We have some great news from the Disney Parks Blog for fans looking forward to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios on August 29. Disney is launching Extra, Extra Magic Hours during the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Though it wasn’t stated that is was to help with crowd control, I am sure that was a big consideration. I think it is genius.
For those of you unfamiliar with Extra Magic Hours, it typically works like this. If you are a guest staying at a Disney Resort and have a valid park admission, there is at least one park each day that hasÂ Extra Magic Hours for you either before that park opens or after it closes. For instance, Epcot has extra magic hours today from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. If you were staying at a Disney Resort and visiting Epcot today, you would be able to stay 2 hours after the normal park closing time and guests not staying at a Disney Resort have to leave. This makes for lower crowd levels and wait times for attractions during those hours. The Extra, Extra Magic Hours, then, is a greatly expanded version of Extra Magic Hours.
Here is the breakdown of the Extra, Extra Magic Hours by park:
- Hollywood Studios:Â For the first 3 opening days of Galaxy’s Edge, Aug. 29-Aug. 31, the park will open at 6 a.m. for all guests. Then, daily fromÂ Sept. 1-Nov. 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours fromÂ 6-9 a.m. This will includeÂ Star Wars:Â Galaxyâ€™s Edge, Toy Story Land attractions and select other attractions. Even with the Extra, Extra Magic Hours Disney is making a disclaimer about Galaxy’s Edge restricting admission due to reaching park capacity. By the way, Galaxy’s Edge is huge! It is larger than Pandora and both Harry Potter Worlds combined. Pull it up on a satellite view in Google maps if you don’t believe me.
- Animal Kingdom: Extra, Extra Magic Hours begin here on Aug. 29 instead of Sept. 1. They will run daily until Nov. 2. They also run from 7-8 a.m., instead of 6-9 a.m. Early admission will include Pandora â€“ The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park.
- Magic Kingdom: Magic Kingdom will follow the same schedule as Animal Kingdom for Extra, Extra Magic Hours. Included with MK early admission are favorite attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
- Epcot: Epcot will not have Extra, Extra Magic Hours, but will continue to have Extra Magic hours on select days. It should be noted, however, that the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival opens the same day as Galaxy’s Edge.
I think this is great because it opens up the opportunity to get in some other favorite attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Avatar Flight of Passage without having to have a Fastpass. Still get Fastpasses if you can, but this gives you a better opportunity to ride them without a long wait time if you can’t. It also means there will be plenty to do when you are not in Galaxy’s Edge.
Also, consider this very important reminder: The August 29 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not a complete opening of all of the attractions for that land. Only one of the two major attractions will be opening that day. For more on that see our previous post here.
What do you think about this? Do you plan to be there for the opening Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Source Credit: Disney Parks Blog