It’s arduous to disregard the joy for the upcoming addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Disney’s Hollywood Studios now set to open August 29, 2019. The latest launch of the opening dates of the brand new land and the flood of latest particulars has taken over Disney Twitter and YouTube. It’s simple to see why with data on theming, rides, animatronics, meals and drinks, and the immersive nature of the land. It’s igniting the creativeness of friends no matter whether or not they know what a Wookie is or not.
That being stated, the opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World continues to be a number of months down the highway, making now an essential time to get to the parks as a result of every thing is about to vary. Don’t get me flawed, I’m as excited as anybody concerning the new addition, however I’m additionally hesitant on the affect this can have on my total enjoyment at Disney within the months following the opening.
With this in thoughts, listed here are my prime 5 causes for attending to Walt Disney World earlier than Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.
1. Crowds, crowds, and extra crowds
Let’s begin with the plain: crowds. I’m not speaking Epcot throughout Meals & Wine crowds. I’m speaking Christmas-level visitors at Hollywood Studios for weeks and months following the Galaxy’s Edge opening. And the August 29 date is just a delicate opening.
This visitors probably gained’t be as intense on the different parks, however there shall be a major improve as Star Wars and Disney followers converge on the Reedy Creek Enchancment District like a crowd looking for the final Mickey Bar on Major Road U.S.A. in July.
There isn’t a telling what visitors ranges shall be like at Galaxy’s Edge in the long run. Nobody actually is aware of. However, I’m assured that the crowds shall be massive and can put strain on wait occasions at rides and your basic consolation stage throughout property. We’re nonetheless seeing four hour+ wait occasions for Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom two years after opening. That is Star Wars — Will probably be much more intense.
A 300-minute standby for Slinky Canine Sprint may develop into the norm for a short time. The one solution to keep away from this end result is to hit Disney earlier than the insanity begins.
2. Financial savings
It has been identified on The Dis and different Disney information retailers that they’ve by no means seen so many offers like free eating and room reductions this early within the 12 months and for such an prolonged time frame. This is a sign that Disney is having hassle filling their rooms for dates main as much as the brand new Star Wars addition.
And, as one would anticipate with what’s prone to be a profitable addition, Disney will discover that there isn’t a sluggish season within the coming 12 months(s) and can put a premium on practically each on-property resort, restaurant, and ticket after Galaxy’s Edge opens. It was even introduced final week that Disney was elevating ticket costs. It is just honest; Disney wish to recoup a few of the cash they’ve spent creating his immersive expertise in a galaxy far, far-off.
three. Time to work out the kinks
FOMO (concern of lacking out) is actual in relation to the Galaxy’s Edge opening, however like every new iOS replace, I by no means wish to be the primary one to obtain it. As a lot as I wish to say I used to be at Disney the day, week, month, and even 12 months that Galaxy’s Edge opened, there shall be rising pains.
If you happen to go to Disney yearly, or a number of occasions a 12 months, you might take care of these complications because you’ll be again quickly in any case. However for these, like me, who go each couple of years, I can wait to make sure administration has staffing ranges, parking, and even upkeep found out earlier than I spend hundreds on a trip stuffed with technical and staffing complications that would have been averted.
four. Avoiding eating reservation complications
The addition of Galaxy’s Edge additionally means new eating places, however the sheer variety of folks that can descend on Disney throughout the months and years following the opening of Galaxy’s Edge will make reservations a problem property-wide. There are solely so many wonderful eating places on property and a sustained inflow of latest guests will finally imply your reservation at Hollywood Brown Derby, Ohana, and Be Our Visitor may be that rather more difficult.
If you happen to wished to take pleasure in a relaxed environment at your eating expertise and even the possibility to eat at your chosen restaurant, I might plan on doing it now.
5. Clogged transportation
Anybody who has waited for a bus at your on-property worth resort on a fairly busy day is aware of the ache of traces miles earlier than you enter a park. Couple that with an keen but whiny three-year-old, sweltering warmth and strangers with superb physique odor points, the Disney buses aren’t precisely magical on a regular basis.
This expertise is prone to get even worse as soon as Galaxy’s Edge arrives. Coupled with the addition of latest on-property resort lodges, corresponding to Disney’s Riviera and Reflections, the sheer variety of new folks on property shall be at new ranges that the transportation infrastructure has by no means confronted.
Certain, the addition of the Disney Skyliner may assist take a few of the strain off the buses, monorails, and boats, and I hope Disney will anticipate the elevated headcount and stress it can placed on an already getting old transportation system, however hope is just going to get you into the road. Persistence has to take you the remainder of the way in which. Till Disney is aware of what the visitors shall be like from their on-property resorts and people coming in off-property, you’ll be able to guess that the parking heaps shall be at capability, the buses shall be packed, and the road for the monorail shall be by no means ending.
Disney won’t ever be the identical after Galaxy’s Edge. Sure, change is an ever current actuality at Walt Disney World; it isn’t a museum, and we’ve all seen and endured change over the previous 5 a long time. However, proper now could be the ultimate probability my children should expertise the parks the way in which they did once they first stepped foot on Disney World property, and for me to see them stroll round a park not overflowing with folks from rope drop to fireworks. The visitors, the folks, and the extent of immersion will probably change Walt Disney World perpetually (for higher or for worse) and I’d wish to keep in that bubble of nostalgia one final time.
In the long run, Disney needs to be applauded for his or her enterprise acumen in creating Galaxy’s Edge and the extent of element that’s going into its improvement. Will probably be beloved by many who’ve by no means even seen Cinderella Fort earlier than. Will probably be $2 billion nicely spent from a Disney World fan perspective, however I’ll wait a little bit longer earlier than taking an lively Ewok leap.
What do you suppose? Are you actively touring to Disney earlier than Galaxy’s Edge or do you suppose I’m loopy at not caring about lacking out on the primary moments of Walt Disney World’s most anticipated addition in years? Let me know!