If you are considering visiting Disneyland anytime this month and prefer for it not to be filled with a chaotic mass of people, do not go after May 31st. That is unless you are a Star Wars fan.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California is counting down the days until the opening of Star Wars Land also known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This new 14 acre attraction cost around 1 billion dollars and is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of die-hard Star Wars fans this summer. In fact, those who would like to visit the new addition must make reservations and as of right now, they are booked - for the entire summer. Many of the Disney cast members are blocked from visiting the park all summer to reduce the chaos. An employee for Disney's Mandara Salon, Dorothy Beth, is not too happy about the new addition stating, "Disney is just being greedy. They are going to make even more money and the people that work in the park will still make the same amount... doesn't seem fair," revealing the negative perspective of those within the park. The only way for people to gain access to the exclusive, new area now would be through booking a night with any one of the three Disney hotels located in the area: Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, and The Grand Californian which can exceed 500 dollars a night.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is expected to include a Savi's Workshop where visitors can build their own light sabers, Droid Depot to construct a droid to your liking, and Don-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, holding rare items - all of which inspired and from the Star Wars movies. In a quote by Chris Beatty, a Walt Disney Imagineer and one of the brains behind the park states, "You will see spaceships and domes and canopies billowing in the wind. Just like in a film, we've framed that establishing the shot," revealing how it is meant to really resemble the movie. The architecture of the space is meant to really resemble the movie and was looked at with fine detail using ideas from locations as far as Morrocco. Overall, making promising statements that might actually make the chaos that is coming actually worth it - for die hard Star Wars fans that is.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is expected to create 10 hour lines and 200,000 guests in the park on its opening day. This is outrageous for Disney and could possibly even pose safety concerns. It is time to say goodbye to the previously hated 55 minute lines and say hello to the new up to 10 hour waits. Disney will never be the same - at least until all the Star Wars hype calms down.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez