Everything you need to know about Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

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Disneyland as we know and love it is about to change forever. The biggest thing to happen to this iconic theme park since it first opened its gates in 1955 is coming: a complete land themed around Star Wars. Colloquially called "Star Wars Land," this new theme park land is actually called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. But this new space has a lot of different names. While they're there, guests will find themselves mingling with the denizens of Black Spire Outpost on the all-new Star Wars canon planet of Batuu.

That's already a lot of information, right? There are a lot of things you need to know about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge before you plan or trip or even consider going. We've broken down every single thing there is to know about this innovative new theme park land, from basics like where it is and when it opens to the public to details like what you can do, eat, drink, see and buy once you go.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is located in Disneyland Park

Despite all of the hype around Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, this new innovation from Disney is not its own theme park. It's located in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Fans of Disneyland will remember Big Thunder Ranch, an outdoor petting zoo, which was closed in January 2016 to make way for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. The land also took over some backstage areas.

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It opens May 31 - for some

May the force be with you - in May. Though Disney teased that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge would be coming in summer 2019, this highly-anticipated land is actually arriving a little early on May 31. But just because that's when it opens doesn't mean you can necessarily visit on that day.

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It will require a no-cost reservation

Disney is taking no chances when it comes to managing the massive demand for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Guests who want to experience the land between May 31 and June 23 will need to make a no-cost reservation on the theme park's website in order to access the area. You need valid theme park admission, too. If you want to totally ensure that you're in, you need to stay at one of the three Disney-owned resorts in Anaheim: The Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel or Paradise Pier. Resort guests are guaranteed a designated reservation time for a Star Wars experience.

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It opens June 24 for all guests

If you don't want to stress about getting a reservation for Galaxy's Edge, plan your trip to Disneyland for June 24 or after. Starting then, the land will be open to all visitors. You should, however, be prepared for massive crowds. We recommend getting to the park early, because both Disneyland Park and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge can reach capacity. You're not guaranteed entry into Disneyland Park on any given day; the gates can be closed and any guests wanting entry will be directed toward Disney California Adventure.

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It will have three entrances

To help keep crowds spread out, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will have three entrances at Disneyland Park. To find it, head north of Frontierland, to the left in Critter Country or to the left in Fantasyland. Galaxy's Edge is expansive; it takes up 14 acres of land. In comparison, the rest of Disneyland Park is about 85 acres.

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It's set on a new Star Wars planet called Batuu

Fans of Disney theme parks and Star Wars know that ridiculously detailed and in-depth storylines are the norm for both, so when those two worlds collide, you know you're going to get an immersive experience. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is actually set on a new Star Wars planet called Batuu. Said to be on the outer rim of a galaxy far, far away, this remote planet has a town called Black Spire Outpost, which is described by Disney as "an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary entanglements with the First Order." That sounds like a recipe for trouble and fun, if you ask us!

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When in the Star Wars timeline does Batuu exist?

If you haven't seen a Star Wars film since the '80s, you may want to catch up. The Black Spire Outpost on Batuu will be set in the world portrayed in the most recent movies, with appearances by characters from the Star Wars sequel triology. You will encounter Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn and Kylo Ren throughout the land and on at least one of the attractions.

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There will be two new rides...

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will have two new attractions - Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - within its boundaries. Two existing Star Wars attractions (Star Tours - The Adventures Continue and the Star Wars Launch Bay) are in Tomorrowland.

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...But only one will be open on May 31

If you're hoping to get the full experience at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you may want to wait a while. When the land opens on May 31, only Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run will be open. The second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open at a later date. Opening Galaxy's Edge in phases enables guests to experience some of Galaxy's Edge as soon as possible while also allowing Disney to finish executing what they promise to be "the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined."

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You can fight Kylo Ren on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

So, what is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? Teased as four rides in one, this attraction will put guests right in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. This attraction features an immersive queue that guides riders through the woods and ruins of Batuu, a briefing from the Resistance, a full-size star destroyer hangar bay complete with 50 stormtroopers, interactions with TIE fighters, AT-ATs and Kylo Ren and so much more, Tech Crunch reports. If the ride experience sounds complicated and in-depth, that's because it is. While it's sure to be a seamless experience once it opens, Rise of the Resistance is truly ambitious and will take some time to be completed perfectly. It's set to open "sometime this year," though Disney has not yet said when that will be.

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Or pilot the 'fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy' on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

The other attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge isn't four rides in one, but it's still going to be a huge hit for fans and non-fans of Star Wars alike. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run is housed in a 100-foot-long recreation of Han Solo's famous starship. In this attraction, you get to sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and will play the role of pilot, flight engineer or gunner to complete a mission. Whether you succeed or fail on your journey will have a real impact on your reputation throughout Batuu, which will be kept track of on the Play Disney Parks app.

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Batuu will be very immersive

The immersion in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge doesn't begin and end with the attractions. The entire land is designed to be a cohesive experience. If you have the Play Disney Parks app on your smartphone, you can be more fully immersed in the land by hacking droids, scanning crates and containers for secrets, translating foreign languages and so much more. This is the first theme park land built after the launch of this app, so it's integrated into the design.

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The music was created by legendary composer John Williams

The sounds in Batuu will be familiar to guests, as Academy Award-winning composer John Williams created new themes for the land and the rides within it. Yes, the same man who crafted that iconic Star Wars opening theme music we know and love did the music for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. No detail was spared when it comes to the immersion here, and that includes the music.

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Whether you choose the light side or the dark side of the force, no Star Wars experience would be complete without the ultimate weapon: a lightsaber. At Savi's Workshop - Handbuilt Lightsabers, you'll be able to build your own custom lightsaber, thanks to the powers of kyber crystals. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the basic lightsaber will start at $109 and a plastic blade will be $49. The shop is less like a store and more like an experience.

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Another workshop, Droid Depot, allows you to rummage through the pieces, parts and chips of scavenged bits to craft your own droid, be it a BB-series droid or an R-series unit. If you'd prefer a premade droid, worry not! Droid Depot will have plenty of those there for you too, including model kits so you can make your own robo-buddy at home.

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Browse through 'treasures' at Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities

The world of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge may take place in the time of the First Order and the Resistance, but if you're a fan of the original trilogy or the prequels, you will probably find what you're looking for at Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities. This won't be your traditional gift shop. Instead, everything is "carefully curated and arranged according to an unknown order," so prepare to look hard for what you want. This shop will sell traditional merchandise, such as jewelry, mugs and statues, in addition to replica lightsabers and other collectable items.

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Dress like a Jedi at Black Spire Outfitters

What good is being immersed in a Star Wars land if you can't dress like you're a Jedi? Black Spire Outfitters will be the home to authentic Star Wars costumes. Want to dress like Obi-Wan Kenobi? You can? Does your daughter want to be a little Rey? She can dress just like her idol! Any and all Star Wars apparel you could want or need will be here.

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There's plenty of other merchandise across other shops and stands

There's no shortage of merchandise within the Black Spire Outpost of Batuu. In addition to the build-a-droid and lightsaber experiences and the two larger shops, a number of stalls and stands will be selling their goods, including the Creature Stall (where you can adopt your own porg!) and the Toydarian Toymaker. There are also stands for fans of the Resistance (fittingly called Resistance Supply) and a spot for fans of the dark side, First Order Cargo.

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Galaxy's Edge will serve alcohol to guests in Disneyland for the first time in history

Since it opened its doors in 1955, Disneyland Park has famously only sold alcohol at the ultra-exclusive and not-so-secret special restaurant, Club 33. But since Batuu is home to people on the lawless outskirts of the Star Wars galaxy, it has a cantina, Oga's Cantina. That spot will sell alcohol for the first time to regular guests at Disneyland Park. However, WDW News Today reports that guests will need to stay inside Oga's Cantina while enjoying their alcoholic libations.

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Drink like Luke Skywalker at Oga's Cantina

The alcoholic beverages, such as the Outer Rim, Jedi Mind Trick and Bloody Rancor, may be getting all of the attention, but don't worry! Non-drinkers and youngsters at this cantina will also have plenty of beverage options. Notably, this a bubbling Carbon Freeze drink and something called Oga's Obsession. The atmosphere of Oga's Cantina will feel immediately familiar to Star Wars fans of yore; it's modeled after the divey cantina that Luke Skywalker wandered into in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope."

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The main restaurant is called Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

The main eatery in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo. It's a quick-service location, meaning that you will go up to a counter and order food to take back to a table. (Or you can always use mobile ordering!) The menu here will take traditional earthly foods and give them unique flavors and shapes to make them feel like they're intergalactic. Even fried chicken is different here. You'll be able to eat the Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, a rectangle of chicken served on top of roasted vegetables and a galactic green sauce. The menu also consists of a plant-based meatloaf, oven-roasted "Burra Fish" and sticky pork ribs.

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But you can also get meats at Ronto Roasters

We hope you come to Batuu hungry, because there are food stands beyond what you'll find at Docking Bay 7. Ronto Roasters will feature a defunct smelter droid spinning a giant spit of meat. If that doesn't sound tantalizing enough, consider the signature menu item, the Ronto Wrap, which is filled with grilled sausage and roasted pork.

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Snack at Kat Saka's Kettle

If you're just looking for a little snack, Kat Saka's Kettle has you covered. This isn't your everyday Disneyland popcorn (which is iconic enough on its own). This popcorn is uniquely spiced to be sweet, savory and spicy all at once and colored in intriguing shades of purple, orange and red.

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One of Star Wars' most-famous beverages is at the Milk Stand

At the Milk Stand, Star Wars fans will truly be able to drink like Luke Skywalker. This aptly-named stand features blue bantha milk (as seen in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope") and green thala-siren milk, which Skywalker was seen chugging during "Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi." If you're looking for familiar-to-Earth drinks, there will also be special bottles of Coca-Cola available throughout Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be the same on both coasts

If you can't make it to Disneyland in California, don't freak out about not being able to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. A nearly identical land is also going to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at that theme park will have the same rides, restaurants and merchandise stands. It is going to open a little later, on August 29, and it's just one of the many ways that Walt Disney World is changing.

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