Galaxy’s Edge - opening day- are we crazy to hope?


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My 15-year-old is a total Star Wars fan. Even though our family has reservations to go to WDW at the end of September, we decided we might want to make a quick trip down for opening day of Galaxy’s Edge. We were able to get a wdw onsite hotel room reserved for Tues-Friday. We are also DVC members and gold annual pass holders (therefore no advance preview for us due to pass level). We are trying to decide if it is even worth it to spend the money for a hotel room and try and wait outside the night before to get in on opening day. I don’t mind sitting outside studios with him throughout the night but I am concerned that if we do that, we still may not get in. I know they have the extra extra magic hours for hotel guests but wasn’t sure if that would be working on opening day. Has anyone heard any thing about whether guests will be allowed to stay out the night before and about if the extra extra magic hours work on opening day? I texted a friend who is the cast member in one of the shows at studios and she said that they’re having a lot of press event for days before and opening day and even Disney does not know the crowds they are expecting so I don’t know what we’re getting into but do not want to have a very sad 15-year-old staring up at me if we can’t get in and a very angry husband looking at me about why we just spent the money. I’d appreciate any thoughts and ideas as you all are in valuable references for me! Have a great day!


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We are trying to decide if it is even worth it to spend the money for a hotel room and try and wait outside the night before to get in on opening day.

If memory serves me correct, I'm pretty certain that Disney put the kibosh on camping out the night before. I don't think they're allowing it.


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Maybe you will get lucky, I mean they thought California was going to be crazy and it wasn't. Maybe as everyone has said the prices have gotten to visitors.

I haven't been following closely as I knew I couldn't get there this year, 😞 does anyone else think there's a chance it won't be a zoo?


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I am really surprised that WDW has not implemented something for people who want to line up early.
If they did, then you'd be really surprised that WDW has not implemented something for people who want to line up even earlier.


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If they did, then you'd be really surprised that WDW has not implemented something for people who want to line up even earlier. did you must be some kind of know it all......what is that called again?
Please stay on target bUU....I mean topic.
Honestly 🤔


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I am really surprised that WDW has not implemented something for people who want to line up early.
Duty of care, liability and lack of facilities have been cited why they can’t stay over.

Of course, people will be able to line up as soon as transportation and the parking lot opens.


Well-Known Member did you must be some kind of know it all......what is that called again?
Please stay on target bUU....I mean topic.
Honestly 🤔
I am staying on topic, even thought I'm posting things you don't like.


How about you stick to the topic and stop trying to post backhanded insults. You're not very good at it.


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Its very speculative how the Orlando crowd is going to differ from DL opening. I'm tending to think it will be a better draw. The fact that your 15yo is a big SW fan and it would make his day to be there I'd try to make it happen by getting there very early and suffer the possible long line. Teens need a reason to look at parents in a favorable light, so this will make you points with him.


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Just read this in the Sentinel today, and thought I'd share it:

Politicians offered Star Wars preview
But access to coveted Galaxy’s Edge attraction raises ethics questions
Orlando Sentinel
15 Aug 2019
By Steven Lemongello and Ryan Gillespie

Florida politicians are getting special access to a galaxy far, far away this Friday, but an ethics watchdog and even some lawmakers have a bad feeling about this.
Walt Disney World invited state legislators and other officeholders to a “community leader preview” for its highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction. It’s the hottest ticket in town not yet available to the general public.
The event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t free, with invitees needing to have RSVP’d by Aug. 7 and pay $170, plus $25 parking, to attend the three-hour preview.
Once inside, guests can “experience your own Star Wars adventure in Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, where you’ll have a chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, take a swig of Blue Milk, discover galactic treasures and much more,” according to the invitation.
State ethics laws are strict about what public officials and employees can accept, stating they can’t “solicit or accept anything of value to the recipient, including a gift, loan, reward, promise of future employment, favor, or service, based upon any understanding that [their] vote, official action, or judgment … would be influenced thereby.”
Although officials will still have to pay to attend, the event is still providing a glimpse at an attraction only available right now to “platinum” Disney annual pass holders in advance of the Aug. 29 grand opening.
Disney, the biggest corporation
in Florida, spent $28 million on lobbyists during the session earlier this year. Lawmakers have weighed in on issues ranging from casino gambling – which Disney fiercely opposes – to sales tax exemptions, and even to whether the company still has the 1960s-granted right to build a nuclear power plant.
County and city officials also deal with Disney on a regular basis.
Ben Wilcox, research director of the watchdog group Integrity Florida, was “queasy” about the event, saying it “violates the spirit [of the law], if not the law.”
“It may technically be legal, and it may not constitute a ‘gift’ that they would not be able to accept, but it raises questions,” Wilcox said. “Will lobbyists and corporate officials have access and influence at this event with legislators and elected officials? I think people are right to look at the appearance of what this event is and take that into consideration.”
Florida residents, he said, “don’t like public officials not just getting gifts, but [getting] special treatment, special benefits that otherwise aren’t available to most of the general public.”
Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan was among the public officials who declined to attend.
“I decided not to go because it would not be fair to people who would not have the opportunity,” Sheehan said in an email.
Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said Galaxy’s Edge “is a $1 billion project that created over 7,000 jobs in our state. Elected officials are under no obligation [to come], though if they choose to, we clearly outline the cost and ensure those with ethics restrictions follow the law.”
Prior to opening a new attraction, Wahler said, “it’s important for local and state leaders to become familiar with our product and the economic impact of our investment in Florida.”
The Legislature
Exactly how many people were invited to the event is unclear. The Orlando Sentinel asked every state legislator whether they had received the invitation, and while several of Disney’s nearby Central Florida lawmakers had, others hadn’t.
Among those who responded to the Sentinel, state Reps. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, Joy Goff-Marcil, D-Maitland, Geraldine Thompson, D-Winter Garden, and state Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando – all from Disney’s home base of Orange County – got invitations but declined to go. But so did state Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-Miami, and state Reps. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, and Toby Overdorf, R-Palm City, all based far from Orlando.
State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howeyin-the-Hills, state Sen. and GOP chair Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bartow, and state Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, all said they didn’t get invites.
State Rep. Kelli Stargell, R-Lakeland, was the only state legislator to say she was definitely going.
“FYI, I did buy two tickets and no taxpayer dollars will be spent on this event,” Stargell said in an email. “One of my assistants, who has had a second job at Disney for over a decade, had the opportunity to attend with employees last week and said it’s a wonderful attraction. I’m looking forward to attending.”
Thompson said she would be out of town on Friday, but said she saw no issue with anyone attending.
“There’s a cost to attend, which would mean ethics laws wouldn’t be violated,” Thompson said.
But other lawmakers said from their point of view, the offer was concerning.
Eskamani acknowledged she is “a HUGE Star Wars fan,” she said via text. “Han Solo was actually my first crush.”
But, she added, “I understand the impact tourism has on our economy —— I don’t need a sneak peek or ‘behind the scenes’ tour to know that. … I have invited Disney to meet with us at our legislative office if they ever wish to discuss their legislative priorities with us, but as we saw during the 2019 session, it seems Disney would rather toss their priorities into other bills.”
Sabatini and Pizzo said they often take tours of institutions or businesses when it’s helpful, but Pizzo said his office has “a very strict rule about accepting anything of value, and we don’t attend events unless we pay full price for entry/tickets.”
Orange County
Among local officials, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Comptroller Phil Diamond said they would be attending the preview. Disney has contributed $45,000 to a political action committee tied to Dyer’s re-election campaign, state records show.
Cassandra Lafser, a spokeswoman for Dyer, said the city’s legal office reviewed it and found no conflicts with its ethics policy. The mayor will be reporting it as a gift, she said.
Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings have already seen Galaxy’s Edge, previewing it with kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, according to tweets from Demings’ account. Demings could not be reached for comment.
Others, like Orange County Commissioners Maribel Gomez Cordero and Betsy VanderLay, as well as Tax Collector Scott Randolph and Property Appraiser Rick Singh, said they weren’t invited.
Singh has frequently sparred in courtrooms with the region’s theme parks in property valuation disputes. He is being sued by Disney World over assessments of Magic Kingdom, Epcot and hotels.
Diamond said his office collects the tourist development tax, so he wanted to be familiar with the attraction he called the biggest opening since Harry Potter at Universal.
“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was [ethical],” Diamond said.
Orlando commissioners Jim Gray, Sam Ings, Mayra Uribe and Sheehan all said they were invited but declined.
As for Congress members, spokespersons for U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz, R-St. Augustine, and Val Demings, D-Orlando, said they weren’t invited. But U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Orlando, was.
Murphy’s office initially said she would be attending but later said she had family obligations and wouldn’t make it.
Among all lawmakers, state Sen. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, may have had the best excuse not to go – her invitation went into the spam filter, her spokeswoman said.
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