Disney announces partial opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Posted Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:42 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the blog post:

Minutes ago, we shared an exciting announcement many of you have been waiting to hear – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

That’s right – it’s debuting early because of high guest interest in experiencing this new, immersive land. On opening day for phase one, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.

And for phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.

Read the post from Disney Parks Blog.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 3:34 PM

Interesting that it will be opened in phases, but makes a lot of sense from an ops perspective. Also, it *might* tame the initial crowds a bit as some guests will wait for the full opening.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 7:46 PM

I would not want to be anywhere near WDW or DL during the opening few months. I have a number of friends on Facebook that haven't set foot in an amusement park in years or decades who have expressed interest in going just on the IP.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 5:45 AM

We have reservations the last week of October to check it out. I am just hoping to be able to get a fastpass for the ride.

We are going next month and couldn't get a fastpass for the Slinky Dog Coaster. Luckily they have an early entry on one of our days, so we'll just make sure we're there early and run straight back to a ride. We are guessing that we'll be underwhelmed like the 7 dwarves mine train coaster.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 8:51 AM

Having done both, I might try to ride Slinky at close rather than at open. The morning stampede is stressful (not quite Flight of Passage bad, but bad) and the lighting package on the ride is neat.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 9:47 AM

Getting up at the crack of dawn to stampede with a crowd of people to a coaster you've already decided is going to underwhelm you sounds like a real bag of fun.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 8:02 PM

They could have held off a month on the Orlando opening. We'll be there less than 2 weeks after the opening date. We had planned this trip to be the calm before the storm.

This will really throw a wrinkle in fastpass planning.

Edit: Or not. Guess I missed the part about not having fastpass available when it opens.

Last edited by Ken P, Friday, March 8, 2019 9:12 PM
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Saturday, March 9, 2019 3:37 AM

For what it's worth, I liked Slinky Dog. It's a better ride than Seven Dwarfs IMHO.

It is still a family coaster, but a good one.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:02 AM

I agree. It has more action. Family friendly action.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:57 AM

Both SDMT and Slinky Dog Dash are two of my all-time favorite rides at Walt Disney World. I think as far as family coasters go, both are contenders for best-in-class.

That said, if someone wanted to give Slinky Dog about 5-10 mph more on each launch, you'd have quite possibly the best Disney roller coaster ever built. The airtime would be nuts.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019 5:52 PM

I didn't get anything out of 7DMT. I mean, if I thought of it as a dark ride with speed (ala Frozen Ever After) I'd probably have a much higher opinion of it, but as a coaster it was very underwhelming. I thought SDD was great as an intermediate coaster (to bridge from Space to RnRC/ToT). My youngest loved SDD which made me love it too.

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