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How To Snag A Spot In The Virtual Queue For Rise Of The Resistance At Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
January 10, 2020
January 18, 2020
You’re going to have to get up awful early in the morning if you want to ride the new Rise of the Resistance when the highly-anticipated Disneyland attraction opens in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disneyland visitors will be able to snap up “boarding group” spots in a virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance as soon as the Anaheim theme park opens each morning.

The new Rise of the Resistance trackless dark ride debuts Friday, Jan. 17, at Disneyland in the 14-acre Star Wars themed land. An identical version of the attraction opened Dec. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida to big buzz and massive crowds.

Rise of the Resistance enlists recruits to join a battle between the heroic Resistance and the villainous First Order. Along the way, the recruits will be captured aboard a Star Destroyer, break out of a First Order detention cell, elude the clutches of Kylo Ren and escape back to a secret base on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new Galaxy’s Edge lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

How early will you have to get up to ride Rise of the Resistance? If Batuu East is any indicator, you’ll want to set your alarm for well before dawn. Star Wars fans on vacation in the Sunshine State have been lining up before 4 a.m. outside the gates of Disney’s Hollywood Studios to secure a virtual queue boarding group, according to social media posts. And not just for opening day. The pre-dawn patrol is still continuing a month after the opening of the attraction.

Disneyland has not announced yet if visitors will be allowed to line up prior to park opening on opening day of Rise of the Resistance and the days that follow.

Visitors lucky enough to snag a spot in the virtual queue are assigned to a numbered boarding group and given an approximate return time like “late morning” or “early evening” when they will be notified to join the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue. Disney’s Hollywood Studios typically issues more than more than 100 virtual queue boarding groups each day, according to Touring Plans, which uses big data and statistical analysis to calculate daily crowd sizes and ride wait times at theme parks.

The virtual queue boarding groups typically disappear from the Disney World app within 15 minutes after the gates open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sometimes the boarding groups are available for an hour or more. Other times they’re gone in an instant. On Jan. 3, the boarding groups in Florida were gone in 1 minute, according to Touring Plans. The next two days they disappeared in 3 minutes.

The virtual queue allows Disney to camouflage downtimes on Rise of the Resistance and adjust the flow of incoming boarding groups without making visitors wait in line all day to get on the ride.

Attraction downtime determines how many boarding groups are called each day to ride Rise of the Resistance. Less downtime means more riders. More downtime, fewer riders. To make up the difference, the Florida park also issues “backup” boarding groups to fill any unused capacity on Rise of the Resistance at the end of each day.

In Florida, the backup boarding groups are typically available for 2 to 3 hours after the park opening. But that’s not always the case. On Dec. 27, the backup boarding groups were gone in 15 minutes, according to Touring Plans. The regular boarding groups disappeared in a mere 4 minutes on that day.

Disneyland has not announced yet if backup boarding groups will be issued for Rise of the Resistance in Batuu West.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios quietly opened its gates several hours early during the first few days that Rise of the Resistance was operational, which meant the boarding passes were long gone by the official opening time of the park. That didn’t last long after an uproar from vacationers who missed the chance to ride the new attraction. Now the virtual queue in Florida opens with the park.

Disneyland will issue Rise of the Resistance virtual queue boarding passes starting at published park opening each day.

Disneyland officially opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 17 to 20 before switching to a 9 a.m. opening on Jan. 21 to 23. You will have to be inside the gates of Disneyland to access the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue on the park app. As the park app points out, getting into a boarding group does not guarantee you’ll get on Rise of the Resistance.

Disneyland offers Extra Magic Hour and Magical Morning early admissions on Jan. 18, 21 and 23 which will swing the gates open an hour early for select visitors. The Rise of the Resistance virtual queue will not be open at Disneyland during Extra Magic Hour and Magical Morning early admissions.

Not an early riser? Disney’s Hollywood Studios lets visitors in early and holds them on its version of Hollywood Boulevard. Then at the official park opening, thousands of people use their smartphones all at once to secure spots in the virtual queue via the Disney World app.

As long as you’re in the park, it doesn’t matter if you arrived two hours early or slipped in 5 minutes before the park officially opens. You have the same chance to get assigned to a Rise of the Resistance boarding group as everyone else. And a little bit more time to sleep. Chances are Disneyland will follow a similar routine if Rise of the Resistance draws big crowds.
Attractions Referenced

Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance

Lands Referenced

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

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