So with all the craziness over the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, we thought we’d revisit this topic as many people have been wondering about it. In fact it’s a bit strange that Star Wars Land up to this point isn’t using a FastPass system and some questions remain:
Will there eventually be FastPass in Galaxy’s Edge?
Will it be a paid version?
We’re going to answer those questions to the best of our ability now. Of course we don’t work for Disney so we don’t know their motives behind all the decisions they make regarding Galaxy’s Edge, but based on the opening so far and guest flow we have an idea.
Is there FastPass in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?
When and if Disney does release FastPasses for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in the future, we’ll be here to give you a strategy on how to get those FastPasses and what the best way is to utilize them.
No at this time there are no FastPasses in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and there won’t be any in the Hollywood Studios version upon opening either.
I get it, people naturally don’t want to wait in lines when visiting a theme park, or at least as much as humanly possible. Since Disney rolled out the FastPass system years ago, we’ve become spoiled to the idea of skipping the lines of our favorite attractions and passing by all those poor people forced to wait.
But in Galaxy’s Edge there are no FastPasses so what gives?
Disney made the decision to use a reservation system in Disneyland when opening Galaxy’s Edge and didn’t make any FastPasses available to the public. They felt that the limited number of guests visiting Galaxy’s Edge would be sufficient and make FastPasses redundant. So far it has worked brilliantly.
What about when the reservation system is over though and people are using the virtual queue? Again personally I don’t think it will be necessary because Disney is going to limit the number of people allowed into Galaxy’s Edge so you don’t really need FastPasses in that case.
Of course we don’t know exactly how many people they will limited entrance into Galaxy’s Edge to. The crowds were manageable during the reservation period in Disneyland, but will Disney still be letting the exact same amount of people into Galaxy’s Edge when they open it up to the “public?” My guess is that they will let more people in at that point and you’re likely to see bigger crowds.
If that’s true then why would they still not use FastPasses? In that case it may be that Disney just wants to build hype around Galaxy’s Edge and the attraction/s. Look at when Flight of Passage opened in Pandora a couple of years ago…6 hour lines. Look at when Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot…5 hour lines.
Heck look at the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure that just opened in Universal…it was reported lines were up to 10 hours on opening day! You may think that creates bad press, but it doesn’t. It creates buzz and get people thinking they need to go on that ride because if people waited 10 hours it must be amazing!
Another thing that might have an impact is the fact that these attractions are so complex (especially the Rise of the Resistance) they want to do some extensive real-world testing on these attractions when they first open to figure out how many FastPasses they can allow per hour, while not slowing down the regular line.
Of course Disney has stated that “we will continually evaluate our operations and services in order to help provide a great Guest experience,” which means it is possible down the road they will put a FastPass system in Galaxy’s Edge, but for now it won’t be initially available.
Could Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland and Disney World actually have a paid FastPass system?
I wanted to talk about this because of a rumor that was out a few months ago. Basically it was saying that Disney was leaning towards selling FastPasses for the attractions: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers’ Run.
According to the rumor, the paid FastPass system would have allowed guests to buy their FastPasses ahead of time so they don’t have to wait in the gigantic 6+ hour lines that are sure to develop. They proposed that paid FastPasses wouldn’t be the ONLY FastPasses though, as both Disneyland and Walt Disney World would still have the normal FastPass systems in place for guests who don’t want to pay.
Again nothing has happened regarding paid FastPass yet and at first it seemed plausible, but now it does certainly doesn’t look like Disney will be using any sort of paid FastPass system.
The reason why some people were thinking it was possible is that it makes sense from a financial standpoint for Disney. They know they have a gold mine in Galaxy’s Edge, and people would potentially be willing to shell out the $ to skip the lines, or to pay for preview events even before the new land opens.
A paid FastPass system would speed things up tremendously and make the experience of visiting Galaxy’s Edge much more pleasant for those willing to pay instead of having to wait hours and hours in line.
There’s no word on how much this would have cost but my initial guess is that people would easily pay $20-30 per attraction if they could skip over everyone and jump to the front of the line. That would get expensive with a family of 4, but if you are just a solo visitor would you rather wait 5-6 hours per ride or spend the $20-30 bucks? East choice for me.
Since both parks have two different FastPass systems, they would each handle the service differently. In Disneyland it would be added on to the MaxPass system as a premium upgrade. In Walt Disney World they would probably have a specific amount of FastPass+ reservations set aside as paid options allowing you to book them through the My Disney Experience app.
This however causes some problems because each attraction can only handle so many FastPass reservations per day, so that means that the ones allocated online to guests who aren’t paying, are going to be severely limited, with a much lower quantity available.
Just an example, if they have 10,000 FastPasses per day for each attraction, they might decide they need to save 3,000 for paid FastPasses meaning only 7,000 will go out to the public. I guess they could always release the un-bought FastPasses the “day-of”, but quantities would be really reduced.
Also seeing people walk by when they themselves are waiting out in the hot sun for hours and hours, would make a real lot of guests pretty angry pretty quick. I also don’t think it would be good press to have a paid FastPass system at this time. Prices are high enough as it is in Galaxy’s Edge, and I don’t think Disney would test pushing the limits that much.
At this point thankfully I don’t think they will ever do it in Disneyland or Hollywood Studios because the virtual queue system is going to eliminate a lot of the normal lines you might see forming in another attraction queue. The virtual queue limits how many guests can enter Galaxy’s Edge so the overall capacity should be pretty low and it should not be necessary to have FastPasses at this time.
It’s really hard to tell right now and there are so many variables out there with the public opening just getting started and the Rise of the Resistance ride still not ready, we just don’t know for sure how the whole thing is going to be handled. So far lines for the Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run attraction haven’t been more than 1.5 hours really so it hasn’t got that bad yet.
Hey at least though if the lines do get super long and there aren’t any FastPasses for Galaxy’s Edge yet, you can spend your 5 hours in line checking out all the interactive games on the Play Disney Parks app will keep you occupied with all its amazing features which is revolutionizing the way you wait in line.
The whole thing is interesting to think about and deserves keeping an eye on. We’ll let you know as soon as Disney says something about a Galaxy’s Edge FastPass system in either park and give you strategies on that.
Many have been asking me just how great is Galaxy’s Edge? I think that it lived up to the huge hype for the most part and we loved our trip to visit it. Check out our personal review of Galaxy’s Edge and also the complete walkthrough to see every corner of the land.
Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disneyland on May 31, 2019 and is opening in Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019. If you need help just getting into the land, this guide will help you with that.
For more info read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Ultimate Guide for a detailed look at the attractions, dining, planning and tips.
Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we’ll be bringing you tons more updates on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and all the details as soon as things come out.
I want to know what you think about no FastPass system for Galaxy’s Edge at opening…
- Do you think it’s a good idea to not have it?
- Would you be in favor of a Paid FastPass system?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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