How do you get a Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group at Hollywood Studios? Well you’ll have to wake up early as the boarding group process starts at 7 a.m. Rise of the Resistance is the hottest ride at Walt Disney World right now, and you can’t get a FastPass for it, and you can’t just get in a standby line and wait. In fact, Covid-19 has changed the way to get a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance several times! How do you get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group? Through a virtual queue at 7 a.m. and now you don’t even have to be in the park to get one.
How to Get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group
I’m not gonna lie; it’s kind of nerve-wracking to get a boarding group. And it’s sometimes confusing, especially for people who don’t visit Disney often.
Is it worth all this to get on Rise of the Resistance? YES!
I visited at the end of October, and sadly got shut out twice. I think our big mistake was having multiple people try, because when two of us got in, we cancelled each other out. More on that below. Then success in November and kind of success in January 2021.
Here are some tips to get a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Have all of Your Tickets and Friends and Family Sorted Out
Make sure your Disney’s Hollywood Studios tickets are activated and ready to go. You must also have a park reservation for Hollywood Studios that day.
If you’re a frequent Walt Disney World traveler like me, then you probably have tons of people listed as Friends & Family. Try to clean that list out if you’re traveling with a group, especially if someone is traveling at the same time, but aren’t in your party.
The more Friends & Family listed in your account, the more names you’ll have to go through when it comes time to choose your party. You don’t want to waste those precious seconds.
Tips to Join the Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue at 7 a.m.
Starting at 7 a.m. on the day of your reservation, you can access the virtual queue for a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group from anywhere, even your bed!
Just make sure you go to the homepage of your My Disney Experience App and click join at 7 a.m.! Being quick is imperative. Some say go off the wifi, some say stay on. I’ve had luck both ways. You literally have less than a minute before the queue fills up.
That paragraph above is on the front page of your My Disney Experience app. You may have to scroll down a little.
Once you hit join, you’ll be taken to your party. Usually, your group will be weeded out, because you’ll need a reservation for that day. If you happen to know a lot of people visiting that day, take them off your friends and family list.
Here’s what happened to us.
At 7 a.m., my party of 5 clicked Join Group. Then when you get to select party, a preselected group will appear. You don’t have much time to think. However as soon as it says Join Queue, you don’t want someone else in your party to hit it, or it will cancel you out. You’ll get an error message.
This is what happened to my group. However, what happened was we had a friend we were connected to on the app and she got a boarding group for everyone on her list the same morning we were trying. Well her group which included two of us (unbeknownst to us). Since two of us technically had a boarding group, the other members of our party couldn’t get a boarding group with us attached.
If you get a boarding group, you’ll see a Boarding Group number on the next screen – congrats!!
You’ll also see your group under “My Queues” in the same section where you tried to join the virtual queue.
Make Sure to Turn on Notifications
You’ll want to have notifications on for the app, so that you know when your Boarding Group number is being called. You can also check what boarding group is now boarding through the app.
When your boarding group is ready, you should receive a notification through the app. Then head to Rise of the Resistance! But just in case it doesn’t, still check periodically, so you don’t miss your call.
A Second Chance to Board
Let’s say you don’t get in during the 7 a.m. queue or you slept in. You’ve got another chance.
At 1 p.m. you can try to enter the queue again, but you have to be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to do it. I’ve actually had friends have success this way, too! Note: This is a change from the 2 p.m. time that it used to be for a second chance.
You’ll join the queue the same way as the 7 a.m. time, but this time be right on at 1 p.m. Find a place where you can concentrate on fast hands in the park.
I was able to secure a Rise of the Resistance Backup Group in January 2021 at 1 p.m. This just means it’s a high boarding group number, so it may get called before park closing or it may not. It all depends how fast they can get people on the ride and if the ride breaks down during the day.
Why I love the Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue
Listen, I’ve been shut out before, and it stinks. But I do like the Virtual Queue, because it gives everyone a chance. Also, not having to do the crazy run to a ride (like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway) causes me less stress.
If you do like spoilers, check out my friend Tessa’s Rise of the Resistance pictures from inside the ride. They’re so cool!! It’s hard to believe that it’s a ride. My friend, Amiyrah, gives her opinion on if Rise of the Resistance is for kids.
Also, if you need to kill some time waiting for your Boarding Group, check out the best and worst food in Galaxy’s Edge.
Between Oga’s Cantina, Smugglers Run, special photo ops, building a droid, restaurants and shops, you could spend hours alone in Galaxy’s Edge.