Now that Disneyland has given out all its early reservations for its upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land, now let's turn our attention to the land's opening at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29. Unlike at Disneyland, advance reservations will not be required to get into the land for its first weeks of operation. But that doesn't mean Disney isn't changing things up to accommodate the expected crowds.
Disney today announced that it will be expanding its Extra Magic Hours program for on-site hotel guests between August 29 and November 2. In addition, Disney's Hollywood Studios will open at 6 am for the first three days that Galaxy's Edge is open.
Actually, Hollywood Studios will continue to open at 6 am every day through November 2, except that the park will be open only to Disney World hotel guests from 6-9 am starting September 1, in what Disney is calling "Extra Extra Magic Hours." During those three hours, on-site hotel guests can visit Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land, and other select attractions in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Of course, this means that for everyone else, they will encounter a Star Wars land already filled with guests when the park opens to all at 9 am. And with no Fastpass offered for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, that means that there will be no way to avoid what promises to be a long standby wait unless you book a stay at a Disney World hotel and hightail it to the park well before 6 am.
In an effort to alleviate the expected crush of fans visiting the resort for Galaxy's Edge, Walt Disney World is expanding those "Extra Extra Magic Hours" to Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom, too. Both parks will be open daily from 7am to 8am for hotel guests from August 29 through November 2. The typical Extra Magic Hours line-ups will be available at that time: selected attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in the MK and Pandora – The World of Avatar and other select attractions at Animal Kingdom.
Extra Magic Hours will continue as scheduled at Epcot and in the evenings at the Magic Kingdom.
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