Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland on May 31and Walt Disney World on August 29.
“Han Solo, party of four? Your Star Wars is ready.”
Hard to imagine the Millennium Falcon pilot who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs needing reservations to get inside a galaxy far, far away.
You, however, are no Han Solo. You are one of the thousands hoping to be among the first to see Disneyland’s new Star Wars land opening May 31. And like everyone visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge through June 23, you will need a reservation.
Those reservations were up for grabs on Thursday, May 2, but were gone in less than two hours. Here’s how the process was set up to work, including how you can still go even if you missed the registration period
Register for a Disney account
No Disney account, no reservation. If you don’t have an account, head to Disneyland.com and click on “Sign in or create account” at the top. You’ll enter your name, email address and mailing address before choosing three security questions. Be sure to uncheck the box near the bottom if you don’t want to receive marketing emails.
If you have an account, make sure it’s up to date
Sign in and make sure everything is as it should be. When reservations go live, you don’t want to be updating your account information while others are taking up available Star Wars space.
Create multiple accounts
You can create a separate account for each of your email addresses. While details of just how Disney will issue reservations are unknown, you may want to have friends or family sign in with your alternate accounts, slightly improving your odds. Just make sure the lines of communication are open in case someone is successful. Scoring more reservations than needed is very un-Disneylike.
Have trip dates in mind
It makes sense that Disney will ask you to pick a date to visit Galaxy’s Edge (hard to issue reservations without a date attached). Have up to five possibilities ready, just in case. Be prepared with a preferred time as well, should Disney get specific (and here’s hoping it does, allowing guests to plan their day around Galaxy’s Edge).
Follow directions to the letter
At 8 a.m. Pacific Time on May 2, Disney will post details on how to obtain reservations. Visit Disney’s official blog or disneyland.com and take note of each and every step. You may be directed to a new website, or you may have to register separately for Galaxy’s Edge. Reservations go live at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
Be ready before reservations go live
Ideally, you’ll be a click or two away from securing reservations as soon as Disney releases them. Visit the designated site and sign on (or register, whatever is required) as least five minutes before the site goes live. There’s no harm in preparing even earlier, just in case.
Use multiple devices
Whether you’re using a laptop or smartphone could make a difference. If high demand makes the reservations website unstable, the mobile site might be more reliable. Using a desktop, phone and tablet at the same time may not help, but it can’t hurt.
Book a room at a Disney resort hotel
Those staying at Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian between May 31 and June 23 are guaranteed reservations to Galaxy’s Edge. Hundreds of visitors have already reserved rooms to ensure admission and sidestep the online reservation process. Rooms are still available, but be prepared to pay $500 or more per night.
Consider waiting a while to visit
Avoid the stress altogether by visiting later in the year, if at all. As of June 24, reservations no longer will be required to see Galaxy’s Edge. If demand is such that park officials still need to control crowds, a virtual queue will be put into place. Those who are in the park and want to see Galaxy’s Edge will receive an app-based notification when they may enter. Details of how people might join that queue have not been released.
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