Why you may want to wait to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland

Joshua Sudock/Disneyland ResortIf you don’t care to be among one of the first at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this summer, you may want to plan your visit carefully.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open in California’s Disneyland park.
  • If you don’t have a reservation, you can’t visit Galaxy’s Edge until June 24.
  • But you may want to wait to visit until later this fall. The second ride in Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance, isn’t open yet, and Disneyland has no set open date for it yet.
  • You may be better off visiting after September when the price of a one-day ticket to Disneyland is cheaper and when both rides may be open.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is finally open in Anaheim, California’s Disneyland theme park. If you’re planning to visit, you may want to rethink going right away this summer.

If you weren’t lucky enough to land a reservation to enter the 14-acre land, you won’t be able to enter Galaxy’s Edge until after June 24. But you’ll probably be better off going after the reservations are through.

Here’s what you should know before deciding when you should visit Galaxy’s Edge.

If you visit Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge before June 23, you’re paying a lot for a few hours in the new themed land.

Galaxys edge disneyland Kim Renfro/INSIDERHere’s a look inside Oga’s Cantina.

Disneyland has a few levels of pricing for daily tickets: value day tickets (starting at $US104), regular day tickets (starting at $US129), and peak day tickets (starting at $US149). Every day from now through August is considered a peak park day. If you’re buying a park ticket into Disneyland without purchasing one into its neighbouring California Adventure park, each ticket will start at $US149 for those ages 10 and over. Tickets for those ages 3 to 9 cost $US141 for admission to one park.

Disneyland park tickets juneDisney ParksThe price of Disneyland tickets in June start at $US149.

Anyone visiting Galaxy’s Edge from now through mid-June will get to enter the park for only four hours with a required reservation. Free reservations were made available to the public May 2 and were gone within two hours. And even if you have a reservation for Galaxy’s Edge, you still need to pay for a park ticket to enter.

Four hours isn’t exactly a lot of time to explore Galaxy’s Edge when normal park hours for Disneyland are from 8 a.m. until 12 a.m. Four hours also isn’t much time if you plan to go on the new ride, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, head to the stores, try some blue milk and food, and build your own lightsaber and droid without feeling like you’re rushing a bit.

So is it best to head to Galaxy’s Edge after June 23? Well, you still may want to wait.

Star wars galaxys edge first orderKim Renfro/INSIDERThe First Order is in command of the outpost at Galaxy’s Edge.

Even if you head to Disneyland after June 23, you still may not be getting the full experience of Galaxy’s Edge. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is supposed to feature two new attractions: Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Rise of the Resistance. The first one is great. You can read about what it’s like to ride it here.

That second one isn’t open yet. There’s no set date for it yet. Disneyland has simply said it will open sometime later this year. Still, i09’s Germain Lussier said the absence of Rise of the Resistance made Galaxy’s Edge feel half empty since it’s in the second half of the themed land.

Star wars galaxys edge ridesDisney ParksThese are the locations of the two rides in Galaxy’s Edge. Only the Smuggler’s Run attraction is now open.

It doesn’t sound as if everyone will be allowed into Galaxy’s Edge right away come June 24. According to the Los Angeles Times, Disneyland plans to start using a virtual queuing system to visit Galaxy’s Edge starting June 24. On that day Disneyland park tickets will still be at peak price, $US149 a day for those over the age of 10, until early September.

So when should I go? This fall is probably your best bet.

Star wars galaxys edge disneylandKim Renfro/INSIDERGalaxy’s Edge isn’t going anywhere, and it may be much easier to navigate once the crowds die down a bit.

To get the most bang for your buck, I’d recommend waiting to visit Disneyland until the fall when park prices are much lower and when both of the attractions in Galaxy’s Edge are available to the public.

Starting on Monday, September 9, daily park tickets will start at $US129 for visitors ages 10 and over and $US122 for those ages 3 to 9.

Disney park ticket prices september 2019Disney ParksHere are the park prices for Disneyland in September. Starting Monday, September 9, a one-day ticket will drop $US20 in price.

A replica Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open in Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World at the end of August. That may draw some of the crowds away from Galaxy’s Edge in California.

If you’re visiting Galaxy’s Edge, wouldn’t you want to be there when both of its two attractions are open and when you can be there for longer than four hours? The added benefit of visiting in the fall is that you don’t have to worry about peak prices for the parks.

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