Later this year during the summer Disneyland California will be debuting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is sure to result in a massive influx of visitors to the parks. Though recent reports are indicating that rather than imply various new high-tech solutions or limiting attendance of visitors to the new park, physical obstacles that slow traffic flow will be re-designed to accommodate the thousands of visitors that’ll most likely swarm the park this summer. With the official Disneyland Parks Blog stating:
“A number of efforts are already underway or completed. On Main Street, U.S.A., for example, curbs are being enhanced with slow inclines to help improve access when guests first enter. New brickwork adds to the storytelling of the iconic thoroughfare, and for the first time, the horse-drawn streetcar track was replaced in its entirety. In Fantasyland, reconfigured guest queues for Matterhorn Bobsleds, ‘it’s a small world,’ and Dumbo the Flying Elephant have improved guest access and comfort, while Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland now welcomes guests to a brand new area that was previously underutilised.”
The blog further adding: “Throughout Disneyland park, the locations of planters and outdoor vending carts are being adjusted to make room for additional walking space and new, more efficient stroller areas.”
Funnily enough, the overhaul has been dubbed with the nickname “Project Stardust,” the same codename that the Death Star plans were given by Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The California park was opened back in 1955 as a way to entertain the countless Disney fans who would descend upon the small movie studio in hopes of witnessing some of the magic unfold in front of their eyes. The upcoming expansion of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will add other 14 acres to the park, with second Galaxy’s Edge also opening at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
“We are preparing our legacy as we welcome a new galaxy.”
– Kris Theiler, vice president of the Disneyland Park
Rivalling the scale of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over at Universal Studios, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will likely surpass the massive crowds during the opening days of those attractions, given the forty plus years of Star Wars’ popularity with fans both young and old alike. (The only way for Universal to top Galaxy’s Edge now is to create a real Jurassic Park/world)
“You have several more generations that followed Star Wars than you have with Harry Potter, “if anything is going to top Harry Potter at Universal Studios, this is it.”
– Martin Lewison, theme park expert & business management professor at Farmingdale State College in New York
While an exact opening date hasn’t been announced Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland California will be opening during the summer, while the Galaxy’s Edge over at DisneyWorld Orlando, Florida will be opening later in the year.
Written by: Connor Heggie