Walt Disney World had planned to open its new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land to the public at 6am this morning. But swelling crowds prompted the resort to throw open the gates of Disney’s Hollywood Studios before 4am and then to let thousands of eager fans into the Black Spire Outpost before 5am.
Fans quickly filled the 14-acre land to capacity, forcing Disney to deploy the same virtual queue system on its official app that sibling Disneyland used on the first day that its installation of Galaxy’s Edge was open to all park ticket holders. The wait time for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run swelled to a posted five hours as dawn broke across the Central Florida sky this morning.
Apparently those who decided to brave the Studios today went all in early, for as the Falcon queue snaked toward Toy Story Land, the queues at the park’s security checkpoints all but disappeared by mid-morning. The wait time for the Falcon ride settled in at a posted three hours for much of the morning, as latecomers were directed to return in the early afternoon by the virtual queue.
Yet by mid-afternoon, much as happened at Disneyland on its first all-comers day for Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios no longer needed the virtual queue and any park visitor could walk into the land. The wait time for the Falcon dropped throughout the day, and by late afternoon stood at just 70 minutes — less than the wait at that same time for Disney World’s recent wait-time king, Flight of Passage in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
What does this mean? Who knows? The impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian no doubt kept locals away from the parks, as they chose instead to fill grocery check-out lanes and gas stations to capacity across Central Florida today. Even Disney seems to be looking ahead to the opening of Rise of the Resistance in December by launching today a new sweepstakes to give away trips to the resort for that opening.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6am to all park ticket holders through Saturday, after which it will restrict the 6am opening as an “Extra Extra Magic Hour” to on-site hotel guests, daily through November 2. The park will open to all ticket holders at 9am starting Sunday.Tweet
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