Disney this morning announced the opening dates for its two installations of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the delayed new attraction at its Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Galaxy's Edge opened at Disneyland first — on May 31 — but it will get Rise of the Resistance last. And it won't be getting the dark ride "later this year," as Disney initially announced. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open first at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios on December 5 (Walt's birthday) and then at Disneyland on January 17, 2020.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29 this year, following an opening at Disneyland that seems to have resulted in declining attendance across the resort rather than the surge of new visitors that Disney had anticipated.
Disneyland opened its installation of the new Star Wars land on a reservation-only basis, with fans snapping up all available times for that 24-day period in less than two hours. But Disney only needed its new virtual queue system for the land for less than one day after Galaxy's Edge opened to all park ticket-holders on June 24. The land has been wide open to all guests ever since then. Wait times for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride have stayed below two hours, and wait times for other major attractions throughout the parks have been declining, as well, as Galaxy's Edge draws away some fans and other stay away from the resort entirely... perhaps due to the aggressive price increases Disneyland implemented before the land's opening.
Disneyland now is trying to boost attendance by offering annual passholders the opportunity to buy $99 one-day Park Hopper tickets (which normally sell for $199 in the summer), but cast members are reporting that the resort is cutting labor hours as crowd levels continue to remain below initial forecasts.
Walt Disney World previously delayed the opening date of its other new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios — Mickey's Runaway Railway. Initially announced for a late 2019 debut, Disney announced in April that it would open in spring 2020 instead.Tweet
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