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Why this is the best time to visit Disneyland

Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif.,

Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., is Disney's largest single-themed land expansion ever at 14 acres. Photo Credit: Disney Parks/Disney Parks / Richard Harbaugh

Now may be the perfect time to visit Disneyland in California — as long as you have no interest in checking out the park’s Star Wars expansion.

The opening of the much-anticipated 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge drew so many visitors since it opened May 31 that it substantially reduced wait times at all the other attractions in the Anaheim theme park.

In the first week after the Star Wars land opened, the wait at all the other park attractions declined to an average of about 14 minutes, down 28 percent compared with an average of a little less than 20 minutes in the week before it opened, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times based on wait times compiled by the travel site Touring Plans.

When compared with the first full week of June a year earlier, the drop in wait times was even more dramatic, declining 46 percent from an average of more than 26 minutes, according to the data.

Depending on the ride, Disneyland fans could have saved more than half an hour of wait time by visiting the park when most of the crowds were taking in the new Star Wars land.

For example, the average wait time for Splash Mountain was 53 minutes during the first week of June 2018, according to the Times analysis. After Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, the average wait time for the flume ride dropped to a little less than 21 minutes.

At Buzz Lightyear, an interactive ride based on the 1995 animated film “Toy Story,” the average wait time was slightly more than 29 minutes during the first week of June 2018 but dropped to a little less than 10 minutes after the opening of the Star Wars land.

At Space Mountain, the average wait time in the first week of June 2018 was about 64 minutes but dropped to slightly less than 45 minutes in the week after the Star Wars land opened.

Park visitors noticed the decline in wait times and began touting it on social media in the days after the new expansion opened.

— Los Angeles Times (TNS)

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