We were just able to confirm with Disney that VIP Tours will be allowed inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on opening day. This is in slight contrast to Disneyland, where VIP Tours weren’t allowed into the land during the first few weeks of operation.
Disneyland, however, was a unique situation in that they had a reservation-only period for the first few weeks of operation where guests needed to have a reservation to even enter the land. There will be no reservations required at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on opening day, but the land could still reach capacity. Instead, regular guests will be able to join a virtual queue if the land fills to capacity and be asked to return when their boarding group is called. Guests who have purchased a VIP Tour will be able to bypass any wait to get into the land and will not be required to enter the virtual queue. Once you’re inside the land, you’ll be able to bypass whatever wait there is for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. While there is no traditional FastPass+ line, VIP Tours will still have a FastPass-type experience, meaning that they will have a 10-15 minute wait and not be forced to go through the regular line. It’s not front of the line access, but the wait is minimal, just like any other attraction covered by VIP Tours throughout Walt Disney World.
Another potential bonus is that guests on a VIP Tour will be able to bypass the main bag check area and use a backstage entrance if they are picked up by their VIP Tour guide outside of the park.
One thing to note is that while you won’t have to wait for entry into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, or for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, VIP Tours will not be able to get you to the front of the line for other special access type experiences such as Savi’s Handbuilt Lightsabers or Oga’s Cantina. Reservations for both of those experiences are now available.
Finally, the price. Because of how far out in advance VIP Tours releases their prices, opening day of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is actually priced at the lowest tier, only $425 per hour. If you’ve never done a VIP Tour at Walt Disney World, it’s worth noting that each tour can accommodate up to 10 guests and the pricing listed is per group, not per guest. Disney told us that they set their prices before they knew the exact opening date of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They also told us that there is still availability to buy a VIP Tour for opening day of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
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