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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Perry

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Experience Updates

Still looking for an intergalactic adventure? Along with the rest of Walt Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is open to visitors! You can journey to a galaxy far, far away on the immersive attractions of this incredible land – but, there are some new procedures to know about before you go! Here’s everything you need to know about updated procedures at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

First of all, Walt Disney World is limiting capacity at their theme parks, and to do so they’ve implemented an advance park reservation system. All visitors need to make online Park Pass reservations in advance of their trip. In order to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll need a Disney Park Pass reservation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney Park Pass reservations do run out in advance, especially for Disney’s Hollywood Studios so it’s best to make these reservations as soon as possible.

Both of the major attractions in Galaxy’s Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, are open and operating. If you’re planning to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance during your visit, you’ll need to complete some extra steps. Rise of the Resistance can only be ridden if guests have a Boarding Group reservation, which can be made through My Disney Experience the day of your visit to the park.

Here’s how this system works as of November 3:

  • Guests with a valid ticket or annual pass and a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to access the virtual queue system and check for an available boarding group starting at 7 a.m. on the day of their park reservation. This can be done before you leave your Disney resort hotel, or wherever else nearby you might be at that time. 

  • The virtual queue will also continue to reopen daily at 2 p.m. for anyone who wasn’t already able to join a boarding group earlier in the day. Note: Guests must be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to access this second virtual queue opportunity, and access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups have been difficult to acquire, so I recommend trying to make your boarding group reservations right when they open at 7 a.m. if you’re interested in riding. 

Other special experiences are also open and available at Galaxy’s Edge. After a closure period, Savi’s Workshop is again accepting reservations for guests to build their own custom lightsabers. This experience has been slightly adjusted to incorporate physical distancing between parties, so space is limited and reservations are recommended. The Droid Depot is also open so guests can build a custom droid – reservations for this experience are also recommended.

Of course, you can’t pay a visit to Galaxy’s Edge without sampling some of the local fare! Docking Bay 7 is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you can also pick up some Blue Milk or Green Milk at the Milk Stand. Both of these locations participate in Mobile Ordering – this allows you to place food and drinks orders through the My Disney Experience app, and pick up your order on arrival. Mobile Ordering is strongly recommended for quick-service dining locations.

The mysterious Oga’s Cantina is also open for business, serving up unique drinks and a small snack menu. Oga’s Cantina doesn’t participate in Mobile Ordering, but they do accept reservations. Space inside the cantina is limited, so reservations are recommended.

Please note that other Star Wars experiences in Galaxy’s Edge and around Disney’s Hollywood Studios are currently unavailable. This includes character greetings at the Star Wars Launch Bay, shows such as the March of the First Order, and experiences like the Jedi Training Academy. Visitors should check the Know Before You Go page before their trip or more information on what experiences are open and available.

Walt Disney World also has a variety of updated safety and health measures in place, and requirements for guests visiting the parks. These measures are also in place for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so make sure you’re up to date on these health requirements.

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