The Verdict Is In: Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge “Pales In Comparison” to Universal’s Wizarding World

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When it comes to fans of Walt Disney World, there’s always something to debate about. But one of the biggest debates revolves around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Although Galaxy’s Edge is a relatively recent addition to Walt Disney World Resort, it’s quickly becoming infamous as fans discover criticism after criticism.

What All Is Wrong With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

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There’s no doubt about it, Hollywood Studios’s Galaxy’s Edge area is dazzling…the first few times. But everything in this theme park area quickly becomes repetitive, according to guest feedback.

The two attractions (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run) are fantastic and can make dreams come true for the average Star Wars fan, but they also grow repetitive incredibly quickly.

Rise of the Resistance, for example, is almost always missing a vital effect, breaking the illusion and making for a slightly disappointing experience. Millennium Falcon is exciting at first, as well, but unless your entire party can fill up the ride vehicle, the experience becomes disjointed and…underwhelming.

The Critiques Don’t End There…

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Most importantly, the Disney Park’s Star Wars land lacks a place for guests to linger and simply sit. After all, taking a rest, enjoying a snack, or simply enjoying the ambiance are all incredibly important to the Disney experience, and the option to do so is noticeably missing from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

A more recent criticism is Disney’s obsession with staying true to the timeline.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes place during the most recent trilogy, which means characters such as Kylo Ren, Rey, and Chewbacca can be seen wandering around the theme park area. But it also means that iconic characters such as Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker are missing.

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This made sense…until Hollywood Studios introduced Din Djarin (The Mandalorian), Boba Fett and Fennec Shand, and Ahsoka Tano character interactions, as these characters do not fit in the third trilogy’s timeline. It’s clear that staying loyal to the timeline is only important when Disney deems it so.

With so many criticism and critiques raised in such a short amount of time, guests often ask, “Has Galaxy’s Edge failed?” It seems that the general consensus is an overwhelming, disappointing ‘Yes.’

One fan points out that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge becomes underwhelming after enough visits, while Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar area still begets a sense of wonder, despite being two years older and half the size.

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They also compare Galaxy’s Edge to Disney’s biggest competitor, Universal Studios. Specifically, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas, saying the Star Wars land “pales in comparison” to these theme park areas. And honestly, we can see why.

Everything that’s missing in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can be found in both of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas.

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There’s a sense of wonder and exploration, which hasn’t grown old or repetitive yet. There’s also more shaded areas, more places to sit and linger, and, in all honesty, more for guests to do.

Both Harry Potter World areas have live shows, places to linger, more satisfying attractions, and most importantly, these experiences don’t grow repetitive, despite being years older than Galaxy’s Edge.

By that logic, we’d have to agree: Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge pales in comparison to Universal’s Wizarding Worlds.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.