With the Anaheim location of Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland opening on 31st May and the Orlando park opening on 29th August, it’s natural to assume that both parks will be stuffed fuller than a dead tauntaun’s belly with visitors for the foreseeable future. Attractions Magazine take a look at the situation, comparing Galaxy’s Edge to Universal’s Harry Potter attractions and Animal Kingdom’s World of Avatar and look at how the flow of crowds will likely abate over the following months.
Now, to be clear, this article is focusing on the weeks and months after the official grand opening of the lands. Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will certainly reach max capacity on the first few days and weeks after the Galaxy’s Edge opening.
This article is for the more passive fans that want to experience the land, but aren’t going to visit the very first day. We’ve seen many guests say they will stay away for years because of the crowds, but that really shouldn’t be necessary.
An easy comparison for crowd expectation is Hogsmeade, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s first land at Universal Orlando Resort. Opening day brought record-breaking lines and immense crowds to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The land was, and still is, a massive success. But it’s important to realize that these shoulder-to-shoulder crowds didn’t last forever.
The park opens 31st May with restricted attendance and without Rise of the Resistance working, which gives Disney the chance to assess the crowds, where they flow to in the park and what draws their interest ahead of the ride coming online and numbers opening up to full capacity.
Check out the full article, which makes the interesting observation that Galaxy’s Edge is almost as big as Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley and Pandora – The World of Avatar combined and also note the changing names of the car parks at Hollywood Studios means you can now park in BB-8.