Disney reveals how they’re enforcing 4-hour limit at Galaxy’s Edge, may include Stormtroopers

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As the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland approaches, more details have been revealed of how the theme park will cycle through all of its guests in their designated reservation-only 4-hour windows, and the answer is simple — colored wristbands.

As many fans know, we saw the opening of the reservation period last week, when fans chained themselves to their computers in hopes of securing a time-slot in the land during this “soft opening” period and today we have new details of how this experience will play out for these “lucky ones” (guests will be able to freely walk about the land for hours on end beginning June 24).

Image of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
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The OC Register has reported that Disneyland will issue the colored wristbands to visitors during the reservation-only period for each of the four-hour windows. As one can probably imagine, newly-admitted Galaxy’s Edge visitors will mix in with those already in the land. Although, with these colored wristbands, cast members will easily be able to track who can and cannot remain in the land past certain times of the day.

According to the OC Register’s report, it’s believed that after each four-hour window ends, Disneyland employees may turn away visitors with expired wristbands attempting to enter the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7 and some of the other out of this world experiences found in the new land.

“At a certain point, if we have to, then we’ll start to ask them to leave the land,” said Disneyland vice president Kris Theiler. While discussing the land preview, the vice president continued, “Four hours is a long time in the land…Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.”

Image of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
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With all of this new knowledge, you might be wondering to yourself: How does Disneyland plan to remove stragglers in the land? “We’ll be utilizing the troopers to help us, for sure,” Theiler joked.

In all seriousness, the reservation system was put in place and designed to manage crowds and to minimize wait times, while also keeping the land below capacity.

According to Theiler, the goal is to keep wait times for Smugglers Run under two hours. However, accommodations will be made if the attraction should experience any downtime.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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The OC Register reports that Disney is hoping to disperse visitors throughout the land during this period to persuade riders to postpone their journey of Smugglers Run until the second or third hour of their visit when wait times will be less. “We want to try and make sure that people aren’t spending the whole time standing in the queue,” Theiler said.

What are your thoughts on this colored wristband system to manage visitor’s time in the new land? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: OC Register 

14 Comments

  1. Pamela L Brumley

    Last I heard Smugglers Run was not going to be available for the opening!? Am I missing something? Please tell me it will be open!

    1. Andrew Lehtola

      It is the other ride, “Rise of the Resistance” that will not be open right away.

    2. Pamela L Brumley

      OMG I read it wrong….Such a blonde LOL

  2. I love disney and star wars very much, but as for me the last parts became worse. I do not know whether I will look further.

  3. SarshL

    I dont understand why they dont just give like a fast pass for a certain time for the rides… what happened to those. I just think these wrist bands are only going to create problems. So does that also mean if it opens at 10 and you get there at 11 you have to wait till 2pm to get it… what about the line getting into Galaxies Edge… what if that’s a couple hours long???

    1. Mike

      The Wristband and 4 hour windows are only into effect as long as you need a reservation for the land (first 3 Weeks). So you already have a pre booked time window. No standby line means no long line to get in and you can basically come wenever you want during your time window but you’ll have to leave as soon as your window is over

  4. This process is really no different when compared to evening special events, e.g. Halloween and Christmas events.

  5. David

    I recommend the Logan’s run life clock …. Renewal!!!

  6. Matt Brewster

    Those Stormtroopers will need to be armed, for guests won’t leave just by being told to.

  7. Not Me

    I may just try staying past my reservation just to be escorted out by storm troopers. How cool would that be?

  8. Cheryl McGuire

    This is the same way they clear the park before a ticket event launch as Halloween… You cannot purchase food items or ride rides without the proper color wristband once your time is up

  9. Deborah Locascio

    @ alvin “This process is really no different when compared to evening special events, e.g. Halloween and Christmas events.” True. And Disney does not do a good job of actually making people without wristbands leave the park. There are many guests who do not have wristbands who stay for the fireworks and the parade and they are not forced to leave because CM”s do not check for wristbands on people staying and not going on attractions or getting food or shopping. For Star Wars diehards who just want to stay in the land after their time is up (and believe me there will be MANY) Disney will need to train and expect heir CM’s to actually enforce the time limit.

  10. Deborah Locascio

    @Cheryl McGuire
    “This is the same way they clear the park before a ticket event launch as Halloween… You cannot purchase food items or ride rides without the proper color wristband once your time is up.”
    That’s the easy part. The hard part is forcing guests who are NOT trying to get on the rides, eat, or shop to leave after their time is up. If Disney does not have a process in place they are prepared to follow and have trained their CM’s to do so, they will have overcrowding and a potential fire code violation.

    “Four hours is a long time in the land…Most guests are going to find that they’re ready to roll after four hours.” This is wishful thinking.

  11. Kellie Jones

    Maybe they’ll have a queue for the expired wristband folks to stand in, where stormtroopers will come by and grab a group to be escorted out. Photo op and all!

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