Disney's new 'Star Wars' theme park to open in May

The park has announced that they will be opening the doors to their Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios ahead of schedule on August 29.

Guests who want to visit the California park between May 31 and June 23 will have to make a reservation, though.

The new attractions come amid Disney's $2 billion investment into its theme parks across the globe.

The news was revealed in a Disney earnings call by company CEO Bob Iger, but a commercial offering fresh glimpses of the heavily-themed areas was released, confirming the opening dates. When the lands first begin inviting customers to visit the galaxy far, far away, they will do so with only one of the two big attractions operating.

The twin themed lands were announced in 2015 - three years after Disney bought Lucasfilm and its Star Wars franchise - and have been under construction since April 2016. Guests will be able to experience the new "Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run" ride, but will have to wait several months to ride the land's other hotly anticipated attraction, "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance".

Star Wars fans itching to get a taste of new Disney theme parks inspired by the iconic film franchise have some exceptionally good news to revel in on Thursday.

Two rides, Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance, are being built at Black Spire Outpost, the village in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Galaxy's Edge opens in California on 31 May, while the Florida location will swing its gates wide on 29 August.

Stay tuned for details about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

In addition to the rides, Disney land staff members will be dressed in customized costumes and asked to engage in light role-play throughout the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme parks. In Smuggler's Run, you'll be in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, which seems pretty wonderful all on its own, but then you'll be thrust into a chase through the galaxy on a ship that may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts.

  • Kyle Peterson