The most anticipated American theme park event of the year will be the May 31 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim.
Besides shops, restaurants and interactive experiences, Galaxy’s Edge will feature two Star Wars-themed rides. The first, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will open May 31. The second ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open later this year.
The new themed land, located where Big Thunder Ranch and a portion of unused land behind the Rivers of America area, is designed as the remote smugglers port Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, which will be populated with Star Wars characters, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8 and Chewbacca.
Smugglers Run will put riders in the cockpit of Han Solo’s famous smuggling ship for an interactive virtual reality ride through space.
Other attractions opening May 31 are Oga’s Cantina bar, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters restaurant and a drink stand serving blue and green milk.
Shops include Droid Depot, Savi’s lightsaber workshop, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, Black Spire Outfitters and four others.
When it opens in the fall, Rise of the Resistance will take riders into a full-size star destroyer spaceship for a hands-on battle between the Rebellion forces and the evil First Order.
Because the new land will attract heavier-than-usual summer crowds, ticket-holders will require reservations to visit Galaxy’s Edge between May 31 and June 23 (Disney hotel guests will receive automatic reservations). For details, call (714) 520-5050.
Also new this summer, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” 3D movie, now playing in the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure Park. “Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration,” an Instagram-worthy exhibition and shop, has opened in Downtown Disney District.
And coming next fall, the separate-ticket Oogie Boogie Bash: A Disney Halloween Party will be held on select evenings Sept. 6 through Oct. 31 in Disney California Adventure. Tickets start at $110.
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