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Rise of the Resistance is an immersive Star Wars attraction at Disney World that is truly Disney storytelling at its finest. However, there is no standby line for this ride and being assigned to a Rise of the Resistance boarding group is the ONLY way to ride.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups are available when the Hollywood Studios park at Disney World opens for the day. You cannot reserve your ride time in advance like FastPass+. Boarding groups fill up for the entire day in under two minutes so you need to be inside the park when it opens to have any chance to ride that day.

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[The Basics] Getting a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group

You must be at least 40” tall to ride Rise of the Resistance.

In advance, install the My Disney Experience app on your phone and link everyone with a ticket who will be riding Rise of the Resistance to your Disney account. You probably already have this step complete from purchasing your Disney World tickets, but double check to make sure everyone is listed in your Friends & Family List. Only one person NEEDS to do this for your party, but all adults should complete this step and attempt to get a Rise of the Resistance boarding group for everyone so you will all have the best chance of success!

Boarding group assignment is only available to guests who are inside the park, so everyone who wants to ride needs to be present inside Hollywood Studios at opening time.

Arrive at Hollywood Studios 30-45 minutes before the posted park opening time. If you additionally want to “rope drop” Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Slinky Dog Dash for a short standby wait time, arrive an hour and a half before park opening time to be near the front of the line for either attraction.

Once inside Hollywood Studios, prepare your phone by shutting down the My Disney Experience app, turning off Wi-Fi, and using your provider’s Cellular Data.

Ignore the announcer who will begin speaking park-wide just before park opening time. Boarding groups will open precisely at opening time regardless of the instruction given by the announcement.

In the final minute before park opening time, pay attention to the second hand on your phone’s Clock app and open the My Disney Experience app a few seconds before opening time.

In the app, tap the “Find Out More” button in the Stars Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group window. Then, tap the “Join Boarding Group” button.

Refresh the app or close and reopen it if the Join Boarding Group button is not active. Keep trying until someone in your party is successful!

After obtaining your Rise of the Resistance boarding group assignment, monitor the current boarding group throughout the day by returning to the same Find Out More screen.

You will receive a push notification on your phone when your boarding group is called. Return to the ride entrance by the time indicated in the message, typically two hours after your boarding group number is announced.

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[Beyond the Basics] Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups

Considering that everyone who wants to ride Rise of the Resistance for the entire day needs to be in the park by opening time, Hollywood Studios entry procedures are not nearly as chaotic as you might assume.

This is due to security bag check and park entry touch point lines opening well before park opening time and allowing guests to enter the park beforehand. Rides and attractions won’t open until the park opening time, but you will be able to enter Hollywood Studios and be through those entry procedures in advance.

Security bag check lines open earliest and the park entry touch points will open around an hour before the park opening time.

These procedures alleviate crowd congestion at the entry points and allow the crowds to disperse into the park.

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So, when should I arrive at Hollywood Studios?

Getting to Hollywood Studios before anyone else doesn’t guarantee a better boarding group. As long as you’re inside the park before opening time, you have the same odds as everyone else. The only advantage to arriving early is to “rope drop” one of the other attractions.

The majority of guests arriving early for a Rise of the Resistance boarding pass are heading to either Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Slinky Dog Dash so standby lines for those rides grow early.

Plan on arriving at Hollywood Studios at least 1.5 hours (no later than 6:30 for an 8:00 AM park opening) before park opening to be near the front of the line for those attractions. If you want until just a half hour before, you will already be behind hundreds of people and your wait time will likely already be two hours from the time the ride begins operating at park opening.

Not interested in riding Smugglers Run or Slinky Dog first? Then, you don’t need to get there too early. Arrive at Hollywood Studios 30-45 minutes before park opening and you’ll have plenty of time to be in place when those Rise of the Resistance boarding groups open up.

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Who needs to be there?

Everyone in your party who wants to ride Rise of the Resistance needs to be in the park when the board groups open up. Only those in your Friends & Family list who have entered the park that day will be available for selection when obtaining a Rise of the Resistance boarding group.

Sorry, you can’t just send one representative for your party while everyone else sleeps in at the hotel!

The height requirement for Rise of the Resistance is 40” so measure the kiddos beforehand to avoid any potential disappointment in the park. Disney is strict about height requirements so it’ll be much better to get the tears out at home before your trip than while AT Disney World!

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Here’s where we waited after entering the park. There’s ample space to sit on benches and the planters beside the arch to Animation Courtyard and outside the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.

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My party has entered Hollywood Studios. Now what?

After getting through security and park entry, it’s time to wait!

If you aren’t rope dropping Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Slinky Dog Dash, you can still choose to wait with the masses at the entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or Toy Story Land for another attraction or experience in those locations.

Or you can wait at Sunset Boulevard if you want to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first.

Or you can stand by Star Tours.

See, it all depends on what you want to do first. Just remember that there are more people in the park than at a regular park opening, so you want to be near the front of the attraction crowds to avoid long morning wait times.

Us? We weren’t rushing to one of the most popular attractions and preferred to just find a quiet spot to relax while we waited.

We knew our boys would NOT want to stand around for over a half hour, short humans stuck in a sea of stationary taller adults. Instead, we sat on benches beside the Animation Courtyard arch with a lovely view of the Chinese Theater. We watched guests stream into Toy Story Land while we enjoyed the beautiful morning with lots of fresh air!

Need coffee? Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks at Hollywood Studios) is open during this time. Of course, you’ll find a line there, too.

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It’s Time: How to Get Your Rise of the Resistance Boarding Pass

In the last minute or two before park opening, it’s time to get down to business.

Rise of the Resistance boarding groups fill up within seconds. Yes, prime and backup boarding groups (groups with higher numbers that aren’t guaranteed to ride that day) will be filled in less than 2 minutes most days. Here are a few tips to be better prepared to obtain a boarding group.

Your My Disney Experience app will need to be refreshed at park opening time to allow the boarding group selection functionality to become active. So, close the app entirely while you wait. You’ll want to open it fresh just seconds before boarding groups become available.

Turn off Wi-Fi on your phone. Use Cellular Data for a better chance since Disney Wi-Fi will often get overwhelmed by all of the users in the park.

Just before park opening, an announcement will be heard over loudspeakers. Ignore it. Boarding groups will become available precisely at park opening time regardless of the instruction given by the announcement!

In the final minute before park opening time, pay attention to the second hand on your phone’s Clock app. Tap to open the My Disney Experience app several seconds before park opening time. Those few seconds will give your app just the right amount of time to open so you’ll be at the boarding screen when boarding pass functionality is available.

In the My Disney Experience app, tap the “Find Out More” button in the Stars Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Access by Boarding Group window. Then, tap the “Join Boarding Group” button.

Refresh the app or close and reopen it if the Join Boarding Group button is not active. Keep trying until someone in your party is successful!

Make sure that all adults in your party have everyone linked in their My Disney Experience Friends & Family List and they all attempt to get a boarding group for everyone. This will give your party a better chance of getting a boarding group and you won’t be so worried if anyone experiences difficulty with the app.

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What do I do After I’ve obtained my Rise of the Resistance boarding group?

Time to enjoy your day!

You will receive a push notification on your phone when your Rise of the Resistance boarding group is called. Return to the ride entrance by the time indicated in the message, usually two hours after the boarding group number is posted.

You can monitor the current boarding group throughout the day by returning to the same Find Out More screen in the app.

Once you’re in a boarding group, you may even leave the park. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Hop over to Epcot via the Skyliner if your ticket allows park hopping. You don’t need to stay in Hollywood Studios until your boarding group is called.

Getting early FastPass+ reservations is also recommended. With so many guests in the Hollywood Studios, standby wait times for all attractions grow more quickly than a normal “rope drop” in the parks. Most shows at Hollywood Studios don’t open until later in the morning, so the rides get inundated. Having early FastPass+ reservations will allow you to skip the long lines.

We were having a relaxing morning and our boys had an early wake up call, so we chose to head into Toy Story Land for breakfast at Woody’s Lunch Box. Woody’s can get crowded quickly. Place a mobile order for breakfast from the My Disney Experience app (you already have it open, anyway!) and enjoy breakfast in a cute, outdoor restaurant before the heat of the day sets in.

When your Rise of the Resistance boarding group is called, proceed to the ride entrance where you’ll tap your ticket card or MagicBand to enter the ride queue.

From there, you will still have a wait, but the entire ride experience from queue entry, through the preshows, and to the ride conclusion is about one hour.

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What if I have a reservation elsewhere when my Rise of the Resistance boarding group is called?

Since you cannot plan your Rise of the Resistance boarding group call time, Disney is quite lenient if you have scheduled plans.

You have two hours to get to the ride when your boarding group is called, but if you have a dining or activity reservation at that time, simply keep your reservation and return to the ride when you are able. Explain to one of the numerous cast members at the queue entry point that you had a reservation and you won’t have trouble entering the line as long as your boarding group number has already been called.

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