November 2018 Updates:
Disney has announced new details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — revealing the names and videos of the two main major attractions!
During the November 17 presentation, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared two videos, which revealed the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The first, entitled Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, puts guests behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy. Guests will be recruited to one of three unique flight crew roles.
The second attraction is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Guests will face off against Kylo Ren and be caught in the crossfire between the First Order and the Resistance! Both the stakes and the excitement are running high in this epic Star Wars cliffhanger!
Disney shared more exciting news — Oscar-winning composer John Williams is creating new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land! Listen to the preview in this new video, which also showcases recent construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
At Disney World, newly discovered building permits indicate interest details about the layout of upcoming Star Wars hotel. It appears guests will be transported from the hotel to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge via shuttle busses that will keep them in the story while bringing them to the planet of Batuu. This hotel will handle security for the park when guests arrive and check in, keeping guests in this immersive experience so they won’t taken out of it by passing through metal detectors and bag check.
According to the permits, rooms come in two sizes: a regular-sized cabin and the larger first-class cabin. The first floor has 32 regular cabins and two first-class cabins. If the second floor has a similar layout, the hotel could have as few as 68 total rooms. Announced in July 2017, Disney’s Bob Chapek said the hotel promises a “100% immersive” experience that “will touch every single minute of your day.”
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Overview
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
A franchise was born! And soon, you can visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a new, immersive land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and at Disneyland Park in Anaheim. While visiting the planet Batuu, a remote outpost, you can actually fly the Millennium Falcon! But be careful when you’re on a star destroyer – you may get caught in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order!
We don’t know about you, but we cannot wait!
Sign me up, you say? We’d be happy to! However, exact dates have not yet been announced. What we know right now is that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open “Summer 2019” at Disneyland and “Late Fall 2019” at Walt Disney World.
Clear as mud, right?
Based on our 10+ years of experience, we don’t expect the Disneyland experience to open before the end of June 2019. And, don’t count on visiting the Walt Disney World location before the holiday season of 2019. You can, however, count on the Small World Big Fun team to keep our ears to the ground and ensure you stay up-to-date on any changes and reveal more definite dates as they’re announced.
When you visit, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you stay on property at Walt Disney World. Why?
- FastPasses – You can book your FastPasses for the attractions 60 days from your check-in date.
- Extra Magic Hours – Disney will no doubt have extended hours for these openings, but only for Disney resort guests.
- Disney Transportation – Taking advantage of Disney Transportation is so much better than fighting traffic and parking far, far away.
Disney properties can be reserved up to 499 days in advance. When Disney starts to home in on the dates and the time gets closer, rooms will be snapped up! We predict that if you snooze, you lose!
By the way, we are just talking about EXISTING Disney resorts. While the construction of a new Star Wars hotel has been announced, it will not be ready anytime soon and certainly not by the time Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.
So, what can you do right now? Let us know if you want to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! The sooner we start planning the better!