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Rise of the Resistance Opening date December 5th. Should Disney have just held off on opening SWGE until then like seemed to be the original plan?

Queen of the WDW Screne

Active Member
Original Poster
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.
Crowds have shifted though. That is no longer an off season.
 

Smiley/OCD

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There have been threads on other boards predicting it and I for one was pretty confident in December 5th/6th as that is when the grand opening of NFL was and it just seemed to fit. Most others trying to predict agreed. Many people booked based on these theories and looks like they would have been correct if Disney had just said to themselves ya know what we should not try to open early with one attraction instead lets give the guests the full experience.
Well, I'm glad I don't use those "experts" to PREDICT my powerball numbers...
 

erasure fan1

Well-Known Member
Social media, regular media, heck...Disney Forums can spread negativity because its easier than praise. Maybe I'm the odd man out, but I have a December 1-8th trip booked and I was very much looking forward to SWGE with one ride open or two. Actually, I figured lines would be crazy long, so as long as I got to walk through land, I would be fine!

Rides not open do not say failure for me.
There is a big difference between failure and negative perception like I was saying. If Rise is just an average ride, then I would say failure based on expectations. But It's not about the land being a failure, it's about, would it have been better to open all at once. And I believe the answer is yes.
 

PorterRedkey

Well-Known Member
Social media, regular media, heck...Disney Forums can spread negativity because its easier than praise. Maybe I'm the odd man out, but I have a December 1-8th trip booked and I was very much looking forward to SWGE with one ride open or two. Actually, I figured lines would be crazy long, so as long as I got to walk through land, I would be fine!

Rides not open do not say failure for me.
That is good for the super fan. Casual Disney guests go to Disney mainly for the ride. Many people I spoke to see this as a Star Wars shopping mall with one ride.
 

mergatroid

Well-Known Member
People complain on here all the time about the time it takes Disney to build new attractions. I suppose this is what happens when we see the flip side to this. They open a land earlier than expected as everything bar one attraction (the main one admittedly) is ready and it's viewed negatively. All opinions are valid as it's subjective, though personally I'm delighted the way they've done it as our September trip was booked thinking we'd see none of it.
 

drizgirl

Well-Known Member
People complain on here all the time about the time it takes Disney to build new attractions. I suppose this is what happens when we see the flip side to this. They open a land earlier than expected as everything bar one attraction (the main one admittedly) is ready and it's viewed negatively. All opinions are valid as it's subjective, though personally I'm delighted the way they've done it as our September trip was booked thinking we'd see none of it.
I don't think Disney's approach on this was a failure because of what anyone here had to say. It was a failure because of the number of people who went through the gates.
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
Could you imagine Pandora opening with just the Navi river?
Pandora opened in May 2017. If NRJ opened in February 2017, that would have been a bonus to people who visited WDW in the late winter and early spring.

So NRJ would have had the following impact on guests visiting in each month:

February - Positive
March - Positive
April - Positive
May - Neutral
June - Neutral
July - Neutral

Literally nobody is worse off and some people are better off. How would this have been bad?

To be clear, Disney did not delay Rise of the Resistance. Rise of the Resistance is opening exactly when it was supposed to. The rest of the land is opening early.*

*In Orlando.
 

Pooh.sHoneyHuntTDL

Well-Known Member
Pandora opened in May 2017. If NRJ opened in February 2017, that would have been a bonus to people who visited WDW in the late winter and early spring.

So NRJ would have had the following impact on guests visiting in each month:

February - Positive
March - Positive
April - Positive
May - Neutral
June - Neutral
July - Neutral

Literally nobody is worse off and some people are better off. How would this have been bad?

To be clear, Disney did not delay Rise of the Resistance. Rise of the Resistance is opening exactly when it was supposed to. The rest of the land is opening early.*

*In Orlando.
Disagree. When a ride is worse than Pirates/Frozen/Living on the Land/three cabaleros ride it would have caused a riot to open with just River Navi. It's that bad.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Well... this is an example of Disney's fast and loose use of seasonal appelations: "Fall" can be mid-August with the start of the Halloween parties and go all the way to a week before Christmas with the astronomical ending of Fall. They switch back and forth between calendar nomenclature and recreational-biz nomenclature to suit their needs. I'm not saying it's nefarious, but it does give them wiggle room and being "technically correct" if something happens earlier or later than expected.

RotR in DHS will open in "the Fall" of this year as they always have said... from a certain point of view.
 

NickPytlinski

Active Member
we randomly planned first week in December (my birthday is 4th) and then found out ROTR opens the 5th

Massive bonus!

not sure if i'll be able to get even close tho lol

maybe i'll spot some of our favourite youtubers tho lol
 

CaptainAmerica

Premium Member
Well... this is an example of Disney's fast and loose use of seasonal appelations: "Fall" can be mid-August with the start of the Halloween parties and go all the way to a week before Christmas with the astronomical ending of Fall. They switch back and forth between calendar nomenclature and recreational-biz nomenclature to suit their needs. I'm not saying it's nefarious, but it does give them wiggle room and being "technically correct" if something happens earlier or later than expected.

RotR in DHS will open in "the Fall" of this year as they always have said... from a certain point of view.
They didn't say Fall. They said Late Fall. Splitting the seasons in thirds, Early Fall would be roughly 9/23-10/22, Mid Fall would be 10/22-11/21, and Late Fall would be 11/21-12/21.

December 5 is smack in the middle of Late Fall.
 
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