Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a headliner attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Disney has stated that Rise of the Resistance is “one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.” The attraction is a 20+ minute experience featuring multiple levels, 4+ ride systems, and over 300 animatronic figures.
Let’s take a look…
The Story and Experience
You’ll find Rise of the Resistance in a wooded area near Black Spire Outpost. Here, the Resistance is hiding out in a military outpost to avoid detection by the First Order.
As you enter the queue, you’ll explore gun turrets, rock tunnels, and locker rooms filled with flight suits.
The pre-show features Rey, accompanied by BB-8, asking guests to embark on a mission to battle the First Order.
Guests will travel with Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. Once you accept the mission, you’ll pass a giant X-Wing to board a transport ship being piloted by Nien Nunb. Don’t worry — Lieutenant Bek will lead you!
Umm, okay. Maybe you should worry a little bit… The ship is soon captured by a Star Destroyer, and guests are greeted by 50 Stormtroopers!
First Order officers separate the guests into smaller groups that are escorted to a jail cell.
Kylo Ren steps in to interrogate, and the guests-turned-prisoners have to figure out how to escape.
From here, the experience brings guests — or rather, new Resistance recruits — right into an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a face-off with Kylo-Ren!
You’ll even encounter a couple of full-size AT-AT Walkers along the way on this trackless dark ride.
You can see it in action in our DFB YouTube Video!
Rise of the Resistance is truly a one-of-a-kind attraction.
In opening months on BOTH coasts, crowds have come out in full force to experience it. Because of the ride’s unprecedented popularity, Disney is currently utilizing a Virtual Queue system for guest access.
Rise of the Resistance Attraction Access
Currently, there is NO FastPass+ option OR standby line available to ride Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios OR Disneyland. The ONLY WAY to gain entrance to the attraction in either park is by gaining a spot in a Boarding Group available via a Virtual Queue.
The Virtual Queue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Resort
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
If you have (1.) a valid ticket AND (2.) a Disney Park Pass for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll be able to access the virtual queue system via the My Disney Experience app 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.
If you do not make it into the in-demand Virtual Queue in the morning or are ineligible to try at that time, you will have one more opportunity at 1PM to try again. Note that previously for the afternoon opening, guests had to physically be in the park to access the virtual queue. Now, that has changed. You are now able to join the 1PM group from anywhere on Disney property, as long as you have tapped into Hollywood Studios earlier that day. May the Force be with you!
BE AWARE: The option for Park Hopping option returned to guests in January 2021. You must have a park pass reservation for Hollywood Studios to have access to boarding group drops for Rise of the Resistance at 7AM and 1PM. At this time, access to Rise of the Resistance is limited ONLY to guests with a Park Pass for Hollywood Studios that day. You cannot hop to Hollywood Studios from another park and get a boarding group for the attraction.
The process works a little bit differently in Disneyland. Guests are able to join the queue using the Disneyland app. There are two opportunities to join: one in the morning at 7AM and one later in the day at 12 Noon!
Similar to the current boarding group situation in Disney World, you’ll be able to attempt to join the first virtual queue opportunity in the morning from outside the park at 7AM. You will, though, need to have a valid ticket and a theme park reservation for Disneyland park.
To access the second virtual queue at 12PM, you’ll need to have entered and be inside either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. If you’re joining from Disney California Adventure, you’ll need to have a Park Hopper ticket. (This differs from Disney World, which requires you to be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios in particular to access that second queue.) So, if you’re in Disney California Adventure and you snag a group, then you can use your Park Hopper ticket to get inside Disneyland at 1PM.
Click here to see our experience riding Disneyland’s Rise of the Resistance upon the park’s reopening here!
How To Join the Virtual Queue
Noting the times above, you can start from the home screen on the Disneyland app or My Disney Experience app for Disney World. (Find out how to register for an account and learn more about the free app for both iPhone and Android devices here.) Scroll down until you see Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — Request Access with Virtual Queue. (Note that our images below are for the My Disney Experience app for Disney World.)
Touch the JOIN prompt as pictured above. You will be directed to the screen where you can ultimately Join the Virtual Queue to be ready to join a Boarding Group when the system goes live for the day. The system will “walk you” through the process, which also includes selecting members from your Friends & Family list who may be joining you in the park. (Note that they will likewise require valid park admission and a Disney Park Pass to Hollywood Studios for the day.)
From here… you’ll be notified of your Boarding Group Number OR you will be notified if the Boarding Groups are full.
You can monitor the estimated boarding time for your Boarding Group via the app by visiting your Virtual Queues.
Your Virtual Queue will also notify you when IT’S TIME to head to the attraction! You will also be informed of the time you need to arrive by to enter the queue. While windows of entry have been known to change, you should have to least one hour to return.
You can also give the app permission to send Push notifications so you don’t miss it!
Report to the Rise of the Resistance entrance when it’s GO TIME! Cast members will be available to check your status and send you on your mission!
The Boarding Groups, it should be noted, have daily been reaching capacity incredibly soon after park opening on both coasts, so it is imperative to attempt to join a Virtual Queue as soon as you can on the day of your visit (as in immediately when the Virtual Queue goes live for the day).
While it is anticipated that Rise of the Resistance will offer a more traditional Standby queue with FastPass+ in the future (as the queue was built equipped for both), there is currently no end date announced for the Virtual Queue system in either park.
Further details for the attraction are found below:
Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Walt Disney World and Disneyland
FastPass+: The attraction is equipped for FastPass+, but details on when the system will be in use have not been shared. Currently, the attraction is only accessible via a Virtual Queue.
Height Requirement: 40″
Restriction Information: Riders should be free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other possible conditions that could be aggravated during the ride; Expectant mothers shouldn’t ride; Children must be supervised at all times and those age 7 and under must be accompanied by someone age 14 and up; Guests who do not meet the height requirement may not ride; Guests with mobility disabilities must be able to transfer from a wheelchair or ECV
Features: Trackless ride system, life-size TIE Fighter and AT-AT Walkers, navigation droids, both audio-animatronic and human Storm Troopers and guards, big ending drop
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