The Force is strong with Disney’s popular attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Guests cannot wait to join the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order, in the high-tech, immersive experience like Disney fans had never seen before.
Disneyland’s beloved theme park is home to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Guest-favorite attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Now, Disney has officially confirmed that the way Guests experience this ride will be changing very soon!
Back on September 23, Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios stopped the use of the virtual queue (AKA boarding group) system and instead allowed Guests to wait in a standby queue to ride the attraction.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced that the popular FastPass+ service at the Florida and California Disney Parks will be permanently retiring, with the new digital planning tool Disney Genie launching on October 19 to mixed reviews.
Walt Disney World Guests can purchase Lightning Lane to skip the standby queue for an extra $15 per person.
The launch date of Disney Genie in Disneyland in Anaheim has yet to be confirmed by Disney, but we now have an indication this will be happening soon.
Disney officials have confirmed that the Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland will begin testing a hybrid standby and virtual queue beginning on Monday, November 22.
Disneyland will begin the day with standby queue access for Rise of the Resistance and the Park could potentially activate the virtual queue on certain days and times. The virtual queue will be paused during the test.
Since the attraction opened in January 2020, at 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. PT daily, Disneyland Guests race to 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.
Disneyland visitors are encouraged to check the Disneyland mobile app prior to 7 a.m. before arriving at the Park and throughout the day to see if Rise of the Resistance is using a standby or virtual queue.
If the virtual queue is activated, visitors will need to be inside Disneyland to access the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue. Previously, the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue could be accessed anywhere — at Disneyland, DCA, Downtown Disney, or from home or a hotel.
The Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure began testing a standby queue on November 4.
Once Guests reach the front of the standby queue, they can look forward to an amazing attraction in a galaxy far far away. With multiple rooms, numerous animatronics, and incredible surprises, the ride relies heavily on an array of technology – but often goes ‘down’.
A standby queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is something that many Guests had been waiting for. Boarding groups would fill up in minutes – often seconds – and if a Guest did not get a boarding group, they would not be able to ride the attraction.
In Walt Disney World, the standby line for Rise of the Resistance has continually been popular, with wait times reported to have reached over 3 hours.
More on Rise of the Resistance
For more information on the Guest-favorite Disney attraction, read the official description below:
An Attraction on a Scale That Is Impressive, Most Impressive
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is 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!
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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