UPDATED March 2021: Disney recently made changes regarding where you can join a Rise of the Resistance boarding group from! We have added these changes to this guide to make sure you have the most up to date information for your next trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! We wish you guys the best of luck joining your boarding group…Oh and of course, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
Do you have your heart set on riding one of Walt Disney Worlds newest attraction, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance? In this article we are going to show you exactly how you can join a Rise of the resistance boarding group at Hollywood Studios! This topic has quickly become one of the most frequently asked questions we receive, and it’s an important one as Rise of the Resistance does not have a regular stand by line like all of the other Walt Disney World attractions.
That’s why we wanted to break down how to go on Rise of the Resistance, how to sign up for Rise of the Resistance, what time does Rise of the Resistance start boarding, and how to track your Rise of the Resistance return time!
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We will cover this again later in our post, so for the complete guide on Star Wars Rise of the Resistance boarding groups read on!
The hype around Star Wars Rise of the Resistance was insane from the minute Imagineers announced Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Disney knew their newest attraction was going to be one of the hottest attractions in all of Walt Disney World and planned accordingly to manage the crowds and avoid long wait times. In response they created the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Boarding / Virtual Que.
The Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Boarding group allows guests to join a virtual line using the My Disney Experience App once in the park. This will allow guests to track their place in the virtual line on their phone or on signs throughout the park as the day goes by. This has allowed Disney to keep wait times significantly down once you do enter the line que and it has completely changed the way we get to enjoy our days at Walt Disney World!
There are a few steps to make sure you are able to join a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group. It’s also important to note that Disney did make changes to the process in November 2020 and again in 2021 and they have added a second chance to join the Rise of the Resistance virtual que which we will cover later in this post.
Buy Your Disney World Theme Park Tickets
The first step to make sure you get onto a Rise of the Resistance Boarding group is to purchase your Walt Disney World tickets. The reason being is due to the recent health and safety protocols guests must make a valid theme park reservation to enter into any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. (Park hopping does start at 2 but that won’t help you get on a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance)
Only guests with a valid park reservation for Hollywood Studios will be eligible to try to sign up for a boarding group.
Download The My Disney Experience Account
So you used to have to physically located in Hollywood Studios to join a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance boarding group. However that is no longer the case and guests can now access the virtual que from anywhere the morning of their visit. (granted you will want to make sure you are in Florida if you plan on riding, unless of course you’re riding in on the Millennium Falcon) This can be a huge game changer when planning your day especially since Walt Disney World park hopping is now back.
So the second step is to make sure your valid theme park ticket or annual pass is connected to your My Disney Experience account. And as discussed in step 1 make sure you actually have a Walt Disney World park reservation for Hollywood Studios.
We would still suggest downloading the app a few days before and getting familiar with it. You will be using the App the morning of to grab your Disney boarding pass so you will want to get familiar with how it works.
At this point you will also want to add every member of your party who will also need a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance boarding pass. Each member of your group must also have a my Disney experience account and be linked to your family and friends list on your account. For kids and small children you will add them as a guest on your account. This will also allow you to make dining reservations and Fastpass+ reservations for other Disney World attractions.
Log onto you My Disney Experience Account a Few Minutes Early
Again to confirm you do not need to be inside of Hollywood Studios anymore to grab a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance in the morning. For step number three we always recommend having your phone open a few minutes before the boarding pass distribution starts. This is especially true if you have your heart set on riding Rise of the Resistance and only have one day in the Disney parks.
It’s important to note that if you do plan to rope drop at Hollywood Studios we still suggest arriving 45 minutes before the official park opening time. This will give you enough time to go through security and the new additional health screenings.
It’s important to note that as of July 2020 Disney now has two opportunities throughout the day to grab a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance.
As of December 2020 Disney has changed the time for the second boarding group release which is 1:00 PM. We still suggest arriving early though as the 1:00 PM openings might be limited. It’s also important to note that guests trying to grab a boarding group later in the day must have a valid theme park ticket, and need to have a Disney Hollywood Studios reservation for that day. Meaning it will not be available to anyone park hopping!
Click “Star Wars Rise of the Resistance – Request Access with Virtual Queue”
Once you are inside Hollywood Studios or at your hotel/home base with the updated process, click on the button named “Star Wars Rise of the Resistance – Request Access with Virtual Queue”.
From here you must wait until either the park opening time, or 1:00 PM. It’s important that you might have read or heard the best way to get a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance boarding pass is to open the App once it’s time to get a reservation. But in our opinion and experience this does not have to be done. You can click the and “Star Wars Rise of the Resistance – Request Access with Virtual Queue” button and wait for it to be time to request a pass.
Refresh at Exactly 7:00 AM and Click “Join Boarding Group”
Now that it is time to request a boarding pass to Star Wars Rise of the Resistance you will simply refresh your screen. You should now see an option that says “Join Boarding Group”. Click join boarding and now you will be brought to the next screen where you add everyone in your party!
And that’s it! You have now been added to the Disney World Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group.
If you still have questions on how to get into Rise of the Resistance? or the process of getting a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance we have created this video below!
Now that you have received your boarding pass to explore a galaxy far far away you can go an enjoy your day at Hollywood Studios. One of the benefits of arriving early and grabbing your Rise of the Resistance pass is you can now take advantage of lower wait times on some of the other popular attractions. We actually cover the best way to visit Hollywood Studios for rope drop in this article!
At this point you will also want to turn your push notifications on so you can track your boarding group status throughout the day in the My Disney experience app. You can also track the boarding groups on digital boards throughout the park. Once your Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group is called you will have two hours to return to the front of the attraction.
From there a Disney Cast member will scan your magic band or theme park ticket to give you access to the ride. It’s important to note that if the ride does experience delays boarding groups will stop being called. It’s also important to note that due to these delays having a Rise of the Resistance boarding pass does not guarantee entry onto the ride that day. If your boarding group is not called, you will receive a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Fastpass+ to come back the next day.
If you are not lucky enough to grab a spot in the Rise of the Resistance Virtual que you can be added to the waiting list. What this allows you to do is be added to the Rise of the Resistance boarding group if there things are going smoothly will all boarding groups earlier in the day.
There are sometimes issues or delays with the attraction given how new it is and this could have an impact on if your waiting list spot. It’s also important to note that due to these delays having a Rise of the Resistance boarding pass does not guarantee entry onto the ride.
Below are some of the most frequent Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Boarding group questions we receive:
A: There are no tickets to just the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance attraction. You will need to purchase a Walt Disney World ticket which allows you access to Hollywood Studios. Be sure to keep an eye out as we will sometimes offer Discounted Walt Disney World Tickets specifically for guests who are looking to visit Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
A: As of the time of this writing there are no Rise of the Resistance Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios.
A: If you scrolled all the way down before reading, just scroll back up! If you prefer to watch a video you can find our complete guide to getting a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance here!
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