Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will see almost a full month of previews before it opens to the general public on Aug. 29.

The first to get into the 14-acre expansion will be Disney World cast members. Previews for them will run between Aug. 1 to 16, with cast members able to register beginning July 22 for a four-hour time slot to visit the land, similar to the time limit used for the first few weeks of operation at Disneyland. 

Disney World employees will have to declare during registration whether they’ll want to visit Oga’s Cantian or Savi’s Workshop to build a lightsaber — two of the more limited-capacity experiences in Black Spire Outpost. 

Annual passholders will also get a preview of Galaxy’s Edge, though exact dates have yet to be determined. According to Spectrum News 13, passholders have been told to expect to receive invitations later this summer, and while registered passholders can bring a guest, that guest must also have a Disney World Platinum or Platinum Plus annual pass or a Premier Passport. 

The announcement of passholder previews for Galaxy’s Edge — something not offered for Disney World’s major 2018 addition, Toy Story Land — was followed a day later by substantial price hikes of up to 25 percent for Disney World annual passes. 

The land will open will only one of its two rides, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. The other, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open at Disney World on Dec. 5. 

Its opening at Disneyland has not gone as expected. While Disney had prepared for huge crowds to swarm into the park for Galaxy’s Edge, record low waits have been reported throughout Disneyland at the height of what should be a busy summer season.

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