Will Disney Charge More For Hotels & Resorts Once Galaxy’s Edge Opens?
There are two things that Disney fans are waiting for with bated breath. The first is the hotly anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort on May 31st and Walt Disney World on August 29th and Vacation Package Rates for 2020 which have yet to go on sale. This has left fans wondering if one is largely dependent on the other!
A recent article appearing in Yahoo and originating from the Motley Fool Website speculates that the influx of visitors to Disneyland and Disney World to experience the 14 acre Star Wars expansions will inevitably result in Disney jacking up its rates for onsite resorts.
Though some insiders feel it is just too early to tell what kind of knock-up effect Galaxy’s Edge will have on prices, the piece mentioned above argues that there have already been two massive indicators that this new expansion will be a game changer.
To curb the amount of traffic flowing in and out of Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland has reverted to a reservation system to manage guests for the first month that this new area of the park is open. Though inside guests at one of Disney’s three onsite properties are guaranteed their spot when booking, outside guests had to make reservations to ensure they would be able to enter this area of the park on May 2nd. All of the online reservation slots were claimed within the first 2 hours of opening! This means that the ONLY way offsite guests will get to experience Galaxy’s Edge is to wait until after June 23rd or book what few onsite rooms remain.
The second indicator is that on Saturday, Walt Disney World made the official announcement that guests at its 24+ resorts would be given special early morning access to Galaxy’s Edge which will open exclusively to resort guests 3 hours before it opens to the general public. This means guests will be able to access Galaxy’s Edge as well as Toy Story Land from as early as 6 am in another measure regulate traffic.
So Why Would This Have an Impact on Resort Prices?
As more guests clamour to take advantage of onsite hotel and resort perks on both coasts, space will be at a noticeable premium. These factors, as well as the advent of the new Skyliner System making it easier for guests at select resorts to access Hollywood Studios, puts Disney in a prime position to consider raising their room rates. Though historically budget-minded travellers often look at offsite resorts to save money, incentives like guaranteed access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will drive more visitors to onsite properties.
It’s also worth noting that Disney stock also hit an all-time high with the positive response to “Avengers: Endgame,” Galaxy’s Edge and the new Disney+ streaming service. As the media giant seemingly goes from strength to strength it will be interesting to see how this trickles down to theme park guests in the months ahead!
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