When Pandora: The World of Avatar opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in May, people were simply amazed at how long the lines were for food, attractions, and even to enter the land itself. It was quite incredible to see how the lines just kept growing at times, and even four months later, there are still long waits. All that aside, just how crowded will the Disney Parks be in the coming years with the opening of Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and so much more?
Back on May 27, 2017, Pandora opened in Walt Disney World and on the same day, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout opened in Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. Both locations experienced wait times in the stratosphere on that day and they’re still dealing with long waits at the end of the summer.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Pandora had lines of two hours just to enter the land and then upwards of four hours to ride Avatar: Flight of Passage. In the week after the land opened, there was even one day the attraction had a max wait time of six hours and 20 minutes or 380 minutes.
End of line, midday. Estimate is 2 hrs to get into line, then 4 more for rides pic.twitter.com/sHzpwgMcSL
— Dewayne Bevil (@ThemeParks) May 27, 2017
Now, that was for a movie that was released back in 2009 and it won’t have its first sequel until 2020. Can you imagine what the lines are going to be like to get into Toy Story Land in the summer of 2018? Think about how many people will try to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day in 2019.
OC Register reported recently that Disneyland has recently had a huge influx of locals and tourists hit up their two parks. A number of consecutive weekends have seen the Mickey and Friends parking structure closed due to capacity, and many wonder if there are slow times at any point of the year anymore.
Let’s take a look at everything new coming to the Disney Parks in the coming years, and just how bad the crowds may be.
Toy Story Land – Summer 2018
When Toy Story Land opens next summer, it is going to bring a huge amount of people to a park that is dealing with a lot of construction right now. This is the kind of thing that Disney’s Hollywood Studios has needed and this brand new 11-acre land is a great start to plenty of changes.
With the popularity of Toy Story Midway Mania, it is expected that this land with two new attractions is going to bring about insane wait times and crowds.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – 2019, Disneyland first before Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disneyland is going to get the first crack with Galaxy’s Edge as announced at the D23 Expo in July, but an exact opening date is still not known. The OC Register made a good point that guests faced waits of nearly eight hours just to get into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter when it opened at Universal Orlando in 2010.
Now, when Galaxy’s Edge opens at Walt Disney World, the crowds are going to be off the charts. Toy Story Land will still be new to a lot of people and this land is going to draw in people by the parking lot load and it is going to be quite insane.
New TRON attraction at Magic Kingdom – TBD
While a lot of people can’t wait for this new TRON attraction to open, it won’t bring in the types of crowds that Galaxy’s Edge will. The situation here is that it is just one attraction in an already existing land and it is a thrill ride that isn’t quite for everyone.
It’s going to be very popular and have initial wait times upward of three to four hours, but Magic Kingdom will help spread out the crowds.
Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy attractions at Epcot – TBD
Epcot is another park in Orlando that is receiving a lot of attention in the next few years, but it will be able to split up the crowds. Construction has just started on the Ratatouille ride which is expected to be open by the 50th anniversary in 2021, and fans can’t wait for that one.
Another attraction expected open by 2021 is the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride being built in Future World. That section of Epcot is expected to undergo a number of changes, but the exact dates are still not known.
While a lot of people will want to experience these new attractions, Epcot can stagger their openings to spread out the hordes.
Marvel Land and Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure – TBD and 2018
At the D23 Expo, it was revealed that a “completely immersive Super Hero universe” will be heading to Disney California Adventurer. Not much information has been give on top of that, but the possibility of a whole land devoted to Marvel Comics appears to be on the way.
Please keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more exciting news about Pixar Pier! https://t.co/keWb3YMtdI
— Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) August 19, 2017
Another change coming to Disney California Adventure is the transformation of Paradise Pier to “Pixar Pier,” and it is set to happen next year. As reported by the Disney Parks Blog, your favorite Pixar characters will bring all new experiences to life in this land for guests to enjoy their favorite stories.
These two new additions to DCA will bring in the crowds, but like Epcot, they can stagger the opening dates to avoid it being packed.
This does not even include Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios which doesn’t have an opening date yet. The Grand Avenue area is set to open later this year, and that is yet another new area for the park that is undergoing a lot of changes.
Right now, the Disney Parks are undergoing a lot of changes with Walt Disney World experiencing the most changes in the coming years. While things are going to be spaced out over the course of the next four to five years, it’s hard to imagine that all of these new attractions and lands won’t bring huge crowds. If Pandora brought in the immense crowds for just one film, it’s hard to imagine what these other additions will bring in.
[Featured Image by Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Pictures/Danny Cox/Marvel Studios/Pixar]