Official opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World were announced Thursday during the Walt Disney Company Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort will officially open on May 31, 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort will officially open on August 29th, 2019.
The Walt Disney Co. said in a statement that both opening dates will take place earlier than scheduled, reflecting high public interest.
“On opening day for phase one, guests will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu, full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Guests can become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run,” according to the statement.
Phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, “the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined, which will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality,” it said. “In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.”
The new lands build off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production, including the Star Wars franchise. The work on Star Wars between the two entities dates back to 1987, when the groundbreaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland Park in California.