I assume the junior Stormtrooper is yours! Adorable.Some pictures from AP previews on Saturday.
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They did a really good job with the land and throughout the day I kept forgetting I was in Hollywood Studios. When it was finally time to leave it was like a culture shock being back in the "regular" park.
I did find the one place you can see outside Black Spire. Hopefully it will vanish once the trees grow some more.
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That’s a very bizarre assumption for a straight forward complaint. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.Personally, when I see stuff about "no OT presence in the land", it seems to come more from a place of "I hate TLJ and what Disney has done to my favorite characters" more than an actual problem with the land. I think it is a surrogate complaint.
Glad you and your family had a great time. I still suspect the area is between the two extremes that keep appearing. Hope to see it myself in 2020.You will read a lot of good and a lot of bad reviews. I look at it this way... On Saturday I got to experience what its like to be in the Star Wars Galaxy. Was it a place in one of the movies? no, but for 4 hours I was transported to a Galaxy Far Far Away (sorry for corniness there) and had a great time with my family. Got to pilot the Millennium Falcon, build a lightsaber, stand next to the Falcon and hear what it sounds like. Ate "local" food and saw several characters roaming throughout. It was a day to remember and can't wait to get back and experience it again with RotR. Well done Disney, you added more to the experience that is Disney World and with all that's still being built, my family looks forward to the next few years of additions.
Short and sweet review as there are hundreds of other reviews to read. The land is beautiful, they did a fabulous job and we felt immersed immediately. The Millennium Falcon replica is amazing and the ride was fun! Had a great experience and can not wait to go back. Savi's work shop was well thought out, kids and wife really enjoyed it. Made 2 lightsabers, (been saving for awhile) and as a guy, mid 40's, who grew up with Star Wars, I can say that my dream of having a lightsaber has been fulfilled. Watching my kids partake made it even that more special.
Got to to try several food items throughout and look forward to going back for more. The Ribs at docking bay 7 were just ok but the turkey jerky (sweet), popcorn and Ronto Wrap were really good.
Loved the sound effects throughout and overall felt like we were transported away from Hollywood Studios. My older son (12) spent a lot of time on the play Disney App and cant wait to go back for more. It really added a lot to the experience for him. I decided to keep my head up and take in all the sights and sounds and figured the app is for another day.
Hope everyone gets to experience it soon. Enjoy!
Great pics, much appreciated.I forgot to mention, while I posted a few here there are a ton more photos I uploaded to my Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cchard/albums/72157710399383551
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I'd definitely say it's a valid complaint. Like it or not, agree or not, GE hasn't really wowed the world. Supporters can spew nonsense about the OT fans are the minority, and there isn't a way to incorporate the OT... Even if last jedi was better than force awakens, and everyone universally loved it, that wouldn't change the complaints people have with GE. I've been thinking a lot about this and I do really think Disney missed a huge opportunity with GE. Right or wrong, there is a perception of the land, and it leaning heavily to the meh side.Personally, when I see stuff about "no OT presence in the land", it seems to come more from a place of "I hate TLJ and what Disney has done to my favorite characters" more than an actual problem with the land. I think it is a surrogate complaint.
We were engineers and there's a lot going on all at once, to be honest. There were maybe 8 or 9 buttons/switches that lit up to be pressed throughout the ride, so your attention is constantly shifting back and forth from the screen to the side with the buttons. Not focusing on the screen the whole time seems like it's part of the experience, so that's why it seems like it'll need repeat rides. It really boiled down to shoot the bad guys, don't run into things and repair the ship.That doesn’t sound very encouraging about the ride or the SW content....
Glad you had fun though.
It’s good you had fun, that’s ultimately the goal of any ride. I was just thinking out loud and over analyzing as we tend to do around here.We were engineers and there's a lot going on all at once, to be honest. There were maybe 8 or 9 buttons/switches that lit up to be pressed throughout the ride, so your attention is constantly shifting back and forth from the screen to the side with the buttons. Not focusing on the screen the whole time seems like it's part of the experience, so that's why it seems like it'll need repeat rides. It really boiled down to shoot the bad guys, don't run into things and repair the ship.
That being said, hitting the button that fired the harpoon was very satisfying.
My guess is that the reactions fall into three broad categories based on what I'd read:
- Sound didn't seem to be an issue. I paid attention after the conversation here and was surprised that there was almost always something to hear that made the land feel alive. Ships blasting off, radio communications, engines, etc.
Take Harambe, a bombed out, dilapidated African village. Remove the uplifting African music, charming acts and replace it with the sound effects of bombs/guns/planes in the background. It doesn't work. It totally changes your feeling towards the place.See, I don't get this. So,there is appropriate background audio. As long as there is sounds,why would it be "depressing"? It would be silly and out of place to have John Williams music blasting in the middle of the marketplace without any premise. It sounds like the Imagineers continued the trend they used for BGM in Pandora, which has largely been commended as appropriate for the immersion for the land.
As I've said before, I think there would be appriopriate places to use the movie music - like in the entrance/transition into the land or in the queues or during the rides. But having appropriate sounds for the main part of the land enhances the immersion, rather than detract from it. I do think perhaps there is the opportunity to use the First Order or even the Imperial march as a diegetic sound in the First Order area like propoganda (the way such music was used in Solo and before that in Rebels).
I haven't been, so I'm not in a position to really say, but all the pictures I've seen of GE do not look "bombed out" or "dilapidated". Used and lived in? Sure. But I don't get the depressing angle. It looks like a frontier town in space that has seen some action as part of a military conflict. Pretty much what you would expect from Star Wars.Take Harambe, a bombed out, dilapidated African village. Remove the uplifting African music, charming acts and replace it with the sound effects of bombs/guns/planes in the background. It doesn't work. It totally changes your feeling towards the place.