Last week, Disney announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort (California) and on August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (Florida). Disney is taking several steps in an attempt to manage the crowd for what is undoubtedly the most anticipated expansion in Disney history; this includes a “no-cost” reservation requirement for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort.
Although Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge won’t require a separate paid ticket, guests who plan on visiting the land between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need a “no-cost reservation” along with a valid theme park admission. These reservations will be subject to availability, but if you do manage to get one, you are guaranteed entry into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
So how do you get a reservation to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Right now, there is only one confirmed way to secure a reservation to Star Wars: Galaxy Edge at Disneyland. That would be to stay at one of Disneyland’s three on-property hotels. Guests staying at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spaw between May 31 and June 23 will be given designated reservations to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay. I’m assuming this reservation is good for one full day during your trip, though exact details have not been announced.
Those of you who don’t plan on staying at an on-property resort will have to wait for Disney to share more details for how to make a reservation.
Following this initial period, Disney will lift the reservation requirement; however, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will still be subject to capacity limitations. At that point, even staying at a Disney on-property hotel will not guarantee entry to Black Spire Outpost.
Disney also notes:
You should also note that vacation packages, park tickets and Disney Resort hotel stays do not guarantee access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The land —including participation in its experiences—will be subject to capacity restraints and other restrictions.
This has caused a bit of confusion among guests, but I’m assuming it is still related to capacity limitations. So a reservation is required, but not guaranteed access since the park could hit capacity.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will only be open during normal park operating hours and will not be included in Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland Park.
Note: Disney has confirmed it will be available during Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney World Resort. At this point, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World Resort will not require a reservation, though that could change as we near its opening in August.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in phases, with the first phase (May opening) only offering one of the two planned attractions. Only Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will be open at first. Additionally, Disney FASTPASS service, including access via Disney MaxPass (Disneyland) and Disney FastPass+ (Disney World) will not initially be offered for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This could (and probably will) change in the future.