On September 23, 2021, the immensely popular Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park debuted a traditional standby queue for the first time ever.
As you can see in the photo above, Guests flooded Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just after rope drop in an attempt to secure a spot in the standby line.
Later, however, the wait time for the ride dropped off significantly, shocking both Guests and Cast Members in the theme park. Despite two malfunctions that left Guests waiting in line for about 20 minutes each, the line seemingly flowed smoothly for the first part and Guests did not have to wait for hours to ride the attraction.
Galaxy’s Edge Cast Members working at Rise of the Resistance were prepared for a much longer wait. At one point, Guests only had to wait 50 minutes to board the ride.
Prior to today, Rise of the Resistance was the first Disney Parks ride in history to use a virtual queue system. At 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST daily, Disney World Guests could attempt to secure a boarding pass for the Star Wars-themed ride, which features sequel trilogy characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the adorable droid BB-8.
The virtual queue process is now available on other Disney rides, including Disney California Park’s WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Avengers Campus and EPCOT’s Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, coming October 1, 2021.
As for Disney World’s version of Rise of the Resistance, we can’t know for sure that today’s trend will continue, but it certainly seems that rope drop may not actually be the best time to make a mad dash for Batuu to secure your spot to help defeat the First Order.
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The official description of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance reads:
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a massive attraction with multiple ride systems that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at Walt Disney World Resort… or anywhere else in the galaxy!
Accept a Mission from the Resistance
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.
Prepare for a thrilling, first-of-its-kind adventure!
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