Disney Changes Its Rules for 'Rise of the Resistance'

July 10, 2020, 4:13 PM · Visitors to the reopening Walt Disney World theme parks will get two extra chances each day to get on Disney's most-sought-after new ride.

The resort announced today that it is changing the rules for getting a spot to ride its top-rated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Before the pandemic, fans were packing the park's entrance plaza each morning for their chance at getting into the ride's virtual queue, which often would fill for the day within moments of the park's official opening.

Since Disney is now sharply reducing park capacities to help promote safe social distancing, it would defeat that purpose to run the Rise queue the same way. So now Disney will open the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue in three batches, with openings at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm each day.

Otherwise, the procedure is the same - you apply to enter the queue through the official My Disney Experience app, and you'll need to add everyone in your group to your party in the app before trying to join the queue. (Assuming you all want to ride, of course.)

This change allows guests who arrive later to have a chance at getting on what we've called the best theme park attraction in the world. Disney said that people may enter the virtual queue only once per day, so if you win a spot, there will be no chance for a re-ride.

Disney's Hollywood Studios reopens along with Epcot on July 15, following the return of Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom on July 11. Visitors are required to make a reservation in advance to visit a park on a specific date and Park Hopping is no longer allowed. Thanks in part to the lure of Rise (and the new Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway), plus the park's lower overall capacity, Hollywood Studios has been the toughest "get" of the four parks.

Replies (2)

July 10, 2020 at 4:51 PM

Will the queue be the full experience, or will they cut it like Haunted?

July 10, 2020 at 9:55 PM

They might be able to cut the resistance base pre show, but they can’t fully cut the transport pre show. Since the transport is on a turntable, the guests actually have to be inside the shop and wait for the vehicle to move. I’m sure theres a backstage door guests can just walk in to get into the star destroyer but honestly I don’t think Disney will do that. My thought is that if they can’t cut the transport pre show, then there should be no reason to cut the resistance base preshow because either way you’re gonna be in a group of people in a small enclosed space. And the transport ship is half the size of the base preshow room.

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