On Thursday Disneyland started accepting reservations from fans who want to experience the park, in all it’s glory, before anyone else gets their mitts in. The reservation list was full in less than two hours.
The $1 billion attraction is expected to attract a huge amount of visitors, so much so that Disney had made the reservation process free for the first month of the park’s debut. The doors to Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31. That’s one of the most epic sounding sentences I’ve ever written.
At 1 p.m ET reservations opened and fans were able to sign up for 4-hour windows but before 3 p.m ET al spots had been snatched up.
“At this time, the only way to secure a reservation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 is to stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel,” the parks website states. “Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel on those dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay.”
Disney say that the park will be open to people without the need for a reservation after June 23. They also said that if crowds get too big, which I’m guessing is a very real possibility, some experiences in the California-based park will be unavailable or restricted. Disney did reveal that they are planning to open a second Galaxy’s edge in Orlando, Florida, in August which would help to compensate for this problem.
Let’s talk a little more about the park itself. The attraction will be set on Batuu, a planet which has not yet been seen in the films. It’s a busy port filled with iffy traders, exclusive alien species and droids.
You’ll be able to explore Batuu’s Black Spire outpost and it’s shops as well as pilot the Millennium Falcon on the Smugglers Run ride. You can even take on the Resistance or the First Order in an exciting battle on the Rise of the Resistance ride.
There’ll be shops and restaurants full of unique merchandise that won’t be available anywhere else.
For their 2018 fiscal year Disney managed to rake in more than $20 billion in revenue and an operating profit of $4.5 billion from their theme parks and resorts alone. All of the excitement for this new park addition could mean that they’ll do even better for this year.