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Disney Begins Rollout of Multi-Tiered Plans to Control Crowds at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Getting guests in early, late, and pushing them to different parks

Millennium Falcon attraction concept art

Image: Disney

Though Star Wars fans will likely be lining up in droves to experience this new land on August 29th, Walt Disney World is not going to be limiting their access the same way they are at Disneyland. In fact, it was announced recently that not only are they opening the park early on opening day (guests can enter at 6:00 AM), but resort guests will also be able to take advantage of "Extra" Extra Magic Hours at this park throughout the fall, which will be happening daily from September 1 - November 2 from 6:00 AM through 9:00 AM. 

However, in an interesting development, Disney has also announced that they wil be offering these same "Extra" Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom as well to try and spread out crowds and get guests to other areas of the resort. 

Millennium Falcon cockpit with guests - Going to lightspeed

Image: Disney

It's also probably not an accident that Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, one of the Magic Kingdom's most popular seasonal events is also kicking off just before the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge as well, and is running for more nights than ever this fall. 

And while specifics haven't been announced, there's also an additional component to the crowd strategy at Disney's Hollywood Studios: upcharge events. Disney has hinted that Early Morning and Late Night special events that guarantee access to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge would be coming soon, and while they might initially conflict with the "Extra" Extra Magic Hours described previously (at least in the morning) we know these events are coming, and hopefully those who pay extra to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with lower crowds will avoid this area during regular park hours. 

Millennium Falcon flies over the Black Spire Outpost

Image: Disney

Though Disneyland's and Walt Disney World's strategies for dealing with the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge crowds are vastly different, hopefully they will both help keep things moving on both coasts during this once-in-a-lifetime cultural event. 

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