Getting a boarding group to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be one of the toughest things to do throughout your entire Disney trip!
Recently, we saw Disney install plexiglass barriers on the ride’s vehicles which could potentially increase capacity, but now Disney have made a MAJOR announcement that will totally change how you can sign up in the morning for a boarding pass!
Currently, in order to get a boarding pass for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance you must have a valid park ticket, a valid Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and you must have already entered the park and be standing inside when the clock hits 10AM to try to grab a boarding group. You then have another chance at 2PM to see if you can try to board this super popular attraction.
Starting November 3rd, however, a new system will be put in place. You’ll still need a valid ticket to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and a valid Disney Park Pass reservation for the day you want to visit, BUT you’ll be able to access the virtual queue system and try to get a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance starting at 7AM on the day of your park reservation from OUTSIDE of Disney’s Hollywood Studios! That means, you can be in your hotel room, getting breakfast, or wherever else nearby and you can try to grab a boarding group at that time!
Update: We reached out to Disney about whether there is any distance requirement in terms of how close you must be physically to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in order to sign up for the boarding group and one Cast Member told us that there “isn’t a set distance.” We’ll keep updating this post if we learn any new information about that.
The 2PM boarding group sign-up process will not be changing however. You MUST be inside Hollywood Studios to sign up for a potential boarding group at 2PM.
Disney has noted that they’re “hoping this new approach will make a day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios more enjoyable and relaxing, as guests no longer need to be inside the park each morning to request a boarding group for the first virtual queue opportunity. As a reminder, you need to be inside the park to request the 2 p.m. boarding groups.”
Disney has also noted, “To try to maximize the number of boarding groups we’re able to accommodate while adhering to current health and safety guidelines, we recently added a clear barrier between the two rows of seats on each First Order Fleet Transport vehicle inside the attraction. This enables us to invite more guests to board Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance each day.”
We will most DEFINITELY be testing out this new system to see what it’s like and we will let you know what we find out! Check back with us for more updates.