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Disneyland Article
Your Star Wars Galaxys Edge Questions Answered

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Source:Arizona Republic
Author:Scott Craven
Dateline:March 13, 2019
Posted:March 23, 2019
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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland's most anticipated new addition ever, will soon welcome guests ready to travel to a galaxy far far away.

Here's what we know so far about the Star Wars-themed land.

What is Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?

The 14-acre parcel behind Frontierland is Disneyland's largest single-themed addition in its history. The area includes two attractions as well as restaurants, food stands, a cantina and several shops. It's set in the Black Spire Outpost, a town that thrived until the trade routes bypassed its home planet Batuu. The outpost, named after its towering petrified trees, now draws smugglers and bounty hunters, as well as members of the Resistance and the dreaded First Order.

When does it open at Disneyland?

The much-anticipated Star Wars land opens May 31, with one hitch - one of its two major attractions won't be operating until, well, no one's quite sure. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which is Disney's most ambitious and advanced attraction ever, will open some time later this year. Until then, the land's only ride will be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Visitors also will need to have (free) Galaxy's Edge reservations along with their park admission through June 23. Reservations will go to all ticket-holding guests staying in one of Disney's three on-site hotels (Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian and Paradise Pier). Disney has not said how many reservations will be available or how and when they will be available. Stay tuned.

How can I see Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge?

Through June 23, everyone will need a valid park admission as well as a Galaxy's Edge reservation. Disney has yet to say just how and when guests are to obtain those reservations, only that visitors staying at one of the on-property hotels will get first crack. Speculation is that each reservation will come with a specific day and time to visit, as well as a limited window (perhaps three hours). Reservation details will be revealed later this year on the Disneyland website and official parks blog. Or use your Jedi mind powers.

Will reservations always be needed to visit Galaxy's Edge?

Hard to tell. Park officials are likely going to keep a very close eye on those first three weeks when reservations are mandatory, seeing how visitors flow in and out. They'll also have to figure out how many more guests the land can absorb when Rise of the Resistance opens. With demand likely remaining strong through the rest of the year, it would not be surprising if reservations were extended indefinitely.

What are my odds of getting Galaxy's Edge reservations?

Extremely good if you're staying at Disney's Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian. Guests there are will be given reservations (one per person with valid admission), a nice perk for those paying roughly $300 to $400 a night (and much higher for upgraded rooms). After that, it's anyone's guess. Improving your odds, however, is that Disney appears to be limiting guests to one reservation per ticket. If so, even those holding multi-day passports will be allowed one visit (reservation) to Galaxy's Edge. Should Disney place similar restrictions on annual passholders, odds are good most people will get a turn.

What are the rides like?

While the heart of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is piloting the iconic craft, guests will also be able to explore the ship's interior as they wait for their six-person crew to be called into the cockpit. In what is essentially a high-powered video game, riders are tasked with flying, defending and repairing the Han Solo ship as it navigates through a treacherous part of space.

A far more complex experience awaits in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Various pre-ride shows unfold as visitors board a transport that shoots into space, its floor shaking. Drama heightens when the ship is captured by the Resistance and guests are taken aboard a Star Destroyer. Disney officials say the ride features technology never before seen in any of its parks across the globe.

Can I beat the lines with a Fastpass?

No, at least through June 23. Fastpass, and its digital companion Maxpass, won't be available for the Millennium Falcon. But what happens after this three-week shakedown cruise is anyone's guess.

How much are tickets? Will Disney raise prices?

Disney typically raises prices every year, and 2019 was no exception. However, the increase was steeper than usual for one-day tickets and some annual passes. But prices remain unchanged for the park's multi-day passports, its most popular options. That may change between now and May 31, and if it does, we'll let you know.

What is there to eat, drink and buy in the new Star Wars land?

There are plenty of opportunities to spend money inside the Black Spire Outpost. Disney takes the Star Wars theme to heart, so you won't find beef, pork or chicken, just meat from exotically named beasts that mirror beef, pork and chicken. Nor will you find shirts that say Star Wars, because the residents of Batuu have no idea they're part of a film franchise.

Will alcohol be sold?

Consider this the end of Disneyland's Prohibition - at least for the general public (members of the park's exclusive and pricey Club 33 have been boozing it up for years). Oga's Cantina will serve a handful of cocktails, which must be consumed on the premises.

How much did it cost to build?

It's estimated Disney spent as much as $1 billion on Galaxy's Edge. Blooloop.com, a website that tracks the attractions business, said it examined building permits and spoke with contractors to arrive at that out-of-this-world figure.

What did Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge replace?

Part of Disney's backstage space was cleared for the new land, as was Big Thunder Ranch, which was way more popular with the horses than guests. Even the horses are likely happier with the change, as they now live at a spacious ranch in a galaxy far far away.
 

 
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