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For my family’s trip to Disney World this summer, I’ve been keeping up with all the latest news for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land in Hollywood Studios. One ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, is up and running on FastPass+. The biggest new attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, has a virtual queue with online boarding groups.
I figured as long as I kept up with the latest news about how to get a spot in line, my family would easily get to ride both of these new Star Wars rides during our day at Hollywood Studios. However, recent reports of disappointed guests have me worried!
The Process to Join a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
This post on the DISboards outlines the steps to get into a boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. It’s pretty easy:
- Arrive at Hollywood Studios
30-6060-90 minutes before opening. Go through the security check and wait inside the gates. Everyone in your party who wants to ride must enter the park.
- When the park opens, refresh your My Disney Experience app, and there will be a big red button that says “Join Boarding Group”.
- Select the names of people in your group who want to ride, and cross your fingers that you are assigned a low boarding group number.
This YouTube video also gives detailed instructions along with screen videos.
The Problem with Getting a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Unfortunately, the boarding groups fill up within 2 minutes of the park opening. Two minutes! Yesterday, they were all gone in 75 seconds. While there are backup boarding groups available that may or may not get on the ride, those also fill up incredibly quickly. See this chart for all the stats.
So many things could go wrong. If you arrive to the park late, you’ll miss the window. If your phone freezes up, forget about it!
The ride is also prone to breaking down. Several of my friends have been ushered off the attraction mid-ride.
I’ve read sad posts from people who did everything right, but still didn’t get a chance to experience the ride. My family only has one day planned for each park, so that means we’ve got one chance at Hollywood Studios to make this ride happen.
Our Checklist and Backup Plan
We plan to check the park hours the night before to make sure we arrive in plenty of time. My husband and my son will both have the app on their phones and be will ready with me in case there are any technical difficulties. We will take screenshots if anything goes awry and ask for help from the Guest Experience Teams (cast members with blue shirts under blue umbrellas).
But even if we do everything right, we still may end up missing this ride. So, I want to set realistic expectations for my family and have a backup plan.
Our leisurely week at Disney World includes a break day after visiting two parks. We plan to go to our favorite character breakfast that morning and enjoy the resort pool. But if push comes to shove, we would consider buying another day’s admission and trying to get a boarding group on that day.
We also have some flexibility on our last day. I haven’t secured our flights home, but I’m hoping to get flights very late in the day. Our current plan is to visit Disney Springs that day, but we can also use that day as a backup day to revisit Hollywood Studios.
Hopefully, things will go off without a hitch, and we will get on that ride the first time.
Are you worried about getting on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? When do you think the crazy crowds will start to level off?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.