Discussion in 'The DIS Unplugged Podcast' started by janjandis, Jan 28, 2019.
There isn't enough alcohol on property....
I actually am going to play devil's advocate. I don't buy it that life is going to change after GE, at least not permanently. Will there be crowds, oh definitely. There will be lots of crowds and there will be 6 hour lines for the two attractions if they don't come up with clever crowd control. For years, I was definitely Chicken Little, running around the boards, having fear and dread that it was going to ruin the Disney experience and DL would cost a fortune forevermore, the sky would fall, etc, etc.
But here is my thing. Disneyland's GE is schedule to open in June, Bob Iger came right out and SAID it and it's was a fairly well established rumor for months anyways. DL will have a monopoly on the Star Wars market for almost 6 full months! And poor DL has just 3 hotels, all together totaling FEWER rooms then Pop Century has.
All logic would say DL owned hotels would be booked out solid for the rest of the year right? Because on-site guests would have hopes they *might* get some kind of priority access to GE? I just did a quick check for week long trips in July, August and September and all three DL hotels had availability and many in standard rooms. Are the rates higher? Eh, maybe a bit, but it is also summer. By September the rates cool off significantly, Paradise Pier is coming in at $339 a night.
WDW has far more rooms and parks, and will be six months later, and once yours is open, the crowds will be split, where there is only one Pandora.
I just don't know you can look at the ample availability at DL hotels in the weeks after GE opens and have the same fear that promotions or availability are going to be gone forever. Yes, Disney will milk it. But ...if you can stay at the Disneyland hotel two weeks after GE opens, I believe you will be able to get free dining and/or other promos at WDW in some room categories next year.
I can guarantee you people are waiting for an official date to be announced before booking a room on both coasts.
Never said people aren't and anyways you can't really book WDW post GE anyways, since there will only be a few weeks in 2019 likely, but no one knows since it could easily be delayed.
And maybe it's the California/Disneyland mentality, of not planning trips so far ahead, but it's less then 180 days out, in WDW dining would be booked! Look how planned out people are for the Dis meet two months later. But they aren't booking Galaxy Edge....because they are waiting for more info? If Bob Iger has said it will open in June, why wouldn't say...July be sold out then? Reservations are easily changed or canceled at the hotel, why not keep a placeholder out of FOMO?
Why are two Disney cruise ships going to Hawaii in 2020 sold out but the hotels right next to a brand new Galaxy Edge in just 5 months not?
It will be busy, there will be demand, I am not saying there won't be, and I do think the hotels will sell out for the summer. I was just offering another perspective things could get back to normal, maybe sooner then we all expected. I think it's brings up an interesting point for discussion is all, since it's the first real meaningful post-GE crowd data we have.
WDW changes their tune from Late Fall to Fall and from what I’ve heard/expect there will be at least a month of SWGE in WDW in 2019.
The Uber planners like us on the Dis are not the majority of Disney goers anyways.
I also think your Uber Star Wars fans haven’t all booked yet.
I'm sure there is some truth to that. If GE does for Disney what Wizarding World did for Universal, the new land could attract a bunch of people who may have never been to Disney before. It got us to Universal for the first time so I can totally understand that mindset.
Yep I think that’s exactly what it will do.
I'm always amazed at how passionate the anti-dining plan segment of the community is.
I wish the counter service restaurants would have dedicated lines only for dining plan guests so that I could stop getting stuck behind people who need the whole plan explained to them while I'm waiting to order.
I'm not really against the dining plan. I'm just very budget-minded and like to point out to all the people who are considering doing the dining plan, especially "free" dining, that there is a cost for that. It is almost always cheaper to pay as you go. And with "free" dining, it's important to compare the options and see if a room discount would actually save you more than "free" dining. People hear "free" and they just jump in without taking the time to figure out how much that "free" thing is going to cost them.
I recently made a hotel reservation (not at Disney). The fine print said there is a $20/day resort fee that includes FREE Wi-Fi, FREE local calls, and FREE in-room coffee. How exactly are those things free if I'm paying $20/day for them?
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