Though Disneyland is having a pretty low-key launch for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge thanks to the reservation system put in place for this new land, many are expecting the complete opposite at Disney's Hollywood Studios this August, which will not have a reservation system, and could see record-breaking crowds for the opening of this new land. However, the park is preparing for this launch in some very...interesting ways, including an overhaul of the FastPass+ system at this park and the construction of an extended, extended queue to get into this land.
1. FastPass+ tiers are changing...but in a very weird way
It has already been announced that when the only opening day ride in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, debuts on August 29th, it will not offer FastPass+ reservation times. However, in an effort to direct guests to basically anywhere else in the park, it looks like Disney is overhauling the FastPass+ tier system, but in a very strange way.
Beginning on August 29, both the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster will be added to the Disney's Hollywood Studios Tier 1 FastPass+ selections. And while that might not initially sound all that noteworthy, these attractions are joining every single attraction in Toy Story Land, including Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash and (somewhat inexplicably) Alien Swirling Saucers in this category. This leaves Star Tours as the only Tier 2 ride at this park, which means that getting a FastPass+ reservation for the only other Star Wars attraction at the park just got a whole lot more difficult, as guests will likely be looking to make FastPass+ reservations for rides while they are visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
And though this will likely free up FastPass+ reservations for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Alien Swirling Saucers in Tier 1 (we'd bet almost everyone will either use their Tier 1 selection for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, or Toy Story Mania), under this new system Tier 1 is very crowded, which could lead to long standby lines at less popular tier 1 choices that guests can't make FastPass+ reservations for.
This seems like a really weird move for this park, considering standby lines are already going to be overtaxed thanks to the increased crowd levels showing up for the opening weeks of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And this isn't the only way this park is preparing for a massive onslaught of guests.