For months, getting a boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance meant waking up ridiculously early to be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as soon as the morning boarding groups were released.
But, recently Disney announced that a new boarding group sign-up process would be put in place for the release of morning boarding groups. We shared a list of top tips and things you NEEDED to know about this new process, and today it finally went live! Check out our experience with this new system.
First, we should note that yesterday we spotted this message on the My Disney Experience app, letting us know that we can request to join the virtual queue at 7AM prior to park entry with a valid Disney Park Pass reservation, or try again at 2PM from within Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
So, we set our alarms (we set quite a few, just to make sure we didn’t sleep through it!) and got up extra early to make sure our tickets were linked and the members of our party were all set up in the app and ready to go. We hadn’t even had our Mickey waffles or coffee yet, but we opened up our My Disney Experience app and tried to be “one with the Force” to see if that would improve our luck at all.
Just before 7AM we had the attraction screen up ready to roll…
And, when the clock struck 7AM…
Group 1!!! We must have gone faster than we thought! Basically, the process was exactly like it was prior to today but…from the coziness of our bed. Super simple, just make sure you have a Park Pass for Hollywood Studios and a valid ticket or Annual Pass for you and everyone in your party and you should be all set!
After all of that excitement, we couldn’t get back to sleep, so we had some breakfast and got ready for a magical day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We made our way over to the park to be there as soon as it opened, and saw a sign indicating that the morning boarding groups were already sold out, and that Disney plans to release more groups at 2PM. A quick reminder — you must be INSIDE Hollywood Studios in order to sign up for the 2PM boarding groups.
We also saw a rather long line of guests waiting to speak to Disney’s Guest Relations team. We heard some guests indicating that they had issues with the boarding group system this morning. While we didn’t experience any problems personally, we definitely will keep an eye out in case any changes are made to the system in the future. One of the biggest tips we can give you is to take screenshots of any boarding group confirmations or any issues you experience with the app. If the app gives you a strange loading page or error message or anything like that, be sure to screenshot it so you can discuss it with a Cast Member later and show them what you experienced.
Shortly after we made it past the park entrance, our boarding group was called…
…and we made our way over to Rise of the Resistance to hop in line!
We went through the entrance…
…and onto what is by far one of the most impressive rides in Disney World.
We were seated in a vehicle with another party, but we were divided from one another by plexiglass.
Here’s a look at the plexiglass on the attraction vehicles from the side.
We spoke to multiple Cast Members that confirmed that, as far as they had been informed, the new 7AM boarding group sign-up system should work anywhere! There’s no limit to how close you have to be to the park. So you could be over 10 miles away (like we were) or 100 or 1000! As long as you plan to make it to Hollywood Studios in time with your Park Pass to experience the ride, you should be fine! We’ll let you know if we spot any changes or modifications to this 7AM boarding group release system, and let you know if there are any updates.
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