Do you have your heart set on riding one of Walt Disney World’s newest attractions, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance? In this article, we are going to show you exactly how to get Rise of the Resistance boarding passes 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:
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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!
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Update September 2021: This article has been updated with the recent changes to the Rise of the Resistance boarding group process. We have added the most recent announcements from September 2021 to this guide to make sure you have the most up-to-date information for your next trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in 2021! We wish you guys the best of luck joining your boarding group… Oh and of course, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
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 rides 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 without even stepping 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!
Before we get into the exact steps here’s the secret of how to access Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group:
Keep reading for a more detailed guide on how to get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass!
The First Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups will open at 7:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m., and you can access them from anywhere!
It’s important to note that if you do plan to rope drop at Hollywood Studios we still suggest arriving 30 minutes before the official park opening time. This will give you enough time to go through security. However, you do not have to be in the park to join the virtual queue. You just need to be sure you are there and ready to ride for the time frame on your app.
All you need to get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass is your smartphone with the My Disney Experience app downloaded, your party’s Disney Hollywood Studios ticket reservation connected to your My Disney Experience account, and a lot of patient determination!
Below are the steps in more detail!
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)
Recent Update: Only guests with a valid park reservation for Hollywood Studios will be eligible to try to sign up for a boarding group. This does make it extremely important to have a game plan going into your Walt Disney World Vacation if you want to ride Rise of the Resistance. Guests will be able to grab a boarding group if they park hop to Hollywood Studios after 1:00 p.m. You must have a reservation for Hollywood Studios going into that day.
Though you used to have to be physically present in Hollywood Studios to join a Star Wars Rise of the Resistance boarding group, that is no longer the case. Guests can now access the virtual queue from anywhere the morning of their visit. This can be a huge game-changer when planning your day especially since Walt Disney World park hopping is now back. But as we discussed above you will want to make sure to have a valid reservation for Hollywood Studios on the day of your visit.
Make sure your valid theme park ticket or annual pass is connected to your My Disney Experience account. And to confirm one more time (for the people in the back) make sure you actually have a Walt Disney World park reservation for Hollywood Studios.
We would also 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 can be linked to your family and friends list on your account. Once you’re on the “Join Virtual Queue” screen you’ll be able to add others in your party to your time slot. This will also allow you to make dining reservations and Fastpass+ reservations for other Disney World attractions.
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. Disney also recently made changes allowing guests to confirm all the members of their party up to one hour before passes open.
For step number three, we always recommend having your phone open a few minutes before the boarding pass distribution starts to exit out of all your open apps. Then open the app about a minute before the drop time and click “Get Boarding Pass” a couple seconds before the time hits 7 a.m. or 2 p.m. This is your best chance of riding Rise of the Resistance if you have your heart set on it and only have one day in the Disney parks.
I simply have the app open and start refreshing from 6:58 a.m. at the earliest. 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”.
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.” For any other prompts, just keep tapping yes – don’t pause to read!
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 don’t hesitate to ask!
Now that you have received your boarding pass to explore a galaxy far far away you can go and 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 queue 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.
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