I switched my DHS visit from Thursday to Friday because of the opening of the Festival of the Arts. I arrived at DHS around 6:30, and breezed straight thru the no bag line and wandered over to the entry gates. Crazy to see people frantically changing lines so they could get into the park quicker !! I was in by 6:45, so found an empty bench and sat down waiting for 7am to arrive. It’s all very weird. 1000’s and 1000’s of people all mindlessly milling around waiting for the app to open. Then 7am, and BAM !! everyone’s phone lights up and the race is on. Cheers go up as people get a boarding group. It seems very random as the people next to me got 22, and I got 84. I was OK with 84 though, as my plan was to go to Epcot, and then onto the Magic Kingdom. It was a passholder collection day, of magnets and limited pins. I wandered around the park and was intrigued to see the line for MFSR extending into TSL, with a posted wait time of 2hrs. I exited DHS and headed for a deserted Skyliner. It was all very nice ‘flying’ over to Epcot solo. It was surprising how cool it felt in the cabin, so much so I actually shut the vents. I picked up my magnet and headed for the monorail. Magic Kingdom was its usual hellish self, but I got my pin and I was out of there. On the way back from the MK I checked the app again, and the Rise groups had stalled at 36. The lower number was edging closer, but it had been 36 for a long time. I got to Epcot and checked again, and boarding groups were not being called. Rise was down. I had my Fish ‘n Chips and headed for the Skyliner. It was now just gone noon, and still no boarding groups.
I was going to have to make a decision very soon. I’d snagged a SDD for 2pm, but if Rise wasn’t working I didn’t want to hang around for something I’d been on plenty of times. I did a lap of DHS and the entrance to ROTR was eerily quiet. I decided to roll the dice. It was 1:15 and I was heading out. A calculated risk, but from what I’d seen, 84 was not going to make it. Around 2pm the groups started to board again, but soon stalled on 50. Rise was down again. I’d rolled the dice and won … :)
Around 4, I received my ‘prize’. A FP+ for Saturday, anytime during the day. I also had a complimentary day pass to DHS. Rise started up again late Friday, and by close the boarding group call was up to 70.
Saturday arrived, and no need to get to the park before 7 today. I got there around 10 and walked straight on. I had seen the future, and a bright (suns) one it was too. It was a future with ROTR available on FP+. The FP line allowed us to enter the ride at the point of going in to see Rey and BB8. I really tried to be positive about this 2nd ride, but I just don’t get it. It has to be because I’m not a Star Wars fan. Sure it’s an awesome immersive experience, but what’s the point when half the time you are either walking and/or standing in line. I must admit though, the view out of the back window of the transporter is best. I will give Disney credit, whatever they did overnight seemed to have solved all the Friday issues. The ride worked flawlessly, although it’s still nowhere close to running at full capacity.