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If you are heading to Disneyland to visit the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (aka Star Wars Land) between now and June 23, 2019, you will need a reservation to enter the land. After June 23rd, reservations are no longer needed, but a digital queue will be used, so your time in the land may still be limited. But don’t worry! I visited Galaxy’s Edge on opening day so that I can give you all the tips. I have studied the cast member previews, talked to other Disneyland experts and guests, all to come up with the best tips to make the most of your time in Galaxy’s Edge.
Planning For Your Galaxy’s Edge Reservation
If you are visiting Disneyland during the “reservation period” of May 31 – June 23, 2019 the only way to enter Galaxy’s Edge is via a reservation. All of the off-site reservations were booked on May 2, 2019, but you can still obtain a reservation by staying on site. My partners at Get Away Today still have rooms available at the three Disneyland Resort Hotels. These hotel bookings will come with an automatic reservation to the land (to be assigned by Disney).
When you book, be sure to start with checking out our general guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to get an idea of the land and what you can expect to find there. I also suggest downloading the Disneyland App and Play Disney Parks app, and becoming familiar with those apps.
Now, you are ready to read all the tips to make the most of your 4 hours in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Please note that Disney may change how they work the reservation system as time goes on.
Checking in for your reservation to Galaxy’s Edge
This might get confusing. Galaxy’s Edge is behind Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Critter Country, but you will need to check in for Galaxy’s Edge up to 2 hours before your reservation in Tomorrowland.
You can go to Star Wars Launch Bay up to 2 hours before your reservation time to check in. Your entire party will need to go together. When you go to check in you will need to have:
- Your printed Galaxy’s Edge reservation confirmation or QR code to scan
- All members of your party
- A photo ID for the primary guest and all members of your party age 18 or older
- Valid Park Admission (as you will be inside the park)
When you check in your party is given wrist bands which are color coded and have your reservation info printed on them. This is how they will know when to let you into the land, but also when to stop admitting you to lines for attractions, food and more inside of Galaxy’s Edge.
INSIDER TIP: Do not go right at the start of your two hour window as there is a big rush to get wristbands. Instead, I suggest waiting about 30 minutes. When we went in 30 minutes after we could pick up our wrist bands, we were through the checkin process within 8 minutes.
IMPORTANT: After you have your wristband, you must have them scanned to activate them before leaving the Launch Bay. If you do not do this, and they try to scan your wristband (3 of us did not have them scan wristbands, 1 did).
When should you arrive at the Galaxy’s Edge Reservation entrance
When you checked in to get your wristband the Cast Members will tell you where you will enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This is important to note so you go to the correct entrance.
We headed to the entrance about 20-25 minutes before our reservation time and IT WAS PACKED! Whereas my friend Jessica came in 15 minutes after our reservation and there was no one. So which should you do? Wait to be the first one in and deal with crowds, or come in a bit later.
If you have the first reservation of the day, I definitely think it is worthwhile to camp out (please note I did not have the first reservation so this is all speculation) because there will be nobody else in the land, and therefore no wait in the land.
If you are coming in during the end of someone else’s reservation, I would wait. Until the previous reservation clears out, the lines tend to be pretty long.
Make The Most Of Your Time in Galaxy’s Edge
Once you are in Galaxy’s Edge, warning, you will probably feel overwhelmed. First, the land is hard to get a layout of. There are a lot of different paths that curves, and more. Second, it is so amazing and detailed that you will want to look around and take it all in. Go for it! Take those moments. I know it took me about 45 minutes to be like…. okay, I have soaked it in, now I can do stuff.
What to do first during your Galaxy’s Edge reservation?
This is where it gets tricky. Honestly, I do not believe that 4 hours is enough time for avid Star Wars Fans or those who want to do it all. It just isn’t. I truly believe that this could be a half to all day land. Yep, I said it. The lines (at least opening day) were often over an hour long for both Oga’s Cantina and Savi’s Workshop. In fact, both lines, after speaking with others, were often closed down after a certain length.
It took us 3 times checking back to finally arrive at Oga’s while the line was open for people to join. After that we were in line for a little over 45 minutes. You are then limited to 45 minuntes in the establishment.
UPDATE: Disney was quick to respond to this issue and has now implemented a text based waiting list. When you first get in to Galaxy’s Edge, send one person in your party to get on the list for Oga’s Cantina. They will send you a text with approximate wait time and then another when you may return and enter the line.
Savi’s Workshop, the line was often over an hour, and after adding on the immersive experience, was around 2 hours in time.
So what is the point of this? THE POINT: You will have to prioritize what is most important to you and make that a priority. Here are the attractions we noticed to be most popular . Listed in order of popularity (the top 2 are basically tied):
- Oga’s Cantina
- Savi’s Workshop
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Droid Depot
- Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
What About The Food?
When we came in, the lines for food were extremely long. It was almost lunch time and people were lining up at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, the line was going out the door and wrapping around. No problem, they have mobile ordering right? Except Mobile ordering was booked for the next hour plus. YIKES!
INSIDER TIP: You can mobile order earlier in the day for during your reservation time to guarantee you can get food at the time you want.
So I gave you all this information but maybe you are still scratching your head saying… What is the best plan? I am going to weigh in below, and then add the disclaimer that you need to be a bit flexible and prioritize what is important for you.
The best game plan for your Galaxy’s Edge Reservation
With your four hour window, this is what I would suggest doing. Please note, this is not my suggestion for the first reservation slot of the day as there I would suggest heading to your most desired item first thing.
After checking in at Star Wars Launch Bay:
Mobile order food for your visit to eat during the first hour. Plan on a pick up time of 30 minutes after you enter. This gives you a little time to enjoy the land, but enough time to eat before the reservation before you is cleared out. This first hour is extremely busy, so you will want to be able to simply soak everything in and avoid a lot of the crowds. Seriously, the crowds were so busy during overlapping hours that I almost did not want to stay. (Until we sat down and ate.)
Once you enter the land:
As you enter the land, take a few minutes to walk around and take it all in. If you see a short photopass line….take a photo. I would not do any rides or shopping during this time unless you see an extremely short line for something like Blue and Green Milk or the Cokes.
Right before your time slot for your mobile order, as you walk to your dining experience, check in as “I’m Here” so they will prepare your food. Once the app says it is ready go pick it up. It is a good idea if you have people in your party that can grab a table while you grab food, to do so.
Eat and aim to finish up by the one hour mark. That way you are done as they clear the previous reservations out of the land. Now it is GO TIME!
Make these next two hours count!
These next two hours are important. This is your chance to get in your must do experiences with lower lines. If you want to do Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop, or Droid Depot. This is when you will find lower wait times for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
NOTE: During the first reservation of the day, guests noted that Cast Members were marking their band when they went on Smugglers Run and that meant they couldn’t ride again until after a certain time. We are not sure if this will continue as Disney appeared to be watching the wait times closely.
I would do the other experiences first, and then, about 30 minutes before the next group comes in head over to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This will give you time to ride at least once, and if you are lucky twice.
Of course, if you have the last reservation of the day, you will be able to push this time later if need be as you will not have another group coming in behind you.
During your last hour:
Unless you have the last Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation of the day, the last hour will once again be very crowded. This is the perfect time to shop The Market. Here you can find souvenirs from local merchants of Blackspire Outpost. It will be crowded here as well, but the merchants work quickly to get you in and out of the shops.
Insider Note: Double wide strollers and ECVs may have a very hard time fitting in the marketplace shops.
What About The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Virtual Queue After June 23rd?
If you are traveling to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after June 23rd, you will not have a reservation slot, limiting you to four hours. But don’t worry, I have tips coming on this soon (hopefully by next week) which I will have right here in this post.
If you have more questions about Galaxy’s Edge be sure to tune in to my Disneyland chats every Tuesday evening on my Facebook Page.