Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Now Open To Public: But Getting Inside Is Still Not Easy
Disney has opened Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to the public without reservations. But if you think it will be now easier to visit this new attraction, think again.
As the popularity of the new Star Wars land is yet to come down, visitors should expect there will still be a flock of people heading their way to Disneyland - especially now that Disney gives general access to everyone. There will be a long line up, but the company imposes a virtual queue to control the crowd.
Through the park's FastPass kiosks or the Disney app, guests can now sign up as early as 7 a.m. for boarding time to Batuu. However, it still needs physical appearance, so you still have to be there.
According to CNN, it will be a first-come-first-serve basis. So whoever comes first has the chance to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. It is also not always a guarantee that you can come to the Star Wars land even if you made it on the queue.
As the day passes, it gets more evenly crowded. So, the app will tell you if you will be able to come in or not. If you're lucky enough, you have two hours to go to the sight when you receive a notification.
However, other spots in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, like Savi's workshop and Oga's Cantina, need specific reservations. The Hollywood Reporter noted that when Disneyland first opened the attraction to the public, it took less than an hour before people were turned away.
Guests could come back at a later time if they were lucky enough to have a boarding party, but it got immediately packed by people. It even opened earlier than usual at the time, around 7:30 a.m. After an hour, no walk-ins were allowed.
The Disneyland app would also tell you the waiting time to ride your favorite attraction. On an opening day to the public, the waiting time to experience Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run took three hours. It was later down to 40 minutes and then up again to more than an hour.
There were also some complaints on social media about the merchandise items. Some character lightsabers and droid personality chips were quickly sold out.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge began its soft opening on May 31 with reservations. Now, the place is open to the public as long as it is not yet at capacity.
Disney doesn't reveal the maximum number of visitors it can hold, but its virtual queue does the work. It is also not clear how long the wait will be, or if there is a time limit on how long a visitor can stay. But from the looks of it, it may still take a little while before the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge hype will calm down.