How does the Rise of the Resistance Attraction Virtual Queue work?

Since it opened, Disney has had a virtual queuing system ready for Galaxy's Edge. But in addition to the morning of the opening day, it was not used again for the area.

However, everything changed with the opening of the attraction Rise of the Resistance and now, instead of a virtual queue for the entire Galaxy´s Edge, Disney is using a virtual queue for its newest attraction.

This system is unlike anything you'll find on Disney World, but you will need to understand how it works if you want to get a spot!

Here are 7 things you need to know about the virtual queue and boarding groups for the Rise of the Resistance.

To ride the Rise of the Resistance, the virtual queue is the only option.

Rise of the Resistance (similar to Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run) does not offer the FastPass +.

But unlike the Smugglers Run, Rise of the Resistance does not have a traditional queue.

That's right - no waiting line and no FastPass +.

It is necessary to arrive early at the Park

The crowds that crowd Hollywood Studios for Rise of the Resistance are still huge, and because of that Disney is making some changes to how things are going to work at the opening of the park.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The virtual queue will not be open until the park's official opening time. This is a change from how it was operating previously. Initially, Disney was opening the park earlier than the published schedule (including the opening of most attractions), and as soon as the park opened, guests were able to find their place in the virtual queue. This led to many days when all available seats had disappeared entirely before the park's official opening hours. It seems that this change is hoping to combat this.
  • Visitors can still enter the park early and enter Hollywood Boulevard before the park's official opening, BUT this is as far away as possible and guests will be kept there until the park's official opening hours.
  • There will be some open locations on Hollywood Boulevard (Starbucks, located inside the Trolley Car Cafe and Keystone Clothiers). Note: The Trolley Car Cafe can giants early in the morning; therefore, you better have a coffee before arriving at Hollywood Studios, if you know you will need a cup of coffee.
  • Only after opening the park, guests will be able to enter the My Disney Experience App to get a seat in a boarding group. And - this is an important thing to remember: unlike the previous method, where guests entered boarding groups, you will have a huge crowd of people who will be eligible for boarding groups at once. If you delay a few minutes it may result in you ending up with a boarding group much later than expected (or even possibly not getting a boarding group!). So, as time approaches the opening of the park, BE READY to open the app and get your seat.

So, what time should you arrive if you want to ride the Rise of The Resistance?

Plan to walk in the Slinky Dog in Rope Drop with the shortest waits? We still recommend that you arrive 120 minutes before the published opening hours.

Yes, we know that it is crazy early and that it is not easy to do with small children.

But our reasoning is as follows:

Even though boarding parties don't open until the park's official opening, many people will still show up early.

So if you want to walk the Slinky Dog Dash at the opening of the park (without waiting 45 minutes or more), you'll need to be in front of this crowd. To do this you will need to arrive early.

If you have a FastPass + for the Slinky Dog Dash and just want to see the other attractions with a minimum of waiting, you can show up 75 minutes before the park opens.

Is your main goal just to get a boarding group?

You will probably be well arriving 75 minutes before the park opens. And, during the less busy times of the year, you can take this to 60 minutes before the park opens.

Do you want to see how quickly boarding groups are disappearing?

If you’re trying to see how fast the shipping groups are populated, you can do this from anywhere (you don't need to be in the parks!). This is especially useful in the last few days before you plan to go to Hollywood Studios.

Just open the My Disney Experience app and click on the “Learn more” button just below the AT-ATs.

When shipping groups are available, you can click on the “Join a boarding group” (of course, if you are not in the park, it will indicate that you cannot participate).

Once the departure groups are full for the day, you will no longer be able to click the button, which is the signal that the groups are full for the day.

Disney has indicated that the virtual queue will not be used forever

We don't think that this virtual queuing system will be used forever.

In fact, the Tampa Bay Times quotes Disney saying that this system will be used "for a few weeks".

So while we don't think this system is here to stay, we also don't know exactly how long Disney plans to use it, but we do know that it won't be forever.

This means that, until we hear something different, your best approach is to assume it is in place and plan your trip accordingly.

Obviously when Disney changes the procedure to embark on this adventure, we will come back here with more information!

The virtual Queue uses boarding groups for the attraction

This entire virtual queuing system is like putting your name on a waiting list at a restaurant - first come, first served.

For Rise of the Resistance, Disney places people in what they call “boarding groups” and then call those groups as space in the queue allows.

You cannot choose your boarding group number; is assigned when you join the virtual queue and does not know the exact time of return, because it all depends on how quickly the groups in front of you move and whether the attraction itself decreases (which is quite common now)

Remember: there are a limited number of boarding groups available, and once they run out, they run out!

Backup boarding groups

Since December 16, 2019, Disney has started offering “alternative boarding groups”.

These groups are available after all regular departure groups are completed (up to group 120).

Boarding Groups

However, guests with one of these new provisional boarding groups will only be allowed at the attraction if capacity allows, that is, there is no guarantee that they will walk in the attraction. Not on that day at least.

Everyone must be in the park

One of the most common questions we receive is "Does my whole family need to show up two hours early to join a boarding group?"

And, unfortunately, that answer is "yes".

To join a boarding group, you must have digitized your ticket or Magic Band to enter the park, which means that Mom or Dad cannot wake up early to pick up a boarding group while the rest of the family sleeps.

We know that this is not ideal for many people in all types of situations, but for now, this is how things work.

On the bright side of this, arriving early there is an excellent chance that you will be able to walk the attraction.

If it were open to everyone, this chance would be greatly reduced because you would be competing for these "places" with thousands more people

You can leave and come back

Rise of the Resistance inside
Rise of the Resistance inside

A good thing about the virtual queue is that your return window lasts 2 hours and you don't have to wait in the park for your boarding group to be called.

If you have Park Hopper tickets, you can visit a different park OR, if you are too sleepy at 6 am to pick up your boarding group, you can return to your resort to rest.

You can track where Disney is in the boarding groups on the My Disney Experience App and, as long as you have enabled notifications, you will be shown when it is your turn.

Rider Switch and DAS are available on Rise of the Resistance

The Rider Switch and the Disability Access Service (DAS) are available, but you must have already secured a shipping group to use them.

Once you have a boarding group, you should seek out a cast member of the attraction for assistance.

How do virtual queue and boarding groups work?

  • Arrive at the park at least 120 minutes before the park opens (for the best chance of getting through the morning with minimal waits) or 90 minutes (if you are not interested in walking on the Slinky Dog Dash or Smugglers Run).
  • Note: During especially busy periods of the year (such as the holiday season), it is highly recommended that you arrive at the gates of Hollywood Studios 2 hours before the park's opening hours to maximize your chances of getting a seat in line.
  • You will probably enter Hollywood Boulevard early, however, boarding groups will not be available until the park officially opens. When that happens (and once everyone in your group has scanned into the park), open the app and follow the instructions to receive a boarding group, which will put you in the virtual queue. See video below:
  • The app will provide a push notification to let you know when it's your turn to walk.
  • At that point, you will have 2 hours to get to the attraction.
  • You can always check to see exactly which groups are boarding the app, as well as dashboards found throughout the park to get your bearings.

When it's time to ride the attraction, head to Galaxy's Edge and head straight for Rise of the Resistance.

Your tickets or MagicBands will be checked before you enter the line.

Of course! Have a good time.

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