Updated 12/4/18. Star Wars Land will open in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. These new Star Wars Land additions to Walt Disney World and Disneyland will be referred to as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and have a combined budget of….
Over $2 billion!
These new lands will be breathtaking with experiences that will fully submerge you in the Star Wars universe including restaurants, stores, and two magnificent new attractions. The land will be 14-acres, the largest single addition to any Disney theme park ever.
Now, below join us for our complete Star Wars Land guide for everything that you need to know about the new land, plus the exclusive Star Wars Land hotel that they are building in Walt Disney World.
I highly recommend you put this awesome Star Wars orchestra music medley on in the background while you read.
“The Force is strong in my family.” ~ Luke Skywalker
When Does Star Wars Land Open?
Star Wars Land will open in 2019 in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disney has officially commented that the Disneyland Star Wars Land in California will open before the Walt Disney World Star Wars Land. Based on historical land opening dates, we expect this to be late May or June 2019.
The planned Star Wars Land Disneyland California opening date is Summer 2019 and the expected Star Wars Land Walt Disney World Orlando opening date is Fall 2019.
There will likely be lots of play tests for the new land as it is highly interactive and requires heavy programming.
Star Wars Land Guide: Location
“We would be honored if you would join us.” ~ Darth Vader
Where are they putting Star Wars Land in Disneyland?
The Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy Edge is situated behind Big Thunder Mountain and the Rivers of America on land that was previously Big Thunder Ranch and backstage. As part of the construction process, the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America were closed for a few months to be rerouted so that they would not cut through the new Star Wars Land. Star Wars Land will have three entrances at Disneyland. The first is located right next to Fantasyland, the second is next to Frontierland, and the third is found via a trail from Critter Country below the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
Which park at Disney World has Star Wars Land?
The addition to the Walt Disney World Resorts will be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. The new land is replacing most of the park’s Streets of America attractions, including Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, the Hollywood Studios Studio Tour and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure. The backlot facades and nearby restaurants and shops are also being replaced. There will just be two entrances leading into the Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios Star Wars Land.
Star Wars Land Planet Appearance
“In my experience there is no such thing as luck.” ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi
Walt Disney Imagineering, the group that designs all Disney theme parks, has worked tirelessly to make Star Wars Land the most impressive step forward in theme parks we have seen in years. The new land will be fully immersive into the cannon and story of Star Wars. The Imagineering Star Wars Studio worked closely with the Lucasfilm Story Group to situate the land into the stories told in the films perfectly.
Star Wars Land or Galaxy’s Edge takes place on a new remote planet called Batuu. This planet is rough and tumble themed to an outer frontier trading post in the Outer Rim Territories just before Wild Space. Although this planet is not specifically mentioned in the movies, it is said to have existed for thousands of years.
The lands will consist of lush greenery and buildings made of stone and metal. Batuu is home to smugglers, rogue traders, and a presence from the imperial First Order. Not all the characters in the land will be new though, you can be sure you’ll see BB-8, Chewbacca, and other fan favorites interacting with guests.
Overall the most impressive aspect of Star Wars Land is that they have made a pledge that you will be completely immersed inside the land. That means you won’t see Coca-Cola products sold anywhere in the land or shirts that actually say “Star Wars” on them. When you step into the portals for Star Wars Land you will literally be on Galaxy’s Edge on the planet of Batuu
Star Wars Land Rides and Attractions
“The odds of successfully surviving an attack on an Imperial Star Destroyer are approximately…” C3P0
Star Wars Land will feature two brand new high tech attractions that will fully immerse you in the Star Wars universe: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
On this interactive Millennium Falcon ride, aspiring pilots can test their skills and maneuver Han Solo’s beloved ship through a mission while shooting blasters and thrusting into hyperspace. Just like other Disney interactive rides, such as Toy Story: Midway Mania, guests will be rated on how well they pilot. Guests may earn extra Galactic Credits for a job well-down, or end up on a bounty hunter’s list for banging up the ship. Your performance flying the ship will literally change the way that characters throughout Galaxy’s Edge interact with you.
If you crash the Millennium Falcon you can bet that the smuggler on the street will call you out. Your experiences throughout the land will play into this reputation and your overall experiences will change based on this Star Wars Land reputation.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
The largest new Star Wars Land ride is the First Order Fleet attraction. This incredible trackless ride takes place during an epic battle between the First Order and Resistance.
Guests will feel like they are hurtling through a massive Star Destroyer as they are being pursued by the First Order. Images were shared of the incredible scale of the attraction. In one scene riders will face massive two story tall AT-AT figures and dodge through their legs below. In another scene, guests will come face to face with Kylo Ren in an interrogation.
There are still lots of details to be revealed about this new Star Wars Land attraction. Disney has promised that it will be on a scale unlike anything that you have ever seen at any theme park (and that is including the best ride at Universal Studios Hollywood in Harry Potter World).
Star Wars Land Shops and Restaurants
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda
Star Wars: Galaxy Edge will be home to theme park shopping and dining experiences like nothing you have ever seen before. As I mentioned above, Star Wars Land will be completely immersive so you won’t see Cast Members dressed in one uniform throughout the land, rather they will all be unique to the shop or restaurant. The merchandise will also be highly unique to each shop throughout the land.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts guests can dine at a cantina similar to Tatooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina from Episode IV: A New Hope called Oga’s Cantina. Here patrons can try Star Wars-inspired food and unique drink concoctions, such as blue milk! This cantina will be another immersive experience where guests can buy and barter for their food and drink to feel like they are truly at a space trading post. Disney has announced that this location will also serve alcohol- a first for Disneyland!
There will also be a high-end table service restaurant that I am sure will immediately be added to my best Disneyland restaurants list. The details of this immersive new Star Wars Land restaurant have been highly guarded and is said to be led by Executive Chef Andrew Sutton who also leads the highly exclusive Club 33, the Napa Rose, and Carthay Circle Restaurant. I can’t wait to see what will be included in this new restaurant.
On trading cards that were given away in the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland one card showed Rex, the robot pilot from the original Star Tours, entertaining guests with the caption of “Rex entertains the crowd.” Rex has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ and will provide the musical entertainment.
And that’s not all! The Oscar-winning composer John Williams is creating new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land!
You can listen to the preview in this new video, which showcases recent construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Star Wars Disney World Hotel
“Chewie, we’re home.” ~ Han Solo
A surprise announcement came at the D23 Expo in the summer of 2017 sharing that in addition to Star Wars Land in Walt Disney World they are working on a brand new Star Wars-themed immersive hotel. The new hotel will be located right next door to the new Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will even hook into the new land with experiences and the same ability to earn Galactic Credits through your adventures.
Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek share that “from the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”
Guests can choose certain lengths of stay and enjoy a specific storyline for that entire time period that will fully immerse them into the Star Wars universe. Not many details have been released about the new hotel yet, but I sure am excited about this potentially game changing new experience. If the new Star Wars Land hotel is successful I would expect that Disney would replicate the experience in other locations for Star Wars and with other character franchises.
Plan your Disneyland vacation now!
“Your focus determines your reality.” ~ Qui-Gon Jinn
Disney is dedicating an amazing amount of time, money and resources to these new lands. Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resorts guests have so much to look forward to with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy Edge.
To get started planning your Disney vacation, you should really subscribe to our FREE Deals newsletter. Here you will receive helpful planning information, exclusive Disney deals, and access to the lowest priced Disney tickets anywhere.
You can find more information on planning your vacation here:
- Best Disneyland 2018 Crowds Calendar
- Pros and Cons of Every Walt Disney World Hotel
- Save Big on Disneyland Tickets 2018
- Ultimate Disney Parks Packing List 2018
- 7 Best 2018 Disneyland Hotels
May the force be with you!