Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Guide to Star Wars Land

In this post, we’re going to give you the most important information to know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, also known as “Star Wars Land”—the new themed land open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.

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Honestly, the debut of Galaxy’s Edge has been such a big event that there are millions of pieces of content on the internet about it. We’re not going to embed every video or link to every post here.

What we are going to do is provide you with the details you need to know in preparing for a potential visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort.

Other Galaxy’s Edge Content

We’ve covered other aspects of Galaxy’s Edge—like touring strategies and visit reports—in other posts. Scroll through the below galleries for more content from both coasts. (This post may appear in both listings.)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Hollywood Studios (Disney World)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland

Star Wars Land Basics

We’re going to start with the very basics about the new land.

What is the proper name of Star Wars Land?

The real name of the land is “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.” In general, we’re big sticklers for using the proper name of things (it’s “Cinderella Castle,” not “Cinderella’s Castle”). But here’s the thing—most people who want to learn about the land only know it as “Star Wars Land” at this point.

So to make this post as accessible as possible while also transitioning people to the proper name, we’re going to go with the “common” name of “Star Wars Land” in the headers and “Galaxy’s Edge” otherwise. These names are interchangeable for the purpose of this post.

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Also, we want to add that the land is “set” in the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. This multi-level naming is similar to the names found in Animal Kingdom, where, for example, the land Pandora—The World of Avatar is set in the Valley of Mo’ara on the moon Pandora.

Where is Star Wars Land?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a land at Disneyland park in California and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park in Florida. Some major media outlets continue to misreport the land as a “theme park”—setting readers up for disappointment.

While this will be one of the most impressive theme park lands ever, it is not an entire theme park. As a land, your park tickets for Disneyland or Hollywood Studios are enough to get you entry.

At Disneyland, the land is in the northwest corner of the park, with three entrances—two between Frontierland and Fantasyland and one next to Hungry Bear in Critter Country.

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At Walt Disney World (above), the land is positioned between Toy Story Land and Grand Avenue (where Muppet Vision 3D is).

During busy periods, the lands use only one gateway as an entrance. In California, this is the entrance from Critter Country; in Florida, it is the Grand Avenue entrance.

What Does Star Wars Land Contain?

We cover these spots in more detail later. For now, we’ll say Galaxy’s Edge contains one ride (soon to be two), multiple stores, a quick service restaurant, some snack stands, a bar (yes, even in Disneyland), characters, and a lot of elements to interact with via the Play Disney app.

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What About Original Trilogy Characters/Things?

This has been a point of confusion that many of us writing about theme parks didn’t expect. The land is “set” between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. So if you’re wondering “why can’t I meet Luke?” it’s because Luke is dead.

Lots of people have asked why Disney didn’t go with an established place, like Tatooine. First, as smart people have pointed out, Tatooine would be an awful place to spend a day. Second, creating their own location allows Disney to craft their own story in the place, rather than be constrained by decades of canon/semi-canon.

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Theme parks, particularly modern theme parks, are pieces of art meant to tell a story. You wouldn’t pick a piece of Star Wars fan fiction set between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker and ask “Why didn’t you make this set on Tatooine? And why don’t you have Darth Maul pop into the cantina?”

When will Star Wars Land open?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened to all guests on June 24, 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019. We will cover more details on opening at each resort below! For now, we’re going to get more into the exact contents of the land.

Star Wars Land — Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World

While there are small differences between the two lands, for the purposes of planning a visit they don’t really vary. There are changes in coloring, for example, and a few structures have been rearranged. The basic layout of the land, most of the merchandise, and the major contents (stores, rides, restaurants) are the same.

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Maybe the most significant difference between the two lands is that because Hollywood Studios allows consumption of alcohol throughout the park, alcoholic beverages are available at some snack stands and in the quick service restaurant. In Disneyland, alcohol can only be consumed inside Oga’s Cantina.

Star Wars Land Rides

Star Wars Land has one ride and launch, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, with another coming later—Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. That ride will open on December 5 in Florida and January 17 in California.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is an interactive motion simulator ride where a group of six guests are put in control of the famed Millennium Falcon spaceship.

The team of six is broken into two pilots (who steer laterally and vertically), two gunners (who hit buttons to fire guns), and two engineers (who hit buttons to repair the ship). The visuals on the ride are beautiful, but you might find yourself a bit too distracted by your job to really appreciate them.

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Some people say pilot is the best job. It’s the most challenging, has the best view, and is entirely forward facing. Honestly, we don’t mind being engineers (we’ve also been pilots), as you have a good view of all the action and your job is really easy.

What we’re looking most forward to—and what we haven’t experienced yet—is how Disney is pitching the ride experience to impact the rest of your day.

Details on this are spotty (to the point where at this time we’re not sure whether it’ll ever happen), but the thinking is that how you perform in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will eventually impact how other elements of the land—like Cast Members and Characters—interact with you.

So someone whose team fails the mission might get cheeky commentary from a bartender. Or a team of skilled smugglers might have an unpleasant run-in with law enforcement.

This is the ride that opened with both lands on opening day. Notably, the land is not a part of FASTPASS at Disneyland or FastPass+ at Walt Disney World. It does have single rider, and in our experience waits for single rider are about 30% the standby wait, but obviously this varies. Single riders will almost always be assigned the engineer role.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

While Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run has a lot going for it—nostalgia, the interactive element, and opening first—it’s the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride that is anticipated to be the gem of the land. The ride is said to put guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Honestly, what little we know about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance indicates it will be stunning in terms of size and depth. At its heart, this is a trackless dark ride. If I wanted to really undersell what we’re expecting, I’d say it sounds like a trackless version of DINOSAUR or Indiana Jones Adventure. The size really is captured in some of the existing concept art:

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on December 5 in Walt Disney World and January 17 in Disneyland.

Star Wars Land Characters

Galaxy’s Edge has a few characters in the land (based on our experiences at Disneyland). Before we get into them specifically, here’s a map from Disneyland where the red circle (on the right side) is the First Order-controlled area and the blue path (left side) is the Resistance area.

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In Walt Disney World we saw mostly the same routes, but the Resistance characters seemed to go all the way through the market (the covered portion right at the end of the blue line) and to the Millennium Falcon.

Here’s the characters and where you’ll find them:

  • Rey (Resistance area, intermittently)

  • Chewbacca (Resistance area, intermittently)

  • Kylo Ren (First Order area, intermittently)

  • First Order Guy (I don’t know his actual rank) (First Order area, intermittently)

  • Stormtroopers (First Order area, pretty much always)

  • Vi Moradi (First Order area, intermittently, usually sneaking around carefully)

Rey and Chewbacca are based in the Resistance-controlled area and spend most of their time near the ships over there. They’re usually available for candid photos when they’re out.

The Stormtroopers roam both paths between First Order Cargo and the Market. Sometimes they’ll stop for photos, but you’ll usually plan to just catch a candid moment with them.

Kylo Ren and First Order Guy appear for a show at the TIE Echelon (outside First Order Cargo) every hour or so, where Kylo Ren berates him for not capturing the spy (presumably Vi Moradi). First Order Guy then hangs out in that courtyard, while Kylo Ren and two Stormtroopers make their way to the area by Droid Depot and Savi’s Workshop.

Vi Moradi is a Resistance spy, so she sneaks around the First Order-controlled area all day. She doesn’t usually stop for posed pictures, but she moves slowly and chats with people, giving you plenty of opportunity for a candid shot.

Star Wars Land Drinking—Oga’s Cantina

Oga’s Cantina is the bar at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney describes it as “the local cantina, where bounty hunters, smugglers, rogue traders, and weary travelers of all ages come together to refuel, enjoy music, and conduct meetings.” It serves non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, even in Disneyland (though you can only drink inside the cantina there).

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Oga’s is one of the land’s most popular offerings. Entertainment is provided by DJ R-3X, a droid similar to (or identical, I don’t really know the story here) the RX-24 that piloted the original Star Tours attraction.

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The drinks are pretty standard Disney cocktail fare—instagrammable and not very strong. Our most detailed discussion of Oga’s is found in a recent Disney World trip report, where we comment that we don’t really think alcohol is worth the price.

As of this update, you’re limited to 45 minutes and a maximum two beverages inside Oga’s. Reservations are available and recommended, but both coasts have been known to take walk-ups when crowds are low. Here are the links (to make reservations):

Like all of Galaxy’s Edge, Oga’s Cantina is expected to be an interactive space, an element that hasn’t been fully borne out in the early days of the land. Staff may comment on your performance at Smugglers Run, or bounty hunters may come looking for you. How well Disney executes on this concept remains to be seen, but we’re excited to see it play out.

Star Wars Land Dining

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has four dining options—three snack stands and a quick service restaurant.

Ronto Roasters

Ronto Roasters specializes in a roasted pork and sausage wrap. The real highlight of this spot, though, is just the area around the stand itself. There’s a gigantic roaster—about as big as the counter itself—operated by a droid.

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Ronto Roasters is at one end of the market. The roaster is difficult to miss in the land. We highly recommend taking a quick minute to enjoy the droid operating the roaster. The entire area is beautifully detailed.

Kat Saka’s Kettle

Kat Saka’s Kettle is a snack stand selling a popcorn snack (including collectible bucket). It is located in the market area of the land just next to Ronto Roasters.

Milk Stand

Milk Stand serves blue and green milk, including alcoholic options in Hollywood Studios. These are blended coconut milk concoctions. Milk Stand is across from First Order Cargo. We don’t think the milks are worth their price tag, but we also think it’s probably worth your group at least getting one to try.

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Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the main restaurant at Galaxy’s Edge. It is quick service style (order at a register, grab food, find a seat), though the Disney World website currently indicates it doesn’t participate in the Disney Dining Plans, but I’m fairly certain this is outdated information.

One highlight was/is these cool sporks. Because so many were stolen in the opening days, it’s not clear whether these will continue to be a feature of the restaurant. [Update: Sports are available in Walt Disney World’s land.]

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We were very happy with the vegetarian options (admittedly we slightly prefer Satuli Canteen). We rank the restaurant as the best Hollywood Studios quick service restaurant. You can view the menus here:

Star Wars Land Merchandise

There are a total of nine merchandisers in Galaxy’s Edge. There is also Galaxy’s Edge merchandise available outside the land.

Merchandise Outside Galaxy’s Edge

While there is some overlap, most Star Wars merchandise at Disney parks—including Galaxy’s Edge merchandise—can be broken into two categories. “In-universe items” that would make sense for someone living on Batuu to buy/sell are found inside of Galaxy’s Edge.

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“Branded” items that scream “Star Wars” or “Galaxy’s Edge” that don’t fit thematically inside the land (like the above shirts) can be found in other stores in the parks, outside Galaxy’s Edge (particularly in launch bay and Tomorrowland).

[Update: This division is now iffy, with many in-world items being available outside the land in Hollywood Studios]

Custom Merchandise at Galaxy’s Edge [Reservations Recommended]

At Droid Depot, you’ll be able to design your own droid. Droid Depot is also a store for droid related gear. Reservations are recommended, though Droid Depot has the best walk-up availability of the reservable activities in Galaxy’s Edge.

Here’s the Disneyland Droid Depot page (reserve up to 14 days in advance); here’s the Walt Disney World Droid Depot page (reserve up to 180 days in advance).

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I was skeptical about how this would work coming into the land, and I was mostly right. My chief concern was that it wouldn’t be feasible to have these things rolling around on the ground, and in fact Disney prohibited this.

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While they don’t seem to mind it for short times in controlled setting (Chewbacca hosted a droid race one night, for example) you’ll be carrying your (or your kid’s) droid most of the time it’s with you. Droids cost $99.99 + tax.

Even if you’re not building your own droid, Droid Depot is worth a visit for its other merchandise. Droid Depot is located on the south end of the land, near the eastern corner, next to Savi’s Workshop.

Savi’s Workshop is the custom lightsaber experience. Unlike Droid Depot, where you basically assemble your custom droid on an assembly line, Savi’s is more of an experience and is in fact referred to as a “ceremony.” Here’s the Disney Tourist Blog review of the experience.

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Here’s the Disneyland Savi’s Workshop page (reserve up to 14 days in advance); here’s the Walt Disney World Savi’s Workshop page (reserve up to 180 days in advance). Lightsabers cost $199.99 + tax. Savi’s is located between Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and Droid Depot.

Merchandise at Galaxy’s Edge - The Market

The Market (or “marketplace”) is a semi-covered market in Galaxy’s Edge. It is reminiscent of markets of the Middle East and North Africa. The four shops in the Market are all small stalls with varying amount of walk-in space.

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Black Spire Outfitters mostly sells robes and local-style clothes. When we previously wrote about it we highlighted that getting into character was expected to be a part of the land.

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Of course, not much has been made about Disney enforcing their costume policy in the land. There’s really no sensible consistency to the rules, but they seem to be costumes and robes aren’t okay, everything else is okay.

Toydarian Toymaker sells toys and small novelty items. It might actually be our favorite store in the Market, as it offers some cool things like a music box, sabacc deck, and puzzle cube.

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Creature Stall sells stuffed and toy creatures.

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Jewels of Bith focuses on “Black Spire Outpost” merchandise, including pins.

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Merchandise at Galaxy’s Edge - Outside The Market

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is where you’ll find “dark side” and “light side” or Sith / Jedi collectibles. There are things like Kyber Crystals, busts of important people (e.g. Luke, Yoda, Palpatine, Darth Maul), small statues, and similar items. They also sell lightsaber parts.

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Resistance Supply is an outdoor merchandise stand at the Resistance (west) end of the land. You’ll find clothes, water bottles, and other gear branded with Resistance insignia.

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First Order Cargo is the First Order counterpart to Resistance Supply. Located on the east end of the land just next to Kylo Ren’s TIE Echelon, this is where you’ll find clothes and merchandise branded with First Order insignia.

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The idea is that if you purchase Resistance Gear or First Order gear, cast and characters may treat you differently. When Emily walked into First Order Cargo with her Resistance jacket, the cast members said things along the lines of “you’re brave” “we don’t know you” and “you better watch out.” And when people saw us in our opposing First Order and Resistance outfits, they asked how we made it work.

It’s fun, but I think it highlights a challenge of the land in Disney’s friendly space. Personally, I’d like a land where a Stormtrooper actually kicks you out of First Order Cargo for wearing a Resistance jacket, but it seems unlikely I’ll get that.

Star Wars Land and Play Disney Parks App

Crucial to the interactivity of the land is the Play Disney Parks app. Assuming the role of Resistance fighter, First Order supporter, or “scoundrel” (or all three), you can go around using your smartphone as your “datapad” completing simple tasks and solving puzzles are different areas of the land.

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I spent a significant chunk of my late-June visit on the app, and you can read more about it over in the trip report from that visit. For now, it suffices to say that there are four ways to use the app to interact with the land:

  • Hack - solve a puzzle on your phone to elicit a response from elements in the land (e.g. the TIE echelon will power up, a droid will make noise)

  • Scan - scan QR codes (with the app) to “collect” items from crates scattered throughout the land

  • Tune - solve a puzzle to reveal a transcript of a conversation held over antennas in the park (great for learning about the backstory of the land)

  • Translate - type in words in the local language to see their english equivalents

Besides those four tools, you can take on jobs that require you to use the four tools to earn credits and build allegiance to the side of your choice.

Star Wars Land Disneyland Opening Information

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland to all guests on June 24, 2019. Currently, it has one ride—Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The other ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open early next year.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opening Date (Disneyland)

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on January 17, 2020 in Disneyland.

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Disneyland Star Wars Land Touring Strategy (Opening Months)

Let’s start by saying that currently there are no plans for Galaxy’s Edge to be accessible during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (the ride opening first) will not be part of the FASTPASS or MaxPass system at Disneyland for a while.

We have a Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge touring strategy that covers how to visit Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. You can also visit the following trip report posts to read more about time in the land:

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When to Visit Star Wars Land at Disneyland

The opening of Galaxy’s Edge on June 24 was met with surprisingly low crowds. Until Rise of the Resistance opens in early 2020, we expect this trend to continue, with a traditional holiday bump. As for that opening, we’d probably avoid the opening days because there’s no way to know what to expect. Rather, we favor a holiday visit to the resort when yes, crowds will be high, but at least you’ll have the payoff of a holiday visit.

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Otherwise, early 2020—late-January and February—is a time to consider. January 17 will bring a surge of Rise of the Resistance guests, but (holiday weekends excepted), these cooler post-holiday months tend to be a good time to visit. That said, Disney has shown to expect the unexpected when it comes to crowds at Disneyland recently.

Star Wars Land Disney World Opening Information

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019 with one operational ride—Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Opening Date (Disney World)

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open December 5, 2019 at Disney World.

Star Wars Land (Disney World) Touring Strategy

Through November 2, Galaxy’s Edge in Florida is a part of Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. If you’re new to Extra Magic Hours, it is a perk of staying at Disney hotels where guests are allowed to access the park earlier than other guests.

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Finally, Walt Disney World began taking reservations for Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop, and Droid Depot in advance of the land opening (it took Disneyland a week to arrive at that approach). This means that Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will be the only big-ticket item people are lining up for (the stores and restaurants may still have smaller lines, too).

When to Visit Star Wars Land at Walt Disney World

With the land opening to controlled crowds, the only time we’re recommending you avoid visiting is around the December 5 opening of Rise of the Resistance. That’s likely to be a chaotic few days (but hey, we’ll be there!).

After the Extra Extra Magic Hours period ends on November 2, you’ll want to pay attention to Hollywood Studios Hours and keep an eye out for any special events—like Early Morning Magic or Hollywood Studios After Hours that may pop up and offer access to bonus time at the park.

Where to Stay to Visit Star Wars Land (Disney World)

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World primarily for Galaxy’s Edge, there are two sets of hotels you’ll want to consider. First, Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, and Swan & Dolphin all are within walking distance of Hollywood Studios. The walk is not short—about 20 minutes—but you’re guaranteed a hassle free arrival at Hollywood Studios.

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Alternatively, you could target Pop Century, Art of Animation, or Caribbean Beach—the resorts on the Skyliner (opening September 29).

Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Hotel

Disney World has also announced a Star Wars Hotel to be built outside Hollywood Studios in the coming years. The most recent details about the hotel came at the 2019 D23 Expo.

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