When I told my buddies that I become planning to wait the hole weekend of Disneyland’s new “Star Wars land,” otherwise known as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, they’d one common reaction: horror.
And that they had each right to impeach my sanity. When Diagon Alley unfolded at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter back in 2014, wizards and muggles alike loved the magic of 8-hour lines for an unmarried ride. (And the equal factor came about in advance this month with the logo-new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure—a ten-hour queue for a single experience.)
Not only did I get the whole lot finished that I wanted to do in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, however, I additionally had a pretty superb run of the park’s other rides—and no aggravating hour-plus lines to deal with.
While I lucked out a piece, when you consider that maximum annual pass holders were forbidden from coming to the park that weekend and all the other Disneyland fanatics regarded too fearful of crowds to show up, I also got here in robust with a strong plan of assault for Disneyland.
Research, studies, studies
I actually have friends that just head to Disneyland on a whim, and I’m usually envious in their carefree attitudes. When I cross, I research something and the whole lot I can to make certain I’m maximizing my fun with as little disturbing downtime (or waiting round) as viable. For my experience to commencing the weekend of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this entailed:
Scouting Disneyland blogs and social media feeds to pinpoint the precise starting date of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and at once reserving a hotel (or Airbnb, in case you prefer) before word was given out and absolutely everyone spiked their expenses.
Prior to that, getting to know lodges inside the region to get a mean experience of who had the excellent fees, facilities, and area for numerous summer season weekends (to make certain that once the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening date became announced, I wouldn’t must waste precious time learning hotel charges). That included hitting up the ever-beneficial mousesavers.Com to check for any available reductions.
Knowing what greater opportunities I wanted to p.C. Into my Disneyland trip in advance (a Steakhouse 55 dinner and boozing at the new-ish Lamplight Lounge), so I could without delay make the ones reservations once I finalized my experience dates. You can e-book dining reservations at Disneyland up to 60 days earlier; at Disneyworld, this bumps as much as a hundred and eighty days. You’ll want to do that earlier than later so that you can assure a niche (and, ideally, a top-notch time).
For the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation system—which won’t count as a great deal in your subsequent journey—identifying while Disney was commencing up on-line registrations for entrance into the land and making sure my tour organization became prepared to sit within the virtual queue (to maximize our odds of having in).
Reading others’ establishing-day trip reports (on Twitter and Reddit) to get a sense for what experiences I would be capable of doing, or bypass—and what neat merchandise was being sold where (and for a way an awful lot).
To be honest, those are the ordinary steps I take for any Disneyland trip. Research is essential. You’re going to want to recognize what special occasions are taking place, if any—which include whether the park is remaining early for its very own unique events, like a grad night time, or whether there are unofficial events planned that would cause the park to be a madhouse on every occasion you’re thinking of going.
You’re also going to need to test Disneyland’s refurbishment schedule to make sure that the rides you like are honestly running when you’re planning your journey. (It’s simply stressful whilst your favored journey is scheduled to open up a few days when you’re heading home.)
If you still have questions—or need to browse through even extra Disneyland data—I advise finding out the park’s Moms Panel. Ask away, although odds are correct your query has likely already been addressed. The Disney Moms are quite thorough. I additionally like searching through the Disney, Disneyland, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge subreddits, which are also awesome methods to maintain tabs on what’s happening within the parks (and glean pointers from others’ trips).