Some changes have been made to the boarding group sign-up experience to make it easier, and another change may be on the horizon that could increase the capacity of the ride!
Currently, you can only board Rise of the Resistance if you manage to get a boarding group when they are released at 10AM and 2PM each day. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Disney World spokeswoman has noted that “This setup gives ride operations flexibility and ends early gathering of crowds.”
One factor that necessarily limits the number of people who can ride Rise each day is the ride vehicles themselves. The vehicles each have two rows of four people across, meaning they can seat eight guests, but under the current restrictions, due to the pandemic, only one party is being loaded per vehicle. That means, even if you’re just a party of 1, you’ll be getting a vehicle all to yourself.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Disney spokeswoman has now said, however, that Disney “Recently tested an update to the ride vehicles and had [a] Plexiglas barrier between the first and second rows.” The spokeswoman indicated that Disney is “working toward introducing this to all the vehicles.”
As the Orlando Sentinel notes, This change could very quickly increase Rise of the Resistance’s daily capacity as it would allow more guests to ride per vehicle (no more one-on-one rides with just you vs. Kylo Ren). But, there are other concerns also affecting Rise of the Resistance including the technical complexity of the systems and animatronics used on the ride which can create shutdowns. Still, the ability to place more guests on each vehicle and potentially increase capacity could be very beneficial.
Recently, we’ve seen plexiglass installed at the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror, and it has been in place at DINOSAUR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom for some time as well. We’ll keep an eye out for more news and let you know if we see this change or any other changes come to attractions around Disney World!
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