ROTR soft opening?

Has anyone heard any rumors (yes I know they would only be rumors) about whether ROTR will soft open? I’m wondering about Thanksgiving week. Thanks for any info.

I would be interested in what anyone has heard. I have heard conflicting rumors that it is ready to go (Bob Iger and other executives publicly confirmed they have ridden it a few weeks ago so there has to be some truth to that) and others have said that it is behind schedule and they may have to push back the opening date. Both could be true if there are certain elements that aren’t working in synch.

My guess is it will open exactly December 5th. I think they will take all the time they need to avoid a Hagrid situation but they will do everything they can not to miss the deadline, including eliminating ride elements that don’t work.

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Here is what I was referring to:

He actually says Disneyland but that one is opening even later (January 17th) so who know how WDW is progressing.

The only thing I have heard is Tim Tracker mentioning that he was invited to the media event a few days before the official opening. From which I can speculate that the ride will open on time, but not earlier.

Len and Jim (Disney Dish podcast & TP) say their sources tell them that construction is running around the clock frantically trying to stay on schedule. It looks like it is going to come right down to the wire. Jim joked that it will definitely be open on 12/5/19 even if they have to carry people on their backs like Yoda.

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Does anyone else still confuse ROL with ROTR? No? Oh well… just me then

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Me too! I always read it like “river of the r…” before thinking to Rise lol

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No, but this will make you laugh. (Probably).

When I first saw the acronym GotG, I honestly thought it meant Game of Thrones. The movie - Guardians- had pretty much passed me by, and all I could think was “why the €¥$ is Disney building a Game of Thrones attraction”?

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Exactly!! I’m always… ”River on the Rise?”

Game of Thrones Guardians!!
:joy::rofl::joy::rofl:
Now I’m forever going to think that!!

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Oh my. That WOULD be an interesting, um ride. Maybe on the old Pleasure Island. But not in Disney proper.

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Yeah, I have a feeling it might fit better into Universal’s Night of Horror (May not have the name quite right there).

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Anyone heard anything about extended hours when ROTR opens? Either early morning or evening. Just curious as I haven’t heard anything and I need to do FP selections next week.

I’ve been getting notices that MK is extending it’s opening and closing hours that week. However, no news about DHS hours.

Which days have you heard that there will be extended hours?

Check the My Disney Experience website. They extended hrs for Thanksgiving week considerably since I first started looking; I wouldn’t be surprised if they started extending into Dec as well.

Here’s the last update I got from Touring Plans on 10/11/19

Walt Disney World Crowd Level predictions or Park Hours have changed for one or more dates that you are tracking on TouringPlans.com!

Dec. 4, 2019 - Wednesday
Magic Kingdom Revised Park Hours:
9:00 AM-10:00 PM +EMH Evening
Magic Kingdom Closing Time changed from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM .|

Dec. 7, 2019 - Saturday
Magic Kingdom Revised Park Hours:
8:00 AM-12:00 AM
Magic Kingdom Opening Time changed from 9:00 AM to 8:00 AM .
Magic Kingdom Closing Time changed from 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM .|

Thank you!

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Lol! This e-mail just came into my inbox five minutes after my last post-

Walt Disney World Crowd Level predictions or Park Hours have changed for one or more dates that you are tracking on TouringPlans.com!

Dec. 4, 2019 Wednesday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level increased from 4 to 5 .
» Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-10:00 PM +EMH Evening
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 5 to 8 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 4 to 6 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 5 to 6 .

Dec. 5, 2019 Thursday » Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 1 to 2 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM +EMH Morning
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 3 to 5 .

Dec. 6, 2019 Friday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level increased from 3 to 4 .

» Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM +EMH Morning
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 2 to 1 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 3 to 4 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 5 to 6 .

Dec. 7, 2019 Saturday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level increased from 5 to 7 .

» Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
8:00 AM-12:00 AM
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 5 to 9 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 4 to 6 .

Dec. 8, 2019 Sunday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level decreased from 4 to 3 .

» Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 1 to 2 .

Dec. 9, 2019 Monday » Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Epcot Crowd Level decreased from 4 to 3 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-8:00 PM +EMH Morning
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 7 to 6 .

Dec. 10, 2019 Tuesday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level decreased from 5 to 3 .

» Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 3 to 2 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM +EMH Evening
Epcot Crowd Level decreased from 7 to 6 .
» Hollywood Studios Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Hollywood Studios Crowd Level increased from 7 to 8 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 4 to 5 .

Dec. 11, 2019 Wednesday » Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:00 PM +EMH Evening
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 5 to 6 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 6 to 7 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level increased from 4 to 5 .

Dec. 12, 2019 Thursday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level increased from 3 to 4 .

» Magic Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Magic Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 2 to 1 .
» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM +EMH Morning
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 3 to 5 .
» Hollywood Studios Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Hollywood Studios Crowd Level increased from 5 to 6 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 7 to 6 .

Dec. 13, 2019 Friday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level decreased from 3 to 2 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 6 to 5 .

Dec. 14, 2019 Saturday Walt Disney World Overall Crowd Level decreased from 7 to 5 .

» Epcot Park Hours:
9:00 AM-9:30 PM
Epcot Crowd Level increased from 4 to 5 .
» Animal Kingdom Park Hours:
9:00 AM-8:00 PM +EMH Morning
Animal Kingdom Crowd Level decreased from 6 to 5 .