Anyone been yet? Planning on going? I've got a work trip to Orlando so will be there Oct 1.
Been looking forward to "living" in the SW Universe since ANH so hoping for good things!
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Been to the one at Disneyland. It was cool but underwhelming. There's only one ride, the Falcon one, and then just a bunch of shops and restaurants. So your experience of "living in the SW universe" is really, hey we are selling blue milk here, fork over $8 for a cup and then you can pretend you're Luke.
Smuggler's Run (the Falcon ride) is fun if you're with the right group. The ride requires active participation - two pilots, two gunners and two engineers. You are at the controls and must follow directions. If not the mission goes awry. If you're with a group of friends or people who understand how these things work, it will be fun. But more times than not, you'll be with people who don't know how to do it and the ride doesn't work.
My first time getting on, there were two older ladies in the group who didn't know what the ride entailed. And they were put in the pilots' seats. During the ride the voice is telling them to pull the lever for lightspeed or hit the flashing light, turn here, fly high over there, but they weren't doing any of it. So we just kept crashing and not really moving.
The next time I got on, there was a father with his two young kids, looked between 4-6 years old, in the group. One kid was a pilot and the other a gunner. So again, not flying anywhere and now we are not shooting at any of the targets because the kids are too young to really be able to control the thing right and are too busy checking out the screen as it it were a movie and not a ride.
There is another ride that is opening next year. Not sure what that will be. But until then, I give this new land a C+.
I took the fam to Disneyland in July. Great fun, very, very immersive. But, as mentioned, once you are done gawking (and you will gawk for awhile) there is really only the Falcon ride. Again, very, very immersive. My group was my family so we rocked it. I believe there is another similiar ride being stood upo where you get to be a bad guy and fly a TIE Fighter. Anyway, recommended.
No Star Tours? Also, I thought Space Mountain was redesigned as a Star Wars ride. Or is that Disney World I am thinking of?
Star Tours is still there (very cool ride) but it is at its same location and is not in GE. Also, they indeed retro fitted Space Mountan to be Star Wars themed. It's now called HyperSpace Mountain and it also remains in its old location.
Maybe it was because I have heard a bunch of people griping and complaining about the "failure" of Galaxy's Edge and had low expectations but I went Monday at WDW and fell in love with the place. It was so immersive and felt so isolated. The stormtroopers walking around was on point and loved how they would stop and interrogate people. Seeing the Millenium Falcon full scale was def an overwhelming moment. And then to be inside the Falcon and the cockpit was just too much information for me to process.
In the Droid workshop R2D2 was rolling around and interacting with people. He would respond to your questions and when I asked if I could have a picture with him, he beeped and spun around next to me.
A lot of beef I have been reading is it wasn't set during the OT. I'm okay with it being within the ST timeline. The kids of today are more familiar with it so it only makes sense. Seeing one girls eyes light up when Rey stopped and talked to her was proof positive they made the right decision. I also find it funny everyone is complaining that it is only 1 ride (soon to be 2) and shops. Didn't seem to hear that complaint with either of the Harry Potter additions at Universal and it is the same concept.
Actually, that really is the biggest bone of contention for the major brand theme parks now - the average person being priced out and all for mostly high-priced food and shops. Universal Studios raised its prices drastically when it opened the Harry Potter stuff and there were major complaints about that also. It went from being the low price option to basically an equal to Disney in the costs of attending. We have reached the point predicted in the original Jurassic Park when John Hammond has the discussion with the "blood-sucking lawyer."
Donald Gennaro: "And we can charge anything we want. $2,000 a day, $10,000 a day and people will pay it. And then there's the merchandise."
John Hammond: "Donald, Donald...This park was not built to cater only for the super-rich. Everyone in the world has the right to enjoy these animals."
Gennaro: "Sure, they will. Well, we'll have a coupon day or something."
Only in real life it's worse. Neither Disney nor NBC Universal are run by a John Hammond. So we don't even get a coupon day.