I like SWL a lot more then Pandora, but I agree with a lot of this, especially about the immersiveness. Basically, the wide open paths and large open areas make you feel less immersed then in somewhere like Potterland or even Pandora. It was built that way to accommodate wandering characters and droids, which would have made up for the openness with a different sort of immersiveness, but those were cut. So the end result is the worst of all worlds in regards to immersiveness - wide open, unoccupied pavement.We finally got to ride last month! First time seeing Galaxy's Edge too. Me -casual Star wars fan. The other two - huge fans of original trilogy.
Smaller than I pictured, but that's on me. I always think things are going to be grander than they are.
It looks cool, but I hate to say, not much to do? 2 big fans - while they liked seeing the ships, etc., there was not much else that held their interest. Mostly shops. Bought a stuffed Chewbacca! Their biggest complaint was it felt out of place - walking from Toy Story land to GE, no roaming characters, I don't think they felt immersed? I don't know what they expect Disney to do about that, but that was their complaint so I'm sharing it!
Pretty at night.
The Ronto-wrap was delicious!
Smugglers Run was fun - I had option to be pilot but switched with a gunner due to the stress!
Rise was fun - I think all the affects were working? Not as exciting or awesome as everything I have read. Certainly don't think it's Disney's best ride or even close to it. Would not pay for it again.
I have to say I think Railway is genius and pure Disney. We all liked it better than Rise.
As far as pure creativity/theme/looks - sorry all, but I think Pandora is a better "land" than GE. But I'm the minority on this and happy we get to experience both.