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News Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Disneyland opening reports/reviews

RobWDW1971

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Gosh the negativity is exhausting. If you guys don't like the land then why not just move on and discuss what you *do* enjoy about the Disney parks? Not sure why we have to have the same cyclical and non-productive conversations over and over again.

And for the record: I think GE has its faults for sure. But the land is what it is, and there are still plenty of phenomenal aspects in that park to admire.
I love the Mickey pretzels!!!
 

TROR

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Gosh the negativity is exhausting. If you guys don't like the land then why not just move on and discuss what you *do* enjoy about the Disney parks? Not sure why we have to have the same cyclical and non-productive conversations over and over again.

And for the record: I think GE has its faults for sure. But the land is what it is, and there are still plenty of phenomenal aspects in that park to admire.
Because the parks are never completed and therefore we should discuss what should change to improved them because we love the parks?
 

drod1985

Well-Known Member
Because the parks are never completed and therefore we should discuss what should change to improved them because we love the parks?
I love (and share) this sentiment. But it is generally not expressed as positively as you outline. There's a big difference between "GE is a failure, and an X-Wing coaster would've saved it" and "GE has potential, I'd like to see a ride like an X-Wing coaster added."

These are of course not direct quotes, but generalizations to illustrate to my point.
 

TROR

Well-Known Member
I love (and share) this sentiment. But it is generally not expressed as positively as you outline. There's a big difference between "GE is a failure, and an X-Wing coaster would've saved it" and "GE has potential, I'd like to see a ride like an X-Wing coaster added."

These are of course not direct quotes, but generalizations to illustrate to my point.
An X Wing coaster? Hey, that’s not a bad idea. They should take out that dud Falcon ride and put that in its place!
 

RobWDW1971

Well-Known Member
I love (and share) this sentiment. But it is generally not expressed as positively as you outline. There's a big difference between "GE is a failure, and an X-Wing coaster would've saved it" and "GE has potential, I'd like to see a ride like an X-Wing coaster added."

These are of course not direct quotes, but generalizations to illustrate to my point.
GE is a depressing, soulless mess that WDI completely missed the mark on and it saddens me to no end.

(But I love the choo choo train!!!) ;)
 
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RobWDW1971

Well-Known Member
Gosh the negativity is exhausting. If you guys don't like the land then why not just move on and discuss what you *do* enjoy about the Disney parks? Not sure why we have to have the same cyclical and non-productive conversations over and over again.

And for the record: I think GE has its faults for sure. But the land is what it is, and there are still plenty of phenomenal aspects in that park to admire.
Had to go back and check the thread title, I thought we were accidentally on the "Phenomenal Aspects of Walt Disney's Disneyland That We Admire" thread, but nope it is still "Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Disneyland Opening reports/reviews". Hmmmm, guess that's why people are posting (mostly negative) reviews of Disneyland's Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
Had to go back and check the thread title, I thought we were accidentally on the "Phenomenal Aspects of Walt Disney's Disneyland That We Admire" thread, but nope it is still "Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Disneyland Opening reports/reviews". Hmmmm, guess that's why people are posting (mostly negative) reviews of Disneyland's Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.
Haven’t seen a review in pages. Just the same handful of people posting the same stuff over and over.
 

ParkPeeker

Well-Known Member
Gosh the negativity is exhausting. If you guys don't like the land then why not just move on and discuss what you *do* enjoy about the Disney parks? Not sure why we have to have the same cyclical and non-productive conversations over and over again.

And for the record: I think GE has its faults for sure. But the land is what it is, and there are still plenty of phenomenal aspects in that park to admire.
If you feel that the negativity about the land on this thread is exhausting, you should make posts about all the things that make you like it, rather than calling people out for how they feel. It's not their fault that no one here is saying anything positive.

I feel like anyone who disagrees just calls out how much of a downer everyone else is instead of actually talking about why they like it. That's not productive
 

drod1985

Well-Known Member
If you feel that the negativity about the land on this thread is exhausting, you should make posts about all the things that make you like it, rather than calling people out for how they feel. It's not their fault that no one here is saying anything positive.

I feel like anyone who disagrees just calls out how much of a downer everyone else is instead of actually talking about why they like it. That's not productive
I, and others, have made plenty of positive posts about the land. The difference is for some reason the negative feedback has to be reposted over and over again.

And I agree with most of the constructive criticism. Just don’t feel the need to beat that horse repeatedly.
 

drod1985

Well-Known Member
On the droid front, I think the pair they have in the Droid Depot are adorable. I wish they had put a few similarly animated ones under the awnings outside.
All of the droids should’ve been fully animatronic like that. I understand some can move when you hack them via the Disney Play app, but that’s not enough. They should be active at all times.
 

RobWDW1971

Well-Known Member
Haven’t seen a review in pages. Just the same handful of people posting the same stuff over and over.
My full review:

What I Liked:
- Seeing the full size Falcon in person was awesome and it was incredibly well executed
- The chess room of the Falcon, the hallways, and effect of going into the "only" cockpit was great
- The feel of the Falcon cockpit
- The ride experience (assuming they eventually get to multiple missions rotating in)
- The pilot positions both left and right
- Ronto Roasters
- Cantina execution (see size issue below)
- Light saber building concept
- The design of the marketplace walkthrough area
- Build a droid experience/conveyor belts


What I Did Not Like:
- The land feels abandoned, bleak, and depressing
- Tying it to the new characters vs. the original trilogy that built the brand/fan interest was a mistake (note nearly all of the selfies are in front of the Falcon and X Wing from the original trilogy)
- The lack of wandering characters, droids, bounty hunters, or anybody makes it feel lifeless, static, and cold
- The decision to present the few droids and vehicles they have as rusted and abandoned behind fences
- The intentional decision to not use the iconic music to create an immediate and powerful emotional connection to the land (like Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, etc.)
- The misguided attempt at "immersion" that lead to the poor choice to exclude the music (yes, I've heard all of the convoluted explanations, just a terrible creative choice)
- The misguided decision to not rely on several entertainment cast members throughout the land, but instead assume that union food, merch, and ride operators can instantly become professional improv actors and both take on characters and tell a story (so painful, it hurts to hear them try)
- The merchandise cast member trying valiantly to "act" in the light saber experience - Good Lord Disney, pay for ONE entertainment cast member when you're selling $200 lightsabers!
- The decision to use BEIGE as your signature color throughout the entire land
- The decision to not have prominent water features, shade, greenery, or "soft" features to offset the bombed out, abandoned feel of the area
- The decision to have majority of the buildings be windowless (which feel "closed") including the cantina to ensure zero atmosphere or energy in the area
- The incredible amount of closed facades, walls, etc. that lead to nowhere - except a sea of bombed out beige
- The insanely short sighted capacity issues for the cantina, which should have been the signature experience of the land outside the attractions - and with the Lamplight Lounge experience at DCA, nobody can say they didn't understand the draw
- Setting the land in a place that nobody has ever heard of, have no emotional connection to, and a place, frankly, I have no interest in going (vs. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, etc.)
- The decision to create the lone incredibly animated animatronic figure of....Yoda? Chewy? Boba Fett? Vader? Jabba? Admiral Ackbar? Nope....Hondo! Whoever that is.
- The Falcon gunner and engineer positions
- The queue of the Falcon (with the exception of all of the views of the Falcon) was just another pile of junk with two "Bros" talking
- The "stalls" in the marketplace seem like a good idea but don't work for the merchandise or the shopping experience
- The idea people want "Batuu" merchandise vs. Star Wars merchandise
- Made up things that aren't in the Star Wars universe like "Good moons" are whatever the heck they say to you. It's not Star Wars and nobody cares about "Batuu". I don't know, how about "May the Force be with you"!
- Blue/Green milk - a sad and forced attempt at a Butter Beer phenomenon
- A complete lack of humor, whimsy, activity, emotion, and charm throughout the land - it's like the Bizarro Harry Potter Land

What I Am Hoping For:
- ROTR is amazing on all levels and lives up its scope/expense and makes everyone forget about the land's shortcomings
- They immediately fill the land with professional actors, droids, characters, bounty hunters, etc. to give the place life, energy, and activity

Overall, after the immediate thrill of seeing the Falcon and the newness of it all, the place just made me feel depressed vs. how I feel in the rest of Disneyland or at, in my opinion, the far superior two Harry Potter lands in Florida. I love just being "there" in both of those and I'm not even a Harry Potter fan. They both are just full of magic, whimsy, music, joy, and a celebration of the characters and that universe. YMMV
 

ParkPeeker

Well-Known Member
I, and others, have made plenty of positive posts about the land. The difference is for some reason the negative feedback has to be reposted over and over again.

And I agree with most of the constructive criticism. Just don’t feel the need to beat that horse repeatedly.
It could be people who are just that disappointed. Heck it could even just be different people having similar negative sentiments. If it bothers you that much, reply and make a counter. Put more positive stuff and repeat yourself if you have to. If someone feels that great about it then hey keep repeating how great it makes you feel, express just how excited it makes you feel.
 

GoofGoof

Premium Member
It could be people who are just that disappointed. Heck it could even just be different people having similar negative sentiments. If it bothers you that much, reply and make a counter. Put more positive stuff and repeat yourself if you have to. If someone feels that great about it then hey keep repeating how great it makes you feel, express just how excited it makes you feel.
It could be, but it’s not. He isn’t talking about everyone who says anything negative. There are a handful of posters who have repeatedly posted the same things over and over.
 
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