Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland Park is one of the most anticipated additions to the resort. Disney has announced the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in the summer of 2019. Meantime, changes are pervasive – new Downtown Disney restaurants, parking structure construction and many operational changes like Max Pass and online food ordering. All are designed to accommodate large numbers of guests and significant crowd increases.
This is headquarters central for the latest news on Galaxy’s Edge – it’s opening, it’s dining, events, rides and entertainment. Check regularly and often…much is going on and much more will be happening…
Latest Galaxy's Edge News and Info
This used to be a vibrant trading port back in the old sub-lightspeed days, but now with advent of hyperspace, its prominence has kind of fallen and faded a little bit which has made it a great spot for those who didn't want to be on that kind of mainstream path. The smugglers, the bounty hunters, the rogue adventurers looking to crew up, the people who don't want to be found — basically all the interesting people. [O]ur intent is to make it feel as if you just walked into one of the movies... Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we've never done before... to really engage all of the senses. What does that street feel like? What does that animal smell like? What does blue milk taste like?- Supervising Imagineer Scott Trowbridge More About Galaxy's Edge from Disneyland
The Millenium Falcon Smuggler's Run Ride
"Perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina." - the Disneyland Blog
Breaking away from over 60 years of tradition, Disneyland Park will now be offering liquor at "Oga's Cantina" - the local watering hole for Galaxy's Edge. Craft beer, wine and "unearthly" cocktails will be offered. All alcohol must be consumed at the Cantina."Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check...Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels...Musical entertainment is provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ."
- the Disneyland BlogMore About Oga's Cantina from Disneyland
Disneyland Changes in Anticipation of Galaxy's Edge
*New Disneyland Resort Hotel
*In October 2018, Disney announced that they will no longer be building the new hotel. Many Downtown Disney establishments were closed in anticipation of the hotel’s construction. They include: ESPN Zone, Rainforest Cafe®, AMC Movie Theatres and the Starbucks near the monorail station.
New Parking Structure
A new parking lot is under construction next to the Mickey and Friend’s parking structure (See PARKING for more on Disneyland parking). The details:
- Planned 2019 availability (when Galaxy’s Edge opens)
- 6 stories, 6500 spots
- An additional 6 lanes at Ball Road parking entrance (in addition to current 10 lanes)
- Tram and walkway access to Disneyland parks
New California Adventure Park Additions
Two major park additions for Disneyland California Adventure Park to entice Galaxy’s Edge visitors to visit:
- “Pixar Pier” replaced “Paradise Pier”
- “California Screamin’” rollercoaster has become “Incredicoaster”: “The Parr family races alongside you, trying to catch baby Jack-Jack!”
- The “Fun Wheel” gondolas are Pixar decorated
- Midway games are Pixar-themed
- “Toy Story Mania” remains the same…
- “Lamplight Lounge” serves California casual gastro-pub cuisine and unique signature cocktails (replaced “Ariel’s Grotto” and “Cove Bar”)
- “Triton Carousel” reopens as “Jessie’s Critter Carousel” in 2019
- A new Super Hero themed area is in the works for California Adventure, anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. It will replace “Bugs Land”.
New Dining Options
There are many new dining options being added to the Disneyland Resort – new restaurants and online ordering for select park counter restaurants. The list:
- “Naples” has expanded it’s outdoor eating area to accommodate more guests
- “Splitsville” Bowling Lanes and Dining is now open with great bar, menu and rooftop/outdoor/indoor dining
- “Salt and Straw” ice cream opened October 2018
- “Ballast” Brewery – a San Diego based craft beer company will open in late 2018
- New York based “Black Top” burgers and brew will open late 2018
- “Lamplight Lounge” in California Adventure Park replaced “Ariels Grotto” and “Cove Bar” in Pixar Pier
- “The Tropical Hideaway” in Disneyland Park Adventureland replaced “Aladdin’s Oasis”
Using your Disneyland App, you can now pre-order your food online. This applies to select counter-service restaurants at both Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park. Annual passholder discounts apply. CLICK HERE for details and instructions.
Annual Pass Changes
Because Disneyland Resort is located in heavily populated Orange County, California (and just a hop/skip/jump from Los Angeles and San Diego), it has a huge number of annual pass holders. Estimates are in the 100’s of thousands. Disneyland monitors, updates and changes pass holder conditions to help with crowd control.
Attendance at Disneyland Parks has reached a record 18 million visitors per year. Enter “Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge”. Increased attendance estimates are in the millions. Meanwhile, Disneyland has announced the first of what are expected to be many changes in pass holder terms to accommodate.
Beginning June 1, 2018, an annual pass purchase or renewal will be subject to block-outs by date AND park. To date, restrictions include more blockout dates for Disneyland Park (vs California Adventure Park) starting summer 2019 (when Galaxy’s Edge is to open). Lower tier pass holders are affected more than higher tier.
As before, Disneyland reserves the right to refuse a pass holder park entrance if it deems necessary. As multi-year pass holders, we’ve never been refused entrance on pass-approved dates. However, Disneyland is re-emphasizing that rule in recent pass holder news…so we anticipate it may be enforced for days with record crowds. We’ll keep an eye on the annual pass news and let you know the latest as it comes.
Disneyland has introduced the “Max Pass” feature at both it’s parks. It costs $10 per day per person (annual pass holders can purchase Max Pass for the duration of their pass for $75). Max Pass allows guests to secure Fast Passes and Photo Passes via the Disneyland App on their phone.
This move is designed to facilitate larger crowds in the parks and on the rides. To learn the details of Max Pass, CLICK HERE.