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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Survival Guide – What You Need to Know Before You Arrive

You can now visit a galaxy far, far away at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the highly anticipated new land inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now open! But wait! Before you travel through the far reaches of space to Black Spire Outpost, on the planet of Batuu, you need a briefing on how to enter the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park. Catch everything you need to know about entering Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge below.


1 – Download the Official Disney World Apps

The first thing you want to do before your arrival is to make sure you have two Walt Disney World apps installed on your phone or “datapad.” First, if you haven’t already, you’ll want to download the My Disney Experience App. Not only is this app a must for any Walt Disney World vacation, the app will give you updates on the current land status of Galaxy’s Edge, allow you to enter a boarding party (see #2), and allow you to make reservations for certain experiences in the land (see #3).

The second app you’ll want to have is the Play Disney Parks App. There are features of the app that you can unlock inside Galaxy’s Edge will take your experience to a whole new level. There are so many activities you can enjoy through the app that will bring Black Spire Outpost to life. Click here for more information.

Images from the My Disney Experience App for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

2 – Entering Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge & the Virtual Queue

Entering Galaxy’s Edge is subject to capacity. There will be times when you will be required to join a virtual queue to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Back when Pandora – The World of Avatar opened in 2017, there were waits of several hours just to get into the land. Lines formed and people had to wait in a physical line to enter. Learning from that opening, Walt Disney World has now instituted a virtual queue so that you can enjoy the rest of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and not have to stand in a physical line.

After entering Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the first thing you want to do is check your My Disney Experience App about the land status. If the land is at capacity, you’ll be invited to join a “boarding party.” It will give you an estimate of when you will be able to “board” or enter the land. On opening day at 7:30 am, the boarding estimate was already set for “afternoon.” Note that if you do not have a smartphone you can visit a Guest Experience Team kiosk too access the virtual queue and join a boarding party.

Images from the My Disney Experience App for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

You have two hours to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge once your boarding group is called. This is great because if you are in line for another attraction, or are enjoying a meal, you don’t need to drop everything and run over to Galaxy’s Edge. When you are ready to enter, go to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge entrance located on Grand Avenue near Muppet*Vision 3D. Once you are in the land, there is no time limit to enjoy Black Spire Outpost, other than the operating hours of the park.

There are in-park signs and you can check the app to see which boarding group is currently being admitted. You can also visit any Guest Experience Team kiosk at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for questions and assistance. Note that being assigned a boarding group does not guarantee entrance to the land, its attractions or its experiences. At all times the land is subject to capacity and they may hold boarding parties until other guests have departed. It is possible that later boarding parties may not be called.

3 – Reservations for Experiences

There are specific experiences in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that reservations are strongly recommended (and basically required) due to popularity. These include Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, Oga’s Cantina, and Droid Depot. If you want to ensure you can take part in these activities, you’ll want to make a reservation using the My Disney Experience App or by clicking above. While standby is a possibility, it is unlikely you’ll be able to enjoy those experiences without a reservation. Note that reservations to these experiences do guarantee you access into the land. If you have a reservation, you can enter the land up to one hour before your reservation time, and you do not need to join the virtual queue. Simply head to the Grand Avenue entrance for admittance.


4 – “Extra” Extra Magic Hours

Want extra time to enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? As a Walt Disney World Resort guest, you’ll have access to the new land during “Extra” Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With Extra Magic Hours, guests of Disney World Resort hotels and other select hotels spend extra time in one of the theme parks each day before or after it closes, so guests can enjoy the parks.

From September 1-November 2, 2019, you can enjoy even more time in the parks. Here’s the rundown:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios— Daily from Sept. 1-Nov. 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours from 6–9 am, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus Toy Story Land attractions and select other attractions. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences subject to capacity.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom– Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily Aug. 29-Nov. 2, from 7–8 am, featuring Pandora – The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park (same as today’s morning Extra Magic Hours offerings).
  • Magic Kingdom Park —Extra, Extra Magic Hours will happen daily from Aug. 29-Nov. 2, from 7–8 am, featuring favorite attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (same as today’s morning EMH offerings).

Extra Magic Hours will also continue to be available on select days at Epcot.

If you’re visiting this fall, you should know that the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit at the Walt Disney World Resort requires a valid theme park admission and hotel ID.  Guests without the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option must spend the day at the same park where they’d like to enjoy the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit.

5 – Costume Guidelines

When visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you need to follow the Walt Disney World costume guidelines. Younglings aged 13 and under are welcome to wear costumes for their visit. Children may wear masks as long as they provide unobstructed peripheral vision at all times with openings that allow the eyes to fully see.

Costumes and masks may not be worn by guest 14 and older (except when special event costume rules apply. Please see the Walt Disney World Resort rules for guest attire for more information. During the season when Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party takes place, special event costume rules apply so adults may dress in costume if they are attending the party.

6 – Get Familiar with the Black Spire Outpost

You will be transported to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, on a journey to Batuu, the newest location in a story that began in 1977 with the first Star Wars film. Batuu is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space – the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. The planet is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders, and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary … entanglements with the First Order.

When you arrive at Black Spire Outpost, you will come across aliens, droids and other inhabitants of this planet as you search for rare and unique goods, discover unusual food and drink, or join a crew seeking adventures. Along the way, you may encounter some familiar faces, including Rey, Chewbacca or even Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers.

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Click here for our Instagram Story Highlight with tons of photos and video from our day of exploring Batuu!

Click here to see the finale of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Grand Opening Ceremony on our Instagram account.

Click here to see our Instagram Story highlight with photos from the ceremony.

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