Rise of the Resistance No Longer Has Boarding Groups, Draws Insane Crowd

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Recently, Walt Disney World Resort officials confirmed that the perennially popular Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land would be “pausing” its virtual queue system beginning today, September 23, 2021.

rise of the resistance stormtrooper room with r5 unit in foreground
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Per the original Disney Parks Blog announcement:

As we ramp up to “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” honoring our 50th anniversary, we’re continuing to enhance experiences thanks to the feedback from our guests.

We know our guests love choice and flexibility when planning their time in a theme park—which is why, starting Sept. 23, we will pause the use of virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios may experience this incredible attraction using a traditional standby queue for the first time since it opened in 2019.

Virtual queues continue to be helpful with attraction access, merchandise launches, grand openings and more, and guests should continue to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest on how we’re using virtual queues across Walt Disney World Resort including its potential use at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at a later date, or from time to time.

Rise of the Resistance
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Now, the standby queue is live and Galaxy’s Edge is flooding with Guests who are waiting to ride the popular Star Wars-themed ride, perhaps for the first time!

Crowds were pretty thick this morning as Guests made their way towards the entrance of Galaxy’s Edge and Rise of the Resistance this morning, soon after rope drop:

rise of the resistance crowds
Credit: Inside the Magic

The crowd of Guests waiting to get into the StandBy line for the fan-favorite attraction wrapped through the theme park at rope drop, proving just how much Star Wars fans want to experience this epic adventure for themselves:

rise of the resistance crowds
Credit: Inside the Magic
rise of the resistance crowds
Credit: Inside the Magic
rise of the resistance crowds
Credit: Inside the Magic

At the time of publication, approximately 8:45 a.m., Cast Members were still not letting Guests into Galaxy’s Edge, therefore, causing a buildup of Guests around the Star Tours attraction. The board at the front of the Park posted that Rise of the Resistance was a 75-minute wait; however, as we just mentioned, Cast Members are not allowing Guests into that part of the Park just yet.

hollywood studios wait time board
Credit: Inside the Magic

At 9:08 a.m. EST, My Disney Experience posted a 150-minute wait, as seen in the screenshot below.

rise of the resistance wait time
Credit: Screenshot via My Disney Experience

The version of Batuu that Guests enter when they visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is part of the Star Wars canon timeline, set between Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

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Credit: JJ Abrams Instagram

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This means that it is primarily Star Wars sequel trilogy characters who appear in Disney’s Star Wars land. Rise of the Resistance riders, for example, will get to see Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and adorable droid BB-8!

More on Rise of the Resistance

Rise of the Resistance Stormtroopers
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The official description of Rise of the Resistance reads:

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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