Walt Disney World has tweaked the procedure for assigning spaces in the virtual queue that it is using to load guests onto its new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Guests had been showing up at the Hollywood Studios front gate around 4am to ensure that they would get first dibs on spaces in the virtual queue. But now Disney has announced that it will no longer assign visitors to "boarding groups" for Rise of the Resistance before the park's published opening time.
All guests who want to enter the virtual queue must be inside the park before they can request a boarding group assignment through Disney World's official My Disney Experience app. But Disney routinely lets people tap in through its parks' entrances before their official opening times.
The trouble is that Disney also was opening the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance at around the same time as it started letting people into the park. Because Disney did not publicize when that would be, people started showing up hours in advance just to be on the safe side. And since it takes some time for thousands of waiting guests to tap their MagicBands or admission cards to get into the park, no one wanted to be waiting in the plaza to enter while other guests inside the park were claiming all the boarding group assignments.
Starting today, Disney is no longer opening the boarding groups when it starts letting people physically into the park but will wait to do that until the park's official opening time. Now, you still want to be inside the park at that moment to guarantee that you will get on the ride that day, so you still should plan to arrive at the park early. You just don't need to arrive hours in advance - you only need enough time to park your car, go through security and tap in. I would guess that getting to the park's toll booths 60 minutes in advance should be plenty of time for that.
Disney's Hollywood Studios officially opens at 7am daily through Christmas, then at 6am from December 26-31. Then it returns to a 7am opening from January 1-4 before going to an 8am opening through February 1. After that, it's 9am. In case you were wondering, Morning Extra Magic Hours for Disney World hotel guests do not return to Disney's Hollywood Studios until Sundays in February, but by that time the boarding group assignment procedure might have changed again... if Disney is still using boarding groups at all.
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