Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates Confirmed

During the annual shareholder meeting for The Walt Disney Company on Thursday, March 7, CEO Bob Iger announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California and Florida: fans can visit Batuu starting on May 31 at Disneyland and August 29 at Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Galaxy’s Edge will open in two phases, with the “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run” ride fully operational on opening day. To manage the high volume of guests with only one of the expansion’s two attractions available, FastPasses will not be available for the ride at either park. While Disney did announce that “Rise of the Resistance” will open later this year, a specific date was not revealed.

In addition, Disneyland will implement additional means of managing demand for Galaxy’s Edge upon opening. For at least the initial three weeks (May 31 to June 23, 2019), a no-cost reservation will be required to enter the Batuu area of the park. Although Hollywood Studios will not use reservations, both the park and the land have capacity limits. Florida will offer Galaxy’s Edge during Extra Magic Hours for resort guests, while Disneyland will not. For full details, visit the Disney Parks Blog update.

Shortly after Iger’s presentation, ABC 7 news in Los Angeles shared an exclusive video of drone footage from inside Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim.

We’re expecting further updates on Galaxy’s Edge at Star Wars Celebration Chicago next month. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the amazing details in last week’s press preview if you missed them.



B.J. Priester has been a Star Wars fan since he played with the original Kenner action figures as a young boy. His fandom passion returned after watching Attack of the Clones in 2002 and reading the entire New Jedi Order series in 2003. He voraciously caught up on the novels and comics in the Expanded Universe in addition to writing fanfiction, frequently co-authoring with Tricia. B.J. has served as editor of FANgirl Blog from its inception, as well as contributing reviews and posts on a range of topics. He edited Tricia’s novel Wynde, and is collaborating with her on several future projects set in that original universe. Currently a tenured law professor in Florida, B.J. has been a practicing lawyer in Washington, D.C., a law clerk to a federal appeals court judge, and a law journal editor-in-chief. He is also a proud geek dad whose son who is a big fan of Star Wars and The Clone Wars.