Last week, I visited the Walt Disney World Resort on vacation with my fiance. On the second day of our trip, we woke up prior to 7 am to try and snag a boarding group for the ever-popular attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
We got extremely lucky and were placed into boarding group 2, which meant we had to get up and get ready so we could be at the park for its opening at 10 am.
Once we arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at around 9:15 am, Disney began allowing people through temperature check, security, and into the park. We walked around the front for a few minutes, taking in all of the holiday decorations, and then decided to head over to Galaxy’s Edge to take some photos before our boarding group was called.
At 9:30 am — still technically 30 minutes before the park officially “opened” — we walked into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and over to Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, where we saw people getting in line. Initially, we thought Guests were just lining up so they were already in the queue prior to 10 am, but when I asked a Cast Member, they said the attraction was already up and running! We hopped in line and we ended up riding the attraction and walking off by 9:45 am — again, prior to the park’s official opening time.
At this time, I pulled out my phone and saw I had a notification stating our Rise of the Resistance boarding group had already been called! So we walked over to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and hopped in line there. By the time we walked through the queue, through all of the pre-show rooms, and rode the attraction, it was 10:02 am.
My fiance and I rode not just one but both attractions inside Galaxy’s Edge prior to the park officially opening at 10 am! At this time, Disney has not released any sort of statement regarding the early openings of these attractions, nor do we know if this is a permanent thing or if this is just a test to try and manage crowds at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we get information. It seems to us that this is a great way to alleviate morning crowds and allow as many Guests to experience these attractions as possible.
Have you experienced either Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? Let us know in the comments below.