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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge - Reviews & Photos (DHS)

Andysol

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To those that have been: how much would the cut bantha ride have brought to the land?

if you had to rank the cut things to hell the land, how would you rank them?
-battle scenes on room
-roaming characters
-roaming droids
-bantha ride
 

Joe

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Feb 15, 2012
14,216
Pittsburgh, PA
To those that have been: how much would the cut bantha ride have brought to the land?

if you had to rank the cut things to hell the land, how would you rank them?
-battle scenes on room
-roaming characters
-roaming droids
-bantha ride
It would have added something more to do and something dynamic in the land that is missing. I can't rate but I'll add something else: craftsmen in the market. SDC, Dollywood, Cedar Point, etc have woodworkers, glassblowers, and more in their frontier areas, I think adding the same to SWGE would sell the story more and add character to the land.
 

Andysol

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Jun 21, 2016
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I'll add something else: craftsmen in the market. SDC, Dollywood, Cedar Point, etc have woodworkers, glassblowers, and more in their frontier areas, I think adding the same to SWGE would sell the story more and add character to the land.
Great point and totally agree. I originally thought it would be awesome for Berk in EU, but never thought about SWGE. But that would be a great fit as well.

The craftsmen in SDC are one of the coolest aspects, and you can actually buy their crafts so it’s not just a show.
 

Scott W.

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Feb 26, 2014
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It would have added something more to do and something dynamic in the land that is missing. I can't rate but I'll add something else: craftsmen in the market. SDC, Dollywood, Cedar Point, etc have woodworkers, glassblowers, and more in their frontier areas, I think adding the same to SWGE would sell the story more and add character to the land.
That’s a great point. The land is static, if you watch any Star Wars film, there is always a ton of something going on in the background. GE is a pretty still picture.
 
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Joe

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It's crazy. They used to have a small army of storm troopers marching around the hub & main street of DHS that wasn't themed to Star Wars. Then they put in a 14 acre themed area and have 2 storm troopers walking around in that huge expanse. It makes no sense.
THEY STILL DO THE MARCH!!!!
 
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Mad Dog

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GESWL at DHS Review.....
As I said in a previous post, we spent more than 12 hours over parts of 4 days exploring GESWL. We were there at all times of the day, mornings, afternoons and evenings. We rode Smugglers Run 7 times. Photos, You Tube videos, and the ilk cannot adequately describe the utter beauty of the land. GESWL is absolutely stunning and easily navigated with vast pedestrian walkways and areas. This also is the height of Disney rock work. The mountains are majestic, immersive and 'believable'. We arrived at our Arts & Animation hotel much earlier than originally scheduled (late Weds. morning) since we left Pennsylvania early to outrace expected snow in the mountains of West Virginia & Virginia. That turned out great since it essentially gave us a bonus day at the Disney parks. Our room wasn't ready on arrival so we took the excellent Skyway to DHS. We were there in a short 15 minutes. First destination, GESWL, of course. Following are my bullet point observations of the land...
*I originally thought the land would best be experienced in the evenings. But daylight has it's positives too, so my final opinion was that both times are grand.
*I had no issue with the land being themed to Batuu. Everything comes across well as a space planet location, so it fits SW.
*The entrance tunnel at Grand Ave. is well done. You can't immediately see the inside of the land, so it's a nice reveal. They play a Star Wars type music in the tunnel, but it wasn't anything I recalled, and the sound level was fairly low, so it really didn't have much effect. I thought the music choice was a small miss.
*The village areas are nicely done. It's fun to explore and a lot to see. It really takes a few trips into the land to fully appreciate this area, and I'm sure I'll discover more nuances on future trips. The robot building show was quite crowded, looked like fun if you were willing to spend that much money, and it appeared sales were brisk. But short of the light sabers and robots, the merchandise in the store and small shops was pretty much uninteresting. I really didn't see any merchandise I would consider buying. In fact, some of it was god awfully ugly.
*The quick service dining selections were average at best, which kind of fits DHS since it has the worst quick service food of the Disney parks. Also, a cold front had come through, and it was way too cold in those heavily shaded areas to sit down and eat. Brrrrr. And, in the heat of summer I would think it would be uncomfortable too. But it was fun to watch the robot roast food on the giant spit.
* We didn't do the Canteen since I hate those far in advance Disney reservation times and refuse to use them anymore. But it did seem popular since there was always a long line waiting to get in.
*The crowds were huge....and huge at all times of day. No way that the cramped Diagon and Hogsmeade common areas would be able to hold that many people.
*The mountains looming over the lands are nice during the day but absolutely fabulous looking with the evening lights shining on them. Great photo ops there.
*The two Storm Troopers and Chewbacca streetmosphere characters are very effective. They stand out and there was always people crowding around them. Storm Troopers had a really cool routine. Rey and the other streetmosphere blended in with the crowd too much. It was hard to even differentiate them from some of the general public that wear 'almost Star Wars' outfits. They could use a better routine and spiel to be effective. WDW really needs to divert some of their Hub show stormtroopers to the land to better entertain the huge throngs of people. A small pantomine type show with Chewbacca and Rey 'clumsily' trying to repair a plane was largely a miss. A couple of real entertainment shows would be a real plus.
*The various planes, fighters etc. throughout the land are a real plus. Lots to see and experience there.
*We really liked Smugglers Run. I didn't expect that. Alene, who is not a Star Wars fan or a gamer, got off her first ride as a 'gunner'. She was jumping up and down saying, "I loved , loved that ride. It was really great". I enjoyed it very much also. I'll do a full review of the ride in the Smugglers Run thread.
*The Sounds instead of Music throughout the land was kind of hit and miss. The Sounds were fine if you were in an area where the loud sound of a fighter taking off, or explosions of some sort, were happening. But that low airport type drone that occurs in most of the land could barely be heard with the noise levels of the large crowds. The majestic early Star Wars music would work way better and establish the mood and emotion. Example: We were walking the queue into Star Tours Two. They were just starting the adjacent light saber training show and had a burst of fog and started playing the original Star Wars theme music. I immediately got a shiver up my spine, just like I get in Diagon or Hogsmeade. That's what's missing in GESWL. It's an easy fix if they want to.
*I actually enjoyed the land more, the more times I went. Same with Alene, who really doesn't care for Star Wars. That's a big positive. RotR operating will be another plus. That area of the land will be improved once the ride opens.
*Ambiance, a term that's important to me, is very much present through the entire land. I get lost in it's immersiveness. A Big Plus there.
........Soooo, final words. I liked the land very much. The only things lacking were significant live entertainment, more streetmosphere, and grand music to ignite and satisfy the emotions. The totality of the land is almost there. Bottom line, I was pleasantly surprised with GESWL and it greatly exceeded my expectations.
 

Cup_Of_Coffee

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Aug 7, 2018
5,085
GESWL at DHS Review.....
As I said in a previous post, we spent more than 12 hours over parts of 4 days exploring GESWL. We were there at all times of the day, mornings, afternoons and evenings. We rode Smugglers Run 7 times. Photos, You Tube videos, and the ilk cannot adequately describe the utter beauty of the land. GESWL is absolutely stunning and easily navigated with vast pedestrian walkways and areas. This also is the height of Disney rock work. The mountains are majestic, immersive and 'believable'. We arrived at our Arts & Animation hotel much earlier than originally scheduled (late Weds. morning) since we left Pennsylvania early to outrace expected snow in the mountains of West Virginia & Virginia. That turned out great since it essentially gave us a bonus day at the Disney parks. Our room wasn't ready on arrival so we took the excellent Skyway to DHS. We were there in a short 15 minutes. First destination, GESWL, of course. Following are my bullet point observations of the land...
*I originally thought the land would best be experienced in the evenings. But daylight has it's positives too, so my final opinion was that both times are grand.
*I had no issue with the land being themed to Batuu. Everything comes across well as a space planet location, so it fits SW.
*The entrance tunnel at Grand Ave. is well done. You can't immediately see the inside of the land, so it's a nice reveal. They play a Star Wars type music in the tunnel, but it wasn't anything I recalled, and the sound level was fairly low, so it really didn't have much effect. I thought the music choice was a small miss.
*The village areas are nicely done. It's fun to explore and a lot to see. It really takes a few trips into the land to fully appreciate this area, and I'm sure I'll discover more nuances on future trips. The robot building show was quite crowded, looked like fun if you were willing to spend that much money, and it appeared sales were brisk. But short of the light sabers and robots, the merchandise in the store and small shops was pretty much uninteresting. I really didn't see any merchandise I would consider buying. In fact, some of it was god awfully ugly.
*The quick service dining selections were average at best, which kind of fits DHS since it has the worst quick service food of the Disney parks. Also, a cold front had come through, and it was way too cold in those heavily shaded areas to sit down and eat. Brrrrr. And, in the heat of summer I would think it would be uncomfortable too. But it was fun to watch the robot roast food on the giant spit.
* We didn't do the Canteen since I hate those far in advance Disney reservation times and refuse to use them anymore. But it did seem popular since there was always a long line waiting to get in.
*The crowds were huge....and huge at all times of day. No way that the cramped Diagon and Hogsmeade common areas would be able to hold that many people.
*The mountains looming over the lands are nice during the day but absolutely fabulous looking with the evening lights shining on them. Great photo ops there.
*The two Storm Troopers and Chewbacca streetmosphere characters are very effective. They stand out and there was always people crowding around them. Storm Troopers had a really cool routine. Rey and the other streetmosphere blended in with the crowd too much. It was hard to even differentiate them from some of the general public that wear 'almost Star Wars' outfits. They could use a better routine and spiel to be effective. WDW really needs to divert some of their Hub show stormtroopers to the land to better entertain the huge throngs of people. A small pantomine type show with Chewbacca and Rey 'clumsily' trying to repair a plane was largely a miss. A couple of real entertainment shows would be a real plus.
*The various planes, fighters etc. throughout the land are a real plus. Lots to see and experience there.
*We really liked Smugglers Run. I didn't expect that. Alene, who is not a Star Wars fan or a gamer, got off her first ride as a 'gunner'. She was jumping up and down saying, "I loved , loved that ride. It was really great". I enjoyed it very much also. I'll do a full review of the ride in the Smugglers Run thread.
*The Sounds instead of Music throughout the land was kind of hit and miss. The Sounds were fine if you were in an area where the loud sound of a fighter taking off, or explosions of some sort, were happening. But that low airport type drone that occurs in most of the land could barely be heard with the noise levels of the large crowds. The majestic early Star Wars music would work way better and establish the mood and emotion. Example: We were walking the queue into Star Tours Two. They were just starting the adjacent light saber training show and had a burst of fog and started playing the original Star Wars theme music. I immediately got a shiver up my spine, just like I get in Diagon or Hogsmeade. That's what's missing in GESWL. It's an easy fix if they want to.
*I actually enjoyed the land more, the more times I went. Same with Alene, who really doesn't care for Star Wars. That's a big positive. RotR operating will be another plus. That area of the land will be improved once the ride opens.
*Ambiance, a term that's important to me, is very much present through the entire land. I get lost in it's immersiveness. A Big Plus there.
........Soooo, final words. I liked the land very much. The only things lacking were significant live entertainment, more streetmosphere, and grand music to ignite and satisfy the emotions. The totality of the land is almost there. Bottom line, I was pleasantly surprised with GESWL and it greatly exceeded my expectations.
Wonderful and very thoughtful review Maddog, appreciated as always! :) Im hoping my experience (as a massive SW fan) is the same as yours, and ill have Rise to expereience in April. This was a great read and very informative!
 

Mad Dog

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Jan 30, 2013
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Pittsburgh area
As my wife kept commenting to me last week when waiting in line for SR and other attractions...”Yeah it sure looks like they are hurting for guests.”
We were there 11/15-19, about the same time as @Mad Dog
Yes, just like you experienced, long lines for everything in the park, even food.....Like Yogi Berra once said jokingly,"It's so busy, no one goes there anymore". :thumbsup:
Wonderful and very thoughtful review Maddog, appreciated as always! :) Im hoping my experience (as a massive SW fan) is the same as yours, and ill have Rise to expereience in April. This was a great read and very informative!
Thank you very much. :thumbsup::cheers:
 
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*The quick service dining selections were average at best, which kind of fits DHS since it has the worst quick service food of the Disney parks. Also, a cold front had come through, and it was way too cold in those heavily shaded areas to sit down and eat. Brrrrr. And, in the heat of summer I would think it would be uncomfortable too.
Agreed. We actually left SWGE and ate at Mama Melrose for lunch before returning. I also found the reveal from Grand Avenue was well done and even the entry/exit from TSL was good although SWGE mountains bleed into TSL
 
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Jones14

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Jan 5, 2017
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I'm curious what the 'backup scenes' are.
I think it's referring to the pre-shows getting held too long as a result of slow or stopped loading of the trackless carts, so instead of people going straight from the caves to the shuttle as soon as the briefing is over, they're waiting for the doors to open for another ten minutes. That's just an example, but I think that's the kind of thing he's referring to.
 

Andysol

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Jun 21, 2016
3,765
I enjoyed his column and comments. And, most especially, as I've said before, his saying a full review should be after multiple ride experiences, not just one. I also strongly believe that one ride on any attraction is not enough to fully rate an attraction.
Agreed. As much as I love Spiderman, after this last week; I might be liking Transformers more than it. Blasphemy, I know.
 
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