With all of the excitement surrounding Star Wars these days from The Mandalorian, to Star Wars Resistance and Episode IX, we've forgotten about Star Wars Galaxy's Edge a bit since it seems to be coming along rather nicely.
Scheduled to open in the summer and late fall of 2019, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will transport fans to that Galaxy far, far away to Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. Those making plans to attend might want to read this article by Brady MacDonald over at Blooloop.com. In the article he speaks with Bill Zanetti, a Orlando Florida university teacher who studies theme park design, operations and management about what to expect on opening day. Here are a few snippets, click here for the full read!
He expects 200,000 people to line up to be the first inside the new themed land.
“The number is based on what I believe is the actual interest,” said Zanetti, who teaches theme park courses at the University of Central Florida. “That’s just how many people I expect to descend on the resort on the first opening day.”
Touring Plans anticipates 8 – to 10-hour lines just to get into Disneyland.
...visitors could encounter 6-hour waits for each of the E-Ticket attractions.
Galaxy’s Edge restaurants could see 90-minute waits. Touring Plans also estimates that shoppers could spend 90 minutes in line to make purchases.
A new 6,500-space parking garage is under construction next to the 10,000-space Mickey and Friends parking structure. It may not be completed in time for the grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge.
During major Disneyland events, traffic has snaked through the Anaheim resort district. It has then backed up onto the Santa Ana I-5 Freeway that runs beside the park. A traffic jam during a 24-hour event at Disneyland in 2015 forced the parking lots to close for over four hours.
“I highly suspect that the first day of operations for Galaxy’s Edge will be a pay-for-play kind of deal,” said Zanetti, who worked for Disney parks in Florida for 10 years in attractions, merchandise, hotels and the D23 fan club. “I’d say you’re going to have to pay to visit Galaxy’s Edge if you want to be able to get in without waiting for hours and hours.”
Disney charged $299 per person for the Pixar Pier premiere in June at Disney California Adventure. This was for a reimagined land with a few rethemed rides. Galaxy’s Edge premiere tickets could reach $500 to $1,000, Testa predicts.
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