Disney is making final preparations for the use of a virtual queue for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The past couple of versions of the My Disney Experience app have contained code for a virtual queue system first seen in the Disneyland app for their version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The inclusion of code in the Walt Disney World exclusive My Disney Experience app shows that Disney is getting the app ready for the virtual queue system. The idea here is that when the land fills to “capacity”, Disney will stop allowing guests into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, instead pointing them to the My Disney Experience app to join a “boarding group” that will give them a window in which to return to the land. By providing guests with a virtual queue return window, Disney will avoid large lines along Grand Avenue and guests will be able to enjoy other rides, shows, and experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
While Disney hasn’t officially announced that a virtual queue will be used, we believe the virtual queue is going to function much the same as we saw out in Disneyland. Basically, guests will be able to walk into the land at rope drop and up until the land fills to capacity. From there, Disney will direct guests to the My Disney Experience app to get a return window.
While there is no way of knowing exactly how long guests will have to wait for attractions, experiences, and more when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, we might be able to look towards a couple of statements from Disney on how the operations in Disneyland went. On the first day that guests without reservations were able to enter the land, Disney reported that the average guest waited 1 hour and 20 minutes in the virtual queue, and the average wait for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was 45-60 minutes. By the afternoon, the virtual queue was no longer needed and guests were able to walk right into the new land.
Of course, Walt Disney World has a vastly different crowd breakdown of local Annual Passholders versus out-of-state guest. While many have speculated on what the crowds will look like for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World versus Disneyland, we’re happy to see that Disney has the tech in place to handle the crowds and ensure you’ll be able to casually grab a drink at BaseLine Tap House while you wait for your boarding group to be called.
As always, this information should be treated as unofficial unless and until Disney confirms our story. For continuing coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and more from around the Disney Parks, keep checking back with BlogMickey.com.