By Jacob Passy
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland’s /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS +0.47% newest attraction, will likely thrill some Star Wars fans and frustrate others.
Certain attractions require same-day reservations. Those looking to get food or drinks at Oga’s Cantina or to build a lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop will need to book ahead of time with a credit card, but they’ll charged if they miss their slot.
In response to an inquiry from MarketWatch, Disney said that credit cards are required to book most experiences that require reservations, not just those in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The company said it would make exceptions to the cancellation policy on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors with reservations for Savi’s Workshop must check in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their reservation. If they’re late or miss their reservation, they will still have to pay $199.99 per builder (each reservation accommodates one builder and two additional non-builder guests.) Cancellations are not accepted, and reservations may not be exchanged, sold or bartered.
“It’s a bit much, but guests are willing,” said Tom Corless, founder of travel website WDW News Today . So far, reservations for the lightsaber-building experience have sold out every day since the new land has been open.
“Disney wouldn’t charge a guest the $200 without them receiving a saber, it’s a lot to fine someone,” Corless added. “It’s a strong deterrent from ‘no-showing.’”
Those who book a table at Oga’s Cantina will face a $10 per person penalty if they’re late or forget to check in for their reservation. Every person in the party must be present when checking into the restaurant. What’s more, there’s a two-drink limit per person, and parties may only be in the restaurant for 45 minutes once seated.
What’s more, Disney charges this fee to those who miss a reservation at most of its sit-down restaurants in its U.S. theme parks. However, at most other restaurants, visitors can cancel at least one day in advance without incurring a penalty or check-in at their reservation time but choose not to eat.
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