I was reading about how SWGE over at Disneyland just isn’t seeing the kinds of crowds that Disney had expected. And, in fact, that there is suspicion that some changes Disney is doing (such as bringing back the Main Street Electrical Parade) is a way to draw in additional crowds.
Not to toot my own horn, but I kind of predicted this, although not for Disneyland, but for WDW.
This then leads to what it means for WDW. All the fears of the SWGE opening almost seemed to have scared far more people away than expected. A few months before it opened in Disneyland, the guys at DIS Unplugged did a show where they were noting that there was all kinds of availability still around the opening dates.
Now, when I look at a week or two out from opening of SWGE at WDW, there is all kinds of openings still. Not just the expensive rooms and mid-priced, but even the lower priced All Star Music rooms, etc. Granted, this is September we’re talking about, which is some of the lowest crowds of the year. But even so, I’m beginning to really believe even more than before that SWGE really isn’t going to be a huge deal.
I will add a caveat to this, however. The number of visitors to WDW far exceeds those who go to DLR, but SWGE is the same size in both locations, so you still will see long waits and heavy crowds for SWGE itself…but if you are avoiding that, I just gotta believe it will be fine.
I DO think the opening week itself might be an exception…but even then, I’m not sure based on room availability I’m seeing.
My prediction still is that we won’t see the TRUE crowd increase due to Star Wars fans until RotR opens.
Just my 2 cents.