Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Affects on Walt Disney World

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103Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened to the public at Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019. The land was scheduled to open at 6 a.m. but as expected, guests were let into Hollywood Studios around 4 a.m. and into Batuu around 4:30 a.m.

The land reached capacity less than an hour after guests were allowed in. You can read all about the initial hours of the land on our blog HERE!

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Magic Kingdom Wait Times

What about the rest of Walt Disney World? Disney is expecting large crowds to descend on the property this weekend. It is not only the opening weekend of one of the most highly anticipated lands in theme park history but it is a holiday weekend and the opening weekend of the most popular festival at Walt Disney World, the International Food and Wine Festival.

Well, on opening morning of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Magic Kingdom was as much of a ghost town as we’ve ever seen it. Peter Fan’s Flight was a five minute wait, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was a ten minute wait, Haunted Mansion a five minute wait, Big Thunder Mountain was a five minute wait.

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Over at Epcot, Frozen Ever After, on opening day of the International Food and Wine Festival was a fifteen minute wait an hour after park opening.

Pandora saw what very well could be the shortest wait times since the land opened. Flight of Passage, the go-to ride at Walt Disney World was a 55 minute wait an hour after park opening which is unheard of. Other rides such a Nav’i River Journey was a twenty five minute wait and Expedition Everest was a walk-on.

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Pandora Wait Times
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Wait Times Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Even Hollywood Studios wait times weren’t out of control considering Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was at capacity and a virtual queue system had been implemented. Slinky Dog Dash and Tower of Terror were both at 60 minutes at 10 a.m.

Interestingly enough, just before 10 a.m. there was no wait to enter the security lines at Hollywood Studios.

 

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Wait Times for Meet and Greets at Hollywood Studios

It seems that even though Batuu is seeing long lines for experiences and Smuggler’s Run is averaging a two and a half to four hour wait time, Disney has done it right again. Because, as Bob Chapek said in an interview with CNBC. “…you shouldn’t have 10-hour lines.” 86

We are sure that critics will claim that Disney has failed but we’re quite sure that Disney will see it another way. For Disney, a fail would be to have unending lines, chaos and a lot of really upset guests. This seems like the opposite of a fail to us. It seems that even though Disney didn’t take our advice to implement a reservation system similar to that at Disneyland, the precautions they took including an exclusive passholder preview, and more paid off because Walt Disney World is a magical place indeed on opening day of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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