Crowds have shifted though. That is no longer an off season.As for the OP question, Should Disney have just held off on opening SWGE until they could also open ROTR?
In my opinion, NO. As many have already said, Disney made truckloads of money by opening GE in Disneyland minus ROTR!
I have another thought about today's announcement. Disney has published launch dates for ROTR for both WDW and DL. So whatever blocker to launch was solved. I think Disney strategically made the opening in WDW first on December 5th which is one of the off peak times at WDW.
Right NOW, the hard core Star Wars Fans are making their reservations for a trip to WDW! There goes the possibility for lower than normal crowds at WDW in the beginning of December...
I also have two fears:
1. I feel there will be a ticket price increase for WDW VERY SOON (except for APs who already got slammed with a 25 percent price jump) .
2. My big fear, BLACKOUT dates ADDED to APs to block them from the opening of ROTR at WDW.
I hope I am wrong.