Theme Park Bits: Rise of the Resistance, That Big Family Fight at Disneyland, and More

/Film | 7/15/2019 | Josh Spiegel
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

Rise of the Resistance gets an opening date on both coasts.

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That fighting family from Disneyland denies anything happened.

And more!

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The big news of the week is that we finally know when the second major attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening. Yes, Rise of the Resistance has an opening date: December 5 in Walt Disney World and January 17 of next year in Disneyland. So, the good news: we know when this purportedly very long dark ride will open. The bad news, at least for anyone who wants to experience the full Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, is that you have to wait until next year to do so.

Let’s talk briefly about the impact of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland, too. You may have heard by now that Disneyland has seen surprisingly not-busy wait times over the last month or so. (The July 4 weekend was a rare exception, but historically, it’s one of the busiest times the park ever experiences, Star Wars or not.) For guests, of course, this seems like nirvana — all the rides with a vastly lower wait time than you might think. There’s been a downside for Cast Members, though, as reported at MiceChat.

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Disney’s going through a hiring freeze, and also scaling back on their Lion King show (which, to note, they opened to tie in with the remake’s release this month). They’re also cutting their Red Car Trolley show in Disney California Adventure. The problem here doesn’t lie with guests, of course. It’s, at best, an issue where marketing was too successful — people really bought into the idea that the park would be swamped this summer. It’s just unfortunate to see so much of the resort’s charm be cut back in advance of likely crazy crowds in 2020.

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