In an announcement to shareholders, The Walt Disney Company has announced that its pair of highly-anticipated lands based upon the Star Wars franchise will be open this summer at both its West Coast and East Coast theme parks.
Fans can circle May 31 on their calendar for the Disneyland opening, and August 29 for the Walt Disney World opening, effectively bookending summer. The park says that the decision to move up the opening dates is due to high guest interest.
As a result of the anticipation, Disney will open the new lands in phases. During Phase One, parkgoers can look forward to taking the controls of the galaxy's most famous ship on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Additionally, you'll be able to explore new food, beverage and merchandise offerings.
During Phase Two, the company will debut Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, touted as a highly immersive, technologically-advanced attraction that will "blur the lines between fantasy and reality."
Because of the tremendous anticipation for these attractions, Disney is attempting to mitigate concerns about capacity and wait times. If you are planning to visit either Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World, here's what you need to know:
Visits from May 31 through June 23 will require a no-cost reservation, in addition to valid theme park admission. Information regarding reservations will be added to this post when it becomes available, or you can visit Disneyland.com for more information. Guests staying at Disneyland Resort hotels during this time will automatically receive a designated reservation during their stay, one reservation per registered guest, with valid them park admission.
Walt Disney World
At this time, reservations will not be offered or required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The land will, however, be available to guests staying at Walt Disney World Resorts during Extra Magic Hours. More information will be added to this post as it becomes available, or you can visit Disneyworld.com for additional updates.