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That trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is going to put a big dent in your wallet — and no Disneyland won’t take galactic credits, you’re going to have to bring your credit card or cold, hard cash.

Prices for some of the costliest merchandise in Galaxy’s Edge are starting to surface on social media as Disneyland cast members begin touring the new Star Wars land ahead of the May 31 grand opening to the public.

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Better start saving now for that trip to Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre themed lands coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

A sampling of the out of this world prices for some of the biggest ticket merchandise available in Galaxy’s Edge:

  • $199.99 for the build-your-own lightsaber experience at the Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers shop (comes with a carrying case)
  • $99.99 for the build-your-own droid experience at the Droid Depot shop (comes with a carrying box)
  • $149.99 for the DJ R-3X — the former Star Tours pilot Rex turned cantina DJ — remote-controlled toy that talks, rolls and wirelessly plays music from your smartphone at Droid Depot
  • $59.99 for the C-3PO toy that cries “What’s going on?” when you rip his head off at Droid Depot
  • $42 for an Endor collectible souvenir mug at Oga’s Cantina
  • $32 for a Porg collectible souvenir mug you can get with a Cliff Dweller cocktail at Oga’s Cantina

READ MORE about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

  • Millennium Falcon: Inside Smugglers Run | Flying tips
  • Rise of the Resistance: 4 rides in 1 | Bathroom pass
  • Experiences: Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers | Droid Depot | Mobile games
  • Cantina: Inside Oga’s | Inspiration | Cocktails | Beer & Wine
  • Food: Docking Bay 7 | Ronto Roasters | Blue Milk | Kat Saka’s Kettle | What to eat
  • Shops: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities | Toydarian Toymaker | Creature Stall | Clothing
  • Black Spire Outpost: Construction tour | Books & Comics | Animatronics | Set-dressing props
  • Soft Opening: Reservations | Crowds | 4-hour time limit | Parking garage | Hotels | Project Stardust

I visited Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction and it turns out that it isn’t about the rides, it’s about the shopping — here’s what you can buy

  • Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge destination isn’t about the rides, it’s about the shopping.
  • All the “Star Wars” merchandise in Galaxy’s Edge is exclusive to the land, but we have some suggestions on how to get similar stuff from the comfort of your home.
  • For those — like me — who are big “Star Wars” and Disneyland fans, Galaxy’s Edge merch is pretty much irresistible.
  • Galaxy’s Edge just opened in California and will be opening in Florida soon, so you can shop the land on both coasts.

Spoiler alert — the main attraction at Disneyland’s brand new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge isn’t the rides, it’s the shopping. While it’s true that you can steer the Millennium Falcon through outer space, sip on a concoction called the Jedi Mind Trick at the Cantina, and spy on Rey as she plays with kids wearing their Jedi best, you’ll probably end up spending most of your time perusing the souvenirs for sale. That’s exactly what happened to me when I visited for the first time (and ending up buying way more than I expected).

Star Wars: A Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland in Anaheim, CA on May 31. For those on the East Coast, the companion land, an almost identical version of the one out West, will open in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL on August 29. This newfangled land – the fictional Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu — has a crazy selection of merchandise to divide you from your money. The way Disney does it — with shopping sprinkled throughout the immersive storytelling, interactive experiences, and a stunning attention to detail — the process of whipping out your credit card really isn’t too painful.

Disney has even found a way to manage the crowds via a virtual queuing system that’s put in place when it’s needed, which means you won’t experience sellouts of the exclusive merch they’ve stocked in their eclectic mix of shops. And when I say exclusive, I mean it. Almost everything in Galaxy’s Edge – and that’s hundreds of items — is unique to the location. That means you can’t buy the exact items online, but you can find extremely similar (if not nearly identical) products on Disney’s website.

‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Merchandise And Memorabilia Being Resold On eBay For Sizeable Profits

From left, Star Wars film franchise creator George Lucas, cast members Billy Dee Williams and Mark… Hamill, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and cast member Harrison Ford stand in front of the Millennium Falcon starship during a dedication ceremony for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland Park, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anaheim, California. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has only been open to the public for one weekend, but a grey market in memorabilia and merchandise connected to the theme park is already thriving online.

The new, and first, Star Wars land opened officially opened on Friday, May 31, 2019, at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It covers 14 acres and cost an estimated $1 billion to create. A second, and similarly sized, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open in Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Items already posted for sale on sites such as eBay range from free maps that are handed out to guests on their arrival at the theme park to items freely available in the theme park and limited edition items from the grand opening media event on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Some of the items that are set to go for the highest prices are the most exclusive items, such as those given out to media and invited guests during press previews. It’s worth noting that some of these items are being sold to raise money for charity.

The branded canvas backpacks contain a range of items including a grand opening ‘Key To The Galaxy’ Millennium Falcon plaque, baseball cap, light up power charger, t-shirt, D23 Magazine Star Wars issue, unreleased Star Wars books, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Marvel Comic and a water bottle. Some include additional items added by sellers. These are, with time still to run on the auctions, expecting to sell for over $900 – the lowest bids on similar items are around the $663 mark but will surely increase.

Elsewhere, a media kit, housed in a stylish black and white folder with the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge branding on the front, is up for grabs. It contains releases covering information about, and descriptions of, various elements of the themed area’s rides and attractions as well as a USB thumb drive containing footage from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. One has already sold for $160 with others being listed.

“If any items are truly rare or unique then it’s possible that these will be in demand by collectors and sought after,” Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, told me. “A hypothetical good example of this would be gift bags containing items that can’t be bought in the stores that were given out to VIPs for preview nights or special events.

“On the basis of them not being made re-available again by the park at a later date as a commercial product it’s likely that these will have a value to collectors (which can’t initially be defined in monetary terms as they would have been free to recipients). It’s the ‘money can’t buy’ items that collectors get excited about, those items will command a premium and increase in value as collectors (who more on many occasions are completists) seek them out from the VIPs who attended the event.”

Other hot property items not usually available to the general public that are popping up on the auction site include Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge project team baseball hats. Sellers are hoping to see those change hands for $200 each – some have already achieved that.

Among the limited edition non-media exclusive items that are attracting high sale prices is a boxed set of Countdown to Galaxy’s Edge pins, of which there are only 500 in existence, which retailed for $84.99 but are being listed for resale for between $199 and $300. Others are trying to sell limited edition Millennium Falcon Jumbo Pin, of which there are only 2,000 made, which retailed in the park for $54.99 but are listed for $95.

This is not an exhaustive list of things people are trying to profit off by reselling. If it can be bought, or acquired, in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge then there’s a chance some will try to resell it online – some people are auctioning coasters from the Cantina.

“It’s unusual for theme park merchandise to be considered unique or even rare as it is mass produced and made available to buy at the parks on a daily basis,” Lane added. “As it is produced in such large volume and so available to buy it doesn’t often hold or increase in value on the second-hand market. Even items that are specifically labeled as Limited Edition can often have an edition size so large that it may take years to sell out and the basic principles of economics apply for supply and demand: If there’s a readily available supply that supersedes demand, then the value flatlines or falls once reaching the second-hand market. That said, there will always be anomalies.”

Among the items that are freely available in the theme park’s stores but also attracting bids above the retail price is the Kowakian Lizard Monkey toy, a.k.a. Salacious B. Crumb from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Available in two styles and fully posable, a remote control also allows you to make it laugh and move its head. They’re already selling like hot cakes. To buy one at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge would set you back $69.99, but they’re already selling for almost twice that amount (or more) online. Similarly, boxed Porgs with moving eyes and mouth, available to ‘adopt’ at Bina’s Creature Stall for $44.99, are being listed and are selling for almost double the retail price.

“The merch at Galaxy’s Edge is among the best I’ve ever seen in a Disney park,” explained Disney vlogger Maxwell Glick. “I do think Disney is doing a good job in limiting purchases of items. When I was there, there was a one item limit at the shops. It doesn’t prevent people from just returning again and again though. While I don’t approve of people reselling these items on eBay and similar sites, people are free to do what they want.”

At the lower end of the grey market, cash grabs are items such as the aforementioned complimentary park guides and maps which are changing hands for anything from around the $5 to $6 mark to a touch under $20 and popcorn buckets shaped like droids or craft selling for around $50 to $55. Also up for grabs are used wrist bands from the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge first day – they’re selling for $10.99 for two bands from the first day up to $50 for two and a ticket from the cast member preview.

“I’m especially uncomfortable with people selling items that were given to them for free such as parks maps, bracelets from opening day, and anything given at a media event,” Glick added. “Recent Disney auctions have proven there is a market for Disney memorabilia and collectibles, but it will take a long time for these items to increase in value and become a good investment. I’m all about buying merchandise for yourself, friends, and family and giving it those you love instead of trying to turn a quick profit.”

The Star Wars film franchise has, unadjusted for inflation, grossed $9.49 billion at the worldwide box office and is arguably more popular now than it has ever been. Additionally, since 2015, Disney has reportedly seen profits at its theme parks increase by 47%. Bear in mind that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is one of the most anticipated theme park opening events of all time and offer some of the most technologically advanced elements the industry has ever seen, this is a perfect storm of brand awareness and consumer demand.

And where there’s demand, there’s money to be made.

The Creature Stall is an exotic shop where you’re free to explore the cages and crates filled with hard-to-find creatures from across the galaxy. Bina, the stall’s proprietor, scours star systems to keep this storefront stocked with unique companions for her customers. You can find Creature Stall in the Marketplace section of Black Spire Outpost. It is either the first shop on your right if you’re entering from the Resistance forest, or the last shop on your left if you’re coming from Ronto Roasters. Here’s a look at the Creature Stall prices and the creatures that will be available for purchase. Which creature will you be taking home?

Creature Stall Prices

Kowakian Monkey Lizard – $69.99

Kowakian Monkey Lizard Blue – $69.99

Rathtar – $29.99

Porg – $44.99

Tauntaun – $39.99

Wampa – $39.99

Puffer Pig – $16.99

Worrt – $29.99

Bantha – $39.99

Mynock – $24.99

Krykna Spider – $19.99

Dewback – $29.99

Loth Cat – $44.99

Neebray – $19.99

Unlike Pandora – The World of Avatar, this isn’t an adoption scenario. You simply purchase your creature and get on with your visit to Batuu. Even the Kowakian Monkey Lizard, which has a similar functionality to the shoulder banshee in Pandora doesn’t have any sort of special “adoption”. With other special experiences like Savi’s Handbuilt Lightsabers, offering creatures in a simple shop within a Marketplace was a good idea.

We’ll continue to provide coverage of all things Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge here on BlogMickey.com, so keep checking back with us over the coming days to learn more about the new land!

Disney Confirms Star Was Galaxy’s Edge Low Attendance and High Cost

Disney again confirms their Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme parks suffer from low attendance with mention of the high costs associated with visiting the parks.

In Disney’s Quarter 4 financial report, while it is reported their Parks, Experiences and Products division saw revenues increase by 8%, it is mentioned that the growth was due to higher guest spending, not because of a large number of people visiting the parks. Prior to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney significantly jacked ticket prices.

The report offers (note: bold my own):

Growth at Disneyland Resort was primarily due to higher guest spending, partially offset by expenses associated with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened on May 31, and, to a lesser extent, lower attendance. Guest spending growth was primarily due to increases in average ticket prices and higher food, beverage and merchandise spending.
Results at Walt Disney World Resort were comparable to the prior-year quarter, despite the adverse impact of Hurricane Dorian in the current quarter. Increases in guest spending and, to a lesser extent, occupied room nights and attendance were offset by higher costs. Higher costs were driven by costs associated with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened on August 29, and cost inflation. Guest spending growth was primarily due to increased food, beverage and merchandise spending and higher average ticket prices.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge continues to suffer from low attendance

So we see the report confirms that while attendance is low at their parks, which includes Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the cost to go to the parks with food, merchandise, and ticket sales is high, which is the source of the revenue.

Rumors off that if things don’t pick up by February Galaxy’s Edge may get rebranded.

Regarding Star Wars merchandise, which the previous report confirmed has been on the decline, the Q4 report makes no mention of Star Wars merchandise:

Higher operating income at our merchandise licensing business was due to an increase in revenue from sales of merchandise based on Frozen and Toy Story, partially offset by lower sales of merchandise based on Mickey and Minnie.

Star Wars at Disney has been suffering a bumpy ride as just recently saw the Game of Thrones showrunners depart their planned trilogy, with rumors also offering that Rian Johnson is gone.

And C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels did just say he is disappointed with Disney Star Wars.

In an attempt to get the franchise off life support, Marvel’s Kevin Feige was recently announced to be tackling Star Wars, and Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian Disney Plus series looks promising.

(source: Disney)

Everything to know about Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the 14-acre expansion rumored to have cost $1 billion in a theme park not far away, opens May 31 at Disneyland.

Here’s what you need to know:

What is it?

Disneyland’s new “Star Wars”-inspired land is designed to resemble a remote settlement named Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, one filled with the type of riffraff our intergalactic heroes would come upon — space outlaws, smugglers and rebels battling, or hiding from, the evil Empire. Contrasting with the romanticized vision of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A., one “Star Wars” novel describes Black Spire Outpost as a place for “rogues and opportunists, con artists, thieves.”

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In real life, there will be plenty of tourists and die-hard “Star Wars” fans to contend with.

It’s the Anaheim park’s biggest single-land expansion since Walt Disney opened the global landmark in 1955 and one that has been anticipated since the Walt Disney Co. announced a $4-billion deal in 2012 to acquire Lucasfilm, the production company that created the galaxy-building franchise. (Think Star Tours, but on a much larger scale.)

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The ambitious 14-acre expansion is located in the park’s northwest corner and replaces several attractions in Disneyland’s Frontierland, including a petting zoo. At Disneyland, there will be three entry points: two near the borders of Frontierland and Fantasyland and one connecting to Critter Country.

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But visitors — known as travelers or off-worlders — who want to be there on or near opening day must have already secured a reservation to gain entry into the land.

The grand opening kicks off the seasonal theme-park rush and will showcase Disney’s franchise-integration prowess, as well as its crowd-control skills. That’s partly why certain tiers of annual pass-holders will be blocked out when it launches and during much of the summer. (Some are getting their last visits in during the coming weeks, meaning larger crowds during the Memorial Day holiday.)

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. is also scheduled to open its own version of the land Aug. 29.

When can you see it?

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

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Detailed models of the “Star Wars”-themed lands under development at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., were unveiled July 14 at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

(Joshua Sudock / Disneyland Resort)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge doesn’t officially open until May 31, but employee and press previews have begun.

Official images of the new land have been heavily guarded, but fans can expect to see the land from afar when Disneyland hosts a splashy dedication ceremony for the expansion on May 29, just two days before the grand opening.

The ceremony will be livestreamed at 8:20 p.m. Pacific on the Disney Parks blog, Facebook and Twitter pages and by following #DisneyParksLive.

What is there to do there?

Concept art showing the inside of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at the Disneyland Resort. (Disney Parks) Advertisement

Locally, the land will eventually feature two rides, four eateries, one space-themed cantina and five retail shops. It helps to explore Black Spire Outpost with the Play Disney mobile app, which is vital for non-native speakers who want to decode the “Star Wars” language of Aurebesh, seen prominently throughout the land.

Only one ride — the game-like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — will be operational on opening day. The second Galaxy’s Edge attraction — the ambitious, multi-vehicle Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — is promised for later in the year.

The Millennium Falcon ride puts parkgoers who are 38 inches or taller inside the spacecraft made famous by Han Solo (or Rey, depending on which “Star Wars” film you saw first), working as a pilot, engineer or gunner. Expect the simulator ride to play as a more interactive but similarly intense version of Star Tours, one in which groups of six will have to work together to complete a mission. Disney promises those who return with a roughed-up Falcon will potentially face consequences throughout the land.

Galaxy’s Edge is so ambitious Disneyland fans may not be ready for it “

Rise of the Resistance, a showcase attraction of the land, will feature multiple full-scale ships and vehicles and extensive animatronics. The experience, representing a Resistance mission gone bad, will move guests among multiple locations, where they will ride vehicles and encounter characters from the current trilogy, including a holographic representation of Daisy Ridley’s Rey.

The surrounding village, Black Spire Outpost, features marketplaces inspired by Moroccan and Turkish bazaars. Visitors can build their own lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop or customize a droid at Droid Depot. Come armed with a credit card, as the build-your-own lightsaber costs $200 and droids will run you $99 and up.

Meanwhile, foodies can try new concoctions at Oga’s Cantina or grab a meal at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. Ronto Roasters, where a giant engine from a podracer is made to appear as if it’s a grill, will serve spicy sausages and turkey jerky.

How do you get in (Hint: If you don’t already have a reservation, and don’t want to spring for a Disneyland hotel room, don’t bother)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever, transporting guests to Black Spire Outpost, a village on the never-before-seen planet of Batuu. (Joshua Sudock / Disney Parks) Advertisement

Valid theme-park admission is required to get into Disneyland. Basic adult ticket prices start at $129 and children’s tickets (ages 3-9) begin at $122, and they vary depending on the day. But that’s not all…

Beginning May 31:

Between May 31 and June 23, guests wanting to visit Galaxy’s Edge must have a reservation and are allowed four hours inside the land. Each reservation can be used for a party of up to six people, and each adult in the group must show government-issued identification to get in.

Disneyland implemented the reservation system to avoid the gridlock and social media backlash that marred the openings of other blockbuster attractions, such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016 and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park in 2012. It also ensures Galaxy’s Edge isn’t flooded with Disneyland’s large base of annual pass-holders.

Park visitors who book rooms at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels automatically get a four-hour reservation to visit the land. Those guests may check in at Galaxy’s Edge two hours prior to their reservation start time.

Parkgoers who didn’t go the hotel-room route were allowed to make reservations online May 2. But those reservations for the initial May 31-June 23 opening period were filled within two hours.

Visitors will be given a special wristband that displays their reservation window. When their time slot expires, access to key attractions and merchandise locations will be cut off. Additionally, park employees dressed as “Star Wars” characters, likely Stormtroopers, will be checking those wristbands and asking them to leave if need be.

Beginning June 24:

After June 23, the theme park will launch a virtual queuing system, similar to the FastPass system used to schedule appointments to ride the most popular attractions.

By visiting the Disneyland app or a kiosk in the park, visitors can sign up to be part of a boarding group to enter the Star Wars land. Each group will have a two-hour window in which to enter the land but no time limit once visitors enter. Disneyland workers will gauge how crowded the land is before deciding when to accept more groups.

Beginning June 24, a separate reservation for the land will no longer be required.

What about Star Tours?

Disneyland has long featured a “Star Wars” attraction in Tomorrowland, clear across the park. And though its fate — and that of its neighboring Star Wars Launch Bay — is rumored to be in question, the venerable 1987 flight simulator is here to stay for the foreseeable future and will still be fully operational when Galaxy’s Edge opens.

Additionally, Space Mountain currently has a “Star Wars”-themed makeover in Hyperspace Mountain, which, albeit temporary, will be sticking around for a bit.

So visitors can still get their fix while they wait for their reservations — or find some other classic Disney fare to indulge in to pass the time.

What are the new rules about visiting?

The updated version of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. (Rob Sparacio / Disneyland)

In its continued effort to deal with large crowds and protect its brand, the park will be implementing some new rules and tightening older ones.

In hopes of easing the crush of fans when the site opens, Disneyland engineers and landscapers have been working to widen walkways and improve queuing systems to accommodate more visitors. The effort was called Project Stardust and also involvedthe colorful restoration of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle the crown jewel of the park’s Main Street, U.S.A. and gateway to Fantasyland.

Here are a few rules to be aware of:

  • No (more) smoking: Disneyland managers announced in March that the efforts to ease congestion included removing several smoking areas from the resort and banning extra-wide strollers.
  • Parking: The resort will soon open a new parking structure, Pixar Pals. Until then, the Mickey & Friends structure and the Toy Story lot will be the two primary guest-parking areas. Parking vouchers still cost $25.
  • No costumes: The Disneyland Resort already has a costume policy, which will remain in effect when Galaxy’s Edge opens. Guests 14 and older are not allowed to wear costumes, but Disney-inspired attire — a.k.a. Disney bounding — is permitted and encouraged.
  • Bathroom passes: Inside Galaxy’s Edge, parkgoers waiting in line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will have to obtain restroom passes if they need to leave their place in line. According to the resort’s website, guests in line will still have “the ability to purchase snacks, utilize a continued process to visit the restroom, enjoy cast interactions, and also engage with an in-queue game while using the Play Disney Parks mobile app to make wait times fun, interactive and enjoyable.”
  • No standby lines: Between May 31 and June 23, there will be no standby line to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Only parkgoers with reservations will be able to access the land during that time.
  • No way around that reservation policy: Access to Galaxy’s Edge won’t be available during the park’s extended hours, known as Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning.
  • No FastPass or MaxPass: Line-jumping amenities such as Disney FastPass and Disney MaxPass are unavailable for attractions in the new land.

What’s this about a new class of annual passes?

Disneyland Resort is introducing an annual pass that lets visitors in on slow days but requires reservations for weekends and other popular times. It’s no surprise that it’s launching just as Galaxy’s Edge is set to open.

The so-called Flex Pass went on sale May 21 for $599 and can be used with no restrictions on most Mondays through Thursdays — when demand is usually low.

But on most weekends and during the high-demand summer months, Flex Pass holders must log onto a Disneyland website or use the resort’s smartphone app to book a reservation as late as the morning of the visit to Disneyland, California Adventure or both. The pass can’t be used at all during two weeks surrounding Christmas.

Times staff writers Hugo Martin and Todd Martens contributed to this report.

Disney Star Wars Hotel prices per-person leaked

Disneyland’s Star Wars Hotel near Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was revealed in part by Disney recently as the absolute most ultimate Star Wars experience. Disney’s relatively broad, exciting, and fanciful description of this experience made it seem like they’d created something above and beyond any sort of fan-aimed product made for any fantasy universe before. For that, one would assume the cost per-person and per-night for a stay at this hotel would be… pretty substantial.

“This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen,” said the Disney description of the upcoming Star Wars hotel. “From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.” It seems like Disney’s creating something with the feel of Jurassic Park, and that they, too, have ‘spared no expense.’

Concept art shows the space capsule inside which patrons will travel to the starship (the hotel) where they’ll stay. This starship is relatively large, according to official Lucasfilm documentation (in several novels and guides), coming in at around twice the length of a Corellian Corvette. That’s twice the size of the first ship we see in Star Wars: A New Hope, and over 8x the length of the Millennium Falcon.

Above you’ll see just a few concept images of the Star Wars hotel as shared by Disney. This could all change by the time the hotel is built – or it could look exactly the same. We shall see!

Star Wars hotel cost per night?

This experience will cost prospective visitors over 1-thousand dollars a day according to today’s leak. WDW News Today cited anonymous sources, suggesting that the price for a 2-night, 3-day stay will start at $3,300 for a single person.

Pricing will likely scale according to the number of people that’ll be staying in a single cabin. It’s not clear just yet whether there’ll be different price packages for different numbers of people wishing to stay in a single cabin, but it would seem that there’ll be more than one different size cabin.

Each standard sized cabin seems to be able to fit up to 5 people (passengers.) Sources suggest that 5 people in 1 cabin for a 2-night/3-day stay would cost approximately $7,200 USD. That’d be right around $1,440 per person for the full stay.

Leaked schematics suggest that there’ll be at least two different standard-sized cabins and a “1st class cabin” that’s substantially larger than the standard cabins. Sources suggested that the larger cabin will be called a “Captain’s Quarters” cabin. There’ll apparently be 32 regular cabins per floor and 2 first-class cabins.

Would people really pay this much?:

Consider the cost of a VIP package with ticket cost for a big-name music artist headlining a world tour for their biggest album ever. Consider that the cost of a highest-end ticket for the 2018 Beyonce and Jay-Z tour that DID NOT include a meet-and-greet cost close to $2,000 USD, per ticket.

At the same time, it would seem that the hotel pricing is not finalized just yet, and that Disney Parks and Resorts may well change pricing substantially before the hotel is ready to open. According to the same source as above, “these numbers are the current ones being thrown around in discussions regarding the resort” – at Disney.

The dollar amounts are eye-popping, even for a project as big as Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

  • $55.7 million for a Millennium Falcon flight simulator ride
  • $12.5 million for a Cantina restaurant and tavern serving alien cocktails
  • $350,000 for food freighter cargo spaceship sitting atop a quick-serve restaurant

By Brady MacDonald

It’s rare to see dollar amounts attached to new Disneyland additions – and the largest single expansion in the history of the Anaheim theme park has a lot of digits after that dollar sign.

Building permits submitted by Disney to the city of Anaheim tally up tens of millions of dollars spent on the new 14-acre themed land set to debut at Disneyland in summer 2019. The city documents also offer a sneak peek at what Disney has planned for the attractions, shops and restaurants in the smuggler’s port on the remote reaches of a galaxy far, far away.

The cost of Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Contractors set the valuation of the ongoing work at Disneyland’s Star Wars themed land at more than $185 million, according to Anaheim building permits. The entire Galaxy’s Edge project in Anaheim is estimated to cost in the region of $1 billion.

See also: Star Wars land: what to expect when Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland and Disney World

While building permits issued incrementally throughout the course of construction can’t provide a complete picture of the massive project, they do offer an intriguing glimpse at the scope of the work going on inside the new Star Wars land. Cost estimates made by contractors typically don’t include late changes or furnishings.

From a storytelling standpoint, the new themed land will be set in the Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu, located on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy.

Let’s take a closer look at the costs of constructing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and what the Anaheim building permits reveal about the new themed land.

Restaurant and Merchandise: $18.4 million

The building permits call for a 15,550-square-foot restaurant with a 1,390-square-foot outdoor dining area. A $350,000 prefabricated cargo ship would be anchored to the roof of the building.

That description sounds like the counter-service restaurant planned for Docking Bay 7. A weathered and battle-damaged food freighter cargo ship was recently placed atop the building.

The permits also describe a 12,340-square-foot merchandise area covered by sunshades. The area would include a pre-fabricated themed apartment.

That description could pertain to the planned Merchant Row marketplace (or another shopping district known as Smuggler’s Alley).

The retail shops and food stands in the street market will sell story-specific merchandise and otherworldly delicacies. Concept art shows merchants selling futuristic pots, rugs, fruits and grilled foods. They do so from small shops beneath red and orange canopies strung between sandstone buildings.

Retail: $14.3 million

The permits describe a 25,416-square-foot retail area covered by canopies and awnings. The area would include three prefabricated themed apartments and extensive rock work.

That description could pertain to Smuggler’s Alley (or possibly Merchant Row).

The building permits call for an “overhead conveyor droid prop,” a possible location for the droid mechanic workshop planned for the land.

The documents also suggest an as-yet-unannounced “Attraction #3” is planned for this area of the themed land.

Attraction #2: $55.7 million

The city permits describe a 115,000-square-foot amusement building. It houses “Attraction #2.” The exterior of the two-story building would include a tower and antennas. The attraction interior would feature at least 20 scenes, with several “A/B scenes” suggesting multiple storylines. Scene 3 calls for a prefabricated “hero engine.”

The plans also call for the installation of a $4.4 million “iconic theme prop” in front of the attraction.

All those factors suggest that “Attraction #2” could be the Millennium Falcon flight simulator ride, codenamed “Big Bird.”

Aerial images show the distinctive wireframe outline of the Star Wars galaxy’s most iconic ship emerging amid continuing construction at Disneyland.

The Millennium Falcon ride at Galaxy’s Edge will put riders in the cockpit of the fastest ship in the galaxy. They will battle Imperial tie fighters during a mission to bring back a pile of loot to a vengeful space pirate.

Attraction #1: $77.9 million

The city permits describe a 165,000-square-foot amusement building housing “Attraction #1.” The two-story attraction interior would feature at least 18 scenes. Exterior scenic elements would feature towers and antenna arrays.

The plans also call for a prefabricated “Escape Pod” prop vehicle.

All those factors suggest that “Attraction #1” could be the Battle Escape dark ride, codenamed “Alcatraz.”

The Battle Escape dark ride will put riders in the middle of a battle in a “race against time” to aid the Resistance.

Restaurant and Shop: $12.5 million

The building permits describe a 16,535-square-foot restaurant with a 720-square-foot merchandise area. A bridge connecting the restaurant to a nearby building would be used by employees only.

The description suggests the building could house the Cantina table-service restaurant and bar.

The new Star Wars themed land will include an upscale “dinner club” and a local tavern for the “truly adventurous” where droids serve cocktails to customers.

Interactive Area: $2.4 million

The building permits describe a 2,950-square-foot interactive back-of-house area with dressing rooms and break rooms. The exterior would feature a covered queue area, freestanding rockwork structures and decorative faux tanks, generators and evaporators. A bridge connecting to a nearby building would be used by employees only.

That description suggests a meet-and-greet area where visitors could interact with costumed characters from the Star Wars universe.

Disney will be putting a heavy emphasis on storytelling and character interaction in the Galaxy’s Edge themed land. The new land will feature walk-around characters and creatures. They will interact with visitors as part of a continually-developing story line that evolves and progresses throughout the day.

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Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Walt Disney World

A second version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is finally open at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. After years of waiting, guests are streaming into the 14-acre land in Orlando, Florida for the first time. Luckily, we’ve already put its West Coast clone at Disneyland through its paces. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you land “on planet” to visit the world of Batuu.

Black Spire Outpost

The planet of Batuu is home to the Black Spire Outpost, a seedy little spaceport on the edge of the known galaxy. The land is roughly divided into three parts, one controlled by the Resistance, another by the First Order, and a more cosmopolitan space in between. Themed shopping and dining opportunities are available in all three.

Be sure to dress accordingly. That means protecting yourself from the sun, but also knowing that you can’t wear a costume if you’re aged 14 years or older — not even the ones you can buy in the park.

Access to the land is expected to be available to any Disney World guests with tickets to Hollywood Studios. However, anticipate a kind of virtual queuing system to be put in place. Your best bet is to download the My Disney Experience mobile app. With that same tool you can also manage your FastPass+ rides, character experiences, and meals throughout your trip.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Job one during your visit will be to hitch a ride on the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. Don’t rush. In our experience the wait times have hovered around 60 minutes at Disneyland, and the extra capacity expected at Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando should help mitigate the wait. The in-line experience itself is worth the wait, including detailed props and a recreation of the iconic lounge area inside the ship itself.

Be sure to download and install the Play Disney Parks app ahead of time, since there’s an extensive quest that you can only complete while waiting in line. You can also earn points based on your performance on the ride itself that can increase your rank with the various factions around Batuu.

Oga’s Cantina

Getting the opportunity to visit the cantina at Galaxy’s Edge may actually be a bit more dicey than riding Han Solo’s ship. We recommend keeping tabs on the Play Disney Parks app and watching the wait times for Oga’s Cantina like a hawk. There may also be opportunities to grab a FastPass+ for certain times of the day, including breakfast, which includes small portion meals and alcoholic drinks.

Food and drink

Eating and drinking at Galaxy’s Edge is an adventure in and of itself, and includes just as much theming as other areas of the park. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo is the place to go with a family, since it offers sit-down dining and a decent selection of food for the entire crew. For smaller groups on the go, hit up Ronto Roasters for a wrap. There’s also the Milk Stand, offering “imported” blue Bantha milk from Tatooine and green Thala-Siren milk from Ach-To. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t quite taste the way you expect it to.

App-based food and beverage ordering was recently added to the My Disney Experience Mobile App, so use that system to your advantage to maximize your downtime waiting in lines or moving between attractions.

Shopping

The epicenter for shopping at Galaxy’s Edge is in the Marketplace. That’s where you’ll find open air stalls like the Toydarian Toymaker selling children’s toys and games, Jewels of Bith selling mugs and pins, and even the Creature Stall where you can purchase your own Kowakian Monkey-Lizard puppet. There are also themed shops and stalls in the Resistance and First Order areas of the park.

The main attraction, however, is Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Part museum, part high-end retailer, the shop is still worth a visit, even if you’re not looking to spend hundreds on screen-accurate lightsaber replicas. Check our our complete guide to Dok-Ondar’s for exhaustive details about the bits of lore hanging on the walls.

Speaking of lightsabers, we’ve already visited Savi’s Workshop and built our own. The small-group experience only manages to serve a few dozen guests every hour, so if you can grab a FastPass+ ahead of time you can save yourself a lot of trouble.

However, know that Savi likes to keep a low profile. Many park maps don’t even show where his workshop is located. Take our advice and start asking any cast members you can find where to get the best “junk” and they might be able to tip you off on where to find him.

Another unique retail experience is called the Droid Depot. That’s where you can build your own custom R-series or B-series droids. The $99 units interact with the park itself, reacting to the different areas that you visit. So pick up a backpack and strap on your new little buddy so he can participate in the adventure all day.

Live shows

Speaking of participation, know that every single Disney cast member that you meet will have their own unique backstory related to Batuu. Spend your time in line chatting them up about their sympathies toward the Resistance or the First Order.

There aren’t any traditional character meet-and-greets inside Galaxy’s Edge, so don’t expect to spend time in line waiting to get your picture taken with Rey. Instead, look for characters like super spy Vi Moradi, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren wandering the park and interacting with guests along the way. It’s all part of a canonical story set in the larger Star Wars Universe.

Be sure to check with the cast to learn when the twice daily shows — which include special effects like blaster fire and pyrotechnics — will be happening around the park. Expect to find them on stage in front of the TIE Echelon spaceship parked in the First Order area, and on top of the speeder garage.

The first image, a photograph, released from inside Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Last, and definitely not least, know that the biggest attraction at Galaxy’s Edge hasn’t even opened yet. It’s called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and it’s reportedly more ambitious than any amusement park ride that’s ever come before.

Rise of the Resistance enlists guests as recruits fighting against the First Order. The journey begins when they board a transport shuttle in the wooded area of the land, similar to the one seen carrying General Leia Organa into the Battle on Takodana in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As the ride progresses, the First Order captures guests and brings them aboard a Star Destroyer. At that point, they’re treated to a space battle raging outside a large hangar bay, complete with at least one life-sized TIE fighter in the foreground. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s reportedly four different rides in one, and by far one of the longest experiences that Disney has ever created.

Sadly, Rise of the Resistance doesn’t open in Orlando until December. Fans can experience the same attraction at Disneyland in January.

For all of Polygon’s coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including more tips and tricks as well as analysis and interviews, see our dedicated guide.