Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening dates announced

The opening dates for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World and Disneyland were announced Thursday.

The attraction will officially open Aug. 29 at Disney World and May 31 at Disneyland in California. The dates are earlier than what had been expected.

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The announcement was made by Disney CEO Bob Iger at The Walt Disney Company shareholders meeting Thursday morning.

Disney officials said the lands are debuting early “because of high guest interest in experiencing this new, immersive land.”

The openings will be done in phases. On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample food and beverages, explore merchant shops and more.

The other main attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open during phase two, which will occur at a later date.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is an adventure through the grungy planet Batuu where guests can build their own droids and lightsabers, interact with aliens and climb into the cockpit of the massive Millennium Falcon, where you will discover your mission and engage in a dogfight with Tie Fighters.

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The sprawling 14-acre land is set on a remote world in the newest “Star Wars” trilogy – so don’t expect appearances by Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. But some familiar faces including Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and fan-favorite Chewbacca will guide visitors through the immersive world.