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The one way you can still get a Star Wars Land reservation during its first month

To mitigate large crowds, Disney installed a reservation system

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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

To handle the sheer volume of guests visiting newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, at Disneyland, Disney Parks has used a reservations system. To get into Star Wars land during the expansion’s opening month, each guests need a ticket to the park and a confirmed reservation code. Disney Parks allowed general guests to apply for reservations online, but those have since been claimed. However, if you’re staying on Disney property, you can still snag a spot.

Til June 23, Disney guests staying at one of the three official Disneyland resorts and purchasing a theme park ticket will receive a designated Galaxy’s Edge reservation time for each registered guest. If the hotel reservation is cancelled, the reservation is revoked.

The reservation system is designed to curtail the crowds, enabling the Galaxy’s Edge experience to be enjoyable instead of overpacked. Though the lines on opening day were considerable, they moved relatively quickly. And crowds never got out of control. The biggest ride attraction — Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run — tended to have a 60-minute wait.

The land is designed to be experienced, not rushed through. This means more time for lightsaber and droid building, character spotting, and food sampling. Limiting the number of guests in the land at a given time and then politely, yet firmly, ushering them out ensures that the experience is, well, experienced.

Starting June 24, however, there will no longer be reservations. Disney has not yet announced how it plans to manage the eager crowds during the tail end of the summer.

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