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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens early at Walt Disney World as queues reach 300 minutes

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened at Walt Disney World Resort, with guests already arriving at the 14-acre expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Fans at the attraction this morning have described it as “incredible”, with others tweeting the wait time for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run has reached 300 minutes.

According to visitors on Twitter, Galaxy’s Edge guests were allowed access at 4.30am, despite the opening time set for 6am.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, was joined by Star Wars’ Chewbacca and other characters at the dedication ceremony yesterday (August 28).

“With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we’ve set a new standard for the most immersive storytelling in the galaxy,” said Chapek.

“Every experience in Batuu – from piloting the Millennium Falcon to building your own droid – puts guests deeper into their own Star Wars story.”

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens early in Florida

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion in Disney’s history.

Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland Park in California on May 31, although Disney later revealed a drop in attendance.

According to aerial images from Nearmap, the planet of Batuu was experiencing lighter crowds than anticipated.

The new land and its characters have their own backstory, the galactic food and drink is themed, as is the merchandise on offer at the various retail outlets.

Rise of the Resistance is scheduled to open later

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Galaxy’s Edge guests can enjoy interactive experiences, a variety of starships and two major attractions – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Rise of the Resistance.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on December 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on January 17, 2020, at Disneyland.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive two-night hotel experience, is heading to Walt Disney World Resort.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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