Disney just opened the latest Star Wars attraction in Florida, and now the company is prepping for the grand opening of the attraction’s twin on the west coast. But this week we learned that not only will the attraction be the same — the protocol for opening the attraction to guests will be identical, as well. Disneyland Resort plans to use the virtual queue system for the west coast opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
If you’re unfamiliar with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, let us catch you up. The attraction recently opened on December 5 in Disney World and an identical version of the ride is set to open in January in California. It’s felt like a long time coming, since this ride is one of the most highly anticipated rides in Disneyland history. It offers guests an incredibly immersive experience that they will never forget, but also its re-ride-ability makes it an attraction that’s worth the wait for. Imagineers worked tirelessly to make sure this attraction would be state-of-the-art and unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before, and given how much the east coast is loving it, we know our California Star Wars fans will be just as excited to join the resistance, board their escape pod, and encounter their favorites like Poe Dameron, Rey, and Finn in a galaxy far, far away.
Here’s what you can expect, according to the Disneyland website:
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be a massive attraction with multiple ride systems that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at the Disneyland Resort… or anywhere else in the galaxy!
The Resistance needs your help! Hidden in the forest outside Black Spire Outpost, the Resistance is gathering recruits for a secret mission.
With the First Order desperate to extinguish the spark of the Resistance, the mission is bound to have unexpected twists and turns. When your transport is captured by an imposing First Order Star Destroyer filled with legions of stormtroopers—and even Kylo Ren!—you’re going to need all the help you can get. Fortunately, a covert team of Resistance fighters—including Rey and BB-8—is at the ready to give you a fighting chance to escape… and a chance for the Resistance to rise.
Get ready for a thrilling, first-of-its-kind adventure when Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance launches on January 17, 2020.
In a recent report by local southern California newspaper the OC Register, it was confirmed with Disney officials that Disneyland plans to use the virtual queue system — in the form of boarding groups — for the January 17 grand opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the E-ticket attraction coming to Galaxy’s Edge. The virtual queue boarding groups will work very similarly to the system that is currently in place at Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and this system is similar to the one used to enter the land when Galaxy’s Edge first fully opened to the public.
Here is how the system works, according to Disney officials as published in the OC Register:
Disneyland visitors will need to log into the Disneyland app to secure a Rise of the Resistance boarding pass in the virtual queue. Push notifications will be sent to Disneyland visitors when it’s time for their boarding group to ride Rise of the Resistance.
The goal is to allow visitors to explore Disneyland attractions, restaurants and shops while waiting to experience Rise of the Resistance without having to stand in a long line. Visitors must be inside the park to select a Rise of the Resistance boarding group using the Disneyland app.
At the time of this report, the virtual queue will be in use as needed from the day the ride opens onward, although we’re not sure how long Disneyland will need to use the boarding groups system. The attraction is sure to draw huge crowds on opening day. But as of now it’s too soon to predict just how long or how often the virtual queue will need to be in place for the west coast version of Rise of the Resistance, especially since Disneyland Resort is home to more locals and Walt Disney World Resort is known for having much more of a tourist or once-in-a-lifetime Disney crowd. Either way, we’ll update you when we know more information.
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Source: OC Register