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    Your plans for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opening

    I know we are over a year away but I was wondering if anyone here planned on going to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge on opening day? I know it will be insanely packed but I don't mind crowds for big events like these. (went to CarsLand three days after opening and that was crazy, went to Disneyland on actual 60th Anniversary date and that was a bit crazy too)

    I talked to my wife and two boys about this recently and wife and youngest said that they would wait to go when things died down a bit. Oldest said he would come with me but by the time GE opens he may be (hopefully) away for work or in the service. Whatever the case I plan on going and will book a place to stay once an announcement is made as to when the official opening day is. Sure it will be insane but I kind of like the specialness of that, being a part of history, a big event like this.

    So anyone else plan on going that day or am I the only crazy one here?


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    I'm staying away 'til the dust settles, if ever.

    I'm assuming it will be insanely popular though for an extended period of time, a la RSR, but as a whole land, so exponentially more crowded, so we may have to bite the bullet and book a DLR hotel stay to take advantage of an early entry program, if and when that is available.

    But certainly no on opening day, whenever that is.


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    We had planned to stay away from the craziness of Carsland. Then we won party passes. That was glorious. Whistler and I had aps so bought one day Disneyland tickets for the girls and went to Disneyland the day Carsland actually opened. At one point in the 90 minute Matterhorn line (it reopened that day as well) we heard there was a 3 hour RSR line PLUS a 2 hour line to get into Carsland as it was at capacity.
    We expect the same kind of craziness. Unless we win party passes again, it will be awhile before we experience Galaxy's Edge.


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    I plan to wait it out for either DL or WDW, at least several month's most likely.

    I was talking to the CM that was at the model of Galaxy's Edge in Launch Bay on Thursday evening, and she mentioned waiting maybe a year before trying to bring any of her family members to see it. I thought that was a bit extreme for a local and/or CM, but it gives me a point of reference for what kind of insanity to expect.


    It may be a good "I was there" moment, but I doubt it would be considered an overall successful visit. With your comments about not minding the crowds and liking being part of the history, it sounds like you are prepared for the insanity of it.

    I think candles71's remarks about the opening of Carsland is a good example. I can easily see getting there, maybe (hopefully?) doing each ride once and waiting forever for some food a few times in between as the sum of the whole day in the park on the GE opening day. That probably also requires being there significantly before rope drop to be able to queue up for the massive crush of people headed for the new land when the park opens that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1313 View Post
    That probably also requires being there significantly before rope drop to be able to queue up for the massive crush of people headed for the new land when the park opens that day.
    They allowed people to get in line at 7PM (ish) the night before for Carsland. The queue was switchbacks all the way across the esplanade to the Monorail track, with "fire breaks" for safety.

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    It sounds crazy but I wouldn't mind lining up the night before. I've been to other events before where you line up and amidst the buzz and excitement in waiting you can form little bonds in striking up conversations with the strangers around you. You talk about where you're from, what you're excited about, you help save each others place in line to go grab food or go to the bathroom, etc. By nature I am not usually the small talk, chatty with strangers type but in these types of situations I find that I am, it must be the excitement, giddiness with others who are stoked about the same things I am, all there to experience the same thing.

    Isn't there a rumor that MaxPass won't be applicable to GE for like it's first year? I thought I saw that somewhere. Someone correct me if I am wrong. However if it is available it would definitely be worth it. I also don't mind going straight to the FastPass distribution even if it means I don't get on the attractions until later in the day. Also of note is that if GE is packed it means other areas of the park and/or DCA will have less traffic. I'm being glass half-full guy right now haha. Whatever the case my tentative plan is to be there, even if the rest of my family don't want to/can't go. A lot of my most productive trips are when I am by myself anyways haha


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickP View Post
    ......... Also of note is that if GE is packed it means other areas of the park and/or DCA will have less traffic. I'm being glass half-full guy right now haha......
    IMO, I would think that won't necessarily be true. There will be die hard fans that will be trying to get into GE no matter what(waiting overnight, etc.), but then there will be those who aren't admitted to GE due to capacity of the land (ending up in other sections of DL and/or DCA) or at least more casual fans who may bail on GE waiting/crowds even if the land itself isn't at capacity(though it sounds like it easily could be, if Cars Land can be used as a recent example). Those people will end up elsewhere in the parks as well. Maybe a few (presumably locals with APs) may go home if they wish to escape the masses, but I suspect that would be a small number of guests (since the local AP holders mostly understand the crowd thing). All, IMHO, of course.

    Let us know how it goes after you do it next year! I want to read the first GE trip report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickP View Post
    I know we are over a year away but I was wondering if anyone here planned on going to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge on opening day? I know it will be insanely packed but I don't mind crowds for big events like these. (went to CarsLand three days after opening and that was crazy, went to Disneyland on actual 60th Anniversary date and that was a bit crazy too)
    I'm actually hoping to get into Batuu BEFORE official opening day! I'm hoping for an AP preview or a pay preview event (like they did when Tower of Terror got changed to Mission Breakout), or even something attached to the D23 Expo, if they hold it in Anaheim next year.

    But, in any case, yep, I'll be there on opening day. Heck, I may be there opening week. It's not even really the rides I'm interested in, though I'm actually a bit more intrigued about the Falcon ride. I haven't really paid that much attention to it and don't know what really it's supposed to be like, but I had the impression it was a simulator ride. After having just ridden Flight of Passage at Pandora in Animal Kingdom at WDW and being completely amazed by it, I'm wondering if they're going to use something like that for the Falcon ride. Mostly, though, I just want to wander around Batuu, look at the spaceport and then wander around the Resistance camp, and staring at life-size versions of x-wings and the Falcon.

    We were there on the May pre-opening date for DL's 50th anniversary, and we were there for the opening day of Carsland (though by that point, between an AP preview night and getting into a free preview day, we'd already gone on the rides and looked around at the details, so on opening day, we just sat back and watched the ginormous crowds stream in), and I was there for the opening day of Seasons of the Force, so we're no strangers to crowds.
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    Much like Guardians opening, I will stay away until it is manageable.


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    Was there for 50th, 60th, Cars Land preview, GOTG Preview.....

    Hoping to be there for GE AP previews!!

    Planning 3 trips at once...

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