We reported earlier today that guests were experiencing a different process for boarding groups for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. And now, Disney has officially confirmed that the virtual queue and boarding groups that were implemented today will continue to be implemented as needed from here on out. Here’s what you need to know about joining a boarding group for the newest attraction at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, according to Disney.
The virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will begin at the official park opening time for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now that the theme park will be opening at 7 a.m. each day, for the time being, this means that as soon as the park opens at 7 a.m., guests will be able to join the virtual queue. Note the park opening at 7 a.m. is not part of Extra Magic Hours — the park fully opens to the public at this time.
Disney also mentioned that guests may be welcomed into the Hollywood Boulevard area of the park, and limited nearby locations will be open (including Trolley Car Café, the Starbucks location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). However, if this happens to you and you are welcomed into the theme park to wait before the park actually opens, you still will not be able to join a boarding group in the virtual queue until Disney’s Hollywood Studios officially opens for the day — in this case, 7 a.m.
At the park’s published opening time — whether that is 7 a.m. or any other time — the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open. You must be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios in order to access the virtual queue and join a boarding group within the My Disney Experience app, the official app of Walt Disney World Resort. Keep in mind that Rise of the Resistance is an incredibly popular attraction so far, and many recommend arriving at Hollywood Studios as soon as possible so that you can join a boarding group as soon as you are able to.
Disney also stated that they will continue to distribute backup boarding groups only after the initial planned groups have been filled. Keep in mind, however, that you are not guaranteed to get to experience the attraction if you are in a backup boarding group. Guests who are within a backup boarding group in the virtual queue will only be called to experience Rise of the Resistance if all of the initial planned boarding groups have been called back and there is capacity for more riders that evening. Because of this system, we highly recommend enabling push notifications to your mobile device so that you can be notified as soon as your boarding group is called, whether you are in a regular boarding group or a backup boarding group.
For more information, you can check out this official video that Walt Disney World shared pertaining to the virtual queue at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance with advertised park hours:
We’ll continue to update Inside the Magic if anything changes.
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