One of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has been added to FastPass + at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and attractions are again shuffling ahead of Walt Disney World's grand opening Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.
In this post, we'll detail the changes, share tips for which FastPass + reserves to book, and offer predictions.
For starters, the new attraction being added to FastPass + on Galaxy's Edge is unfortunately not Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Instead, you can now travel on the fastest spacecraft in the galaxy, as the FastPass + reservations for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run are now available on the My Disney Experience app since February 19, 2020.
Changes to Fastpass + Groups
In addition to this addition, there are level changes for other attractions. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is now one of the 2 level 1 attractions, along with Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land.
This duo is presumed to participate in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at some point in the future, as well as Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.
We even hope that this will happen, which will also guarantee reasonable chances of getting a good fastPass for Hollywood Studios.
Tier 2 is now made up of Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Tours: the Adventures Continue, Fantasmic, Frozen-Singing Along, Little Mermaid's Journey, MuppetVision 3D, Disney Junior Dance Party, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast - live on stage.
Given that Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway opened and reservations for it have not been added to My Disney Experience, it is probably a safe assumption that the attraction will not have FastPass + anytime soon.
Instead, the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is probably being added because Runaway Railway will not offer FastPass + initially.
It would be bad if all three of Walt Disney World’s new attractions do not offer the service.
The fact that the parks are currently closed due to corona virus can change some things. Let's keep an eye out!
With that said, we do not anticipate that Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway will have a boarding group system like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, unless it is also unreliable and plagued by downtime issues.
We have not heard anything to suggest that this is the case, which means that it is highly likely that he is just on hold at the moment.
The reason for making Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway on standby is quite simple, and one of which we spent before the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge last year: crowds.
FastPass + allows visitors to be in two places at the same time, while the queue is an effective and efficient way for the park to absorb large crowds.
In a small park, like the Disney's Hollywood Studios, this can be important.
Although we have not yet tested the park's capacity, this can happen as soon as Mickey and Minnie's Runaway is added to the mix.
At this point, we're not talking about phased closings or anything - more like nasty traffic jams and overcrowded restaurants.
Our take on the fastPass + changes at Hollywood Studios
As for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we don't expect to be added to FastPass + anytime soon.
The Walt Disney World he indicated that the boarding pass / virtual queue system dealt with the demand and would only last a few weeks, and as it continues today, we know that it is not true.
The virtual queuing system is ideal for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, remains incredibly reliable, with delayed openings and multiple failures a day being common.
The virtual queue is the same concept as FastPass +, but without the return time windows.
Unlike FastPass + (which is usually booked a month or more in advance if you are in a disney hotel), this allows Disney to offer return windows dynamically, based on real-time driving conditions.
This means that if Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance goes down, Walt Disney World will be able to immediately stop calling new boarding groups and resume only when the attraction returns and the list of already called guests has started to circulate.
This approach is much more dynamic and minimizes the headache and confusion of having to constantly issue FastPass + at any time.
The overnight testing and tuning continues in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and our expectation is that it will not offer FastPass + until it is considered sufficiently reliable. (Maybe the average is just one breakdown per day? That seems more reasonable.)
It is a complex attraction with several ride systems and some problematic animatronics, so it can take a while.
This is confirmed by Star Wars: Rise of Resistance in Disneyland.
According to Disney, this version of the attraction was practically in the same state as the Walt Disney World version and opened more than a month earlier.
This means that the West Coast version has benefited from more than a month of additional full-time testing and tuning… and is still experiencing the same downtime issues.
New attractions that are unreliable, especially those involving envelopes, are hardly new or unprecedented.
This has happened countless times before. The Test track original is probably the best example, but the main difference is that its opening has been delayed for almost 2 years due to problems during testing and adjustment.
As for when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be reliable enough to offer FastPass +, we don't have a prediction.
There may be some magical moment where overnight everything is resolved. However, it can take months of tweaking and software updates to make things run more smoothly and minimize downtime.
Aside from rumors that we don't think it's credible, we're not aware of what's going on with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
We will honestly be quite surprised if the virtual queue was closed before this summer. Anything between this summer and 2021 looks like 50/50 odds.
Mainly due to the Corona Virus, where the tests were certainly interrupted for the safety of the casts members.
Even when the virtual queue is abandoned, Rise of the Resistance will switch from a limited supply and high demand system to another.
Anyone who does not have an extended stay at the hotel will be in a long queue, as this attraction will be perpetually fully booked before 60 days.
In the meantime, it is entirely possible that problematic effects will be eliminated.
Overall, these changes at FastPass + at Disney's Hollywood Studios seem like a positive change for the vast majority of guests.
The big change in Hollywood Studios' fastPass + from last summer, which made each stage of the show a Tier 2 option, was a false move to redistribute crowds, and I think we don't know a single fan of that change.
Now that Walt Disney World has seen that the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge hasn't caused a crowd cataclysm, it makes sense to restore some order to things - especially with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance still causing frustration.
As for strategy, selecting Slinky Dog Dash as your only option between Level 1, Toy Story Mania and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, starring Aerosmith, as the two Level 2 selections are the ideal approach.
Tower of Terror and Fantasmic are also good backup options if one of the Level 2 FastPasses above is not available.
Anyone with an upcoming trip who has booked under the old levels should switch from previous Level 2 choices to those if possible, as you will save much more time with these attractions than you probably have already chosen.
Although it is a brilliant new option from FastPass +, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is not a good option at the top level of FastPass + at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Their lines get really bad in the morning, but they always slow down at the end of the day. (Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is basically a “consolation prize” for those who do not score in the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance boarding groups - which is also the same for those who cannot score now the Slinky Dog Dash FastPasses).
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a good attraction to do in the middle of the afternoon or later, or at any time, through the Single Rider line.
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