Disneyland released this photo of the Millenium Falcon and surrounding Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on its @Disneyland Instagram page, providing the first official look at what parkgoers will experience when the new land opens this summer. (Photo courtesy of Disney).

Disneyland Will Enforce 4-Hour Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Reservations with Colored Wristbands and “Stormtrooper” Patrols

If you were wondering how Disney will enforce those 4-hour reservations to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from May 31st through June 23rd, wonder no longer. Per Brady MacDonald of the OC Register:

Disneyland expects that four hours will be enough time for most visitors to explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during the initial reservation-only period and that scoundrels who overstay their welcome will be dealt with by a squadron of stormtroopers.

Disneyland will restrict visitors with free Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservations to a 4-hour time limit during an initial “soft opening” period of the highly anticipated new themed land at the Anaheim theme park.

Disneyland will issue colored wristbands to visitors during the reservation-only period for each of the four-hour windows. Newly-admitted Galaxy’s Edge visitors will mix in with those already in the land much like the Halloween events at Disneyland.

After each four-hour window ends, Disneyland employees may turn away visitors with expired wristbands attempting to enter the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction, Oga’s Cantina cocktail lounge, Docking Bay 7 restaurant and the Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot experiential shops.

“At a certain point, if we have to, then we’ll start to ask them to leave the land,” said Disneyland vice president Kris Theiler.

Disneyland expects that most visitors will find four hours to be more than enough time to explore the new 14-acre Star Wars land.

“Four hours is a long time in the land,” Theiler said. “Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.”

Stragglers will be dealt with by the First Order stormtroopers patrolling the land.

“We’ll be utilizing the troopers to help us, for sure,” Theiler joked.

The reservation system has been designed to manage crowds and minimize wait times while keeping the land below capacity.

“It will be an awesome time to visit the land,” Theiler said.

The goal is to keep the wait times for Smugglers Run under two hours, Theiler said. Accommodations will be made if the attraction should experience any downtime.

The wait time for Smugglers Run will balloon if everybody entering Galaxy’s Edge heads straight for the attraction. Disney hopes to disperse visitors throughout the land during the reservation-only period and persuade riders to postpone their journey on Smugglers Run until the second or third hour of their visit when wait times will be less.

“We want to try and make sure that people aren’t spending the whole time standing in the queue,” Theiler said.

At the same time, Disney doesn’t want riders waiting until the last minute of their four-hour window to get in line for Smugglers Run.

“We want each group to feel like they had an awesome experience,” Theiler said.

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Galaxy's Edge Stormtrooper
Galaxy's Edge Stormtrooper
1 year ago

Move along. Move along.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

How many people are gonna try to use the Jedi Mind trick to get out of this?
This wristband is not expired.

Randyland
Randyland
1 year ago

If storm troopers will come to take you out when your time is up, many may use that opportunity to get a personal meet and greet with the storm troopers…

Somehow the concept seems to require refinements.

JFSinIL
JFSinIL
1 year ago
Reply to  Randyland

My thought exactly – I’d certainly wait for the stormtroopers to force me out as part of the erxperience!

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Randyland

Especially if I get my picture taken. And called rebel scum.

Matthew G
Matthew G
1 year ago

I don’t understand why they don’t give everyone a return time to ride the ride, like a Fastpass. Assign 1/4 of the reservations to the first hour, 1/4 to the second hour, and so forth. It seems like they could create a system to spread out the crowd for the queue over the four hours.

Wayne Woodard
Wayne Woodard
1 year ago
Reply to  Matthew G

No I’m sorry, that would be to easy. And we all know like there parking. It will never be easy for Disneyland.

Bryan P
Bryan P
1 year ago

4 hours to cover 14 acres of Star Wars is going to be rough. You either see everything and do nothing or do something and see very little.

JimH
JimH
1 year ago

These are not the wrist band colors you are looking for.

Corndog_The_Ninja
Corndog_The_Ninja
1 year ago

I heard there’s going to be a Star Wars restaurant that supposed to be really good. But don’t get the Wookies steak…, it’s a little Chewy.

Lane Jasper
Lane Jasper
1 year ago

“This is not the person you wish to remove”
Use the force fools!

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago

I like your article… When is Orlando’s soft opening happening?