When Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood
Studios in Orlando later this year, guests staying at Disney hotels or select
partner hotels will have exclusive access to the land from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily.
Disney regularly allows resort guests into its parks for extra
time before or after the park opens, its Extra Magic Hours perk, but that perk
is expanding to become "extra" Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios
in anticipation of the popularity of Galaxy's Edge.
"That really gives our resort guests an opportunity to
come in and enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land and other popular attractions,"
said Claire Bilby, senior vice president of sales, services and events for
Galaxy's Edge opens in Disney World on Aug. 29. It opened at
the end of May in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
At Disney World, additional Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood
Studios will be available every day from Sept. 1 to Nov. 2. Daily Extra Magic
Hours will be added at the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks for resort
guests, as well, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
In addition to Disney resorts, the benefits extend to guests
staying at the Swan Hotel, Dolphin Hotel, Shades of Green Resort, Disney
Springs resort-area hotels, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet
Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
"We're trying to make sure we give that great guest
experience," Bilby said. "I think we've got a great plan."
To travel advisors specifically, Bilby said, "I want
them to feel very comfortable recommending to their clients that this is now
the time to come."
Bilby also wants agents to know that you don't have to be a
big Star Wars fan to like Galaxy's Edge. She said that she had only seen about
half of the movies before visiting Galaxy's Edge but it "still blew me
away." Travel advisors with a similar experiene told her they, too, were
Galaxy's Edge was first open only to Disneyland hotel guests for a period of
time; it opened to the public on June 24. Disneyland has implemented a virtual
queue system for use when guest demand is high.
"The team out at Disneyland has done such a fabulous
job focused on managing that demand seamlessly," Bilby said.