The system works the same as Disneyland has used at River Belle Terrace — you give the host your cell phone number, and Disneyland texts you when it's your turn. Except that at Oga's Cantina you will not be seated in the bar immediately after being called. Since Disney wants to maximize the use of this somewhat undersized bar, it is calling parties to return when there is space in the stand-by queue, and not waiting until there's space inside the bar itself. You will have about a 15-20 minute wait in that queue once you return before you can enter the cantina.
But keeping a 20-minute queue outside the cantina's door is a huge operational improvement over the sprawling queue that formed on Galaxy's Edge's first days — one that cast members were at times forced to close to new entries. The new system is fairer to everyone, as it provides a true virtual queue that allows people to enter in the order they show up to the location.
To discourage people from rushing to Oga's Cantina to get on that wait list, Disneyland also is assigning a cast member to walk guests to the cantina when new boarding groups enter the land, as it does for its other attraction openings. If you try to rush ahead of the Oga's cast member to beat the queue, you go to the back of the line to sign in. (It seems that no one is actually trying to do this, thank goodness.)
In addition, Disneyland has changed the process for getting into the lightsaber building experience in Savi's Workshop.
At the beginning of each reservation period, Savi's is "selling out" all the available time periods for that reservation slot, then giving people color-coded passes to return for their group's time. Eventually, Disneyland officials confirmed, Savi's will go to an advance reservation system, such as that used at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but that the switch will not happen until after the reservation-only period and probably not until after Disney gets more experience with its new virtual queue for entry to the land that goes into play when Galaxy's Edge opens to all Disneyland ticket holders on June 24.
So what's next for changing in the land? Will Disney ever budge on its policy against guests wearing Jedi robes inside the parks? And how about the milk?
While people are cramming the doors at Oga's and Savi's, initial reports are that fans aren't exactly filling the queue for the $7.99 non-dairy drinks. And I've heard from many fans that I am not the only one who found the Green Milk, uh, distasteful.
If Disney was hoping that Star Wars milk would be as big a hit as Universal's Butterbeer, it's looking like that ain't happening. Could a price adjustment help? Does Disney need to reformulate the Green Milk? Or does it need to come up with a Star Wars milk that includes... well, actual milk?
As anyone who has worked an attraction opening knows, just because it's open now doesn't mean that everything is settled. Opening something as big as Galaxy's Edge is a process, not a moment. More operational changes are sure to come to the Black Spire Outpost. We'll just have to wait to see what is next.Tweet
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.