Disneyland fans claimed all the boarding group spots for the park's new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction pretty much instantly this morning.
Checking the official Disneyland app showed that the park was assigning guests into backup groups in the virtual queue by 8:01am. And the park stopped assigning any boarding group spots by 8:10am.
Disneyland guests hoping to ride Rise of the Resistance have to claim a space in a virtual queue, using the Disneyland app. The virtual queue opens at the park's published opening time, but visitors must be inside the park in order to join. Disneyland allows visitors to enter Main Street before the park opens each morning, and crowds were substantial this morning, though not wall-to-wall.
21 minutes until boarding group madness. pic.twitter.com/M1v7pGn9y2— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) January 17, 2020
Disney marked the opening with a D23 webcast this morning.
The swift assignment of all the day's spots in the virtual queue raises the question of just how many spots Disney has made available. Rise of the Resistance has been facing capacity and uptime issues ever since the original installation opened at Walt Disney World in Orlando last month. At Disneyland, the park still hadn't called any of the assigned boarding groups to get on the ride by 8:30am. (Update: First groups were called around 8:50am.)
For those of your waiting or who didn't get to ride, if you'd like a spoiler-filled preview of what to expect on Rise of the Resistance, here is our complete experience POV video from the ride's media preview yesterday:
Also, the Disneyland Resort is opening its Lunar New Year celebration over in Disney California Adventure today, providing another option for fans while they await their boarding groups being called for Rise.
Meanwhile, back at Walt Disney World, Epcot opened its three new movie attractions today:
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