May The Force be with Disney.
Disney announced it will open its hotly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland on May 31 and Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29.
For months, Disney’s been mum about the official opening dates for Star Wars Land — summer 2019 in Anaheim, followed by a virtually identical land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando in the fall. Earlier media reports suggested a June and October opening for Anaheim and Orlando, respectively.
Here are some things to know about Disney’s Star Wars Land.
Reserve a spot
Disneyland guests planning a visit between May 31 and June 23 will need “valid theme park admission and will be required to make a (free) reservation” via disneyland.com to access Star Wars Land: Anaheim. Disneyland Resort hotel guests will get a designated reservation to access Galaxy’s Edge during their stay, however, valid theme park admission is required for that.
The 14-acre sites, each costing about $1 billion, include new rides — Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance rides. Rise of the Resistance, however, will open later this year at both parks, according to a news release.
On the menu
Blue Milk or Bantha milk, made famous from “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” has its place in Star Wars Land. Guests can also sip on Green Milk, which appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Last Jedi.”
Other specialty drinks include a Dagobah Slug Slinger and a T-16 Skyhopper, served at Oga’s Cantina. And yes, some of the beverages at the cantina will include alcohol, which will break a longstanding Disneyland tradition. (Sister park Disney California Adventure has long served liquor.)
Galaxy’s Edge aspires to new heights
At 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge represents Disney’s largest single intellectual property expansion. The huge spires of petrified tree stumps sprawl in all directions and, using the tried-and-true theme park trick of forced perspective, make the land seem even bigger. At its center is the ancient black spire that gives the outpost its name. Perhaps signifying the area’s rebirth, a live tree is growing out of the decayed spire.
Contributing: Arthur Levine
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