Clearly, “Star Wars Land” will change the guest experience at Disneyland and Walt Disney World once both versions open in 2019, but many adjustments are already underway, and it’s not just about the alcohol.
BTW — Disney CEO Bob Iger’s definitive quote about that change made me laugh out loud as I read The Hollywood Reporter’s important article last week: “We have to be careful we don’t let people drink and then go on Autopia. (Laughs.)”
But I digress…
Case in point (regarding the changing face of Disneyland Resort) California’s Orange County Register, posted a piece entitled, “Disneyland is quietly removing seating and planters for Star Wars land access.”
Marla Jo Fisher wrote:
Disneyland has been quietly removing fixed seating and planters to make room for massive crowds expected when the new Star Wars
“It’s getting harder and harder to sit down in the shade and relax,” said Debbie Sinclair of Trabuco Canyon, an annual pass holder who uses the social media handle DSNYDebbie and often walks around the park for fitness. “I’m really bummed about it
Brick planters that formerly ran along the front of the Haunted Mansion had wide edges, providing seating for visitors tired from tromping around New Orleans Square. Disneyland recently removed them to create a widened concrete walkway that will make it easier for crowds to pass through the area. Nowadays, it’s mostly being used for stroller parking. A few removable iron benches have been added to restore some seating to the area, though people could be seen nearby sitting on railings and fences not designed to hold them.
This, I’m sure, is the first of many updates to put a “less than upbeat” note on the coming of the new Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland, which will certainly find itself at high guest capacity when Galaxy’s Edge eventually opens its doors.
“We continually strive to deliver a great guest experience, and we are always looking at ways to enhance elements such as guest flow, seating, and landscaping, which
Be sure to peruse the entire article and look through the photos, which illustrate the writer’s points — it’s a quick, useful read.
Wondering out loud: It makes sense that Walt Disney World and Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be better able to handle such crowds, based on its already open layout. But, taking the crowd levels found during the Toy Story Land rollout into account, there’s certain to be growing pains in Florida, as well.
But what do you think?
Is the coming of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge worth the uptick in crowds? Or were you satisfied with Star Tours