Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Tips for Joining a Boarding Group
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is currently the hottest ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park. Rise of the Resistance opened at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on December 5, 2019 and since then the hype surrounding this ride has been off the charts. I got to ride Rise of the Resistance on January 2, which just happened to be my birthday. Let me tell you, the ride lived up to all that hype and more. It was without a doubt a big highlight of my birthday. Currently there is only one way to ride Rise of the Resistance. You must join a boarding group upon entering the park. So…
How do you join a boarding group?
First, I’d like to point out that even if you do everything right, there is NO guarantee you’ll get into a boarding group, but the more you know, the better your chances. May the Force be with you!
Before you head to Walt Disney World be sure you have downloaded the My Disney Experience app on your phone, created an account, and linked your vacation package or park tickets if you are staying off site. Once you’ve linked your vacations package or park tickets, if staying off site, make your park reservations. You will want to make a park reservation for each day you have a park ticket. Be sure to take some time to familiarize yourself with the app. There are so many things you can do within the app.
As of October 29, 2020, guests are now able to access the virtual queue and check for an available boarding group for Rise of the Resistance at 7 am as long as you have a valid park ticket and a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can access this feature from Disney resort hotel or wherever you may be at that time. 7 AM – This is the time to focus of the Force. The Resistance needs your help!
First, completely close out all apps on your phone and turn off wifi. At two minutes before 7 AM, open the My Disney Experience app. Scroll down to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance-Request Access with Virtual Queue. Click Join. You can also click on My Status which will take you to the next screen where there is a Join Boarding Group button as well.
A more specific example….
You’re enjoying your morning cup of coffee at your resort and it’s just before 7 AM.
Close out all apps on your phone and turn off wifi.
At 6:58 am, open the My Disney Experience App and click on the Join button under Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Then, you have two options. One, click on Check Status to get to the next screen where you click on Join Boarding Group. Two, simply click on Join directly from this screen. You will then be promted to choose the riders and then…if the force is on your side, you’re in!
If you don’t succeed at first try exiting completely out of the app and try again. For my example, know that all boarding groups will be assigned by 7:02 am. It’s that quick!
Once you are assigned in a boarding group, double check that you have notifications turned on for My Disney Experience. They will notify you through the app once your boarding group is called. You can also always check your status in the app. Once you’re boarding group is called, you’ll be given a specific time. You will need to enter the line for the ride by that time, typically two hours. You can continue on with your day until your boarding group is called. You can even leave the park if you’d like since you will have two hours to enter the line once your boarding group is called. Just be sure to keep track of your status especially if you leave the park.
For our experience, we were able to join boarding group 34. The park opened at 7 am that day. Our boarding group was called at 8:30 am. This gave us plenty of time to ride Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and eat breakfast.
If you weren’t able to join a boarding group at 7 AM, the virtual queue will reopen daily at 2 PM. Beginning December 20, 2020 this will change to 1 pm. You will need to be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to access this second virtual queue opportunity.
A few final notes…
- This is considered a thrill ride. You must be 40″ tall to ride.
- There is no single rider line, at least not yet. I’ll update if this changes.
- You are able to use Rider Swap but everyone must be in a boarding group. Be sure to talk to a cast member for instructions.
- If you are utilizing a DAS pass, everyone will still need to join a boarding group. Again, speak to a cast member for specific instructions.
- You can only join one boarding group per day.
- Lastly, don’t forget to take some pictures. That ⬆️ Storm Trooper picture I took inside the ride. 😃
Best of luck! May the Force be with you!