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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is coming. Are you ready?
Maybe more importantly are the parks ready? We fully anticipate throngs of people to flock to the opening of one of the most anticipated immersive experiences to ever come to a theme park. And these crowds are expected on both coasts.
So, what are the parks doing to prepare? Well Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31, almost a full three months prior to the opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World, which descends on Hollywood Studios on August 29.
Disneyland is going to demolish and replace the iconic Adventureland archway sign in order to prepare for and redirect the Dole Whip queues long queues in order to improve pedestrian traffic flow at this crowded point in Disneyland in advance of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The building permit has already been filed with the City of Anaheim and according to those documents, crews will demolish the existing sign but don’t worry, a new, larger replica sign will be put in its place.
The original sign was installed in the 1990’s and the replacement will be longer and will stretch all the way cross the pathway removing the large support beams currently in place in order to free up space. Disney plans on having this project completed before the grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge.
Note for Dole Whip fans of Disneyland, Disney has announced that in order to ease congestion, the Dole Whip stand that sits in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room will not open on extremely busy days. Instead, guests will be redirected to Tropical Hideaway from the beloved pineapple treat.
Disneyland has also been playing around with something that is already in place at Walt Disney World and that is mobile ordering. In March, Disney tested out mobile ordering at the Tiki Juice Bar which should help to ease congestion in this spot.
Check out our blog posts chock full of new policies and procedures that go into effect as of May 1 at both Disneyland and Disneyworld that are likely to effect many guests. The new policies affect smoking in the parks, stroller sizes and coolers that are allowed into the parks. You do not want to get told at the park entrance that your stroller is not going into the park because it is too large so check out our post Policy Changes Coming to Walt Disney World so that you prepped for your trip.
Disney has still announced that in preparation for the long lines for the ride that will open in the first phase of the park, Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, bathroom passes will be handed out so that guests are able to answer the call of nature while standing in the seemingly endless line for the highly anticipated adventure. Think they will do margarita and pretzel passes too? Just a thought.
Perhaps one of the most important things to note in preparation for Disneyland’s grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge, reservations will be required for entry into Galaxy’s Edge for some if not all dates between May 31 and June 23.
Guests that are staying at a Disney owned hotel, not a good neighbor hotel, but a Disney owned hotel, have a reservation with their room reservation that guarantees entry to Galaxy’s Edge during their stay.
According to the Disney website, although there is no additional cost to make the reservation for those staying on property, specific details on how exactly to make reservations for resort guests will be made available on Disney Parks Blog and also at Disneyland.com.
Guests who booked a room at the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel during the soft opening period between May 31 and June 23 began receiving emails Monday, April 22, with their reservation time to enter the new land. The time slots are limited to four hours to allow for all registered guests to visit the land.
For fans hoping to explore Galaxy’s Edge during the 24-day soft opening will need to secure a free reservation. Additional details on reservations will be available at the Disney Parks Blog at 8 a.m. May 2.
In order to make a reservation, guests must have a Disney account, so be sure to create one before that registration window opens.
Disney has not yet announced details on acquiring reservations for those not staying on property, annual passholders and the general public. Stay tuned as more information regarding reservations and entry into Galaxy’s Edge becomes available.
We have a whole separate post highlighting what Disney World is doing to prepare for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on the west coast so stay tuned for that. We are also sure that Disney World will take some tips from the opening in Disneyland even though the parks are vastly different in order to help things run smoothly.
Prepare for chaos folks. Crowds like we have never seen before will be storming both coasts and don’t worry Disney is preparing as best they can to manage the crowds and ensure magical experiences for all. Also be sure that people will be angry, tensions will run high, things will breakdown, merchandise will sell out and more will go wrong. Go with the flow, be patient and stay hydrated.
Stay tuned! So much more to come on the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
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