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Disneyland Resort announces that their hotly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land will open earlier than expected, on May 31, 2019

Nicole Clausing  – March 7, 2019 | Updated March 12, 2019

A short time from now, in a galaxy not very far away, the long-awaited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed land will open at Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, CA.

Disney has announced that the force will be with visitors to the park starting May 31, 2019 when the first half of the experience, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, will open ahead of schedule.

This is not the whole Galaxy’s Edge experience—guests will have to wait until later this year for the second phase, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance to open, but there will be more than enough starting May 31 to keep park-goers engaged.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is 14 acres of interactive fun set on the planet Batuu, known as a haven for the galaxy’s most notorious smugglers and scoundrels. Sound like anyone you know? Yes, you’ll find Han Solo’s famous hunk of junk here, and can even take the controls for a spell.

Just as on the film version of Batuu, visitors will have to decide quickly (using the park’s mobile app) whether to align themselves with the First Order, the Resistance, or the world of interplanetary smugglers. These decisions will impact the way the visit unfolds in a way that Disney calls an unprecedented level of interactivity.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge promises to be more than a collection of rides and attractions; it’s a whole world. Visitors can shop the exotic bazar at the Black Spire Outpost, maybe picking up a customized light saber along the way, and sample intergalactic delicacies (blue milk, anyone?) at a number of stands and cantinas throughout the land.

Attendance at this eagerly anticipated attraction will be heavy. If you’re planning to visit between opening day and June 23, you’ll need to make a reservation. The process will not cost anything, but further details have not yet been released. Keep checking Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog for more information about how to ensure a spot at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experience.