Disney is helping fans travel to a galaxy far, far away, but maybe only for only a small window of time.
On May 31, Disneyland’s newest land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will open to the public. Or rather, it will open to a select group of people, and only for a four hours at a time.
In order to visit the land, guests must make reservations ahead of time. While fans were initially thrilled to know that they’d have a guaranteed slot, the excitement faded once it was revealed that they’d only have a four-hour window to explore this new part of the park. Guests staying at one of Disneyland’s hotels will be supplied with one-time slot regardless of how many days they’re staying; other parkgoers will be able to book a spot online starting May 2.
Galaxy’s Edge will be the largest expansion to the park since it opened, and it’s expected to draw massive crowds. Disney has been preparing for the rush by expanding walkways, removing smoking areas and even providing bathroom passes while guests wait on line. A representative for Disneyland confirmed the four-hour limit is an attempt to prevent overly long lines and congestion.
Another factor that will limit guests’ experiences is that only one of the land’s major rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will be operational on opening day. The second experience, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, won’t be open until later this year. Several eateries and shops will also be open, along with a cantina.
Some guests have also complained of receiving emails containing incorrect information, The Los Angeles Times reported. According to social media users, several hotel guests were provided time slots on days before or after their visit to the land. Some even noted that they were given a time slot before the land was set to open. However, the LA Times reported that Disney had acknowledged the issues, and that they were being fixed.
Fortunately, the reservation system and four-hour time slots are only scheduled to be in place for approximately the first three weeks of operation through June 23. After that, all park visitors will have the opportunity to go enjoy the outer-space themed restaurants and even drink a nice cold glass of Moof Juice along with a warm plate of Fried Endorian Tip-Yip.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Rise of the Resistance would open in August. The specific date of the attraction's opening has not yet been announced.