The Disneyland Resort has confirmed that it will be following the same procedures as the Walt Disney World Resort for admitting guests to its new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride, which opens January 17 at Disneyland.
As at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, Disneyland visitors will need to join a "boarding group" virtual queue in order to get on the new Star Wars ride. The virtual queue will open at the park's published opening time in the morning and guests will need to be inside the park in order to request to join a boarding group.
The easiest way to make that request is to be logged in through the official Disneyland app and to click to join a boarding group through that. However, Disneyland will make locations available inside the park where guests without the app can use their park ticket to scan in and join a boarding group.
At Disney World, all of the day's spots in the virtual queue are filling within an hour or so of the park's opening, so we are recommending that Disneyland guests plan to arrive early enough to be inside the park at its published opening time in order to join a boarding group immediately. We also recommend that you use the app to manage your boarding group status instead of one of the physical locations inside the park, where you might lose precious minutes waiting to scan your park ticket.
Disneyland is allowing guests to join only one boarding group per day, so no re-rides for now. The app will send you a notification when it is time for your boarding group to enter Rise of the Resistance's physical queue. If you don't have the app or miss the notification on your phone, signs throughout the park will show which boarding groups have been called for the ride, too.
Update: To answer a FAQ, Disneyland's parking policy is to open 90 minutes before the first published opening time for a park. On the 17th, DCA opens at 7am for its Extra Magic Hour, so 90 minutes before that would be 5:30am. But Disney is saying that if fans show up early, they’ll be able to park.
Since you only need to be inside the Disneyland front gate by 8am for the best shot at the virtual queue, I'm not seeing a big need in showing up before 5:30, as two and a half hours should be more than enough time to get through the toll booths, park and get through the esplanade lines to scan into the park. But I’m not planning on riding on the 17th, so do what you feel you need to if you you are.Tweet
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