First, I’d like to say that I’d love to go to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so I can cry about Star Wars with people who get me. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s commiserate over all the jokes about people struggling to get their reservations.
Reservations for the ambitious new theme park began on May 2nd, letting fans reserve their time in the park for the first month it was open. (Galaxy’s Edge opens first at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to be followed in the summer by a location at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.) For excited Star Wars fans, trying to book a spot proved a stressful experience. The website wouldn’t load, many couldn’t get in, and fans sat in online queues, contemplating their fate. Those coveted confirmation emails became like a golden ticket to receive.
looking at everyone booking their reservations for galaxy’s edge like pic.twitter.com/SGd6c99AZ2
— . (@REYSBENSOLOS) May 2, 2019
Me: So much panic on the #GalaxysEdge talk about the reservations with the page not changing at all after 10am. It’s fun to watch.
ALSO Me: pic.twitter.com/zpEM6weAao
— Patrick Wren (@Witdarkstar) May 2, 2019
“Getting Endgame tickets is so frustrating!”
Disneyland: “Hold my beer.”#GalaxysEdge
— Spencer Stevenson (@Spence_Mountain) May 2, 2019
Survivor Wars: Galaxy’s Edge of Extinction.
Look, its been nearly a full hour and I’ve lost all semblance of reality.
— Eric Goldman @ Endgame Again Probably (@TheEricGoldman) May 2, 2019
— ThatOneGuy (@lew_eeez) May 2, 2019
A problem with big, in-demand events that end up breaking websites is that we, as fans, are the ones who lose out. Sure, demand is going to be highest for places in for Galaxy’s Edge‘s first month, which were so quickly booked up. But often in situations like this, dedicated fans who try their damndest and do everything they can to get in first can end up losing out to more organized outfits. If you look at the availability of things like opening night Avengers: Endgame tickets, Comic Con passes, or even concert tickets, most of the time a show is “sold out” within seconds because someone bought all the tickets and are selling them somewhere else at an inflated rate.
Is that going to end up being the case with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge going forward? Did Disney underestimate the fervor of Star Wars fans to visit the park? This experience does show us that there may have to to be a better system in place going forward. Why not have something like fan verification like New York Comic Con does? It prevents anyone from taking over your slot and reselling tickets for a higher rate, and everyone has a free shot.
Did you luck out and get a confirmation email? Or were you left in the dust from whatever this system was doing? Either way, we all want to go to Galaxy’s Edge, but I don’t think that many of us are getting to go in first.
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