Managing Massive Crowds at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is coming and the crowds are coming with it! Here’s what we know to prepare for the massive crowds traveling to a Galaxy Far Far Away and what guests can expect during the initial opening time frame.

64According to Disney Parks Blog, when you step into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, “you’ll step right into a remote planet full of unique sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other immersive experiences.” This is one of the aspects we are most excited about. The fully immersive experience that we have been promised since the announcement of this one of a kind, technologically advanced land.

We cannot wait to see the fully immersive experience that we hope takes character interactions to another level, scents from rides like Soarin’ to a Star Wars level and tastes to heights we have come to expect from Disney.

68Should you be among the lucky thousands attending the opening month of this highly anticipated land, there are a few things you need to know. Guests visiting between May 31 and June 23 are required to have a reservation to get into the land. Only guests staying at a Disneyland Resort during those dates were guaranteed entry to the land and the additional time slots went fast.

Guests are limited to four hours inside the 14 acre land for the dates above and according to Disney, it will be enforced. Colored wristbands will be passed out to guests entering the land that indicate their four hour time slot. 

15Disney employees will be aware of which colored wristbands are still active for park experiences, ranging from the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run to getting drinks at Oga’s Cantina and more. If you don’t have the right colored wristband, you won’t be granted entry. This seems very similar to how Disney manages extra ticketed events and constantly asking guests to show their wristbands for the event in order to enter certain areas of the park, attractions and more.

63Additionally, we know that Storm troopers will be the enforcers of the four-hour time limit in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. From May 31 to June 23, guests will be required to have a reservation to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in an effort to manage crowds. How will Disney know how long you have been in the land? Oh, trust us they will know.

84But, officially, that special color-coded wristband will identify each visitor’s time window, and once your four-hour window is up, Disney said it will shut off access to key attractions and merchandise locations in an effort to get guests to leave. Not keen on taking a hike to another galaxy, Storm troopers will be walking around enforcing the limit because you will be identifiable by your wrist band color and they will assist you in making your way toward an exit.

Our guess is that a lot of people will be over extending their welcome in order to get this hostile treatment from a storm trooper. We will see how this works out.

What will happen after June 23? The park will implement a virtual queue system for visitors to reserve a spot to enter the Star Wars attraction.

81You can enter the virtual queue for Galaxy’s Edge two ways; by using the Disneyland app or by using Fastpass-style machines inside the park. You either feed all your party’s tickets into the machine or use the app to check everyone in your party into the queue. Either way, everyone must be inside the park before they can enter the queue. There’s no sending a runner ahead through the front gate to check in everyone else. Important to note, because we all have seen those groups. No Galaxy’s Edge line jumping for you!

13Parties will be assigned into boarding groups and once your boarding group has been called, you will receive a message via the app. You will have two hours from that moment to enter the land before losing your opportunity. So there’s no need to bail out of another, physical queue or rush away from your lunch to get into Galaxy’s Edge.

7Once the virtual queue has been implemented, according to Disney, at the time of publishing, there will be no time limit on how long guests can stay inside Galaxy’s Edge. The four-hour limit that Disneyland is enforcing during the reservation-only period ends on June 23.

83There will be no fast passes available for Smuggler’s Run when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge initially opens and no timeline for implementing Fast Pass for that ride has been announced. Rise of the Resistance will operate on the same policy with no Fast Passes being offered for that ride either when it opens.

Stay tuned as more details are released and more information is uncovered, we are on top of it and bringing it to you!

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