UPDATED: DECEMBER 15TH, 2020
Since the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios has become the “hot” park to visit. With two amazing new rides, people are showing up very early to make sure they can see it all. At the top of everyone’s list is Rise of the Resistance. This is one of the most immersive and amazing rides that Disney has ever created, so there is no surprise that it is so popular. So popular in fact that it can be quite hard to get on it. If you don’t know exactly what you need to do, then you’ll miss your opportunity. I am going to go through all the steps you need to follow to give you the best chance at getting a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance.
My Disney Experience App
You MUST make sure that you have the My Disney Experience app installed on your phone and that your park tickets are linked in your account. If you are going to the park that day with multiple people, then it is ideal if everyone has the app installed on their phone. You can all log in to the same account and try for the boarding passes. The more people trying, the better chance you’ll have at getting one.
It is also very important that you have a park reservation for Hollywood Studios on that day. You cannot get a boarding pass if you do not have a park pass reservation at Hollywood Studios. When park hopping resumes in 2021, if you hop over to Hollywood Studios later in the afternoon, you will not be eligible to get a boarding pass that day.
No More Rushing To The Park!
You no longer need to be in the park to get a boarding pass first thing in the morning! You can now access the first set of boarding passes from anywhere as long as you have the app installed. The first set of boarding passes are released at 7 AM EST, so it is important that you are up and ready to grab them as soon as the clock strikes 7 AM. They go really fast, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t get them.
There is a second opportunity to grab a boarding pass at 1 PM EST (as of Dec. 20th), but you must be in the park to be able to access them at that time. Again, make sure you are ready as soon as the boarding passes open up and start trying to grab one immediately in the app.
WiFi vs. Data Connection
If you’ve frequented the Disney parks before, you know that sometimes the free WiFi in the parks can be unreliable. Certain spots are stronger than others and the connection can drop off at anytime. For this reason, I think it is best that you turn off WiFi and connect to your data plan to complete this task.
Ready, Set, Go!
You need to be ready to try and join a boarding group as soon as times open up because the boarding groups go fast. Oftentimes, it only takes a minute or two for them to fill up for the day. At the moment, you can grab boarding groups at 7 am and 1 pm. Of course, these times could change, so make sure to check what time boarding groups are being offered before you head to the park.
I think the early slot may have more availability, so best to try getting them at 7 am first. If you don’t succeed, then you can try again at 1 pm. Keep trying over and over until it finally opens up. And the more people you have on devices trying, the better your chances are.
Once you have been assigned a boarding group, you just have to wait until you are called. The app will send you a notification when it is time for your boarding group to board. Pay attention to what the notification says because you only have a limited amount of time to report to the ride. It can be anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, so pay close attention to those details.
Now you are all set! If you follow all the steps above, you’ll be ready to join a boarding group and have the chance to ride one of the most immersive rides ever at Disney World. If you’ve already been on Rise of the Resistance, tell us about your experience in the comments below!
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Laura is a mom of one adorable girl with a love of all things Disney. She traveled to Disney World with her family in 2010 and was hooked. They have since been a total of over 15 times. With all her knowledge of planning Disney trips, she now wants to share that with others. She loves giving guidance, tips and advice to others planning their magical vacation!