At the annual stockholders meeting of The Walt Disney Company in St Louis this morning, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed the official opening dates for Disney's upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Well, sort of.
Iger announced that Galaxy's Edge would at Disneyland on May 31 and at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on August 29. Both dates were earlier than we had forecast this week.
But then Iger dropped the asterisk on the announcement, saying that the lands' biggest attraction - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance - would not open along with the land, but would instead open later this year.
A May 31 opening at Disneyland comes on a Friday all annual passes except for the lowest level SoCal Select AP are allowed into Disneyland Park. That's the first day of the SoCal Select and SoCal summer blockouts, but Deluxe pass does not block out until June 21.
And an August 29 opening puts the land online at Disney World in time for the Labor Day weekend.
But opening an incomplete land raises questions about what popular reaction will be to a land that Disney has been promoting as a slam dunk. The land's other attraction - Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run - is said to have relatively modest hourly capacity. How long will the wait time be for Galaxy's Edge one ride in its opening week? Rise of the Resistance was supposed to be the people eater that kept area wait times within the limits of even galactic levels of patience.
But wait.... there's still more. Check out Disney's hype video for the opening date announcement.
It's the fine print at the bottom: "Reservations required for visits between May 31 and June 23. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later this year."
So the May 31 opening isn't really a public opening as we have traditionally known it? It's more like a reservation-only soft opening?
Disney says that the reservations will not be an upcharge and that guests of the three on-site Disneyland hotels will be assigned a reservation time during their stay. Details on how others may make reservation time will be forthcoming from Disney. There are no plans to require reservations for the Walt Disney World installation.
Keep this in mind: With an August 29 opening, the Fastpass+ window for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — should Fastpass be offered on that ride at opening — would open for day guests at 7am ET on July 30, and for hotel guests at 7am ET on June 30, 2019. Get your fingers ready to click. Disney says the land will be open during Extra Magic Hours, too.Tweet
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