New SWGE Superthread! Now Open to All! (6/24/2019)

midnight star

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I have not yet experienced SWGE but will be going next month. I have read on several sites it is considered a bust and not much traffic. Everytime I see wait times for the MF it’s a minimum of 70 minutes. Is the rest of the land and restaurants slow? Less foot traffic etc? Maybe I’m missing something?
It's not empty, but I think because the area is so big, people disperse all over, making it seem not crowded. The resistance side, is always slow and empty because the other ride isn't open. If you see a crowd in that area, it's probably b/c chewy is out. The area in front of the falcon is obviously busy. I go on relatively high crowd days, and the ride line is always an hour or more. It goes down in the evening though. The cantina is popular and can be hard to get reservations.
 

gerilyne

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I was looking at the new map and it appears there are 3 ways to get into the new land. Are all three able to be used to enter at this point or are some just for exiting?
All three open eventually but last week at opening they funneled everyone to the Critter Country entrance.
 

Skyegirl1999

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Gah ok no thanks! We will go to Tomorrowland instead and will just have to watch for the wait times to drop for the ride.
For what it’s worth, I don’t think you need to be there insanely early to rope-drop it IF you’re fast adults - especially since you’ve been before.

I only rope-dropped it once early in July (more recently than the other poster), but we were in line for the park at 7:30 - early, but not crazy - and weren’t even planning to ride MFSR; I was just going to show my BIL around, because it looked like a mob. But since I knew where I was going (helpful) and we’re both fast walkers, we did decide to ride. I have a picture of my BIL in front of the Falcon at 8:06, and a picture of him at the end of the ride at 8:31.

I would often recommend not rope-dropping it (I haven’t since then because empty Fantasyland has more value to me!), but if someone really wanted to for whatever reason, it could certainly be done without insane preparation.
 
  • figment_jii

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    I was looking at the new map and it appears there are 3 ways to get into the new land. Are all three able to be used to enter at this point or are some just for exiting?
    When I was there at the beginning of August, all three access points were available to enter and exit the land by mid-morning. When I got in around 8:30 am on an EMH/MM morning, only the Critter Country entrance was open to everyone (guests needing to get in for a Savi's or Oga's reservations could use the other two entrance and everyone could exit via any of the three access points). By 9:30 am on a non-EMH/MM morning, I was also able to enter via Fantasyland. I don't quite know when they open all three access points to everyone, but if you're going in the first hour to 1.5 hours, I would plan on having to use the Critter Country entrance unless you have an early morning Savi's or Oga's reservation.
     

    FireflyTrance

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    Just got back from a trip there this weekend. For those asking about the size of the droids, we were able to fit two inside a standard size back pack. One of each type.

    Overall we had a fun time, but we didn't particularly enjoy Oga's. I found the service to be really poor. We each ordered one drink, and I requested water. We got our drinks but no water, and then our waitress never came back again. I requested water when I first ordered and when the drinks arrived. Others at the table who were there before us were given water. It was impossible to flag anyone down to order a second drink either. I wish they would concentrate a bit more on customer experience there. Instead it just felt they were trying to rush as many people through as possible. One other observation is that even though we were there at 10am we didn't get a breakfast menu. A jello type dish was now on the menu, which I hadn't seen previously.

    Besides that we enjoyed the land and it didn't feel too crowded. The new ride was a lot of fun. The droid building was our favorite! We ended up making two droids. They sell some fun accessories for the R-type droids. Still sold out of the personality chips though.
     

    figment_jii

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    It was impossible to flag anyone down to order a second drink either.
    Our server told us that we needed to order both drinks at the same time if we wanted to have two drinks. I think they do this in part to speed up the process. Like you, we had a hard time flagging down our server after she took the initial payment and order. Ultimately, we ended up flagging down a hostess to find out if we were supposed to take the souvenir mug we were served our drink in or if there was a boxed one we would be getting. I think they could use a few more servers...
     

    SOCALMouseMommy

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    Our server told us that we needed to order both drinks at the same time if we wanted to have two drinks. I think they do this in part to speed up the process. Like you, we had a hard time flagging down our server after she took the initial payment and order. Ultimately, we ended up flagging down a hostess to find out if we were supposed to take the souvenir mug we were served our drink in or if there was a boxed one we would be getting. I think they could use a few more servers...
    My friend was only planning on ordering one drink but after she finished her first she decided she wanted another. It was no problem to order another and it came fast, but we were at the bar so that probably makes a big difference. We had great service at the bar.
     
  • theluckyrabbit

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    My friend was only planning on ordering one drink but after she finished her first she decided she wanted another. It was no problem to order another and it came fast, but we were at the bar so that probably makes a big difference. We had great service at the bar.
    This has been our experience, too, and is the reason why we now request to be at the bar every time. Plus, it's entertaining to watch/chat with the bartenders, and we always notice something new behind the bar that we missed on our last visit.
     

    FireflyTrance

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    We were seated at a table, which we had requested since the bar and bar table is too tall for my 6 year old daughter. I don't think the server mentioned that if we wanted two drinks we had to order them at the same time though. I would have done so if it had been mentioned.
     

    midnight star

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    I would often recommend not rope-dropping it (I haven’t since then because empty Fantasyland has more value to me!), but if someone really wanted to for whatever reason, it could certainly be done without insane preparation.
    thats my thought process. My friends for sure want to ride the falcon and see galaxy’s edge, but that’s only one ride and one section. They want to do a ton of rides in Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and New Orleans square, etc. those are so empty in the mornings that I don’t want to take time away. And depending on how fast we get loaded on a ride, I can usually get us on 2 rides by in the first 30 minutes. They will be there until midnight, so worst case scenario they can do it at night post fireworks and world of color.
     

    theluckyrabbit

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    ... They will be there until midnight, so worst case scenario they can do it at night post fireworks and world of color.
    We've done the ride after fireworks when the posted wait time was 35 minutes -- around 10 pm. So if your friends still have the energy, that would be an option.
     
  • gpjacobs

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    Hi there - I'm gluten-free and my husband wants to try Docking Bay 7 for dinner when we visit in November. I'm game to try it but the only gluten-free options are the Endorian Tip-Yip Salad and the Ithorian Garden Loaf. Has anyone tried these? Good, bad, pass?
     

    theluckyrabbit

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    Hi there - I'm gluten-free and my husband wants to try Docking Bay 7 for dinner when we visit in November. I'm game to try it but the only gluten-free options are the Endorian Tip-Yip Salad and the Ithorian Garden Loaf. Has anyone tried these? Good, bad, pass?
    Not sure if this would be another option for your husband, but our GF friend was able to have the Ronto Wrap without the bread -- and loved it! She is not celiac, so she was able to eat everything on top of the bread without eating the bread itself.
     

    dieumeye

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    Hi there - I'm gluten-free and my husband wants to try Docking Bay 7 for dinner when we visit in November. I'm game to try it but the only gluten-free options are the Endorian Tip-Yip Salad and the Ithorian Garden Loaf. Has anyone tried these? Good, bad, pass?
    I was pleasantly surprised by the Endorian Tip-Yip Salad, and I've ordered it a few times since first having it. My wife really likes the Ithorian Garden Loaf. I actually like all the offerings at Docking Bay 7. It's become one of my favorite places to eat in the park.
     

    theluckyrabbit

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    .... I actually like all the offerings at Docking Bay 7. It's become one of my favorite places to eat in the park.
    We've been surprisingly pleased with the CS offerings in SWGE -- the food (minus the popcorn!) is pretty/very good! We'll actually make our way to Batuu just to eat, then work our way back across the park.
     

    HenDuck

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    We will be at DL starting this Saturday. I am thinking we will try to ride MFSR on Sunday, before DAP blackouts end. Do you think rope-drop is a good strategy on that day or should we wait until late that night? We will be there all week so we will have lots of options to drop in when the line is under an hour, but I'd like to try to ride it once before the DAP and D23 onslaught begins... :thumbsup2
     

    twodogs

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    For those that have flown with the lightsaber, did you have to pay for it as a carry on item? We usually just bring our free personal item and our checked bags.
    We flew on American when we bought a lightsaber in June. We each had a roll-aboard carry-on, a personal item (like a backpack), and we had one light saber total (we were 4 passengers). They didn't say a word to us when we boarded, but I will also say that my husband is Concierge Key with AA (their highest status), and so I feel like he gets a lot of leeway with things like this (we flew out of SNA). I'm not sure what they would have said/done/charged otherwise if he didn't have high status. It did fit across the overhead bin in the plane, but we were sure to fill one overhead bin with our roll-aboards so that no one would try to cram a suitcase in with our lightsaber sitting on top of the roll-aboards and possibly break it.
     

    figment_jii

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    I've started posting my trip report from the August visit to Batuu over on the Trip Reports board. Some stuff is pretty similar to the report from June, but there are some new things too!

    A few cross-posted points:
    • I rode MF:SR six times over the course of three days and have a much better feel for the ride. While I definitely enjoyed it more this time around, I'm still think it depends a lot on which position you get and, to a lesser extent, how good your crew is. I think the pilot is, by far, the most fun of the positions. It's also the hardest! The next best is the engineer because you do have to push the correct buttons and flip the right switches to "fix" the ship. The least interest position is the gunner because you mostly just press the same button over and over.
    • The SRL took about 45 minutes (including ride time) when the standby line was about 55 to 75 minutes for most of my rides. The SRL merges at the point where they're handing out the position cards, so you'll miss the pre-show with Hondo. The CMs were handing out the position cards in the same order for all six rides (2 pilots, 2 gunners, and 2 engineers).
    • Datapad App was fun, but it does drain the battery. You'll end up walking all around Batuu, so be prepared for that (and perhaps time it so you're not trying to do this mid-day when it's hot).
    • Oga's Cantina was fun (especially DJ Rex), but it's probably a once in every few trips kind of thing for us.
    • Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo and Ronto Roasters are pretty good. We found stuff to like at both places.
    • Merchandise comes and goes without warning. If you see something you like/want, don't wait to get it!
    • Fireworks are interesting from Batuu.
    • My regular personality BB-8 unit was most active around the Droid Factory, but would periodically make noise elsewhere in the Outpost. It was fun to carry him around and see where he reacted. Not sure I'd do it every day (he is kind of heavy), but something fun to do once-in-a-while. I didn't have a Droid Depot backpack, so a friend and I created a custom carrying case using a stadium bag.
     

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