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News From Batuu: What Changes Can We Expect in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

News From Batuu: What Changes Can We Expect in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

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As Disney’s Hollywood Studios prepares to reopen on July 15, Guests are picking up Park Pass reservations for this theme park as quickly as they can. Many are hoping for a chance to visit Galaxy’s Edge with low capacity. Now we have some news from Batuu about what Guests will experience when visiting Galaxy’s Edge upon reopening.

As Walt Disney World prepares to reopen, things will look very different for both Cast Members and Guests. One of the bigger changes is that both will be expected to wear face masks in all areas of the Resort, except when eating and swimming.

Social distancing in queues and the temporary suspension of character interactions, parades, or fireworks are just some of the additional changes we will experience in Walt Disney World upon reopening.

Guests will also be required to make an advanced Disney Park Pass Reservation to enter the theme parks as well. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has reached Park Pass Capacity for many upcoming dates.

Part of the reason Hollywood Studios Park Pass Capacity filled so quickly could be because that park is smaller and is capable of holding less guests than the other theme parks. Additionally, this park has also become a favorite of many, with the additions of Toy Story Land, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

If you’re hoping that an experience in Galaxy’s Edge with lower capacity crowds will help you experience the attractions with lower wait times, you might be wondering what to expect. Reports are coming in now about what changes we might see in Galaxy’s Edge upon Hollywood Studio’s reopening.

Rumor has it that Galaxy’s Edge Cast Members were given thermometers, masks, and face shields when they clocked in upon returning to work. Face shields are now required for almost every position in the area.

If Cast Members have a costume that requires a hat, they have been told not to wear it. Since they are now wearing a mask and a face shield, the addition of the hat will not be required.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance will both be running, and each attraction will only take one party per vehicle or pod.

Guests riding Rise of the Resistance will get to experience the entire attraction; no holding rooms or pre-shows will be skipped.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run usually has a pre-show as part of the attraction. Disney has not yet decided whether they will leave the pre-show running as Guests walk through, or if Guests will just skip the area all together. They are not currently planning on having Guests stop in that room.

Guests will be allowed to take pictures in the Millennium Falcon holding area, but they will be required to wear masks when doing so.

There will be a relaxation zone located in Galaxy’s Edge where Guests can take their masks off. This area is believed to hold about 80 people.

Cast Members received information in training that they must be strict in their enforcement of Guests wearing face masks. They were specifically informed all Guests, including those with disabilities, will be required to wear face masks or asked to leave.

There will be a recorded message playing throughout Hollywood Studios reminding people that they must wear their masks and to wash their hands often.

What are your thoughts on the new policies in Galaxy’s Edge? Let us know on Kenny the Pirate’s Facebook Page, or join our crew and continue the discussion!

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Tuesday 30th of June 2020

I’m sad. So no making your own lightsaber?

barry fimister

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

not one mention that every single souvenir shop inc the make your own lightsaber experience are all closed!... basically it would have been quicker to say....what will you experience at galaxys edge is... both rides....that's can walk around and look...but apart from both rides .that's it...the bar, the restaurant, saber experience and all the shops are closed .... an absolute waste of money and time to go there at the moment sadly

Melanie Lowry

Monday 29th of June 2020

Then don’t go. There is nothing discriminatory about requiring people with or without disabilities to wear a mask. People with disabilities are the main people who need to wear masks, as they are more susceptible to COVID-19. And, yes, I know this for a fact. I am a nurse and have a 16 year old with Down syndrome. She is the first one to put on her mask and does not complain, unlike a lot of “typical” adults whining about their “rights.” She understands it is essential to keeping her well and slowing down the transmission. The CM’s and Disney are more concerned about protecting themselves and their guests than a temporary “authentic experience” for said guests. Yes, masks are hot. But, guests in masks are a whole lot cooler than the poor CM’s in masks, face shields and polyester uniforms. Give them and everyone else a break and BE KIND. Reschedule for a later time when things may have relaxed a little and COVID-19 is under control.


Monday 29th of June 2020

There still going to do the disney thing matter what. Im happy theyre taking safty measures hopefully people will do the right thing


Monday 29th of June 2020

I think Disney is going to get their assas sued for discrimination against disabled people for saying they can not come to the osrkvif they csn not wear a muzzle and castmember face madks in Baru ruin the whole experience

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