In a final act of brutality to my credit card, earlier this year I booked a second trip to Orlando for this December.
Naturally my ADR 180 day point has been and gone so I’ve already had to have some sense of which parks I’m going to be in on which days.
To which I’ve added some upcharge events: two MVMCPs, Candlelight Processional dining package, and a version of DAH at Universal Studios.
I came up with a plan that I was pretty happy with.
Until I started thinking about SWGE.
I probably don’t care about Smuggler’s Run. I’ve seen a POV video and it’s kinda cool, but it looks like Star Tours on steroids and if you’re not in the front seats it might be a bit lame. And I’m not really any kind of fan of Star Wars.
Rise of the Resistance is probably going to be very cool. But really, I just want to enjoy the theming of the area and maybe get something to eat and drink. Hopefully I won’t get the opportunity to make a lightsaber because they’re very expensive and I know I’ll want to do that whole thing. Ditto the robot thing.
The frustration, of course, is that we have zero information about how any of this is going to work. How much time do I need allot to it? Do I need to brace myself for huge long lines just to get in?
I became panicked when I saw the Touring Plans crowd level predictions. I booked for the second week in December because historically that’s been pretty quiet. But DHS is a 7 on my first full day, a 9 the following day, then 10’s for the rest of the stay.
I had originally put DHS at the end of my stay thinking about the 60+X FPP advantage of an onsite stay. Now I’m thinking maybe it should be at the beginning of the stay, assuming FPPs aren’t a thing at SWGE.
But that means messing with the plans I’ve already made. Some of the plans can be changed, some — the DAH at UOR, for example — can’t. Even this far out I’ve found the ADRs I’ve booked aren’t so easily movable. Seems like it might be a busy week.
The whole ethos of this trip is about soaking up atmosphere, so I’m not going to be very ride-focussed. It would be helpful, Disney, to know what the procedure just for getting into SWGE and wandering around will be.
I’ve tried to make my plan flexible. For example, my Epcot day starts at Trattoria al Forno and ends with the late showing of CP. Originally I was disappointed to get the late showing, but it may work to my advantage. That day could easily be TAF — SWGE — CP rather than the current plan of TAF — Epcot — CP.
But my desire to lock-in a plan and then forget about it is being thwarted by the silence coming from Disney about how SWGE is going to work.
Oh, and this is all before I start worrying about getting a reservation at the new Space restaurant at Epcot, and how the Skyliner is going to work. As I’m staying at Pop, it’s a big part of my planning.