Are you headed to Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World? Here is everything you need to know to plan for a successful trip to Batuu.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens to everyone on August 29. Castmember previews begin on August 1 and run through August 16. Walt Disney World Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Annual Passholders also get the opportunity to preview Batuu before it opens to the general public. Those previews begin on August 17 and run through August 21.
Have you been to Disneyland’s version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? The two lands are very similar. In fact, the lands are laid out in the same way with the same restaurants, merchandise shops and attractions.
Although we lobbied and begged, it does not appear that Disney World will be rolling out a reservation system for their version of the land. Although it would be difficult, it can be done and we did an entire blog post on how Disney could roll out a reservation system. You can read all about that HERE!
Since the conclusion of their reservation system for Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland has implemented boarding groups which has a virtual queue system. This virtual queue has been a big hit, with guests signing up for a boarding group upon entering the park and then being able to track their boarding status on the Disneyland app. Once your boarding group is called, guests have two hours to enter the land and then four hours to enjoy the land.
Although Disney has not released information regarding the boarding pass system at Walt Disney World, we are holding out hope that lines won’t be snaking to the Boardwalk to get in line for Batuu.
Prior to the announcement of Disney World’s opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we had already planned our Food and Wine Festival Disney World vacation. For this, we will be staying at the Boardwalk. Turns out, we planned this trip, just eight days after the official opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We “joke” that we will roll out of our resort and get in line for Galaxy’s Edge.
There is a Fast Pass queue for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on both coasts however, no Fast Pass has been opened for Millenium Falcon on either coast at this time.
It is important to remember that Disney is not opening a full land in Disney World. Just like in Disneyland, only a partial land will be open on August 29 with one ride, the Millenium Falcon. The second attraction and the rest of the land will open in Disney World on December 5, 2019 and in Disneyland on January 17, 2020. There will be no Fast Pass for Rise of the Resistance when it first opens either.
There will however, be a single rider line for Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. So, if you are interested in riding the attraction multiple times and lines are long, be sure to check out that single rider wait time.
Even though the Disneyland opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was incredibly smooth and an enjoyable experience by most accounts from everything we have read and discussions that we have had, do not expect that at Disney World.
Disney World and Disneyland are very different beasts. We cover this completely when discussing the rampant spread of misinformation regarding Disneyland crowd sizes indicating that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a failed venture.
For the first three days of Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios will open at 6 am for all guests, not just resort guests.
After those first three days, Disney is implementing what they are referring to as, Extra-Extra Magic Hours for Hollywood Studios for resort guests only. These Extra-Extra Magic Hours will begin at 6 am and will be in place through November 2 at the time this article is published. If your trip is planned past that November 2 date, be sure to check back to the Walt Disney World website frequently to see if these Extra-Extra Magic Hours are extended beyond that date.
If you are one of the die-hards headed to Walt Disney World on August 29, 30 or 31, be prepared to get to Galaxy’s Edge very early. We expect Disney to announce, in the coming weeks, a time that parking lots will be open for guests to begin entering the Hollywood Studios parking lot and entrance area.
We know that the park will open at 6 am for those three days for everyone and for several months thereafter for resort guests and we are not of the opinion that Disney will allow guests to camp out in the parking lot, surrounding roads or entrance area of Hollywood Studios more than a couple of hours prior to opening.
We have heard numerous stories of guests hoping to camp out overnight in order to be among the first into the land. For safety reasons, we do not believe that Disney will allow this. Our guess is that Disney will open the parking lots around 4 am and guests will not be allowed to “camp” out or enter the grounds prior to that time.
We have no official word on the accuracy of this assumption at this time. This is speculation on our part and of our own opinion, not affiliated in any way with Disney or news from Disney.
For the safety of staff and guests, it would not be wise for Disney to allow guests to camp out overnight on their property waiting for Hollywood Studios to open. We would expect Disney to set up blockades and have guards stationed around walkways entering the parking area and entrance area to prevent guests from doing just that. However, Disney has made no official announcement as to their plans for this at this time but be sure to stay tuned right here to For Love of the Mouse for more news on this as it becomes available.
Currently in Disneyland, and since it has opened, there is a time limit of four hours for guests in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While we believe that Disney World will implement the same limits, as they have done so for castmember previews and also for annual passholder previews, if you have four hours in Galaxy’s Edge, will you be able to do it all?
Probably not. There are several reasons for this. Oga’s Cantina is among the more popular events and guests could spend up to two hours (or more) in line waiting to get in. Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop are the most popular “events” in Galaxy’s Edge right now in Disneyland.
Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop in Disneyland are currently open for day of reservations and we expect (and hope) that Disneyworld will work along those same lines and implement reservation systems for at least these two popular attractions and we expect, as we have tirelessly mentioned, that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World will be as popular, if not more popular than the same attractions in Disneyland’s version of the land particularly due to the sheer numbers of guests in Disney World, far outweighing the busiest of days in Disneyland.
What in Galaxy’s Edge is included with your admission to the park and what costs extra?
The attractions are included, the character interactions and the immersive experience. Guests can enter all merchandise locations without purchase except for Savi’s Workshop which does require that the guest purchase the light saber you create. For each guest purchasing a light saber, they may bring one additional guest in with them.
The mobile app, Disney Parks Play, which allows guests to interact with a variety of elements throughout Galaxy’s Edge is included with your ticket purchase for the park.
Food and drink in Disney is expensive and Batuu is no exception. If you are wanting to try several of the beverage concoctions at Oga’s Cantina, expect to spend between $10 and $15 per beverage. Now, if you are wanting to get a souvenir glass for several of those drinks, that is where you will quickly find yourself dropping $35 (yes $35) for that souvenir mug. If you don’t need a souvenir mug to commemorate your time in Galaxy’s Edge, skip them and try a few of the other drinks in Oga’s or head over to the merchandise locations.
We have not heard many rave reviews for the food in Batuu, particularly that from Docking Bay 7, so if you are trying to stick to a more strict budget, perhaps skip a heavy meal until you get back to earth. For more information on the food being offered at Docking Bay 7, check out our full menu’s HERE! One quick note, is that the Felucian Garden Spread, a vegan option that is available on the Disneyland menu, appears to be missing from the Disney World menu at this time.
There has been a lot of misinformation spread regarding the “failure” of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You can read all about the truth behind Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge HERE! We fully expect mind blowing crowds to storm the gates of Hollywood Studios for several months following the opening of the land.
Plan to wait in lines, be in crowded spaces and bring your patience with you to Batuu in Walt Disney World. For more information on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, be sure to visit the Star Wars tab on our blog and stay tuned right here to For Love of the Mouse for more information as it becomes available.
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.
(Source: Photos by Disney)