This looks like it’s going to be so much fun. We just took our kids to Disney World for their first time. We only did two parks: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It was such a blast. We did the Star Wars ride twice, the Indiana Jones stunt spectacular (the kids LOVED that show!) and we signed up for a special Star Wars “Galactic Dessert Party”. The party included some pretty creative Star Wars themed desserts as well as kid friendly and adult beverages from the GFFA, plus you got to meet Chewbacca, BB-8, and Kylo Ren. It was also patrolled by First Order Stormtroopers who then escorted you to special reserved seats for the Star Wars themed fireworks show.
It pales in comparison to what’s coming with the whole new land, but it was so much fun! And the Stormtroopers would talk to you! I don’t know how they did it exactly, because we realized they were using pre-recorded lines (that sound just like the movies) but they must’ve had tons of lines to choose from because they always had an appropriate response no matter what you said to them. My wife almost got us “arrested” when she asked one “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?” His reply: “You think you’re so clever, don’t you”. And they told my kids (wearing Stormtrooper t shirts), “your loyalty is appreciated, citizen”. It was a blast.
As for the long lines, they aren’t a problem if you have a wife who is an absolute ninja master at the fast passes. I don’t know how she did it, but she learned all the tricks and we rode everything we wanted (sometimes more than once!) and never stood in line more than about 30 mins. And the vast majority of the time we were in line less than 10 mins per ride. Even in the newly opened, crazy popular and crowded toy story land. She gets major props for whatever magic she was working!
I don’t know when we’ll be back but we are DEFINITELY going back sometime for the new Star Wars land.