• On Aug 3, 2019
    Linda from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We’re on property at YBC, going to HWS 9/28/19 at 6AM & to Star Wars Fireworks at 10PM. Could we leave HWS & return for fireworks or should we stay put at HWS for the day due to huge Star Wars crowds? Will we get closed out of HWS when we return?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Linda!

    You’re less than 60 days away from your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! And staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort or Disney’s Beach Club Resort is perfect for visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios for those extra, Extra Magic Hours, too.

    While we won’t really know for certain what the crowds will be like until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on Aug. 29, I think it’s definitely safe to say they’ll be heavier than normal. Although your visit in late September is a great time of year to visit (with most schools already back in session), since you’re looking at visiting the Park on a Saturday, the crowds may be a bit heavier. I would recommend getting a feel for the crowd level while you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for those extra, Extra Magic Hours and then checking with a Cast Member before leaving the Park for the day. Of course your ticket allows you to return to the Park later in the afternoon or evening, and as a Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guest you’d be last to be turned away should the general Theme Park crowds reach capacity. I would also recommend staying tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens to get a true feeling for what you can expect. You’ll also see pop-up notifications in your My Disney Experience mobile app should there be any issues with traffic or crowd capacity. 

    Although you can’t see the projections on the front of the Chinese Theater, I have enjoyed watching the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks from the Gazebo upstairs at Stormalong Bay. Look just beyond the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and you’ll see them light up the night sky! If you want to ensure an up-close-and-personal experience with the fireworks, though, I would definitely recommend seeing if you can book a spot for the Star Wars: a Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Tasty treats AND premium seats? It’s a win-win! Plus you’ll have plenty of time to return to your room for an afternoon nap and have time to relax in the Stormalong Bay lazy river, too. Now THAT sounds like a pretty awesome day to me!

    Enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Linda! May the Force be with you.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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