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The 7 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (August 26 - September 1, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has a blockbuster opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios, changes come to FastPass+, The 2019 Food and Wine Festival opens at Epcot, and more

Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa reveal that a rare joint announcement will be coming in just a few weeks, Universal announces a very special Wizarding World contest, plus 

1. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge now open at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Wall to wall Star Wars fans on Disney's Hollywood Boulevard

Image: Alex Parker

After several weeks of Cast Member, Annual Passholder, and Media previews, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now finally open to the general public. This new land officially made its debut on August 29th, 2019, and guests began lining up as early as 3:00 AM to be among the first to enter this new land before the wait time for the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride swelled to 300 minutes, at 6:00 AM!

Though the first day of operations for this new land was a little crazy, in the days since it first opened, crowds have calmed down a bit, with wait times generally hovering between 70-110 minutes for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, and guests able to move freely in and out of this land without the need for "boarding passes"

Image: Disney

Of course, though this land is now technically open, the countdown in on for December 5th, which is the opening date for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, this land's hotly anticipated "E-Ticket" attraction, which will complete Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge when it debuts. 

2. New FastPass+ tiers now in effect at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Image: Disney

Now that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is open, Disney's Hollywood Studios has overhauled its FastPass+ system, making the following attractions all Tier 1 Fastpasses (meaning guests can only select one):

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. As announced previously, FastPass+ reservations are not available for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run

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