Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Has Its Opening Dates, With Some Fine Print

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Has Its Opening Dates, With Some Fine Print

To be one of the first to see it, guests visiting Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland between May 31 and June 23 will need to have a park pass and make a no-cost reservation to get in (though guests staying in any of the Disneyland Resort hotels will be given a designated reservation during their stay). The opening dates for Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are no longer far, far away. The highly anticipated theme park is one of the biggest parks Disney has ever done, an attempt to make an immersive Star Wars experience for attendees.

"In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge so spectacular", the company said on its blog.

Fans will be able to sample galactic food and beverages, explore the merchant shops and even take controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

"It will be jaw-dropping, incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time", Carrie Beck, VP of animation and live-action series development at Lucasfilm, said in a Disney Parks video. The park at Disneyland will now open on May 31, and the park at Disney World will open on August 29. "While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures". In August 2015, CEO Bob Iger unveiled the company's plans at Disney's D23 Expo.

The reservation system is created to manage the large crowds expected at what Disney calls its most ambitious expansion ever.

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The name Galaxy's Edge refers to the fact that Batuu is on the Outer Rim of the Star Wars galaxy, formerly a bustling outpost that was left behind when hyperspace travel shifted trade routes.

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One thing missing from the Phase One launch will arrive later in the year.

A representative for Disney did not immediately return Newsweek's request for comment.

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