Disney CEO Bob Iger reveals opening month for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

A rendering of the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disney’s theme parks. Photograph by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Heads up, “Star Wars” fans! You can travel to a galaxy far, far away sooner than you think. Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, just hinted at an opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, and we can’t wait to know more.

In a recent interview with Barron’s, Iger spoke with the news outlet about a variety of topics pertaining to The Walt Disney Company, ranging from Disney+ to the Disney theme parks. While a lot stuck out from the interview, one specific bit of information we couldn’t help but notice was of a possible opening month for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on the west coast.

Barron’s: Do you still feel like you can bring more people through the parks, or is it more about growing ticket prices?

Iger: In some, you get more repeat visitation and increased length of stay because there’s more to do. You get more capacity. When Star Wars opens in Anaheim in June and in Florida later in the year, that’s adding capacity. You’re adding 14 acres of land [each], more rides, and more things for people to do. It’s the biggest land we’ve ever built. We’re just getting higher demand on our product spread throughout the year. That gives you pricing leverage. But what we’re also trying to do is be much smarter about pricing strategy, to try to spread attendance and reduce attendance in the peak periods so we can improve guest satisfaction. Crowding is an issue.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Source: Disney

Disney has yet to officially announce the opening date (let alone the opening month) for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but Iger didn’t refrain from giving “Star Wars” fans some information they’ve been hoping for ever since plans to construct the “Star Wars”-themed land were originally revealed.

The hint at a June opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge isn’t the only great news Barron’s recently released of the new land. The news outlet just received an exclusive media tour of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and learned plenty of new details about the epic immersive land coming to Disneyland this summer and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in late 2019. Check out our previous coverage for more information on the attractions and retail centers coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

What do you think of Iger’s hint at a June opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland?

Source: Barron’s


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    I’m thinking about a visit to Southern California this summer now!

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    Elizabeth Olivas

    most new attractions Disney including carsland opened in June that was the date I was expecting for this new land as well.

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    Oof though. They think crowding’s a problem NOW? And the new SW area looks pretty narrow. I think one of the biggest contributors to ‘crowding’ is the Stroller Plague that Disneyland is ill-equipped to handle; I have to wonder what this marvelously themed land is going to do with the absolute sea of Land Yachts On Casters that are going to fill up its twisting and windy walkways…

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