By Dave Shute
THE MOST CONVENIENT HOTELS FOR STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE
Particularly after the entire opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’ Edge later this 12 months—it should see a partial opening on August 29th—there’s the true potential for challenges in attending to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the theme park through which Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can be present in Walt Disney World.
The principal level I’m involved about is congestion on the roadways to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, yielding again-ups and delays for those that use their vehicles or the bus-primarily based element of the Disney transportation system to get to that park.
There are two teams of accommodations from which you may get to Galaxy’s Edge with out being on a street—the Epcot resorts, from which you’ll stroll, and the Skyliner resorts, from which you’ll take a gondola.
I’m rather less ken on the Gondola resorts, for two causes. First, the opening date for gondola operations has not but been introduced. I feel it will be nuts for Galaxy’s Edge to partially open on August 29 with out the gondolas working—however Disney has shocked me earlier than. Second, the very best technique for seeing Galaxy’s Edge and not using a wait is to reach earlier than everybody else, and it’s not clear—and will not be for some time—how early within the morning the Skyliner will start operations.
In distinction, strolling from the Epcot resorts might be completed now, and at any time of day or night time. The Epcot resorts are considerably costlier than the Gondola resorts (at the very least till Disney’s Riviera Resort opens), however staying in one among them is one of the best ways to ensure entry to the entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the time you propose to get to there, as all of the variables are below your personal management.
OPTION A—AND THE BEST OPTION—IS TO STAY IN AN EPCOT RESORT
From the Epcot resorts you possibly can stroll to Disney’s Hollywood Studios everytime you need, even in the course of the night time—which is perhaps required.
The Epcot resorts are all inside a mile’s stroll of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, through a path on the aspect of the BoardWalk Villas that’s closest to the Swan and Dolphin.
On the map, I’ve drawn the shared a part of the trail in purple, after which used particular person different colours to spotlight the paths from the primary entrances of the resorts to this frequent path.
The shortest stroll to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is from the BoardWalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas—with some Villas rooms twice as near the Studios as probably the most distant Seashore Membership rooms. You’ll notice on the map that the Swan, Dolphin, and Yacht Membership have coloured traces about the identical size—indicating that they’re about equal walks, and that whereas some Seashore Membership rooms can be virtually as shut as some Yacht Membership rooms, usually Seashore Membership and Seashore Membership Villas friends will sometimes have the longest walks.
There are a lot of different elements for selecting amongst these resorts, all detailed within the critiques you’ll discover within the hyperlinks, primarily based on my 25+ stays in these accommodations.
These visiting in the course of the partial opening interval might discover some issue in reserving an Epcot resort, as these are standard this time of 12 months due to Epcot’s fall Meals & Wine Pageant, and in addition see some main conventions in October. However at the very least as of at this time, you’ll find openings—the claims you’ll hear from some that “the Disney hotels filled as soon as Star Wars was announced” merely aren’t true. That stated, whereas there’s availability, rooms are nonetheless onerous to search out, particularly for longer journeys and journeys that embody Friday and Saturday nights.
OPTION B: STAYING IN A DISNEY SKYLINER RESORT
Disney’s Skyliner gondola system, presently present process testing, will hyperlink Disney’s Artwork of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Seashore, and, after it opens on the finish of the 12 months, the rather more costly Disney’s Riviera resort, to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
So from the Disney Skyliner resorts, as soon as the Skyliner opens, you possibly can take a gondola to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’m extra involved about this feature, as whereas it will likely be superb for friends coming back from a late night time go to, we don’t but understand how early within the morning it should being operating.
All Skyliner resort friends besides these at Caribbean Seashore Resort might want to change gondolas on the Caribbean Seashore station, so of us staying at Caribbean Seashore can be in the very best location for gondola entry to Galaxy’s Edge. Commonplace rooms at Pop Century and Artwork of Animation are a bit cheaper, however there are numerous professionals and cons to all three resorts, detailed within the critiques on the hyperlinks above primarily based on my 30 stays amongst them.
Be aware additionally that the Bonnet Creek resort space, a privately owned plot together with accommodations owned by third events, is actually proper subsequent to Caribbean Seashore.
Because the crow flies, the closest rooms within the Bonnet Creek Resort Space* are only a third of a mile from the Caribbean Seashore Skyliner station. However there’s nothing like a path you possibly can really take, so the hike from these to the Caribbean Seashore station is definitely extra like 1.5 to 2 miles, with no precise strolling path —simply grassy verges—for most of this distance. And that’s assuming that safety will allow you to stroll into the resort, which frankly is just not recognized now. If such entry is permitted, then the stroll will get a bit higher for this after Riviera station opens, as it will likely be a shorter stroll.
*The Wyndham Resort, Wyndham Grand, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Be aware that the final two of those are each newly eligible for each Additional Magic Hours and FastPass+ at 60 days but additionally are the furthest from the Skyliner (no matter route). I’ll write extra about this later, however the Additional Magic Hour entry could possibly be fairly precious for Galaxy’s Edge. At the very least for the time being, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gained’t offer FastPass+ entry, however the FastPass+ at 60 days entry is helpful for many different rides.
The very long time journey agent companion of this web site, Kelly, can strive to get you into an Epcot resort, a Skyliner resort—or every other Walt Disney World lodge! Contact her utilizing the shape under.