To be clear, I’m not against the arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, but I can fully appreciate that it looks like this new land is going to be super cool and immersive. By all accounts so far, it appears that Imagineering has done a great job in Disneyland, and Walt Disney World should be the same. I look forward to seeing it sometime in the future. The issue at hand here is that I DON’T want to see it on my next Walt Disney World vacation.
In fact, we planned our next vacation so that we could avoid the craziness that will be Galaxy’s Edge. We talked at great length for a long time –months– about how we’d really like to go before it opened. Then it happened: free dining was released. Our golden opportunity. My husband and I both work in the school system, so we usually only think about visiting during our March Break (when it’s always busy). However, our master plan was to now go during the end of August. All signs indicated that there was no way Galaxy’s Edge would be opened yet, and, historically, the last part of August has lower-than-usual crowds (lots of people are back in school – but not us!). We decided that, even though we’re Canadian, we could deal with the crazy heat in exchange for the shorter wait times. We would go out on our hottest days this summer and train for this so that we could accomplish our goals in the parks, despite the heat that we’re completely unaccustomed to.
Then, suddenly, what was exciting news for many came: Galaxy’s Edge would open…the day after our Walt Disney World vacation ends. It might seem like we narrowly dodged a bullet, but I continue to find myself wondering if we actually did or not. Will people be arriving during our vacation in anticipation of the opening? Will there be any soft openings? There weren’t any before Pandora – The World of Avatar opened, so maybe not, but will there be more people in the parks just in case there might be? I can’t help but think that crowds will be higher (maybe not much, but higher) during our vacation because of the opening, which is frustrating since we purposefully planned our trip at a time when we thought we were avoiding the crowds.
Ah, well. There’s nothing to be done about it, now. On the plus side, I hold out hope that some people will refrain from being there for the opening of the land due to the fact that only one of the two attractions will be open. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will open on August 29th, 2019, but Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not open until December 5th. It’s hard to say, really…no one saw it coming that “Fall 2019” meant the end of August. I would think that many people planning their big trip to Galaxy’s Edge would want to make sure they get to experience both attractions, unless they’re in a position to travel to Walt Disney World frequently.
We’ve also taken the precaution of planning our Hollywood Studios day for earlier in our vacation – just in case. Although I know we can avoid Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the end of our trip, I’m not as sure that we can avoid the potential influx of people that may fill up the other parks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can…at least to a certain extent.
Have anyone else’s vacation plans been thwarted by the early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World? What strategies do you plan to use to compensate? Comment below!