Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Opening Date, Ride Release Dates, Food, and Merch
A galaxy far, far away is Disney theme parks in California and Florida later this year. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a massive Star Wars experience housed inside new Disneyland and Disney World expansions is coming soon.
Pack your lightsaber and reserve your spot on an Imperial light cruiser now. Here’s everything you need know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ahead of its 2019 launch, from opening dates to the in-universe food and merchandise you’ll be able to buy to the interactive rides Disney is still building.
When will Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge finally open?
The park will open this year in 2019, and it will be a lot sooner than you think! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Anaheim’s Disneyland Park on May 31, and on August 29 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
However, not everything at Galaxy’s Edge will be open immediately. While guests will be allowed to see the park, some attractions such as “Rise of the Resistance” will open a little later. Iger touted the ride as “the most technologically advanced and immersive attraction” ever in Disney history, so you can be sure that the extra time is necessary for Imagineers to get it right.
Is there a trailer for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Yep, Disney aired a brief look at the theme park last year. You can watch it at the top of this article.
I heard there’s a special Star Wars hotel too?
There wasn’t a lot revealed about the hotels in the set visit articles, but earlier reports revealed that Disney is planning a fully immersive hotel to go with Galaxy’s Edge. Guests will reportedly play their own characters and live out their own unique storyline throughout their stay.
If you’re familiar with the Michael Crichton/HBO series Westworld, the Star Wars hotel is said to be a lot like that (minus the rebellious artificial intelligence, we hope). So if you’ve ever wanted to live inside a Star Wars movie, your dreams will finally come true.
These hotels do not yet have an opening date.
What is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a new mega-immersive Star Wars theme park. Spanning 14 acres of new space at Disney’s parks, the park “takes place” in the world of Star Wars, meaning you’re not just going to a theme park. The idea is that you’re actually stepping into the Star Wars universe.
All of this means: Yes, you get to hang out around the Millennium Falcon, built to 1:1 life-sized scale. You can drink blue milk at a seedy cantina that’s a hive of scum and villainy. And you can even build your own lightsabers in a hidden storefront away from the prying eyes of the First Order. And Disney, apparently, is making a conscious effort not to include evidence of the outside world, such as not selling Disney-branded park merchandise at Galaxy’s Edge but authentic items you could actually buy at a distant alien outpost.
In various interviews with the attending press, Disney’s Imagineers expressed and emphasized the park’s principal approach of immersion.
The park is set on Black Spire Outpost, a busy way station on the planet Batuu, located on the fringes of the galaxy’s Outer Rim. (Hence, “galaxy’s edge.”) Black Spire Outpost is a notorious, somewhat lawless port “for explorers, smugglers, and traders who want to fly under the radar—literally and figuratively,” describes the official D23 blog.
There’s even a specific time period for the park. The set design, attractions, and Disney employees — all of whom create and play their own characters — exist in a specific period in the Star Wars timeline in between 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and this year’s Star Wars: Episode IX. However, it’s been stated that the park will change its attributes depending on the stories told in new Star Wars media.
As Lucasfilm Vice President of Development told io9, “There are things that exist within the land that suggest there are stories still waiting to be told … And those things can be integrated with some of the stories that may go into the future.”
When the park opens, the story will be that the First Order has occupied Batuu in search of something — or someone. And the local flavor are none too happy to have a bunch of nosy Stormtroopers getting up in their business.
What are the rides at Galaxy’s Edge?
At a size of 14 acres, there’s going to be a lot to do and explore at Black Spire Outpost, which has curiously condensed a universe’s worth of canon into one area.
When the park opens there will be two main park attractions:
- “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run,” a ride centered around Han Solo’s iconic ship. Starring Hondo Ohnaka from Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, Ohnaka has bargained with Chewbacca to smuggle some stuff, and park guests have been hired to help him out. (There are multiple cockpits for the ride, but guests will only see theirs.) The ride is a totally interactive experience where guests, in groups of six, must control different aspects to flying the Falcon (pilots, gunners, engineers).
- “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance,” which io9 describes as “the “biggest, most elaborate, and longest rides in the history of Disney.” Situated on the other side of the park from “Smugglers Run,” “Rise of the Resistance” features Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver reprising their roles in a special-effects adventure that takes you inside a Star Destroyer and pits you face-to-face with full-sized AT-ATs.
What of merchandise can I buy at Galaxy’s Edge?
There are also several shops that will sell you the best souvenir items you could possibly take home. These include:
- Savi’s Workshop, a hidden store (disguised as “Savi & Son Salvage”) that will allow guests to build their own lightsabers. A full-fledged 15-minute experience, the attraction is expected to be reservation-only. Read our explainer on Savi’s Workshop here.
- Droid Depot, a one-stop shop to build the radio-controlled droid of your dreams with mix-and-match parts. When they explore around the park, the droids can interact with park elements.
- Bina’s Creature Stall, a storefront selling toy and plush versions of Star Wars creatures such as tauntauns, porgs, rathtars, and more.
- Resistance Supply, a store that sells Resistance clothing to help you look the part.
- First Order Cargo, same deal, this time with First Order couture.
- Black Spire Outfitters, which will sell authentic Jedi attire that you’re free to mix and match pieces. Cosplayers, rejoice.
What food will Disney serve at Galaxy’s Edge?
Notably, Disney isn’t satisfied just cooking up more burgers and fries. This is Star Wars, baby! The food will reflect its world, too.
- Oga’s Cantina, a watering hole reminiscent of Mos Eisley but with different features. Guests are free to just walk right up to the bar and order something, but please don’t chop off anyone’s arms, though. And yes, it does serve alcohol, serving Star Wars variations of margaritas, rum punch, Bloody Mary (“Bloody Rancor”), and cosmopolitans. There’s even a drink called the “Jedi Mind Trick.” There will also be a selection of beers and wine that will be exclusive to the parks.
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, the main food location and quick service spot run by Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs who apparently used to work for Maz Katana. Some of the original food creations include smoked kaadu ribs (from the animal Jar Jar rides in The Phantom Menace), fried endroian tip-yip (chicken with a crusty crunch), yobshrimp noodle salad (chilled noodle salad with shrimp), felucian garden spread (a vegan dish), and oven roasted burra fish or roasted tip-yip.
- Ronto Roasters, another eatery with dry meats like turkey jerky. It’s also the only place to get the Ronto Wrap, a handheld sandwich filled with Portugese sausage, pork, and cabbage slaw wrapped in a grilled pita.
- Milk Stand, where you can actually drink blue milk. But because of Florida and SoCal’s warm temperatures, the parks came up with a smoothie concoction made up of berry and melon flavoring. Butterbeer? Never heard of her. There will also be green milk, tied to Star Wars: Episode IX based on a drink that will be seen in scenes set in Ach-To.
- Kat Saka’s Kettle, which sells only one thing: “Outpost Mix,” a variant of popcorn and kettle corn packed with different, colorful spices that create a sweet, salty, and spicy bite all in one.
What’s this about my phone?
Not satisfied to have guests just tweeting their stay, Disney Imagineers are integrating the Play Disney Parks app to keep you occupied while waiting on long lines for rides or just exploring the park. You can hack, scan, translate, or tune things around the park that need hacking, scanning, translating, or tuning. You can even accept “freelance” jobs, which become games that will bring you to different areas of the park.
Furthermore, you’re not going to be a phone zombie. The games are designed to actually keep your face away from your phone and paying attention to the world around you.
There is also an ongoing, Pokémon Go and Ingress-style interactive game that will encourage guests — aligned with either the Resistance or the First Order, which are chosen by your actions and not your own preference — to capture territories around the park. Your progress will be saved to your own profile, which you can access the next time you visit the park.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31 at Disneyland and on August 29 at Disney World.