Florida, guests will need to purchase a ticket to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The land will bring a whole new planet to life for fans. Batuu, an Earth-like destination on the — you guessed it — galaxy’s edge, filled with giant stone formations that look like petrified tree stumps up to 135 feet tall. According to Disney’s lore, the planet was once on a major trade route, but the use of lightspeed travel has rendered it largely irrelevant, and it has fallen into the hands of smugglers and other sketchy figures.
Galaxy’s Edge will also feature original songs created specially for the new land by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. At D23’s Destination D event, Disney Parks Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared a preview of the new music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
There will also be some one-of-a-kind entertainment.
“We have amazing shows that bring the characters to life,” J. Michael Roddy, Walt Disney World’s Creative Entertainment Show Director, previously said of the “Path of the Jedi” show, which takes viewers through the entire saga, complete with footage from the films and a few special appearances by some familiar faces (hello BB-8!).
The opening of Galaxy’s Edge will mark the largest single-themed land expansion ever at a Disney park, spanning 14-acres at each of the U.S. locations.
If you can’t wait until May or August to experience a galaxy far, far away, Disney already offers some Star Wars–themed experiences. At Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, guests can partake in Jedi training at “the March of the First Order,” and meet and greet beloved characters from the films.