The problem is that no one knows how they will manage this.
No FPs means the line moves quicker for the ride. It is, on paper, a way to give an equal chance of entry to the land to offsite and onsite guests. But will it? I don’t think it will.
Sounds like there could be daily EMH as the perk for onsite guests. Now if 10,000 onsite guests turn up for EMH, then some are still going to be waiting by the time the official park opening. That means anyone rope dropping could be joining a line of 3+ hours. That negates any pretence that the offsite guest has an equal shot at seeing SW:GE.
They will need to have a separate line for entry to the rest of DHS, for those with ADRs and FPs. If the park hits capacity, which it will, onsite guests will be in the last group, so have a better chance of getting in. GS are going to be handing out a lot of anytime FPs and redirecting people to the other parks.
Once people are in the land, they will likely do the ride first, then look around. But they can’t easily be turfed out. I assume you won’t be able to ride again without exiting the park and rejoining the back of the line. They will be hoping most guests spend maybe 30-60 minutes in the land after riding, other than those with an ADR. But some die hard fans will literally stay all day.
If you get into DHS I don’t see how they could let people “jump” the queue for SW:GE. So essentially your choice is:
- Join the line for Star Wars, preferably before EMH.
- Do the rest of the park.
You probably need to be arrive at least 2 hours before the EMH. You might then get into SW:GE and be able to see the rest of the park, but then you have the problem of what time to book FPs for the other stuff for. Plus the guests coming out of SW:GE could swell the numbers in the rest of the park to the point of capacity being exceeded. How are they going to track everyone? Send them out of the park and have to re-enter the non-SW park???
There are so many ways this could work, I just don’t see how people are going to plan. I can’t even fathom how Disney plan to work this. I have no idea why they have said WDW will not have a timed entry system, I would think that would be the way to go. A virtual queue effectively.