Star Wars fans have been waiting for the openings of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for years. When the announcement was made that these new lands would open in phases, it was met with frustration from a lot of fans. Until now, we had no idea when phase two would open.
Would it be worth the time and money to plan two trips; One to ride Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and a later trip to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? It seems many fans chose to wait until both rides were open to visit Disneyland. The summer attendance there has been much lower than predicted.
Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be opening phase one with Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will be opening on August 29, 2019. It was recently announced that phase two will be opening sooner than many expected, December 5, 2019, just over 3 months after phase one, on Walt Disney’s birthday. Disneyland’s phase two is set to open January 17, 2020.
We still do not know how Walt Disney World will handle the crowds at the opening in August or now again in December. We do know that there will be Extra, Extra Magic Hours for guests staying in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel September 1-November 2. We also know there will not be Fastpasses available for either of these rides for the foreseeable future.
What I do know is this is going to mess up my December Walt Disney World vacation. We will be there December 5-8. We are not Star Wars fans, but we were hoping to check out the new land during our visit. With Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening on the day we arrive, I’m not sure what that is going to do for our plans to be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I am pretty sure we will avoid Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge but we may have to plan less time in that park on that trip.
If you are a Star Wars fan who has been waiting for the announcement for the phase 2 opening, now is the time to book your visit to Galaxy’s Edge. Email me and we will start planning!