Hollywood Studios and EPCOT are officially reopening in Disney World today.
We are reporting LIVE from both parks to give you all the details on crowds, wait times, and the overall park changes. OH, and, of course, we will be answering the biggest question on most people’s minds — the new Rise of the Resistance virtual queue.
We will be updating this post throughout the day, so be sure to check back!!
Entering Hollywood Studios
We were let into the parking lot at 9:30AM this morning. Others had already arrived and parked before us. This is pretty different from what we’ve experienced at other parks. Up until today, we have been held with long lines until about 20-30 minutes prior to the park opening.
Like the other parks, parking was every other car.
Temperature screening was up first. We headed through white tents and AdventHealth team members took our temperatures using handheld infrared thermometers.
For the security screening, we were asked to remove all umbrellas, metal drink containers, and aerosol cans. Everything else could be carried through the detectors.
There was no fingerprint touchpoint at the admission point. You just scan your MagicBand or card.
Disney had opened the gates early to allow guests to start filing into Hollywood Studios. We were inside the park around 9:45AM. Hollywood Studios’ official opening time was 10AM.
Crowds and Wait Times
We noticed that crowds were a little heavier here than we felt like they were on other parks’ opening days.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway was packed before the park was even officially open. A few minutes after opening, the wait was already listed at 120 minutes.
Once you get out of the entrance, crowds disperse a little bit.
As far as we could tell, this interactive photo op by Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater was still available.
We spotted the first Relaxation Station in Galaxy’s Edge. Guests can utilize the socially distanced tables and remove their masks in these areas.
In Galaxy’s Edge, we spotted a functioning water bottle refill station near the Marketplace.
There was also a functioning water fountain nearby.
Galaxy’s Edge even had in-universe health and safety signage!
Galaxy’s Edge also had some hand-washing stations around the land.
Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue
The Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue showed up as an option on our home screen before we were even in the park.
The queue opens at three different windows — 10AM, 1PM, and 4PM. Outside of those windows, you cannot select the Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue.
We were able to snag a boarding group this morning. But within 3 minutes all of the 10AM boarding groups had been distributed. All three windows booked up in a matter of minutes when they opened.
We noticed that The Incredibles on Pixar Avenue was closed off.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
The wait for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was around an hour for most of the morning. The queue stretched out past the Millennium Falcon and around the pathways.
On the actual ride, it was one party per cabin! We were alone so that meant we got to be pilot!
Rise of the Resistance
When our boarding group was called we got to head over to Rise of the Resistance. The queue looks much the same as at other attractions.
All of the preshows are running with designated standing zones and they are seating one party per ride vehicle.
Alien Swirling Saucers
We passed by Alien Swirling Saucers to see if there were any changes. Right now the ride vehicles are not being cleaned between each person.
Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash had a queue that stretched all the way through Toy Story Land under umbrellas.
Other than the queue, Slinky Dog Dash was just like it usually is as far as we could tell!
Toy Story Mania
Toy Story Mania had all of the standard distancing updates to the queue.
They were seating two parties per vehicle and we didn’t notice any added cleaning of touchpoints.
The Trolley Car Cafe
When we passed by The Trolley Car Cafe, there was a Cast Member outside to mark the line, a designated entrance and exit, and distancing stickers.
Mobile Order was heavily encouraged at Ronto Roasters this morning.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
Docking Bay 7 had a Cast Member outside to encourage Mobile Order. There was a pretty good crowd waiting for their food.
The Milk Stand is using Mobile Order and has a socially distanced queue and plexiglass barriers at the counters.
Oga’s Cantina was using the new Mobile Dine Check-In feature when we arrived.
Oga’s has a limited capacity inside and guests are limited to 45 minutes. Folks are also asked to keep their masks on at all times and refrain from walking around.
The drinks are still just as tasty!
We passed a drink stand in Galaxy’s Edge that had distance markers and plexiglass at the counter.
50’s Prime Time Cafe
50’s Prime Time Cafe had hand sanitizer stationed out front and Mobile Dine Check-In in use.
Inside, a lot of tables are marked as unavailable. Don’t worry though! The waitstaff is still very much in character, so you better clear your plate.
Black Spire Outpost Marketplace
Due to high demand, Black Spire Outpost Marketplace was blocked off so that Cast Members could implement a queue for the area.
When we returned we saw people in line.
A Cast Member told us that it was limited to one party per shop in the Marketplace.
Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities is a relatively small shop so it has a capacity of 26 guests right now.
The floor is taped and marked with distancing stickers.
Near the counters, we spotted standing zones to keep folks distanced.
The Droid Depot experience is still being offered. The queue had plexiglass barriers similar to the ones we’ve seen for attraction queues.
There is tape on the floor to help keep guests distanced and barriers between different droid stations.
Savi’s Workshop Handbuilt Lightsabers
The lightsaber experience is not available at Savi’s Workshop at this time, but the shop is open and selling Legacy Lightsabers.
It’s got a small capacity so there is a Virtual Queue.
We will continue to update this post throughout the day, so please check back for more details and info!
What questions do you have about the reopening of Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments below and we will do our best to get them answered for ya!